Children Programs

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How to Build a Crystal Radio (4-part class) with Larry Pizzella,
Saturday April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Students learn to build a crystal radio! Elements include: winding coils, drilling a mounting board, arranging components, and wiring the set according to a schematic. Students will explore the history of radio dating back to Tesla and Marconi. Basic radio theory, modulation, headphone function, and reading radio schematics will also be taught.

Instructor: Larry Pizzella. His custom radio design won first prize in a national contest for crystal radio set distance reception.

$75 Museum Members/$85 Non-members

Ages 10 and Up

Includes 4 Saturday Classes, April 7, 14, 21 & 28 2018
1:30 to 3:30 PM



MOAH offers weekend enrichment classes that focus on science and technology. We provide a safe, supportive and supervised opportunity to work with hand tools and basic materials. Workshops are suited for children 10 years and older and are held in the Livermore Center at the Museum.

Stay tuned for more workshops!  


Ideal for field trips and class enrichment, Science Samplers introduce elementary and middle school students to science principles. A Science Sampler session is typically 45 - 60 minutes in duration and can be scheduled by contacting 650-321-1004.

Each presentation is a walk-through in time covering events that led to a specific discovery or invention, integrating history, demonstrations, and the theory behind the discovery. At the end of a presentation, students can engage in hands-on activities relating to the topic of the session.

The minimum Sampler fee is $100 for up to 10 students plus $10 for each additional student. Related take-home projects are also available on request at extra cost. Docent-led tours of the Museum before or after the Science Sampler session are also available by advance arrangement.

Available Science Sampler sessions include:

Electrical Science: Electricity, Electromagnetism and Electrostatics
From Volta, the Italian professor who invented the battery, to Oersted, Faraday, Henry, and Tesla, students walk a time-line of discoveries. Demonstrations include: electric motor, generator, electromagnets, Tesla coil, and more.

Students learn about static electricity by going way back to the days of the Greek scientists and triboelectricity (creating electricity by rubbing, e.g., cat's fur on amber), and progressing to the monumental discoveries of Ben Franklin, Coulomb, and Michael Faraday. Demonstrations include: Leyden Jar, Electroscope, Van de Graaf Generator, Tesla Coil, and Jacob's Ladder.

To register for a class download the
registration form below and mail it to:
PO Box 1731, Palo Alto, CA 94302-1731