One of the Largest Nonprofit Science Festivals in U.S. Comes to San Diego in March 2017

One of the Largest Nonprofit Science Festivals in U.S. Comes to San Diego in March 2017
February, 2017 Client News

SAN DIEGO – Feb. 17, 2017 – More than 70,000 San Diego County science fanatics are expected to participate in the ninth annual Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego, presented by the Illumina Foundation. Festival organizers have finalized a week of more than 50 special events and presentations, offering entertaining options for local K-12 students, and adults 21 and up. Most events are free and open to the public. The San Diego science festival is one of the largest STEM festivals in the U.S. In 2016, 65,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated in festival events throughout the week, including 24,000 STEM enthusiasts of all ages who attended EXPO Day at PETCO Park. Similar attendance is expected in 2017.

Crowd favorite Expo Day is Saturday, March 4, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. when 24,000 students and their families are expected to descend on PETCO Park for a full day of science fun provided by hundreds of San Diego area businesses, schools, libraries, and museums who will present hands on learning activities and experiments to inspire students of all ages. Additionally, there will be two main stages with free STEM-inspired performances by The Music Notes, Fleet Science Center, Ms. Smarty Plants from the Water Conservation Garden, Ecovivarium, Qualcomm, Mad Science, General Atomics and TEDxKids@ElCajon. This year, attendees will be able to also meet and greet with actors from the new “Power Rangers” reboot before it hits U.S. movie theatres in late March 2017.

After EXPO DAY, the fun continues with Festival Week (March 5-12) – eight days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, adults and families to ignite their passion for STEM education. Since the San Diego science festival’s events are held throughout the county, the science festival demonstrates how science and engineering opportunities are in our own “backyard.” In fact, the STEM in Your Backyard series expands to five sites in 2017, including two new locations in East County, Alpine and Lakeside. The series returns to Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, and Vista. Additionally, festival organizers expanded the 21 and up series for adult science enthusiasts to continue, and share their passion for STEM with others, proving STEM education never stops. Visit LoveSTEMSD.org for the schedule and to register for individual events.

A program of the nonprofit Biocom Institute and presented by the Illumina Foundation, the San Diego County area science festival aims to encourage and engage kids and adults in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to increase our region’s reputation of being a leader in the science industry. “As our region continues to attract attention and accolades for growing a vibrant biotech economy, the Biocom Institute is proud to be the catalyst in linking businesses and community through education and a love of science, to highlight all the amazing companies, schools and research institutes right here in San Diego County,” says Sara Pagano, who is the managing director of the festival. “Our region’s need for a future STEM workforce continues. We hope all science festival week activities will continue to inspire the next generation to create that pipeline.”

Anticipated EXPO Day Features/Highlights for 2017:

  • Meet and Greet with Actors from the new “Power Rangers” Movie: It’s morphin’ time! Take your photo with actors Naomi Scott (“Pink Ranger”) and Ludi Lin (“Black Ranger”) who star in the upcoming Lionsgate studios’ reboot of “Saban’s Power Rangers” which opens nationwide on March 24, 2017. The meet and greet runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on EXPO Day in PETCO Park’s Palm Court just inside the Gaslamp Gate.
  • The Curiosity Cube: Recognizing that tomorrow’s discoveries depend on the next generation of scientists—and that breakthroughs begin with curiosity—The Curiosity Cube™ is a 22×10-foot, retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab. Equipped with the latest technology, the Curiosity Cube™ provides a learning environment that allows visitors of all ages to become immersed in specific science topics—from learning about how DNA works to building their own, custom microbe using a 3D printer.
  • Pre-K Zone: Inspire even the tiniest innovators to ignite their love for science! Presented by STEAM Maker Workshop and Children’s Discovery Museum, the Pre-K Zone will give children under 5 an opportunity to participate in STEAM-related activities. Visit the Pre-K Zone to excite your tiny future innovators. Let their imaginations run free, they just might change the world.
  • TEDXKids@ElCajon Take the Stage: TEDXKids@El Cajon will join us for a second year for TEDX kids talks starting at 11 a.m. on the Dugout Stage. Hear some inventive ideas from some of tomorrow’s future movers and shakers. You’ll laugh, smile and be proud of the skills these students are learning in public speaking, and leadership. Organized by the Cajon Valley Union School District, these TEDX talks offer a unique platform for students to share their ideas. Connect with our future leaders and leave inspired.
  • Bright Idea Society Alley – Powered By ViaSat, Inc.: No need to scour the map, our Bright Idea Society award winners will all be gathered together in their own row inside Park at the Park! The three winning schools include Torrey Hills Elementary School, San Pasqual Union Middle School, and Westview High School. Visit their activity booths and let these fascinating young minds, teach you about science!
  • League of Extraordinary Scientists (LXS): Join some of the brightest minds in San Diego County at the Mercado area in PETCO Park. Have questions about Entymology, Nano Tech, Articifical Intelligence, Genomics, Oceanography, Science or Astronomy? Listen and engage with scientists from San Diego companies and organizations who are active in their industries at a Fireside Chat. Be sure to also stay for the LXS Science Tour, which offers hands on activities for scientists of all ages.
  • Extra Credit Adventure: Teachers, encourage your students to explore STEM by rewarding extra credit for attending EXPO Say! Download the Expo Day Extra Credit worksheet in advance or stop by the booth presented by UCSD Begs Outreach located near the Fireside Chats in the Mercado area.
  • Expo Day 2017 Stage Performances: Everyone’s favorite math rappers – The Music Notes – return to Expo Day this year. Through rhythm and rhyme they break down math concepts from simple addition to advanced algebra. Fleet Science Center, General Atomics, and Mad Science captivate audiences with explosive STEM fun. The experts at Ecovivarium give guests an up close and personal experience to reptiles who call Southern California home. Additional acts will be added as Expo Day approaches.

