Annual Bay Area Science Festival Features Learning Events for All Ages

October 25, 2013
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Kids enjoy science festival

Zoe Ghislain, 7, left, and brother Max, 6, look at a sheep's heart during Discovery Days at AT&T Park in 2012. Photo by Cindy Chew .

Let scientists demonstrate how to play with your food at the local farmer’s market. Learn how to survive a zombie attack on Halloween night. Or sip a cocktail in the company of robots.

The third annual Bay Area Science Festival is rolling out a variety of fun, informative events for all ages to celebrate the role of science, engineering and technology in the region and around the world. Produced by the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UC San Francisco, the 10-day festival involves a number of science institutions, including UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the California Academy of Sciences, the Chabot Space & Science Center and the Tech Museum.

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The festival kicked off Thursday at the new Exploratorium in San Francisco with an “After Dark” event that featured a series of guest lectures and the debut of Homouroboros, a large-scale interactive zoetrope by artist Peter Hudson, in the public plaza at Pier 15.

More than 30 events later, the festival culminates with Discovery Days at AT&T Park on Saturday, Nov. 2, when the entire ballpark will be transformed into a playground for science exploration. The free daylong event, which drew more than 30,000 people last year, will have 150 exhibits, as well as the first-ever Robot Zoo showcasing innovations curated by the Silicon Valley Robotics.

Check out the full event schedule on the Bay Area Science Festival website.

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