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Free 'Discovery Day' Science Festival for Kids on Oct. 27

Bring all kids you know to the free Discovery Day science festival and help them get excited about STEM careers.

All children and their families are invited to the free North Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hall of Flowers, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.

The goals of Discovery Day are to inspire children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers and showcase North Bay STEM organizations.

Last year, the first Discovery Day in the North Bay was held at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, and more than 4,000 people attended. Exhibitors included Agilent Technologies, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Junior College, the Buck Institute and Clover Stornetta. With this larger venue, we expect more than 7,000 attendees. Come and see the action! Reservations are not necessary ... just show up.

Exhibitors are expected to have a hands-on kid-fiendly booth with a definite "wow" factor!  Highlights include using liquid nitrogen to make instant ice cream, saving "Mr Sim" in an emergency room, catapult launches, an F-4 simulator, strawberry DNA extractions, and much, much more!

Folks at the Buck Institute here in Novato have been incredibly supportive of this whole event. You may want to watch a movie about Julie Mangada, a Buck Institute scientist, who was the inspiration for the Science Festival.  She has the fun assignment of going out to the schools getting kids excited about science.  How cool is that?

By the way, Ms. Cat Nam's fourth grade class at Rancho Elementary in Novato has designed a very cool art contest that will take place at the Discovery Day science festival. Her last year's class was also involved with a special "focus group" that helped us shape the Discovery Day.

The Sonoma County Fairgrounds are at 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa, conveniently near Highway 12 and Highway 101.  

The North Bay Discovery Day kicks off the week of activities that will culminate with another Discovery Day in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 3.  Check out the entire week's calendar for more things to do! 

If you have any questions, please contact me, Carole Bennett, the co-chair of the volunteer committee that puts this all together. This is, by far, the most fun and rewarding activity that I have done so far in my newly retired job status!  

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Vicki Campbell October 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Looks like a fantastic event. I wish my kids were still in high school or elementary school. They love stuff like this!
Patricia Hess October 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I'm encouraging my grandkids to go--they are both fascinated by science!
Don Pierce October 15, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Kids of all ages will be lining up to see ice cream made with the cooling power of liquid Nitrogen...about 4 quarts in 4 minutes. after that you can ultrasound a goldfish save Mr. Sim(ulated)s life and perhaps hitch a ride in a flight simulator, and .... And its all free.
Don Pierce October 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Oh, and San Marin High's Robot team - The Penguin Empire will be there in force...
Cmt October 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This is a fantastic event! Last year a parent quoted, "I was only planning on staying for an hour, but my kids didn't want to leave, so we were there until the end."

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