From The Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:30 pm
KQED’s DEEP LOOK science video series team presents a special 10th Anniversary Bay Area Science Festival virtual screening and discussion!
Join us for a screening of three of DEEP LOOK’s most spine-tingling spider episodes: Secrets of The Orb Weaver; Turret Spiders’ Tiny Towers of Terror; and The Dating Lives of Black Widows.
You’ll hear from DEEP LOOK’s producers and cinematographers about how they captured these spiders’ amazing behavior on camera. Plus, spider experts will answer all your sticky spider questions and reveal why there’s more to these creepy-crawly arachnids than meets the eye.
Ashley Adams, Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Ecology and Evolution, UC Berkeley
Josh Cassidy, Cinematographer and Lead Producer, KQED’s DEEP LOOK
Trent Pearce, Naturalist, East Bay Regional Park District
Mike Seely, Producer, KQED’s DEEP LOOK
James Starrett, Project Scientist, Department of Entomology, UC Davis
From The Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 10:00 am
What’s the price you pay when you walk into a room? For Black STEM students and professionals – as well as individuals from other underrepresented groups – there’s a cost to entering the classroom, lab, conference, and more. Tyrone Poster, principal investigator at Boston University, has paid this tax on countless occasions in his STEM career. His experience, while not unique, provides a deeper look into what many students and professionals also encounter. Tyrone offers his best prescription for confronting what can often be a silent burden and putting a stop to the cultural tax many pay.
Amplified: Race and Reality in STEM aims to give a national platform to speakers to have candid conversations around race and diversity in the STEM fields. Launched in 2020 as part of Gladstone’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this series is hosted in partnership with Georgia Tech, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute at the University of Washington, and The University of Texas at Austin. We hope these discussions spark change throughout the sciences.
From The Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:00 am
For this event, swissnex San Francisco brings together a Swiss and American organization that collaborate with Universities and citizens to find solutions for locally specific problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This event connects the Swiss hackathon scene to a local Stanford University initiative, focusing the discussion around how citizens can participate in and create more resilient responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Swiss organization HackZurich has built the largest European hackathon over the course of the last few years. In March, they organized #CodeVsCOVID19 along with the Zurich University ETH. The hackathon focused specifically on finding solutions for the most pressing problems that COVID-19 had created in Switzerland. They brought together several thousand participants and matched them with over 100 mentors in medicine, epidemiology, etc. For this event we are joined by Setareh Gharibi, Project Lead of Digital Festival & HackZurich.
Bay Area’s Stanford University’s Future Bay Initiative was developed to help local communities better cope with environmental problems. This year the students were tasked with finding solutions for COVID-19 problems that were identified by local Bay Area communities. For this program we are joined by Cansu Culha who headed the modeling group that investigated the benefits of COVID-19 contract tracing by using data that was provided by the Bay Area corporate tech partners.
In response to the pandemic, many Gladstone scientists have rapidly pivoted the focus of their research labs to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
They are leveraging their established tools, unique infrastructure, and diverse expertise in virology to develop improved diagnostics, identify targeted treatment strategies, and invent preventative approaches.
In this virtual lab tour, you’ll get to hear directly from scientists who are working to understand COVID-19.
Three researchers who authored a recent pre-print about the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the heart will present their work, how they made this discovery, and the impact it could have on treatment of COVID-19 patients.
From the Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 4:00 pm
We’re excited to run a virtual coding club this year where young people ages 7-17 can code and explore technology in a fun and social environment. This is a great opportunity to connect as a community in a fun space for kids to code and create amazing projects!
Participants will need a computer they can use for the duration of the coding club.
Learn basic circuitry and optical fibers with San Francisco Public Library To Go Science Kit. Use the kit materials to build a fun fiber optic flashlight.
In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and Bay Area Science Festival features an illuminating science project for family to try out at home. Learn basic electricity and properties of light.
Materials Needed: plastic fiber optic, 3v lithium coin battery, popsicle stick, binder clip made with steel plate, copper foil tape, Light Emitting Diode, and black electric tape.
From the Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 4:00 pm
The Lost Family explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. Libby Copeland will be in conversation with Alicia Zhou, Chief Science Officer at Color, a data-driven platform for population health.
Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington Post, New York magazine, the New York Times, the Atlantic and many other publications. She specializes in the intersection of science and culture. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.
Copies of The Lost Family, signed and personalized by Libby Copeland, can be purchased through The Village Bookstore in Pleasantville, NY (Attention: Jennifer Kohn, 914-769-8322).
From the Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 1:00 pm
San Francisco plants and wildlife, including beautiful butterflies, co-evolved together in a variety of plant communities on our varied soils and in our variable weather. These wildlife and plants are our biodiversity, the foundation of our ecosystem health. We’ll discuss what to plant in San Francisco to feed our local ecosystem, including shallow rooted plants that thrive in pots.
