Bay Area Science Festival Draws More Than 30,000 to AT&T Park with Interactive Exhibits

The World Series may be over, but AT&T Park was still buzzing over the weekend as thousands came to play and learn through interactive science exhibits.

The second annual Bay Area Science Festival, the region's largest educational event, culminated Saturday with Discovery Days at AT&T Park, after offering dozens of fun learning opportunities at various venues over the past two weeks. The festival was produced by the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UCSF and a core group of science institutions.

Accompanied by Giants mascot Lou Seal, UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, PhD, joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Chevron Vice President of Human Resources Joe Laymon to kick off Discovery Days with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Then more than 30,000 people flooded the ball field to check out more than 150 booths enticing kids to make their own slime, or take their own DNA samples through cheek swabs and examine cells through a microscope. An entire gray whale skeleton was set up on the field that attendees could examine up close.

Chevron also teamed up with the Exploratorium to create “STEM Zone” stations that merged science and sports, including one that demonstrated the physics of throwing a curve ball. The sports theme inspired many of the kids, outfitted in their Giants gear, to toss around some balls and run around the bases where their baseball heroes claimed victory just days earlier.

Photos by Cindy Chew