At TechHive, youth work alongside designers and educators to develop public experiences that promote science and technology education. Our design work includes exhibits, workshops, games, teaching guides and media. These experiences have touched thousands of members of the public since 2013.

Best of all, by bringing high school and undergraduate students onto our design team, and having them work alongside professional scientists, engineers, designers and educators we get an opportunity to train a new generation of creative minds. We believe the combination of real world problems, hands-on work, and a community that is diverse in ideas, backgrounds and experiences forms the best environment for youth who want to develop their passion and skills. It also gives our staff an opportunity to co-develop new educational materials with the input of the youth who will ultimately use them. Hear more about the program in this short video:

By partnering with TechHive for this project, our students got the opportunity to see what a young mind is really capable of. It was great to see how the students applied what they learned in science in a practical and fun way. With the direction of AJ and Matt and the students from the Lawrence Hall of Science, we were able to provide an educational and fun interactive experience... Everyone had the chance to express their creativity, interact with their community and have a great time learning.
— Kevin Goines, Assistant Principal, Albany High

We are part of a growing movement of learning spaces where young people work on interest-driven projects, alongside professionals and adult mentors. Depending on who you talk to, the TechHive might be known as a YOUmedia Learning Lab, a Maker Space, a hacker space, a Fab Lab, or another name. The TechHive gives young innovators a place to think, dream, play, and build things in a community of learners.



TechHive Manager

Ariel works on developing content, facilitating, and managing TechHive. She has also developed and delivered curriculum for camps and workshops over the last several years, including Robotics, LEGO Engineering, Coding & Design, and Animation. She is trained in VR/AR content design, 3D modeling, and programming. She is currently working towards her degree in Cognitive Science with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and a minor in Japanese. Ariel believes strongly in community driven innovation through accessibility to technology. 


Dora Medrano

TechHive Coordinator

Dora has played many roles at the Lawrence Hall of Science, from working in the Ingenuity Lab to teaching workshops to facilitating in TechHive. She has also worked on developing curriculum for winter camps, summer camps, and workshops involving engineering, electronics, circuitry, chemistry, math, and art. She is currently a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Quantum Mechanics and minoring in Science & Math Education. She is also working on her math teaching credential and has experience in both formal and informal classrooms. Dora believes in bringing agency, identity, and equity to both students and educators through curriculum and professional development while designing educational technology that can be accessible and affordable in any classroom. 


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The William Knox Holt Foundation


Projects are at the heart of TechHive. Some take only a few days, other weeks or even months to complete. Our work includes museum exhibits, workshops, public programs, media and curriculum. All of these projects are co-developed by our interdisciplinary team of professional designers and student interns.