Susan Karasoff gardens in San Francisco’s clay soil. Susan is a member of the California Native Plant Society – Yerba Buena (San Francisco) chapter. Susan brings a systems approach to build resilient local ecosystems and an “only the easiest plants survive” approach to gardening. Susan grows a buffet of native edible and pollinator plants.
From The Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 11:00 am
Have you ever wondered why humans need to be social? How science can help us become healthier? What is it like to study primates in the wild? Grab your lunch and join The Leakey Foundation for Lunch Break Science. We will explore these and many more questions with Leakey Foundation scientists, followed by Q&A with you, the viewing audience.
Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation!
In this video Robotics students will be giving a demonstration of mechanism design and testing. They will be demonstrating their competition robot for the VEX Robotics Change Up game using various physics concepts and will be explaining the separate mechanisms. Atlas Robotics is comprised of four individuals who compete in VEX Robotics and each led world winning teams have started their own organization this year. In this 8 minute video, they touch on this year’s VEX Robotics challenge and give a demonstration of their team’s competition robot in hopes of inspiring the youth to join robotics. They give a short tour of our robotics workspace and explain this year’s game. Next, they explain basic engineering concepts, from mechanical structures to subsystems to electronic sensors, and how our robot functions.
Let’s get cooking—Hungry for Science is a video series that explores the science behind tips and tricks in the kitchen. Learn the hows and whys of making bread, butter, popcorn, and more, and discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking while learning science at home.
Hungry for Science is part of the Exploratorium Learning Toolbox. Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom or learning together at home. Science is all around us, and chances are, you’re already doing it. Everyday tasks and moments of simple play can be deep sources of inquiry, learning, and delight. This collection includes articles, STEM activities, and experiments to do at home, and activity videos.
Very few places in the world have not been touched by invasive species. Biological invasions are a major force of change, affecting many dimensions of life on Earth. Invasions result when species colonize new geographic regions, which are disjunct (isolated) from existing populations. Although species have been moved from place to place for centuries, humans have dramatically altered invasion dynamics, especially with the global expansion of trade in modern times. The speed and scale on which this movement is occurring have increased exponentially.
Join the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center for a closer look at what invasives are, where they are invading, and how they get there.
Looking for something fun to make at home? Maker Ed’s “Learning in the Making: Live!” is a series of collected and curated resources around a topic for educators, families, and youth. We’re excited to share an episode about stop motion animation with BASF! In every episode, we are focusing on making with materials you have around the house. Here’s some inspiration to get you started!
Ever wonder how your favorite cartoon characters come to life? It is done through the process of animation. Stop motion is one style of animation, and it’s really simple! Instead of drawings, artists use objects to create their illustrations. For this episode, our guest host Bárbara Yarza will teach us the basic principles of stop motion animation as we explore our stories of self.
Follow along with us as we stream how to create an animation in two different ways.
From The Bay Area Science Festibal 2020: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 7:30 pm
The Drake equation, proposed by American astronomer Frank Drake and considered to be one of the famous equations in the world, offers a way to estimate the number N of advanced civilizations present in our Milky Way galaxy. Large numbers for N, however, are in apparent conflict with observation, a contradiction known as the Fermi paradox, named after Italian-American physicist and 1938 Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi.
Our speaker, Dr. Pascal Lee, is a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute and at the SETI Institute. He also directs the Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. He argues that advanced civilizations may well be extremely rare. In fact, Dr. Lee estimates that N ~ 1. Even though planets are plentiful in the Milky Way, and even though life as a natural product of chemical and biological evolution is likely common, the number of advanced civilizations in the Galaxy might be of order 1. Says Dr. Lee: “We might be it in the vastness of our galaxy, or there might be just one other…”
Share the Night Sky: listen to an audio recording of this event below (radio only)
From the Bay Area Science Festival 2020: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8:00 pm
San Francisco’s “Urban Astronomer” Paul Salazar will join DJ Marilynn at radio station KPOO to broadcast and stream a guided tour of the glorious night sky. With Paul’s radio and live-stream Internet audio guidance, Bay Area residents will collectively view the setting Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn, as Mars, the Pleiades star cluster, and the Andromeda Galaxy rise in the east. (Folks stuck indoors or under clouds can participate “virtually” via any of several free smartphone astronomy apps.) Find an unobstructed view of the sky, and tune into KPOO-FM (89.5 MHz) or visit https://kpoo.com/stream. Stargazing households congregating in backyards and socially-distanced strangers on sidewalks will feel united by the grandeur — and the wonder — of the night sky.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Mt Tam Astronomy
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
Stay tuned for information and updates for the 2022 Bay Area Science Festival