The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, which is a program of the BIOCOM Institute in partnership with UC San Diego, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the San Diego County Office of Education, aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields to inspire them to become tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovators. The festival, presented by Illumina, also helps continue our region’s reputation of being a leader in the science industry. The goal of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is to show how science and engineering is right in our “backyard.”
In 2014, more than 60,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated throughout the week, plus an additional 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day. Festival Week consists of six days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade and their families to ignite the love for all things science.
New this year, festival organizers and representatives from Project Lead the Way are organizing the first-ever STEM College Connections Fair on Sunday, March 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at San Diego State University (SDSU). The STEM College Connections Fair will feature 40 to 50 colleges and universities from around the nation with innovative STEM related majors. High school and middle school students are encouraged to attend the fair with their parents for an informational and exciting day filled with Q&A panel discussions, and a College Expo Fair held at SDSU’s Montezuma Hall. Students will speak with college advisors and have the opportunity to explore both regional and nationwide opportunities. For more information, visit the festival website at http://www.lovestemsd.org.
Festival Week culminates with EXPO Day, with more than 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome. EXPO Day is free and open to the public.
“We all know San Diego is a hot bed for scientific innovation, in a region which offers a uniquely collaborative spirit, high concentration of world-class research institutions, and a strong foundation for new company creation and development,” says Sara DW Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. “Our festival is a catalyst to transfer that knowledge and collaboration to show students and their parents how science translates into careers and further fuels our economy in San Diego County. Our commitment to helping kids pursue degree programs in STEM fields is evident through our new STEM College Connections Fair this year. Science is truly all around us and is a foundation of what we do, experience and use every day.”
The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering website has a complete list of Festival Week events and encourages the public to head over to http://www.lovestemsd.org to plan their itinerary for the week. Many of the activities are free and many of them can accommodate school groups, scout troops, and other individuals, students and families.
Here are some of the Festival Week highlights (presented by geographic location). All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO
Super STEM Saturday hosted by Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and The Classical Academies
Saturday, March 14, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Recommended for ages 5 and up and their families.
Super STEM Saturday is our North County kick-off event and is designed to expose and engage kids of all ages and their families to the diverse and exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM disciplines. Explore more than 75 interactive demonstrations and hands-on science activities at Super STEM Saturday, including rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats and animal encounters. The brainchild of The Classical Academies and held in partnership with CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday has grown into a popular North County event that draws over 5,000 science enthusiasts each year to the university campus. The event is free and open to the public. Super STEM Saturday is sponsored by ViaSat. Learn more at www.csusm.edu/superstem. Complimentary parking available in Lot F on the CSUSM campus. For more information, contact: Laurie Schmelzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 750-7201.
Science Fun for Kids 9 to 99
Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Rd, Science Building S-5
San Diego, CA 92126
Recommended for ages 9 and up and their families.
San Diego Miramar College presents the annual event, “Science Fun for Kids 9 to 99.” Visit our state-of-the-art labs for hands-on activities such as How to Get DNA From Anything, Come to Your Senses, Building with Bones, Alternative Energy, Painting with Marine Critters, Slime/Molecules, Blast off with Diet Coke, Stop the Epidemic and more! The free event is in the state of the art labs at San Diego Miramar College’s Science and Technology Building. Bring your whole family or your class, children as young as age 5 can attend. Advance registration not required. For more information or directions, contact: Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry via email at email@example.com.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3050 Las Palmas (in Kit Carson Park)
Escondido, CA 92025
Recommended for ages 5 to 11
Get a kid’s-eye view of the science of light. Bend lasers with Jell-O, walk some waves and make rainbows. See your secret messages revealed by invisible light. Then use magic glasses to experience how astronomers gaze at the stars and distant planets. Light up your love of science, ignite the sparks of your imagination and get ready to change the world: Science fiction props like light sabers, invisibility cloaks, warp speed and transporters could all be real someday! Patches will be available for purchase at the event for $2. For more information, contact: Stephanie Dawes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 610-0792.