The North Bay Science Discovery Day, a public, free, non-commercial, youth science festival held in Santa Rosa, CA, was started in 2011 by UC San Francisco and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
The event is a one-day, free, public science festival reaching upwards of 10,000 youth aged 9 to 14 (although youth 5 to 18 are welcome) to spark their curiosity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); while strengthening the North Bay’s STEM learning ecosystem; bridging across sectors to deepen and sustain youth STEM learning.
Purpose: To stimulate young people's excitement and curiosity for learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the San Francisco North Bay through exciting hands-on activities with some of the seemingly ordinary things that surround us but hold the secret of scientific understanding and success in modern life.
From the very beginning, the NBSDD has consistently been true to certain values, and as a result, the program has developed an excellent reputation and has been a wonderful event for the community.
That the event be completely free (including parking) and available to any who show up at the gates.
That the target audience is youth of 4th through 8th grades, but designed to engage all ages.
That each exhibitor's participation is accepted based on its ability to engage kids in meaningful ways as well as the quality and appropriateness of STEM content.
That as a non-commercial event, exhibitors do not engage in selling items or fund raising.