Science Festival Week Features/Highlights for 2017:

  • Co-hosted by the Fleet Science Center, the 21 and up series returns this year, giving adults an opportunity to share their passion for science education. Get your STEAM on with wine and painting, heighten your STEM IQ conversing with Two Cybersecurity Experts when they Walk into a Bar. Enjoy a local brew and crafty cocktails with like-minded science enthusiasts. In 2017, the series has expanded to locations throughout San Diego County, making it easy for anyone to participate.
  • The STEM in Your Backyard events are mini versions of the science festival EXPO Day, held in diverse communities across San Diego County, including Vista, Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, and extending east to Alpine and Lakeside this year. Each STEM in Your Backyard event will feature 20 to 25 hands-on STEM activities. Through these five events, more families from neighborhoods all over San Diego will be able to experience the festival’s STEM exhibits in their own communities.

Sponsors for the 2017 Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego include:
PRESENTING: Illumina Foundation; GOLD: ABC 10 & Azteca America, CBS Radio, City of San Diego, Diversity Comm, Qualcomm Foundation, ViaSat, Inc.; SILVER: Cox Communications, Hologic, Inc., Fleet Science Center, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Padres; COPPER: County Board of Supervisors, Cubic Corporation, ASML/Cymer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Geek Girl, Genentech, Live Well San Diego, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Univision Radio San Diego, UTC Aerospace Systems, Aerostructures, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Below is a list of more than 50 confirmed events hosted and organized by the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego and partner organizations. Schedule, venues and offerings are subject to change. Attendees are encouraged to visit the festival website for the most current information to plan their experience.

EXPO DAY
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PETCO Park
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
Now in its ninth year, the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego involves hundreds of businesses, corporations, sponsors, and non-profits in a week-long celebration of STEM education in San Diego County. Presented by Illumina Foundation, EXPO DAY at Petco Park is the science festival’s signature event providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits, and activities to budding K-12 science lovers. In 2016, more than 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day, and more than 65,000 people participated in festival week events.

EAST COUNTY SAN DIEGO
Taylor Guitars Factory Tour
March 6-10, 2017
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Taylor Guitars
1980 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
Ticket Cost: FREE
The Taylor Guitars factory tour takes guests through the steps of guitar construction and through the story of two local men who built up their dream from a young age. From wood selection to final assembly, guests will eperience each process as a guitar evolves from raw wood to a finished instrument. Employees volunteer to lead the tours, so guests will have a unique perspective from different employees and different departments on each tour, although all guests visit the same areas. Best for ages 12+.
Learn more here.

