Bay Area Science Festival 2020 Goes Virtual

The 10th annual Bay Area Science Festival is going virtual this year with more than 125 experiences for all ages on Oct. 21-25.

The free event, which in less turbulent times was held at Oracle Park, will feature virtual forums, games and contests, and active explorations bringing together science roles models, adults and children.

“More than ever, the critical role science plays in our daily lives is self-evident and is sparking interest in STEM,” Katherine Nielsen, co-founder of the Bay Area Science Festival said in a statement. “We had an overwhelming response to transforming the festival from in-person to virtual, resulting in a huge collection of fun, fascinating and unexpected opportunities for people of all ages to discover science together.”

The event will include hands-on virtual experiences for children, teens, families and adults. Topics will include climate change, racism and science, wildfire science, and talking to kids in Spanish about COVID-19. Hands-on activities will include the Science of Pulling Noodles, Oakland Zoo Quest and a Bee Colorful Poster Contest. There will be behind-the-scenes tours featuring UC San Francisco’s Makers Lab, UC Berkeley formula race car lab and Department of Energy’s Bay Area SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory COVID-19 testing facility. Another event will bring together Bay Area residents by radio and live streaming internet audio to view the setting Moon, planets and star clusters. More than 25 of the STEM events include supplies, while they last, that will be mailed to participants to build paper microscopes, tiny cars and fiber optic flashlights.

The festival is produced by the Science & Health Education Partnership at UCSF in collaboration with Bay Area universities, museums, cultural institutions, corporations, after-school groups, research labs, government agencies and more.

Chevron has supported the festival since it started 10 years ago, and has invested in STEM education to help students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. There are opportunities to learn more about Chevron partnerships, take a career quiz and watch STEM video at

“UCSF and so many others are eager to come together and share our collective passions for science and showcase the STEM opportunities and connections that exist in the Bay Area,” Nielsen stated. “BASF partners met this year’s challenge and adapted.”

For more information about the festival and to register, click here

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