Science Festival Features Fun Events for All Ages


Let scientists demonstrate how you can play with your food at the local farmers’ 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 and Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UCSF, the 10-day festival involves a number of science institutions, including UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the California Academy of Sciences, the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

The festival kicked off last 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 the artist Peter Hudson, in the public plaza at Pier 15.

More than 30 events later, the festival culminates in Discovery Days at AT&T Park on Saturday, November 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 Silicon Valley Robotics, a nonprofit business association.

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