Ms. Smarty Plants Field Trip at The Water Conservation Garden
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019
Ticket Cost: FREE
Visit Ms. Smarty-Plants at the beautiful Water Conservation Garden for an outdoor learning adventure! With her special mixture of music and magic, Ms. Smarty-Plants ignites the EARTH HERO in each of us. Sing a song in American Sign Language and be inspired to change the world. Kids will learn about the water cycle, tour The Garden’s trails, and plant a drought tolerant plant to take home. The program is approximately two hours in length and is in line with California State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

STEM In Your Backyard: Alpine
Thursday, March 9, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Alpine County Library
1752 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego as we celebrate STEM in the Alpine community! Bring your family to the Alpine Branch Library for a FREE and fun filled day featuring over 25 interactive, hands-on exhibits from local businesses, non-profits, and schools all meant to spark a love for science in your K-12 future innovator.

STEM in Your Backyard: Lakeside
Saturday, March 11, 2017
1 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lakeside Community Center
9841 Vine St
Lakeside, CA 92040
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego as we celebrate STEM in the Lakeside community! Bring your family to the Lakeside Community Center for a FREE and fun filled day featuring over 25 interactive, hands-on exhibits from local businesses, non-profits, and schools all meant to spark a love for science in your K-12 future innovator.

SOUTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO
STEM In Your Backyard: Chula Vista
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Chula Vista Library
365 F St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego as we celebrate STEM in the Chula Vista community! Bring your family to the Chula Vista Library for a FREE and fun filled day featuring over 25 interactive, hands-on exhibits from local businesses, non-profits, and schools all meant to spark a love for science in your K-12 future innovator.

NORTH COUNTY INLAND – SAN DIEGO
Vista Unified School District 4th Annual STEM Fest
Thursday, March 2, 2017
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Vista Innovation & Design Academy
740 Olive Ave
Vista, CA 92083
Ticket Cost: FREE
Vista Unified School District would like to extend an invitation to join them for their 4th Annual STEM Fest event. STEM Fest is an evening event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics showcasing K-12 student’s innovative and creative STEM work. STEM-related companies will host demonstrations and share career-related information. MiraCosta and Palomar colleges, Cal State San Marcos and UCSD will also be in attendance providing interactive STEM activities and college STEM course and major information.

STEM In Your Backyard: Vista
Sunday, March 5, 2017
1 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wavelength Brewing Company
236 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego as we celebrate STEM In the Vista community! Bring your family to the Main Street Parking lot (located next to the Avo playhouse) for a FREE and fun filled day featuring over 25 interactive, hands-on exhibits from local businesses, non-profits, and schools all meant to spark a love for science in your K-12 future innovator.

Keep The Pint Night
Sunday, March 5, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wavelength Brewing Company
236 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
Celebrate the kickoff of our 9th annual Festival of Science & Engineering at Wavelength Brewing Company and enjoy science talks and a chance to check out the night sky with Sky Watchers USA. Purchase a commemorative Festival pint glass, and receive a free-fill up, courtesy of Wavelength Brewing Company. Proceeds will benefit the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego. This is a 21+ event.

SDCDM Preschool Fairy Tale STEAM Workshop: The Gingerbread Man
Monday, March 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
San Diego Children’s Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE
“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man!” In this engineering challenge, children will create an escape vehicle for the Gingerbread Man.

SDCDM Preschool Fairy Tale STEAM Workshop: Little Red Riding Hood
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Children’s Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE
Little Red Riding Hood needs to get to her grandmother’s house to make a delivery. In this engineering challenge, children will build a strong basket for Little Red Riding Hood to carry all her goods to Grandmother’s house.

SDCDM Preschool Fairy Tale STEAM Workshop: Three Billy Goats Gruff
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Children’s Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE
The three Billy Goat brothers want to eat fresh grass on the other side of the bridge, but the Troll threatens to stop them. In this engineering challenge, children will create a trap for the troll under the bridge.

Two Cybersecurity Experts Walk into a Bar
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wavelength Brewing Company
236 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
In honor of International Women’s Day, two professors from California State University San Marcos will be discussing cybersecurity at Wavelength Brewing Company in Vista Village. Dr. Rika Yoshii, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, will talk about “The Internet of Things and AI,” including such topics as big data analysis, nanomachines, and privacy and security. Dr. Teresa Macklin, Associate Dean and Chief Information Security Officer for IITS, will provide a case study on incident investigations. Dr. Macklin is also the Director of the new Master’s in Cybersecurity degree program offered through Extended Learning. This is a 21+ event

SDCDM Preschool Fairy Tale STEAM Workshop: Jack and the Beanstalk
Thursday, March 9, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Children’s Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE
Fee-fi-fo-fum! Jack needs to get down from the beanstalk before the Giant catches him. In this engineering challenge, children will help Jack escape from the giant by building a parachute.

