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Explore science at Cal State East Bay’s 'Discovery Day' Oct. 26


Science enthusiasts of all ages flock to CSUEB's biennial Discovery Day. (Photo: Barry Zepel)

  • September 2, 2013

Prepare to be mesmerized when Cal State East Bay hosts its biennial Science Festival: Discovery Day 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 26, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival.

This science extravaganza will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the university’s Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. It will be be presented by CSUEB's College of Science for enthusiasts of all ages. Admission and parking are free and the public is invited.

Presentations and experiments will take place throughout the college’s two buildings, as well as in the adjacent Valley Business and Technology Center.

Science festivals at Cal State East Bay have become a much-anticipated biennial tradition since 1974, with efforts made to welcome residents from throughout Bay Area, particularly those from Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Two years ago, CSUEB's Discovery Day drew approximately 6,000 visitors. This year's festival promises to be even bigger and better, said Charlene Lebastchi, festival coordinator and member of the CSUEB College of Science staff.

“There will be more than 50 activities ... including exhibits, demonstrations, experiments and lectures,” said Lebastchi. “Crowd-favorite attractions, such as the Chemistry Magic Show, will return to wow audiences again with three performances.”

According to Lebastchi, there will be some surprises this year for attendees with presentations provided by CSUEB's Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education program, as well as from the Berkeley Engineers and Mentors and the Felidae Conservation Fund.

Other attractions to anticipate include the state-of-the-art simulation lab in the Nursing Department, a statistics funhouse, fossil casting, physics demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and levitating magnets. Additionally, there will be mathematical puzzles, glow-in-the-dark animals and exploration of science-related career fields such as criminology and psychology.

The Cal State East Bay University Bookstore will be selling science books to enthusiasts wishing to continue their exploration at home. 

“There will be something for everyone,” Lebastchi said.

CSUEB will be assisted by Bay Area Science Festival partners including Chevron Corp., the Oakland Zoo, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and other education organizations.

The event will be one of three Discovery Days presentations taking place throughout the region in partnership with the Bay Area Science Festival. Other science festival events are scheduled Oct. 26  at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and  Nov. 2  at AT&T Park.

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