Free Programs for Grades 8 and Up
Every discovery begins with a combination of curiosity and inspiration. Don't miss this chance to interact with the Caltech scientific "stars" of tomorrow as they explore the wonder of science and nature.
Our Science Journeys series—one of Caltech's three free signature lecture series—feature graduate students and postdoctoral scholars explaining scientific topics and concepts that align with their research. Programs are designed for grades 8 and up, but everyone is welcome to attend. All are free through the generosity of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium, but registration is required.
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If you have questions about the Science Journeys series or about Public Programming's outreach to youth, please email Mary Herrera, Program Coordinator.
Got science or math questions? If you're on Facebook, you can "Ask a Caltech Student!"
Ask a Caltech Student is a Facebook group for school-aged students and families to ask Caltech students science and math questions related to schoolwork and homework and to "meet" Caltech students to learn about their work. The group was created in response to the COVID-19 crisis after schools in California and throughout the U.S. were temporarily closed to in-person classes and moved to "distance learning." Realizing that many families navigating online instruction may need additional support for their math and science assignments, participating Caltech students will help answer questions, provide explanations for challenging concepts, post links to outside content, and share resources for additional help.
For questions about the Facebook group, please email Mitch Aiken, Associate Director for Educational Outreach in the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach.
Other Signature Lecture Series
Earnest C. Watson Lectures
Since 1922 (almost a hundred years!), Caltech faculty have been presenting their research in free public lectures. Normally held on campus in Beckman Auditorium, these free lectures are currently being presented via Zoom Webinar. Learn more and register for upcoming events below, or view a playlist of past Watson Lectures on YouTube.
Theodore von Kármán Lectures
This series is presented by the Communications and Education Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which Caltech manages for NASA. The lectures are designed to bring the excitement of JPL's missions, instruments and other technologies to an audience of both JPL employees and the general public. Learn more about upcoming events below, or view a playlist of past Theodore von Kármán Lectures on YouTube.
Watch Past Lectures
Attending Science Journeys events live is a special experience: you know you're watching with others and can interact with them, and often with the presenter, in the event chat window. But if you can't attend live, we've got you covered: All events in the series are made available to watch afterwards as well.
To learn more about the topic and presenter, or to see the event Q&A, visit the event web page.