The North Bay Science Discovery Day requires a year-long planning process to recruit sponsors, sign up and coordinate exhibitors, promote, and finally to orchestrate the actual day of the event.
The goal is to have a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) event FREE to families in the North Bay, which is all done with volunteer efforts.
Begun with the inspiration of the North Bay Leadership Council and an NSF grant through UCSF's Bay Area Science Festival, the Buck Institute recruited a volunteer team.
Our first year in 2011 we welcomed 4,000 visitors, in 2012 we had 8,000 visitors, in 2013 there were 10,000 visitors, and in 2014 and 2015 there were over 14,000 visitors. In 2016, in spite of the rain, we had at least 15,000. In 2017 following the horrific Santa Rosa fires, the community requested that we go ahead as planned. Our attendance was lower at 10,000, but they were most appreciative of some kind of wholesome distraction. Over the years we have grown from 30 exhibitors to over 100 exhibitors with exciting activities for kids.
The last year in 2018 our numbers returned to a welcomed number of 15,000 attendees being involved with over 120 hands-on activities.