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Included with museum admission.
Adults Only (18+)
We’re kicking off the Bay Area Science Festival with a celebration of fascinating science from around the Bay Area. On October 24, the festival's opening night, enjoy special guest lectures by Andrew Oliphant (San Francisco State Department of Geography), William Cochlan, PhD (Romberg Tiberon Center), and Ben Davis (Bay Lights and Pi in The Sky). Get creative all evening long with the Tinkering Social Club's hands-on activities, or participate in The Really Big Questions, an engaging group conversation about what makes for good storytelling.
Explorables will test your design mettle in a competition to see who can safely land an egg launched from on high, and Explainers will demonstrate Plankton Drags of the bay and Cow Eye Dissections, along with a special dissection done by staff specialist Stephanie Bailey. Skip Elsheimer and senior scientist Ron Hipschman will provide unique Exploratorium-style commentary alongside a handpicked selection of vintage science reels.
Join us for the Tinkering Social Club, an experiment in learning through community tinkering. Meet other curious, adventurous, expert and novice tinkerers and mess around with tools, materials, and technologies. Share what you know and don’t know. Talk about your tinkering passions, discover new ones, and meet some delightfully quirky people.
The opening night of the BASF is going to be full of investigations, discoveries, and aha moments—don't miss a single one.
More about BASF
Pier 15: An Architectural Tour
With Rutherford and Chekene
$20/ $15 Exploratorium Members
How is Acid Disrupting the Ocean’s Food Chain?
With William Cochlan
Central Gallery Classroom 1606
Turbulence in the City
With Andrew Oliphant
The Really Big Questions
Circles of Engagement: Why Do We Need Stories?
History Science Theater
With Skip Elsheimer and Ron Hipschman
How The Bay Lights Was Born
With Ben Davis
Investigating the Brain
With Gladstone Institutes
Google Glass Demonstrations
Meet the Scientists from Romberg Tiburon Center
With Stephanie Stewart-Baileyv 6:00–9:00 p.m.
With the Tinkering Social Club
Cow Eye Dissections