Open Labs

Open Labs highlights the incredible science resources in the Bay Area by offering a series of tours, hikes and active explorations. 10 tours will be offered on Sunday, October, 27th, designed to uncover those hidden gems.  Come out for a unique, fun and educational glimpse into the scientific wonders of the Bay Area!


Please only sign up for one tour so as many people as possible can enjoy this special tours!


[wpspoiler name="X-ray Laser Science at SLAC" hideText=""]

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in cooperation with the Bay Area Science Festival, welcomes visitors ages 12 and over to Open Labs to explore the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the most powerful X-ray free- electron laser. A DOE national user facility, its highly focused beam shines a billion times brighter than previous X-ray sources to shed light on fundamental processes of chemistry, materials and energy science, technology and life itself.


Time: 1:30PM – 4:00PM


2575 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="San Andreas to the Sea: An Introduction to Earth Sciences in the Bay Area" hideText=""]

During this tour of the northern peninsula we will visit two different locations from which a variety of topics related to Earth science will be introduced and discussed: the geologic history of the Bay Area; its major fault systems and their effects; the history of the bay itself; natural hazards and coastal erosion; and our unique climate.


Some of the questions you may find answers to include: Why is the the San Francisco Bay there? How long has it existed? What kinds of rocks are found in the area and where did they come from? What is a fault and why does it make earthquakes? Why are there so many hills in the area? What natural hazards could potentially affect us? Why is always so cold and foggy in some places and sunny in others?


Our first stop and meeting place will be Junipero Serra County Park, where we will have a fabulous vista out over the bay and peninsula. The park is also less than a mile from the San Andreas fault, and we will be able to appreciate many of the landforms which have resulted from its movement over the past few million years. From there we will traverse over to Daly City to explore Mussel Rock Park, where the San Andreas fault heads out to sea. We’ll see firsthand the effects of coastal erosion and talk about some of the important oceanic processes taking place just offshore. We’ll also do a short hike down to look at Mussel Rock itself and examine some of the different rock types we see along the way. The tour should wind up around 3:30 with plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Any and all questions are welcome during the tour‚ we hope to have a discussion which is interesting and informative to all. No prior knowledge is necessary or assumed.


Organized by Stanford School of Earth Sciences


Time: 1:00PM – 3:30PM


Iris Point @ Junipero Serra County Park

1801 Crystal Springs Road

San Bruno, CA 94066
[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name="Behind the Scenes with Social Robots at The Tech Museum of Innovation" hideText=""]

Join The Tech’s exhibits team for a behind the scenes look at the creation of the new Social Robots exhibition, and for a private experience building your own social robots. See how The Tech co-created this unique museum experience with their visitors. Learn how they used 3D CAD modeling, 3D Printing, Arduino, and rapid PCB production to create the robot components. Find out about how volunteers helped build the robot parts, and how you can get involved in future exhibit creation at The Tech.

The behind the scenes presentation will be followed by a private experience in the Social Robots exhibition building your own robots. Please note, there are strong magnets used in this exhbition.

Pre-register at the Tech’s BASF website.

Time: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Cost: Free with museum admission, registration required.   Click here to register

The Tech Museum of Innovation

201 S. Market Street

San Jose, CA 95113
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="A Tour of Stanford's Virtual Reality Lab" hideText=""]

This tour will give visitors an insight to the world of virtual reality (VR) and the cutting-edge work being done by Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL).  Guests will receive an interactive presentation on how VR can be used as a social science tool to study behavior change in the domains of psychology, computer-science, education, and environmental science.


Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM or 2:00-3:00PM




450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Room 411

Stanford, CA 94503
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="Introduction to the Cantor Arts Center" hideText=""]

The Cantor Arts Center’s diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris.


Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM

Cost: Free

Register: Space is limited so you must register for this tour by emailing with the number of tickets you are requesting. Limit 4 tickets per request. You will receive a confirmation email with map/instructions when you register. High school students and their parents only please!

328 Lomita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="Habitat Under Construction Bike Ride EEC" hideText=""]

The Salt Pond Restoration Project is engaged in an effort to return to natural conditions the bay front for the purpose of wildlife habitat, human recreation, and natural flood protection. Join Park Ranger Jose Garcia in the ride and learn about the structure of several different habitats, which make the bay front. Helmets required, water and other safety gear recommended. Meet at the Environmental   Education Center Parking Lot in Alviso. If weather is bad a PowerPoint will be substituted. Call 1-573-231-6190 for more information.


Time: 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Cost: Free

1751 Grand Blvd.

Alviso, CA 95002
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="DOER Marine Facility Tour" hideText=""]

Visit the Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER) Marine facility where underwater robotics, submersibles, and subsea systems are designed, engineered, built, and tested before being deployed on missions around the world.


Time: 10:00 AM


1827 Clement Avenue #19
Alameda, CA, 94501
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="Indulge! The Delicious Chemistry of Fat" hideText=""]

Enjoy authentic Chilean cuisine at Cafe Valparaiso, in its fabulous new location on Solano Avenue, while UC Berkeley Professor of Chemistry (and avid cook) Matt Francis presents the science of…fat!

Fats are essential ingredients in all cooking, providing flavors and textures that bring food to life. Come learn about the different types of fat, the roles they play in human health, and the many ways they can be used to enhance your cooking.

The presentation will take place in the main room of this spacious and airy restaurant. There is no obligation to order food and drink, but attendees will not be disappointed by Valparaiso’s authentic Chilean and Latin American cuisine.


Time: 3:00 – 4:30PM

Cost: Free

Cafe Valparaiso
1403 Solano Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="Wonders of the Parasite World - A Global Tour" hideText=""]

Visitors will have the opportunity to hear about parasites (worms and protozoa) that infect humans and the chance to see them under a microscope.  They will also hear about the ongoing research to learn more about the biology of the parasite and to develop new drugs to treat people.


Time: 2:00 – 3:00PM



UCSF Mission Bay Campus
1700 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94158


Please check in with the security guard in the lobby of Genentech Hall and be ready to meet your tour guide.
[/wpspoiler] [wpspoiler name="Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium of the Bay" hideText=""]

Get an insider’s look at what goes on Behind the Scenes at Aquarium of the Bay. Traverse the catwalk above our tanks. Learn about our dive operations. Find out how we care for 20,000 marine animals. And more!


Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Tour is free, but does not include Aquarium admission. If participants would like to enter Aquarium of the Bay’s exhibit areas, locals rates would apply ($18 adults/$10 children and seniors).



Children must be 5 or older to go on a Behind the Scenes Tour, and children ages 5 – 11 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.


Aquarium of the Bay
39 Pier 39 Concourse
San Francisco, CA 94133


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