EastBay Today

Posted October 9, 2017

Discovery Day is Back

Cal State East Bay's biennial science fair expected to draw thousands to campus

It’s time to unleash your inner scientist. Dozens of family-friendly, hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and opportunities to meet Bay Area scientists and engineers will happen at Cal State East Bay’s Science Festival Oct. 28.

Discovery Day, which is free to the public, will be held in the North and South Science buildings and in the Valley Business and Technology Center on the university’s Hayward campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The science festival at Cal State East Bay, which dates back to 1974, is now part of the larger Bay Area Science Festival, a two-week celebration of science, technology, engineering and math running from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11 throughout the region. Other Discovery Days are being held in San Francisco and Santa Rosa.

“I hope everyone has fun, learns something and comes away with a better sense of what science is about,” said Cal State East Bay College of Science Dean Jason Singley. “Science is the study of how the world around us works. Science impacts our daily lives in a variety of ways, including through the technologies we use, our health care and how we interact with the natural environment. Understanding science is part of being an informed and contributing member of society.”

This year, 8,000 people are expected to attend the festival and attractions will include a chemistry magic show, fossil casting, geophysical prospecting and a look at the life of a criminologist.