SDCDM Preschool Fairy Tale STEAM Workshop: Chicken Little
Friday, March 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.
San Diego Children’s Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE
The sky is falling! In this engineering challenge, children will create a device to protect Chicken Little if the sky does begin to fall.

Rubik’s Cube Competition
Friday, March 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096
Ticket Cost: FREE
Teams of eight students collectively solve 25 3×3 Rubik’s Cubes in the fastest time. Students on registered teams can compete in a solo competition to compete for the fastest solo time solving the 3×3 Rubik’s Cube. Open to California students in grades K-12. The event is free but requires registration. There will be a booth open to the public where you can learn how to do the cube and pick up a solutions manual.
Learn more here.

Imagination Innovation
Saturday, March 11, 2017
1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cymer/ASML
17075 Thornmint Ct
San Diego, CA 92127
Ticket Cost: FREE
Science and technology should be fun! Join us as we rotate through five different stations where STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) concepts are taught using fun hands-on activities and experiments! Appropriate for middle school students.

Super STEM Saturday
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
California State University San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Ticket Cost: FREE
Recommended for ages 5 and up, and their families.
Explore interactive demonstrations and hands-on science activities at Super STEM Saturday, including rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats, and an obstacle course. The event is free and open to the public. Super STEM Saturday 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. Super STEM Saturday is the brainchild of The Classical Academies and is held in partnership with California State University San Marcos. It has grown into a popular festival week event that draws more than 7,000 science enthusiasts each year to the university campus, expanding the festival’s reach to North County area. Super STEM Saturday is sponsored by ViaSat. Learn more here. Complimentary parking available in Lot F on the CSUSM campus. For more information, contact: Laurie Schmelzer at lschmelz@csusm.edu or 760-750-7201.

LA JOLLA
Ocean Science Exploration
Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
Dive into science and explore the wonders of the ocean through hands-on exploration and activities. Discover everything from whales to wind energy! Activities are included with the price of admission

  • Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Explore-It! Whales: Through hands-on activities, guests will explore the wide diversity of whales and learn about our local whale species. Birch Aquarium will have station-based activities on the floor for guests to interact with.
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. and Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m Think Tank – Wind Energy Challenge: For this activity, learners are invited to explore sustainable energy by designing and testing their own wind turbines. Birch Aquarium will have station-based activities on the floor for guests to interact with. Guests can use their imaginations to create blades and then test the blades on a turbine to see how much energy their turbine (and the wind!) can create.

UC Health Hack 2017
Begins: Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:00 a.m.
Ends: Sun, Mar 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
UCSD MET Building
9500 Gilman Drive Bldg #845
La Jolla, CA 92093
Ticket Cost: FREE
UC Health Hack (UC HH) is an annual interdisciplinary hackathon hosted by UC San Diego Health & UCSD’s Engineering World Health (EWH), an undergraduate student-led organization. Students, physicians, and industry professionals will have the chance to address and attempt to solve integrative medicine and global health issues in a fast-paced, competition format. During the competition, teams of up to five members collaborate over the course of two days to solve critical medical problems, under the guidance of world class mentors and field experts. Overall, participants will bring their ideas to fruition with access to prototyping software, hardware supplies, and fabrication labs. All projects will be presented to judges in a project expo, with finalists moving on to present to a panel of judges who will select the winning teams. This is an18+ event.

BALBOA PARK / DOWNTOWN / BARRIO LOGAN
Innovators Lab at The New Children’s Museum
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE, with paid admission
Visit The New Children’s Museum’s Innovators Lab and take on the design challenge of creating a balancing sculpture.

Senior Monday
Monday, March 6, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8.

Sharp Minds Lecture Series
Monday, March 6, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m,
Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE, with paid admission
Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Sharp Minds lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Lectures are free with paid admission into the Fleet Science Center. The Sharp Minds Lecture in March will explore “How Old if Sunlight” with guest presenter Peter Volkert.

