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Empowering Bay Area Teen Science Students

The Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) initiative began back in early 2011 when the leaders of a science program for high school students at the University of California, Berkeley sought out other teen programs at the California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space & Science Center, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science, and Oakland Zoo to partner on a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-themed event. The San Francisco Bay Area’s first ever teen-organized, teen-run nighttime “science extravaganza” took place at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science on October 22, 2011.

Since then, B.A.T.S. has grown to become one of the Bay Area’s most celebrated initiatives for supporting teen scientists. With seed money from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, , B.A.T.S. helped launch the California Academy of Sciences’ first annual youth-hosted Teen Science Night that now attracts almost 2,000 Bay Area teens to the museum each August. With additional support from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and Google’s Making & Science initiative, B.A.T.S. launched an annual Teen Career Conference in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District’s Science Department and others. Additional services and programming for teens as well as STEM education providers grew from there.

B.A.T.S. is looking for corporate partners to help build on this momentum by engaging with and supporting the teen-focused initiatives below.  In doing so, you will support B.A.T.S.’ mission to promote STEM learning, college readiness, career building, collaborating, and networking for all Bay Area teens.

Below are just a few of the innovative opportunities to get involved and support teen science:

  1. B.A.T.S. Teen Career Conference: This annual event has been attracting over 300 Bay Area high school students every spring since 2013. It’s the perfect opportunity for students to meet and discuss their STEM interests with peers, as well as with undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and STEM industry and education professionals. Students also gain valuable insights and tips about college and careers while taking part in workshops, panels, and keynote presentations.  Past workshop presenters and panelists have included noted scientists as well as startup employees speaking on amazing local success stories like Planet (www.planet.com). Sponsors to date have included Google and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and their employees have also volunteered at the event.  For information on past conferences, please visit http://bayareateenscience.org/TeenCareerConference.
  2. B.A.T.S. STEM Awards: The Bay Area is home to some of the smartest, most conscientious teens in the world, yet often their extraordinary achievements go uncelebrated. Similar to the highly praised Brower Youth Awards for environmental activism (www.broweryouthawards.org), but covering a broader range of content, the proposed annual B.A.T.S. STEM awards will honor Bay Area teens helping to make the world a better place through STEM approaches. In addition to the award ceremony itself, we envision a grand reception, with youth participants from various local STEM programs demonstrating and talking about their work.  This will be a highly visible and publicized event for which we are seeking corporate partners.
  3. B.A.T.S. Professionals Conference: This conference is for the many providers of STEM education programming for teens in the Bay Area (including some 300 who currently subscribe to the B.A.T.S. Listserv). The intent is to provide these professionals with a sense of community, and help them grow in their profession as well as find resources and potential partners. Google helped us kick off the conference last year, and we’re currently looking for additional corporate partners for this year’s conference.  You can learn more about the conference at http://bayareateenscience.org/ProfessionalsConference.

Join BATS in its mission to:

  • Increase pathways for Bay Area teens to broaden their STEM knowledge and experiences.
  • Involve Bay Area teens in a larger STEM-minded peer community that provides a variety of opportunities to share their interests in and passion for STEM’s relevance in some of today’s most pressing issues such as global sustainability, public health, and climate change.
  • Empower teens to become STEM leaders and role models in their communities.
  • Increase the capacity of the B.A.T.S. community of STEM education professionals to impact more teens by leveraging the power of resource sharing and partnership

For more information, please contact us at info@bayareateenscience.org