Over 7,000 visitors attended the second annual North Bay Discovery Day held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Hall of Flowers on October 27, 2012. There were approximately 35 exhibitors with very cool "hands-on" activities to get kids excited about future STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Leaders of the Buck Institute applauded our volunteer committee by saying the event was a "marvel" to the field!
BREAKING NEWS! Our 2013 date has just been confirmed for Saturday, October 26, 2013! Please mark your calendar!
Agilent Technologies and Kaiser of San Rafael stepped up as very generous sponsors for our North Bay Discovery Day. The Buck Insitute provided staff, meeting space, and general support for the entire year. In-kind donations were generously provided by Press Democrat, Santa Rosa Junior College, Comcast, GHD, and Strahm Communications. We are proud to spotlight our local employers who will be looking to hire these kids some day! Thank you! Without your support, we would not have been able to provide this event TOTALLY FREE to families of the North Bay. If you are interested in sponsoring our upcoming 2013 event, or if you know anyone who might want to be a sponsor, please email Don Pierce.
There were approximately 35 exhibitors with exciting "hands-on" activities that had kids standing in line to participate. This is an excellent way to get kids engaged! We received several comments on how impressively the exhibitors transfered rather sophisticated concepts to kids in an understandable and friendly manner. If you are interested in being an exhibitor in 2013, or if you know someone who might be, please email Lyman Black. Please let us know if you need ideas or assistance in coming up with ways to convert your sophisticated technology into "fun kid related" activities. We can help!
Attendees and exhibitors continuously complimented our volunteers as being incredibly friendly and helpful! Volunteers are what make it all happen on the real event day! Volunteers helped with set up, take down and parking, worked in exhibit booths, distributed programs, and completed many other tasks at Discovery Day. If you are interested in volunteering at our next Discovery Day, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please email Carole Bennett.
The North Bay Science Discovery Day planning committee meets weekly at the Buck Institute campus in Novato. We work all year long organizing this exciting and free event for our North Bay community, which is just one activity in the week-long Bay Area Science Festival. Most of us are volunteers, but there are several Buck staff who keep the momentum moving forward. After our two annual successes, we are seriously motivated to continue forward.
This newsletter is a means of keeping you up to date with our decision making. We solicit input from you at any time. Please consider sending an email with your ideas and suggestions for having an even better venue next year. Please contact Carole Bennett or Linda McDougal, the Co-Chairs of the planning committee. Other members of the core planning committee are Don Pierce, Lyman Black, Karen Santiago, Julie Mangada, Jennifer Rodrigues, and Dipa Bhaumik. Our expanded steering committee includes Jeff Weber, Derek Knell, Jan King, Ralph O'Rear, Kristen Gates, Kishore Hari, Mike Roa, and Cynthia Murray.
The entire week-long Bay Area Science Festival is full of diverse activities designed to get the attention of kids and their families. The goal is to stimulate active minds to be excited about future STEM careers. Our North Bay Science Discovery Day was the opening event for the 2012 festival week, and the huge Discovery Day held at AT&T Park was the culminating event. The catalyst for the entire series of events was an NSF grant coordinated by Kishore Hari of UCSF. We are most grateful to be part of it all!
For the coming year, we plan to strengthen the promotion of other events that are happening in the North Bay during the festival week. If you have events related to STEM that are happening in October 2013, please let us know. We will put them on the larger event calendar and help you to promote them. Please email Carole Bennett.
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