Welcome to SciTrek

SciTrek is dedicated to allowing 2nd - 5th grade students to experience the scientific process first hand. SciTrek seeks to partner with local schools to present inquiry based modules that not only emphasize the process of science but also specific grade level standards.

Each module allows students to design and carry out an experiment. Providing students with the opportunity to not only learn scientific facts but also experience the scientific method allows students to understand how scientists use evidence based explanations to explain the world around them.

In addition to providing programming for 2nd - 5th grade students, SciTrek strives to demonstrate the importance of inquiry based lesson in science curriculum to teachers, practicing teachers, and teachers in training.

Recent News

Dr. Reiser to Give Third Annual SciTrek Lecture May 6, 2014 5:30 PM - Chem 1179

Professor Brian Reiser, from Northwestern University’s School of Education, will give a talk entitled “Supporting Next Generation Science in K-12 Classrooms.” Brian Reiser is a professor of learning sciences. His research examines how to make scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful for classroom teachers and students. He contributed to the writing of the Next Generation Science Standards. He was co-principal investigator in the NSF Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, exploring the design and enactment of science curriculum materials, and served on the National Research Council’s panel authoring the report Taking Science to School and the editorial boards of Science Education and The Journal of the Learning Sciences.

Past Annual Lectures Given By:

2ndDr. Sean Carroll

1stDr. Bruce Alberts

*Click on presenters name to see a video of their presentation at UCSB

UCSB Brings New Type of Science Education to Local Schools

The Office of Public Affairs released on article about SciTrek "UCSB Brings New Type of Science Education to Local Schools," which features a short video with commentary from the founders as well as teachers involved.

SciTrek Gets Some Press

SciTrek has been written up in the Santa Barbara Independent. The article "A Better Way to Process the Scientific Process" was in the August 25th issue of the newspaper.

Sponsors of the 2014-2015 school year


California Subject Matter Project

The Dreyfus Foundation

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Wyatt Technology


American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Thank you so much for coming to our class to teach us science in a fun way. Before I didn't have science at the top of my list, but now it is.

5th Grade Student - Spring 2014
Washington Elementary


I love SciTrek. It has been incredibly helpful in thinking through how to teach my students the scientific practices as laid out in the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), as well as, helping me see how to better encourage them to do experimental design.

Paula Sevilla - Winter 2014
Teacher - Adelante Charter Elementary


Working with the SciTrek program has given me invaluable experiences in the fields of science education and general teaching. Not only has it prepared me to effectively interact with the next generation of science students, but being involved with SciTrek has lent me significant experience in my professional development as someone who will eventually work with children on a day-to-day basis. The kids enthusiastically respond to our presence, and it is an exciting experience to facilitate their development of core scientific practices and scientific knowledge. 

Brooke Hatfield - Fall 2014