Lab entertains for Discovery Day at AT&T Park

BASF (Download Image) LLNL volunteer Nick Williams displays the “marshmallow man” to children Saturday as part of “Fun with Science” experiments during the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day at AT&T Park. Photos by Don Johnston/LLNL.

More than 20,000 people packed into AT&T Park Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Day, a day of hands-on experiments, exhibits, games and shows.

The event was the culmination of the Bay Area Science Festival's weeklong science festivities, which featured more than 150 fun, interactive science and technology events. 


During the event, LLNL participated by bringing science to the masses.

Situated on the first tier along the third base line, the Lab booth was in prime position to welcome visitors and drew in a constant crowd. Science enthusiasts, young and old, flocked to the LLNL booths to participate in "Fun With Science" experiments, test their knowledge with a Science Challenge Game and discover what kind of lightbulbs are the most efficient by pedaling their way to power on the Lab’s energy bike.

Throughout the day, Lab volunteers Nick Williams, Diane Nelson and George Beck and scientist Harold Rogers drew crowds with the Lab's popular "Fun With Science" presentation, translating topics such as  air pressure, chemical reactions and electricity into interactive experiments like "Elephant Toothpaste," "Marshmallow Man" and "Leaky Bottle."