Save the date for the 2012 festival – 10/27-11/3! We couldn’t be more thrilled to be back for another year.
This year’s festival will feature over 60 events across the Bay Area. Many of your favorites from last year will be back including:
Bay Area Star Party
Discovery Days at AT&T Park
Discovery Days North Bay at Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Passport to Science – our new day of science hikes, tours, and adventures
Plus so many more!
Check out this link for the full event schedule:http://www.bayareascience.org/schedule/
AT&T Park will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this free science extravaganza on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 11AM-4PM.
Last year, more than 21,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, there is something for everyone to unleash their inner scientist.
Chevron STEM Zone
This exhibit is a fully-functioning television studio where guests get to experience the technology behind a sports’ broadcast. Participants will use teleprompters, video cameras, studio lights, audio recording equipment, and green screen technology to create their own broadcast – which can then be uploaded to our YouTube channel.
“Science of Pitching”/Aerodynamics
This demonstration uses compressed air to launch a ping pong ball towards a target (a batter and a catcher’s mitt). A small patch of sand paper near the end of the cannon barrel causes the ball to spin as it leaves the barrel. Students can observe how the spin of the ball will affect the flight of the ball toward the plate.
Four laptop computers are connected to the internet site http://www.energyville.com
. Energyville is a game developed by The Economist Group that allows players to control the energy mix of a virtual city and to discover the economic, environmental, and security impacts of their decisions. Come play the game and learn more about the energy sources and demands that shape energy decisions worldwide.
“Gravity Ball Drop”/Acceleration due to Gravity
This demonstration shows that the acceleration due to gravity affects all objects equally. The exhibit uses an apparatus to drop 5 different sports balls ranging in size from a golf ball to a bowling ball, at the same time. The exhibit shows that all balls will drop at the same rate. The exhibit also shows that drag will affect the rate of fall.
Chevron Energy Solutions - The Science of Solar
Chevron invites visitors to adjust and play with mini-solar panels to capture sunlight and to power a water pump. The better the panels are angled to capture sunlight, the more solar energy is generated to power the water pump.Watch how much faster the water pump transfers water from one bucket to another when the mini-solar panels are angled in the right position to capture the most sunlight.
Techbridge – Design and “carry on”!
Come by the Techbridge booth to participate in an opportunity to design a prototype of a carrying device to transport grain (sand). Participants will be provided with basic materials such as recycled plastic grocery bags, cardstock, rubber bands and paper. With these materials, they will have 5 minutes to design the carrying structure and test it on a Barbie doll or another type of doll. This activity will highlight the engineering design process and designing for a cause.
Chabot Space & Science Center - Train Like an Astronaut
Have fun with our hands-on activities that take you through astronaut training-style exercises. Test your balance skills and how well your brain can adapt to new conditions. Watch what happens to objects as we simulate launching them into space with our vacuum chamber!
MARE/Lawrence Hall of Science – Marine Activities, Resources and Education - Sand on Stage
Visitors will explore sand samples from around the world with hand lenses and microscopes. By observing the color, size, and shape of sand grains, they will be able to make predictions about the beaches from which the sand came. Are waves on the beach good for surfing? What is the sand made of? How old is the sand? Visitors will also be able to create and take home sand cards to share with others.
RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching)
Combine a straw, glove and tube to make a “note” worthy sound activity.
Colors of Light
Discover the rainbow in white light with this easy to build spectroscope.
Experiment with air pressure as you propel a straw rocket with a simple squeeze.
Learn about potential and kinetic energy as you roll the can and it rolls back to you!
Richmond High School, Robotics Program - Shooting hoops with G6
Come shoot some hoops with G6! See how the robot built by the students performs on the court shooting basketballs.
Girls Inc. - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Vehicle and HTML Coding
We will provide a model of an alternative vehicle energy source, and providing an explanation on how it works. Allowing the participants to examine and operate the model. Youth will learn how easy and simple HTML coding is to design a website on their own.