STEM In Your Backyard: Barrio Logan
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Logan Heights Library
567 S 28th St.
San Diego, CA 92113
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego as we celebrate STEM in the Barrio Logan community! Bring your family to the Logan Heights Branch Library for a FREE and fun filled afternoon featuring over 25 interactive, hands-on STEM exhibits from local businesses, non-profits, and schools all meant to spark a love for science in your future innovator.

Brushes & Beakers
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
57 Degrees
1735 Hancock St
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join us for a night of art and science. Biocom Festival of Science & Engineering, SanDiego and the Fleet Science Center are partnering with Wine & Canvas San Diego to bring you a night of creativity and enlightenment. Local artist Amanda Rouse will lead you through the process of creating your own masterpiece, a beautiful sunset scene of the Ocean Beach Pier, while her husband, Dr. Robert Letscher, shares his experience and work as a marine biogeochemist researcher who contributes to next-generation climate models. This event for 21+ only.

Fleet Night of Science: Detectives vs. Engineers
Friday, March 10, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets start at $15.85
Investigate the Fleet Science Center after hours at the next Fleet Night of Science event: Detectives vs. Engineers! This 21+ event celebrates the newest offerings at the Fleet: our brand-new giant screen film Dream Big, which is about engineering our world, and our newest exhibition, Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery. First, catch the premiere of Dream Big, then put on your hard hat and construct a derby car, create a Rube Goldberg contraption and design a structure that will survive our earthquake simulator. Next, explore the Fleet’s Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery exhibition; then don your detective hat and solve the mysteries of fingerprinting, delve into DNA and outwit a puzzle room. At the end of the evening, you choose which you enjoyed most: being a Detective or an Engineer. Food and drinks (including adult beverages) will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is $15.95. Admission to the film screening plus the event is only $19.95. Member discounts available.

Archaeology and Mapping with Drones
Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Burbank Elementary School
2146 Julian Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
Ticket Cost: FREE
In this second part of a three part series on archaeology and drones, participants will work in teams with Cara Ratner, owner of Archaeology For Kids, to create their own archaeology plan map. Also, Jeff Riolo and his crew from Empower UAV will give a demonstration on aerial drone technology as a tool for science. Empower UAV is a San Diego based company of professionals, educators, and aviators providing a wide variety of aerial photography services with drones.

De-Bugging Coding
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Central Library @ Joan A Irwin Jacobs Common
330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
Coding is the method used to created computer programs. Learn basic computer programming and gain understanding of how our modern world works in this fun and exciting workshop.

Saturday Science Club for Girls: St. Patrick’s Day Science
Saturday, March 11, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: Members $13, non-members $15. To register, parents must pre-register and pay with a credit card while registering their children by calling (619) 238-1233 x 806
Get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day by experimenting with color-changing cabbage juice and harnessing the power of a potato. Join us to investigate exciting science topics. Appropriate for middle school girls.

Spring Public Girl Scout Sleepover
Saturday, March 11, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: $55-$75
Your Girl Scout is invited to the Fleet Science Center’s Girl Scout Sleepover. She will have the opportunity to explore mind-boggling Illusions, the science behind how human cells are formed, the importance of water conservation and more in our eight interactive exhibit galleries. She will also get to attend two fun, educational workshops, participate in a scavenger hunt, and view an IMAX movie in the Heikoff Dome Theater. Best for elementary and middles school students.

The Science and Engineering of Lowriders
Sunday, March 12, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chicano Park
San Diego, CA 92113
Ticket Cost: FREE
The Science and Engineering of Lowriders event at Chicano Park will feature a history of lowrider culture, the evolution of engineering and technology that goes into these mobile art pieces and a historical tour of the famous murals of Chicano Park, ending with a lowrider demonstration. This family friendly experience is presented by Via International and 52 Weeks of Science.

CENTRAL SAN DIEGO AREA
San Diego Public Library’s Spring into STEAM Kickoff
Thursday, March 2, 2017
11:00 a.m. -1:00p.m.
Valencia Park/Malcom X Library
5148 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92114
Ticket Cost: FREE
This event features special guest speakers, a performance by the League of Extraordinary Scientists, and a hands-on activity.

Expanding Your Horizons Conference for Girls
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA 92110
Ticket Cost: $30 (scholarships available)
The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is a unique opportunity for girls in grades 6 through 10 to engage in hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) led by San Diegoís top scientists, engineers, and specialists. This unique event is designed to foster young girlsí enthusiasm for STEM careers, inform them of professions and opportunities, and encourage them to continue their studies in science and math to reach their goals and objectives.

