Stepping out of Lab: Science Events in the Community

Stepping out of Lab: Science Events in the Community

As STEM graduate students, we are often localized to our labs and department hallways. Consequently, we might sometimes lose sight of how our scientific interests can take us out of the lab and into the surrounding community. Compiled below are some upcoming science events in the Santa Barbara area to consider fitting into your understandably busy schedules.


Santa Barbara County Science Fair

The annual Santa Barbara County Science Fair will take place on Friday, March 10th, in Corwin Pavilion at UCSB. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge for the morning event, the deadline to register is this Friday, February 24th. Contact judging@sbsciencefair.org for more information.



The Wolf Museum of Innovation and Exploration (MOXI) is opening this Saturday, February 25th. Located downtown near the Amtrak station, the MOXI offers a variety of engaging science demonstrations and exhibits. To get a sense of the space, check out the video below (via the Santa Barbara Independent) taken from the members-only opening a couple weeks ago.


Eat Your Science

Alton Brown, known for his several hosting personalities on the Food Network, is performing at Campbell Hall on Wednesday, March 15th. Tickets are available through UCSB Arts & Lectures at a discounted price of $22. His live show is filled with comedy, music, and food science experiments. You can listen to his interview on KCRW with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman in which he talks about the show.


March for Science

The March for Science is set for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd. Inspired by the Women’s March, the March for Science aims to reaffirm science as a democratic value in addition to supporting the vital work of scientists in the public sector. Although the main event is occurring in Washington, D.C., a satellite march is being organized for Santa Barbara as well.