Be A Science Guide

The HOST Labs offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to have hands-on teaching experience with elementary and middle school students in grades 4 through 8. Students enroll in a 1 unit lab to participate in this program. This course is specifically designed for anyone who may have an interest in pursuing a teaching career one day -- either multiple subjects or single subject science credentials. All of the classes are designed with the intention of deepening your own scientific understanding while practicing effective, hands-on science teaching practices.

Your role will be that of a "science guide". You will be responsible for becoming an expert in a specific concept and man one of several science stations. As students rotate through your station, you will encourage all of the students at your station to engage in the activity, make predictions and test their ideas using the materials provided. Through this process, you will gain valuable experience working directly with students in grades 4 through 8 and learning effective science teaching practices.

The HOST labs are run as a 1 unit course. In order to participate in the HOST Labs, you will need to register for the class just like any other course.

Hayward HOST Labs Will Be Back!

We are excited to announce that we have received grant funding to expand the Hands-On Science Teaching Labs program to the CSU East Bay Concord Campus, allowing us to extend our impact to East Bay students that attend our Concord campus and support the children and teachers in that area.

The launch of the program in Concord requires an extensive amount of work for our limited support team for the HOST labs program. As such, we are unable to offer HOST labs at both sites for the Spring 2020 semester. HOST labs will be back at Hayward in Fall 2020!

Thank you to our HOST Labs students, teachers, and partners as we expand this exciting opportunity. We look forward to seeing you all in a future HOST Lab!


Lab Section

During the semester, we will cover four different themes and have a new round of activities to learn ... and teach! For each new theme, there will be a week of preparation in the lab to help you become an expert "science guide". You will learn the foundational concepts, practice the demonstration, and work with other undergraduates to refine your presentation and teaching styles. Then, the following 2 weeks will be when you teach your activity to a class of visiting elementary and middle school students as they rotate through the different stations.

Hayward Campus Schedule
(1 Unit | Tuesdays | 11:00AM-1:30PM | Subject to change based on semester)

Concord Campus Schedule
(1 Unit | Wednesdays | 9:30AM-12:00PM | Subject to change based on semester)

Other Requirements

Since you will be working with K12 students, you will be required to get a Tuberculosis (TB) test and LiveScan fingerprinting within the first two weeks of school. These services are provided on campus - all fees will be waived. More detailed information will be provided at the first class meeting.

For more information

College of Science
  • SC-N 131, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
  • Hayward, CA 94542