Thanks to everyone who attended our

2018 B.A.T.S. Teen Career Conference!

You can view photos of the event here

2018 B.A.T.S.

Teen Career Conference

Saturday, April 7, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

All Bay Area 8th -12th grade students are invited to join us for our annual Teen Career Conference! This event is the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss your interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and STEM industry and education professionals. You'll also gain valuable insights and tips about college and career preparation.

Registration is FREE for Students!

Includes Free Zoo Admission and Lunch!

Full conference and registration details below.

To see details and photos from last year's event, please click here.


8:30a-9:00a: Check-In

9:00a-9:30a: Welcome and Keynote Presentation

9:45a-11:15a: Morning Workshops

11:30a-12:15p: Lunch

12:30p-2:00p: Afternoon Workshops

2:15p-2:30p: Wrap Up and Sponsor Recognition

2:30p: Explore the Zoo at Your Leisure!

Location, Parking, and Public Transit Information

Please click here for all location and parking details and the various public transit options for getting to the 2018 Teen Career Conference.



Due to the predicted rain for the morning of our event this Saturday at the San Francisco Zoo, entrance to the Zoo parking lot is free up until 9am so that students can be dropped off as close as possible to the Zoo's main entrance.

AFTER 9AM PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE ZOO PARKING LOT TO DROP OFF STUDENTS OR IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO SPEND THE DAY AT THE ZOO. If you enter the Zoo parking lot for any reason after 9am, you will have to pay a $12 parking fee to exit.

Parents/Guardians will not be allowed access to the event area. They are, however, encouraged to purchase a regular full price Zoo adult admission ticket and enjoy a day at the Zoo while their children enjoy the remainder of the event.  Please note that a regular Zoo adult admission ticket does not include the $12 parking fee.


Nate Parsons and Deanna Doan from Planet!

As young engineers in the rapidly growing private space industry, Nate and Deanna will speak about their amazing work with Planet. The company's mission is to image the entire Earth every day and make global change visible, accessible, and actionable for its clients. Find out more at

Deanna has been at Planet since 2014 where she leads the Satellite Operations team responsible for operating over a hundred small satellites currently orbiting Earth. Previously, she worked at NASA on various human and robotic-based missions as well as research and development projects aimed to increase our understanding of the solar system. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. In her spare time, she enjoys playing violin in an orchestra, rock climbing with her friends, and skiing during the winter.

Nate is a space software developer. He joined Planet in 2016, and is currently on the Missions Software Team, where he works on software responsible for the operation of over a hundred earth-orbiting satellites and over 30 ground stations. Prior to joining Planet, he worked for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on many space projects including two NASA missions, the Parker Solar Probe and the Van Allen Probes. He has an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland: College Park, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University. In his spare time he performs improv in the Bay Area and beyond, and occasionally plays his saxophone.

Register below now to engage with Nate and Deanna and find out how you can also prepare for an exciting career in the space industry!


Click on the images below to get more information about the skill-building workshops you will be able to choose from!


Register below now before the conference sells out, or visit our Eventbrite page here.

Conference Partners and Sponsors



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