The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, is proud to announce the 34th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair, an event that for the last 33 years has been held at the Randall Museum. While the Randall Museum undergoes an $8 million renovation, the science fair will be held at the California Academy of Sciences at 55 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park. The awards ceremony for participating student scientists, their families, and educators, takes place at 10:00am, on Saturday, February 27.
“The habits of mind learned by students while working on these projects are what make up a great scientist or engineer,” said Jim Ryan, Executive Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the San Francisco Unified School District. “I love hearing about how each student hypothesized, prototyped, tested, failed, and reinvented as they worked on their projects.”
Awards are given to honor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade, with top 7th and 8th grade winners at this level progressing to the regional San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. Approximately 30 public and private schools participate in this citywide program, which is designed to promote and recognize the efforts of student scientists.
The science fair projects will be on display at the California Academy of Sciences through March 5. More than 100 science projects will be on display. Entrants represent the best of over 4,000 projects done at the schools this year.
All Academy visitors are welcome to attend with a general admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site.
“The Randall Museum has focused on essential programming for our City’s children including hosting the Middle School Science Fair for more than three decades,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “We want to thank the California Academy of Sciences for helping us support the sciences and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for sponsoring the event. I’m eager to see the projects.”
SF Rec & Park offers ongoing science programming throughout the year for all ages including classes on sound, robotics, kitchen chemistry, animals, and wearable electronics. Science camps are also offered during the summer. To learn more about our recreation programming, visit: www.sfreconline.org
To learn more about programs offered at the Randall Museum, including drop-in arts and science classes, cooking classes for adults, and tiny artist classes for toddlers, visit: http://www.randallmuseum.org.
About the Randall Museum:
The Randall Museum is owned and operated by San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department with a mission to inspire creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning about the world around us. In fulfillment of this mission, the Museum, located in Corona Heights Park, offers an integrated program of arts and sciences to children, youth and adults through opportunities for hands-on learning and recreation, focusing on the cultures and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about the Randall Museum, visit: http://www.randallmuseum.org.
The Randall Museum project will include the renovation of the live animal exhibit, classrooms, restrooms, and first floor lobby, as well as a new science lab, a new elevator, and a new geology exhibit. This project is a partnership between SF Rec & Park and Randall Museum Friends, and is funded primarily by a $5.5 million grant from the California State Parks’ Nature Education Facilities Program. To ensure that the Randall provides the richest possible visitor experience when its doors re-open, Randall Museum Friends is leading a multi-million dollar philanthropic effort to supplement the guaranteed public funds. Philanthropic community support will be used to further enhance and expand exhibits, add distinctive architectural features, refurbish highly trafficked areas, and – importantly – create new and enlarged programmable spaces to serve greater numbers of visitors and provide additional revenues for the Randall in years to come. Contributions have also come from the 2000 Neighborhood Park Bond, the Randall Grounds Renovation Grant, and the City’s General Fund. The Randall Museum is expected to open in early 2017.