Late October is synonymous with pumpkin-flavored everything and new boots, but after four years, the Bay Area Science Festival owns late October. The festival officially kicks off this weekend, starting 10-days of unique science-centered events, mostly free and mostly aimed at families. This is the time to check out the event calendar to pick out activities not to be missed and make reservations for those requiring them before they fill up (which happens quite fast).
The Bay Area is incredibly fortunate to have top tier universities and research facilities, and innovative tech companies. The Bay Area Science Festival taps into all of that with lectures at Stanford, Farmer’s Market science with UC Berkeley scientists, stem cell awareness day, a scientific look at GMOs, social science, paleontology, and so much more. There is something for everyone, including active activities to sit down talks. There are some adult-only events, too, like a Nerd Nite Block Party tonight in San Francisco.
The goals of the festival are to:
• Raise awareness of the importance of science in everyday life in the minds of our local community
• Increase dialogue about science and technology throughout the region
• Provide unparalleled access to the region’s vast science and technology assets
• Create meaningful direct interactions with scientists across all age ranges
• Engage young people in the fun, excitement and awe of science to inspire them to careers in science & technology
• Encourage partnership and collaboration between and among the STEM community and our target audience
This year the major event ended the festival will be held in two locations. In the past, AT&T Park hosted the huge Discovery Days event, but this year, a North Bay location has been added. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds will host family-friendly exhibits, experiments, and hands on activities, too. Both events are Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free.
Photo courtesy of the Bay Area Science Festival