Visiting HOST Labs

The HOST labs act as a great opportunity to bring class in grades 4 through 8 to engage in some fun science activities. Cal State East Bay undergraduates serve as "science guides" helping your students to explore scientific concepts in fun, interactive sessions. During the visit, your students will rotate in small groups to each of the six lab stations to get a hands-on experience that introduces a foundational concept in science. Each lab activity has been specifically designed by one of the science faculty to provide a rigorous academic activity with an inquiry-based approach. Our goal is for students to leave the HOST labs with a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and a positive attitude about science.

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!


Who Can Attend?

  • All classes in grade 4 through grade 8 are invited to participate in a HOST lab.

  • A maximum of 35 students per visit. Special accommodations made on a case-by-case basis.

How Do I Sign Up?

  • During the open enrollment period, you can access the registration link provided to register for your top three choices. We will follow-up with you via email in the following days to confirm the date with you. If none of the dates you chose were available we will check if you would like to choose a different available date or be put on a waitlist.

  • All spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. After all spaces have been reserved, teachers are put on a waitlist in the event of a cancellation or additional HOST Lab date. Waitlisters are contacted in the order they sign up.

Field Trip Information: Hayward Campus

The HOST Labs program will NOT provide transportation assistance for the Spring 2020 semester. All visiting teachers must reserve and arrange their own transportation to and from Cal State East Bay Hayward.

HOST Labs at the CSUEB Hayward Campus are always held on Tuesdays from 11:00AM-1:30PM.


Sample HOST Labs Schedule

10:30AM-11:30PM CSUEB Campus Tour
11:30AM-1:30PM HOST Lab
1:30PM-2:30PM Lunch


The Campus Tour and Lunch portions may be arranged to fit your schedule, the HOST Lab cannot. Need to leave right after your lab? Go on a tour right when you arrive and eat lunch before your lab. Want to relax and decompress following the HOST Lab? Schedule your tour before the lab, and eat lunch afterwards to allow some time to let the content (and food) settle.

  • Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunches.

  • Students also have the option to buy their lunch on-campus. There is an assortment of fast-food restaurants at the University Union and around campus to choose from including healthy alternatives. (View our Vendor List).

  • For a real college experience, you can visit the CSUEB Dining Commons. Tuesdays and Thursdays the Dining Commons offers a discounted rate of $6.00 per person. There are a variety of hot entrée options, a sandwich station, pizza, and salad bar. Please request this with your HOST Lab coordinator ahead of time so we can notify the Dining Hall staff.
  • Have your students ever visited a college campus before? This is a great opportunity for your students to explore college life from a student's perspective.

  • Formal student-led campus tours can be arranged before your HOST Lab visit by contacting the HOST Lab coordinator. The earlier you notify the coordinator, the more likely the Welcome Center will be able to arrange for a tour guide.

  • You can also download a Self-Guided Tour Book (PDF) and be your own tour guide!

Pre-Trip Preparation

Prepare small groups

  • You should divide your students equally into 6 small groups. Students will be rotating through each of the stations in this small group.

Pre-teaching concepts

  • You are not required to pre-teach or prepare your students for the HOST lab activities. Each activity has been designed to introduce students to the concepts, explore what they already understand and build on their understanding.

Curriculum and Field Trip Planning Resources

Field Trip Planning Resources


Curriculum Resources

For more information

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