2018 Bay Area Science Festival Culminates in Discovery Day at AT&T Park

By Nina Bai

Under sunshine and blue skies, thousands of children and families packed AT&T Park to experience first-hand the excitement of science at Discovery Day on Nov. 3.

The event capped off the eighth annual Bay Area Science Festival, organized by UC San Francisco, which brought two weeks of jam-packed science activities to the Bay Area. 

From watching mitosis under a microscope to exploring the human brain through virtual-reality headsets, learning about the inner structure of the human ear to prodding preserved cow eyeballs, attendees at Discovery Day got a front row seat to science.

UCSF scientists, clinicians and students staffed more than 25 health science-themed booths. Other organizations, including NASA, Genentech and Chevron, offered a range of additional science, technology and engineering activities.

The Bay Area Science Festival this year also featured scientist talks in the community and several laboratory tours on UCSF’s campus, all free and open to the public.

The festival is organized by UCSF and produced by the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UCSF along with a core group of science institutions. SEP is a partnership between UCSF and the San Francisco Unified School District that supports high quality science education for K-12 students. The program offerings include visits from UCSF volunteers to K-12 classrooms, learning experiences for teachers, and a high school internship program that pairs underrespresented students with mentors to conduct scientific research in a university environment.

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