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One Week ’Til Fourth Annual Bay Area Science Festival

Bay Area Science Festival Festival


One Week ’Til Fourth Annual Bay Area Science Festival: October 23-November 1

Unprecedented Showcase of Region’s Science & Educational Leaders

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17 October 2014 — SAN FRANCISCO: In One week the Fourth Annual Bay Area Science Festival (, presented by Chevron, will “unleash your inner scientist” in venues throughout the Bay Area. Running October 23 – November 1, the Festival is led by the UC San Francisco, and comprised of over 50 events – most of them free. Designed to showcase the region’s catalytic role in scientific progress and provide innovative opportunities to build community around science, technology and engineering, the Bay Area Science Festival is the largest such event of its kind in the nation. Below: some of the Festival’s upcoming highlights.

Nerd Nite Block Party – Friday, October 24, 6pm – 10pm

The 4th annual Bay Area Science Festival is launching on Friday October 24th – an epic 10 day celebration of science & tech across the Bay Area. This year’s festival is being kicked-off in an unusual way, with a simultaneous injection of science into multiple SoMa venues: our first ever Nerd Nite Block Party. We’re hosting a science punk rock show at Slim’s, nerd speed dating at SoMa StrEat Food Park, a video gaming night at Folsom Street Foundry, “How It’s Made” tours of local artisans and workshops, and live science podcasts with “Science….sort of” and Nerdist Science. About 1000 people are expected to attend the Block Party. Poster:

Tested Live – Saturday, October 25, 1pm’s Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Will Smith, and Norman Chan bring to stage visions of the past, present, and future as seen through the eyes of makers. Enjoy an afternoon of fantastic homebrew projects, demonstrations of exciting new technologies, and conversations with makers about new frontiers of innovation. The show will also include a live recording of Adam Savage’s interview series The Talking Room, with the head of Google (x), Astro Teller!

•Defuse a virtual bomb using the new Occulus Rift gaming technology (virtual reality headset)

•Live 3d printing of 1 attendee as they enter the event

•Will and Norm throw water balloons at each other on High Speed Camera

•Special effects artist Frank Ippolito transforms a person into a Futurama character on stage

•Special presentation from Roman Mars, Host 99% Invisible

•Conversation with Adam Savage & Astro Teller, head of Google (x) (Google’s experimental research group)

Video promo from Adam Savage:

Snap Judgment – 1 Show Only!: Saturday, October 25, 8pm at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater.

NPR’s hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. It’s an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival. Led by Snap’s Glynn Washington, the world’s top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on moments of discovery. It’s “Storytelling, with a beat….” LIVE! Come be part of an amazing performance filmed for Snap Judgment and recorded for broadcast on NPR. The last show sold out, so get your tickets now.

Video from last live show:

Triple CCRMAlite: 40, 50, 80, Sunday, October 26, 1:30pm

Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced “karma”) has been on the scene of electronic and computer-generated sound, since, well, before there was a scene. We are proud in 2014 to be celebrating three important moments in the history of CCRMA and of computer music: founder John Chowning’s 80th birthday; the 50th anniversary of the first computer music program on campus (in the form of a stack of punch cards); and the 40th anniversary of CCRMA. Please join us for a Science Fair showcasing current student research, and a concert featuring works by John Chowning (including a première of a new piece), fellow computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset, and CCRMA alumni Kotoka Suzuki and Leah Reid. Schedule Detail:

1:30pm-6pm: CCRMA Science Fair – explore artifacts and hands-on exhibits from CCRMA’s musical history, including one of the earliest keyboards!

2:30pm: ConcertFollowing the concert, please join us on a musical walk from Bing Concert Hall to CCRMA!

Inquiring Minds/Story Collider Double Feature: Tuesday, October 28 at Rickshaw Stop:

Four true science stories, including Shayle Matsuda telling his personal tale of gender transition. This will be a powerful night of intense, gripping stories. Inquiring minds is a podcast hosted by Mother Jones. They’ll be interviewing Adam Savage this night.

Discovery Days at AT&T Park: Saturday, November 1: 11am – 4pm

The concluding event of the Bay Area Science Festival – a FREE science extravaganza that’s too big for just one side of the Golden Gate Bridge! Last year, more than 40,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. AT&T Park will feature over 150 exhibits, including the return of the “Robot Zoo” in Willie Mays Plaza, the Chevron STEM Zone featuring 20 hands-on engineering activities and takeaways, Oracle’s Education Zone with special marine science activities hosted by National Geographic, and Fireside chats with scientists in AT&T Park’s new edible garden in centerfield.

Celebrating 150 years of history, UC San Francisco now encompasses more than 20 locations in San Francisco alone with affiliates and partners across the Bay and around the world.

Since the Gold Rush, UC San Francisco has been integral to San Francisco, a leader in caring for its people and a driving force in its thriving economy and bioscience innovation. For more information on the 150th anniversary, visit

In addition to UC San Francisco and the National Science Foundation, partners for the Bay Area Science Festival include the Buck Institute for Age Research, the University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, California State University East Bay, San Jose State University, the California Academy of Sciences, the Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center, the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, The Tech Museum, the Exploratorium, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, the Oakland Zoo, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the United States Geological Survey, KQED Quest, BayBio, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Wonderfest.

For ongoing information about the events, visit the Bay Area Science Festival website / twitter@bayareascience / #basf14 /