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North Bay Science Discovery Day (March 12, 2022)

The University of California Cooperative Extension began as the host organization for the North Bay Science Discovery Day in 2019. 

The Event

  • 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.

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UC Cooperative Extension Role
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

Contact: Steven M. Worker, PhD
New Event Chair, North Bay Science Discovery Day 2020
Cooperative Extension Advisor, 4-H Youth Development, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties
smworker@ucanr.edu

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