North Bay Science Discovery Day (March 11, 2023)
The University of California Cooperative Extension began as the host organization for the North Bay Science Discovery Day in 2019.
- Approximately 15,000 people attend.
- The goals are to:
- spark young people's curiosity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- strengthen the North Bay’s STEM learning ecosystem; bridging across sectors to deepen and sustain youth STEM learning.
- Target audience are youth grades 4th through 8th.
- The event is free (including parking) to be more accessible to youth.
- Over 100 companies, agencies, businesses, schools, clubs, offer
hands-on STEM engagement activities and learning opportunities. Exhibitors do not engage in selling items or fund raising.
- Planned by a core committee of 20 volunteers, with 50 one-day teenage and adult volunteers.
Leveraging UC expertise to develop a qualified workforce.
- UC San Francisco started the event in 2011 with a grant from the National Science Foundation.
- In 2019, UC ANR became the new hosting agency for the North Bay Science Discovery Day, one of three Bay Area Science Festivals.
- ANR resources and expertise strengthen the event by:
- Helping exhibitors engage youth in short-term science activities with promising pedagogical practices.
- Providing evaluation expertise to assess outcomes.
- Offering business operations and risk management services