Tens of thousands of people of all ages took to the field and upper levels of Oracle Park on Saturday to participate in hands-on science experiments for the annual Discovery Day organized by UC San Francisco.
Discovery Day is the culmination of the 2019 Bay Area Science Festival’s nearly 50 events held around the Bay Area. On a sunny Saturday, scientists, clinicians and students from UCSF staffed nearly 40 health science-themed booths. More than 100 organizations, including NASA and Chevron, offered a range of other STEM activities.
UCSF School of Dentistry student Sana Mahmoud teaches 6-year-olds Yuvana Watchmaker and Meghana Watchmaker about proper brushing techniques during the Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Day at Oracle Park on Saturday, Nov. 2. Photo by Noah Berger
Tens of thousands attended the Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Day at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Saturday. The event is organized by UCSF. Photo by Noah Berger
Kira, 5, and Livia, 4, pose at UCSF’s “cell-fie” photo booth during Discovery Day at Oracle Park. Photo by Noah Berger
Nurban Michetti, 7, learns how to check blood pressure from UCSF fourth-year medical student Sravani Kondapavulur. Photo by Noah Berger
UCSF volunteer Chelsea Stewart teaches Esmeralda Mendoza about skin at one of UCSF’s nearly 40 booths at Discovery Day. Photo by Noah Berger
Jordan Briscoe, a research assistant at UCSF’s Biological Imaging Development Center, teaches children about fluorescence microscopy during the Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Day at Oracle Park. Photo by Noah Berger
Abigail Chen, 11, gets a dental examine from UCSF School of Dentistry clinical instructor Michael Le, DDS, PhD, during at Oracle Park on Saturday while UCSF School of Dentistry student Yvonne-Marie Barrientos looks on. Photo by Noah Berger
Karen Zhang receives a flu shot at a UCSF table during the Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Day at Oracle Park. Photo by Noah Berger
The two-week-long Bay Area Science 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 fosters interest in science, builds scientific literacy, and advances diversity and inclusivity in science by connecting the scientific community and the public. The program offerings include partnerships between UCSF volunteers and K-12 teachers, courses for teachers, and several programs that connect high school students with mentors to conduct scientific research in a university environment.