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Bay Area Science Festival 2012

The Tech Museum of Innovation is proud to partner with Bay Area Science Festival to Unleash Your Inner Scientist

Events at a glance

For more events, check out the Bay Area Science Festival website.

Asteroids Rock! 

The Tech Challenge 2013 Info Clinic

Saturday, October 27

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

New Venture Hall

A signature program of The Tech Museum, The Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for students in grades 5-12 that introduces and reinforces the engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solve a real-world problem. Learn more about this year's challenge, as teams collaborate to design innovative launching solutions to land sensitive research equipment at various locations on an asteroid. Learn the rules and regulations, see the Test Rig, and talk with the engineers who designed The Tech Challenge 2013. Ask any questions you like as you start to imagine many innovative solutions.

Mima la Scienza! 

Wednesday, October 31 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

New Venture Hall

Free to the public
Bay Area students will be joining us for an international science pantomime.
Via a live-link to the Genoa Science Festival, our students will connect with students in Italy. The students will pantomime science concepts to each other through live-link technology. While the students in Italy do the pantomiming, our Bay Area students will try to guess the science concepts – and vice versa, as they connect across the world through technology and overcome the language barrier with the universal language of science.

After Hours: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Thursday, November 1 

7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

$10/$8 members

After Hours is the monthly evening event where adults 21 and older enjoy science, technology, entertainment, and cocktails together with their friends. Explore the entire museum with other adults under moody lighting and music. Enjoy Blood Orange Tech-tinis from our no-host bar, as you explore science & technology and celebrate a rich cultural tradition, including live dances from Grupo Folklorico Luna 7 Sol de San Jose State, sugar skulls, and maybe even dance with comely Catrina. Engage with Stanford anatomy scientists and tinker with the Anatomage digital autopsy table. You’ll get to peel back many technological layers, right down to the skeletons!

Science Superheroes

Bay Area Science Festival Signature Event

Friday, November 2 

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater

$10/$5 members
Scientists are superheroes too! While they can't leap tall buildings in a single bound or shoot weird web goo out of their wrists, they do take steps towards solving the big problems our world is faced with today. Meet 5 local scientists who are changing the way we understand the world. In this TED-style event, you'll meet these hidden superheroes – learning about their science, feeling their passion, and hearing their incredible stories. Learn more about the speakers.

Ready, Set, Fly! Goes to San Francisco

SF Discovery Day

Saturday, November 3

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Free to the Public
Join us for many spectacular failures and successes of flight at Bay Area Science Festival's Discovery day at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Become a flight innovator as you build flying machines and test them with our human-powered launcher. Tinker with many designs as you move, change, and add parts. Leverage the 4 forces of flight to make your plane go further or add twists and flips. Be fearless. Learn from your spectacular failures as you create your flight path to success. What will you design to break The Tech's flight record?

PR2 at The Tech Museum 

Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Upper Level Bridge

Free with museum admission
Willow Garage’s PR2 robot returns to The Tech Museum for an interactive program. Here's your chance to meet this powerful research robot who can see, talk, pick up objects, and even dance around! Create your own programs for the robot and then see your code come to life. Program the robot to perform a show, or have people guess your robot charade. Make PR2 dance to your favorite song, dress in costume, act like a movie star – anything you can imagine.