Welcome to SciTrek

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”    

- Ben Franklin

SciTrek is dedicated to allowing 2nd - 8th 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 students, SciTrek strives to demonstrate the importance of inquiry based lesson in science curriculum to teachers, practicing teachers, and teachers in training.


I like the idea of giving the students the freedom to design, experiment, fail, and try again!

Mark Croshaw- Winter 2017
Santa Barbara Junior High School

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

SciTrek has motivated me to move beyond the lessons which are focused on content and develop more lessons focused on the scientific practices. I have observed excellent questioning skills which promoted a deeper level of student understanding of concepts, as well as developing stronger critical thinking skills. I have implemented two SciTrek inspired science lessons so far.

Lauri Dahlin - Spring 2016
Teacher - Peabody Charter Elementary

It's amazing to see the transformation that the students make in such a short amount of time. Their ideas and understanding of concepts grow each time we meet. I always feel inspired coming out of the classrooms after seeing how excited the students are, and how big of a positive impact we are having on them.

Jenna Lindsay - Winter 2016

UCSB's SciTrek Program from UC Santa Barbara on Vimeo.

Sponsors of the 2016-2017 School Year




The Dreyfus Foundation



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