This March, Multiverse's Bay Area Teen Science
(B.A.T.S.) initiative is hosting two major events. First, all Bay Area high school students are invited to the FREE
B.A.T.S. Teen Career Conference on Saturday, March 18th at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
. Visit the Teen Career Conference web page
for full details and to register. The second event is for education professionals who provide STEM learning and career building opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area teenagers through afterschool and other "out-of-school time" programs, and for those who want to better connect with this community. This first ever B.A.T.S. Professionals Conference is also free to attend and will be held Tuesday, March 28th at UC Berkeley. Visit the Professionals Conference web page
for additional details and to register.
But what is B.A.T.S. and how did it all get started? The B.A.T.S. initiative began back in early 2011 when Multiverse sought other teen programs to partner with for a nighttime science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) themed event run by teenagers for teenagers. learn more...
[Today's Multiverse Guest Blogger is Carmen Zheng, one of our former Surfin’ the Solar Wind high school interns, who grew up in Oakland and who is now—to our delight—an astronomy major at Cal. "On hot summer nights, we sat on the roof of my house, pretending we could see Pluto through our little telescope and pretending none of our problems existed."]
On May 20, 2012, I was sitting in the back of a crowded minivan, basking in the cool breeze of the air conditioning and gazing out the window as the flashing city lights of Reno, Nevada whizzed by. Although glamorous hotels, slot machines, and neat souvenir shops basically surrounded our car, I was not looking at the streets – I was looking at the sky. May 20th was the date of an annular solar eclipse. We were headed to the small town of Nixon, Nevada, about an hour outside of Reno, where we would be directly underneath the passing of the moon between Earth and Sun.