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BAS is a collaborative online blog. We are local bloggers covering the Bay Area.

Fall Back 2016

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It’s time we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time, Sunday morning November 6 at 2:00 am.

Does this mean we get to spend an extra hour at our favorite bar? No, bars actually stop serving alcohol at 1:59 am, one minute before the clocks are set back one hour.

This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Do you like/dislike time change? Check out “Daylight saving time could end in California”a story from February in the Sacramento Bee.

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2016 November 6
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
2021 March 14 November 7

Northern California Regional Botball Tournament

botballrobotMiddle and high school aged students in the Bay Area pit their home-made autonomous robots (no remote controls allowed) against each other in the Northern California BotBall tournament Saturday, April 16, 2016. Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program and document robots in a hands-on project.
The robot’s actions are based on information from the sensors, combined with the computer program (C, C++, and Java) written by the students in advance. Botball robots are completely autonomous and rely on this computer programming to start, stop, and maneuver on the game board.
The free to watch tournament begins… more

Free Day at Santa Cruz Museum

Santa Cruz MuseumFriday, April 1, 2016 is free admission day at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History; no fooling.

Exhibits include a touch pool with live local intertidal plants and animals.
Also, the Native Peoples of Santa Cruz exhibit explores life in Santa Cruz prior to the arrival of Europeans. Examples of native basketry, beadwork and stone implements can be found throughout the exhibit.

The Museum celebrated its 110th anniversary, opening August 21, 1905.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, 95062
(831) 420-6115

Friday, April 1, 2016
11am-4pm (Fridays)

Admission: Free

How Things in the Universe Came About

Tom_AbelWednesday, April 6, Tom Abel, Ph.D., will discuss How Things in the Universe Came About & How They Ended Up Within Us, an illustrated, non-technical free lecture in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Dr. Abel will cover the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies… more