“Featuring more than 100 free events, the inaugural Bay Area Science Festival will bring together an unprecedented brain trust of the region’s scientific and educational partners to produce what is expected to be one of the largest science-based events ever held in the United States.
The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its groundbreaking work in science and technology, yet many who call the Bay Area home have little opportunity to experience the wonder of science. Led by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the Bay Area Science Festival is designed to inspire and build interest in science, technology and engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds.
The public will be invited to this series of events stretching from Santa Rosa to San Jose, including opportunities to experience science in action and hear about the latest scientific discoveries and culminating in a blow-out finale at AT&T Park.”
Students at Wallenberg High School participated in a hands-on lesson taught through the UCSF Science Education & Health Partnership program, which was founded in 1987 and is now organizing the Bay Area Science Festival.
Ever more deets, after the jump
“From October 29th to November 6th, the Bay Area will come alive with science & technology activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, and more. This ambitious collaborative public education initiative brings together our leading academic, scientific, corporate, and non-profit institutions to showcase the region as an international leader in innovation. Science happens all around us and directly impacts our daily lives – are you ready to unleash your inner scientist?
It’s always festival time in the Bay Area! This program brings the fun and excitement of science to a huge crowd. In conjunction with local science outreach groups, the Discovery Days will have hundreds of hands-on activities, numerous performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented science entertainment. But instead of one, we’re holding 3 different carnivals throughout the Bay Area to bring science to you!
- East Bay Discovery Day at Cal State East Bay – Hayward: 10/29/11
- North Bay Discovery Day at Infineon Raceway – Sonoma: 11/05/11
- Festival Finale at AT&T Park – San Francisco: 11/06/11
From Santa Rosa to San Jose, and everywhere in between, the Bay Area is a region of neighborhoods. For those who like to stay local, don’t miss the festival events taking place right in your community. Scientists, engineers, and other experts are set to appear in local libraries and community centers, providing over 50 fun programs for all to enjoy – most of them free.
Explore the cosmos! You are invited to take a “guided tour” of the stars hidden in our city night sky. Observatories around the Bay Area will open their doors to the public and feature talks by faculty and guest astronomers. In Oakland, Chabot Space and Science Center will host the grandest star party with its talks being broadcast over the radio for all to hear. Can’t make it to an observatory? Stargazing sites will be set up at community centers and parks in neighborhoods across the Bay Area. Don’t have a telescope? No problem! A bevy of local astronomers will bring both their equipment and their vast knowledge of the night sky to each location.
Ever wonder…how close we are to curing cancer? How will augmented reality impact the way we use media? How is our genetic code being used to improve medicine? What role do we play in preventing extinction? What makes an addict? These are just some of the many questions that will be explored during the Bay Area Science Festival’s Wonder Dialogue Series. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with some of the world’s top scientists & engineers.
Topics under Development:
- The Big C: the Future of Cancer Research
- Can We Make it to Mars?
- The End of the Universe and the Search for Meaning
One City, One Science Book
So many great science books, but so little time. Join the San Francisco and San Mateo County Libraries as we celebrate the best of science in book form. These annual citywide literary events encourage members of the community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at numerous locations. Stay tuned for the announcement of the book!
Take a walk on the science side! A number of scientists-guided hikes across the Bay Area will be available at your feet – just get out there and enjoy.
Hikes in Development:
- Seismology along the San Andreas Fault
- Water Conservation and the Pulgas Water Temple Hike
- Tidal Restoration of the South Bay Salt Ponds
- Paddle Elkorn Slough with a Naturalist
Science Pub Crawl
Some of the greatest scientific discoveries and discussions originated in local bars and cafes. The Bay Area Science Festival takes the conversation into our bars and cafes with an epic evening of scientific merriment. Enjoy the lighter side of science, from nerd speed dating to cocktail science.
Tags: 2011, annual, at&t park, bay area, california, chancellor, congresswoman, dating, ed lee, Festival, field, First, First Annual, Health Partnership, infineon, Keith Yamamoto, Mayor, moffett, nancy pelosi, Nerd, Nerd Speed Dating, Oct 29th, San Francisco, science, speed, speedway, ucsf, UCSF Science Education, UCSF Science Education & Health Partnership, Vice