STEAM Maker Open House
Monday, March 6, 2017
5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
STEAM Maker Workshop
4619 B Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, CA 92120
Ticket Cost: FREE
Come visit the workshop that your inner 12 year old would love to have had and see how the STEAM sausage is made! Get ideas on how to implement Laser cutting, 3D printing, Robotics, Virtual Reality and more in the classroom or youth group environment. All ages welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Suds & Science
Monday, March 6, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Liberty Station
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join us for a special Suds & Science edition in partnership with the Fleet Science Center and the La Jolla Historical Society’s, “Weather on Steroids: The Art of Climate Change Exhibition” on view from February 11 to May 21, 2017 at the La Jolla Historical Society. Researchers from UCSD and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will share their latest research on climate change, including its effects on our oceans, marine life, extreme weather, agriculture and food security. This is your chance to connect with other curious scientific minds over a beer or two and take part in an in-depth discussion about important scientific topics.

Bee Builders
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Carmel Valley Public Library
3919 Townsgate Drive
San Diego, CA 92130
Ticket Cost: FREE
Local Beekeeper, Hilary Kearney, will provide an will provide an interactive presentation teaching children what a beekeeper does and explores the concepts of pollination, beehives and bees’ lifecycles. Perfect for elementary and middle school students.

De-Bugging Coding
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Public Library Skyline Hills Branch
480 South Meadowbrook Drive
San Diego, CA 92114
Ticket Cost: FREE
Coding is the method used to created computer programs. Learn basic computer programming and gain understanding of how our modern world works in this fun and exciting workshop.

San Diego County Credit Union Biz Kid$ Bash
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Copley-Price Family YMCA
4300 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92105
Ticket Cost: FREE
From the producers of Bill Nye the Science Guy comes Biz Kid$, an award-winning comprehensive financial literacy program. Free, Fun, Interactive Session! Through the math fundamentals, kids and parents can learn about money and business skills and how to write and create a successful business plan. SDCCU is excited to partner with the San Diego County Office of Education and the County of San Diego in support of Live Well San Diego to introduce educators to the San Diego County Credit Union Biz Kid$ Bash program, a financial literacy initiative that teaches kids about money and business. This program is one of the many ways SDCCU is making a positive difference in our local schools. For more information, visit here.

Maker Technology Course
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
STEAM Maker Workshop
4619 B Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, CA 92120
Ticket Cost: FREE
Are you an educator, tinkerer or craftsman looking to expand your repertoire? Have you been thinking about purchasing the latest Maker tools for you your next project? 3D Printing, CNC, Laser Cutters and more. Examine the options of buying your own equipment or investing in a local maker space membership. This course provides an overview of various Maker tools and technologies, as well as the state of the industry. This course can save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of wasted hours of trying to find the best solution yourself. Limit 25 people (18+ only).

Two Scientists Special Edition: A Scientist and an Artist Walk Into a Bar
Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.
Various Locations Throughout San Diego County
50 Scientists and Artists. 25 Bars. One Night. In this artistic variant on our popular Two Scientists Walk into a Bar program, we add a special twist by inviting artists to the mix. For this special edition, we have partnered with the San Diego Art Institute, who will bring together artists and scientists in their upcoming exhibition Extra-Ordinary Collusion: Art & Science Collaboration. Many of the artists and scientists you will meet during our March 9 event, are participating in the exhibition.
Learn more here.

3rd Annual River Kids Discovery Days
Friday, March 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Various Locations along the San Diego River
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join in the fun for a free two-day celebration of the San Diego River featuring nature fun for youth and their families! Groups from across San Diego County can take part in service projects and outdoor education opportunities, giving kids a leading role in protecting our natural resources and creating green spaces for the community. Events are planned all along our River and will engage over 600 kids and families in caring for and celebrating the San Diego River!

Science Fun for Kids Ages 9 to 99!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
Ticket Cost: FREE
San Diego Miramar College science faculty, staff and students will present a morning filled with “hands on” activities. All ages are welcome and this is a free event with free parking on campus. Activities include: How to Get DNA from Anything, Sensory Perception, Crime Scence, Blast Off with Diet Coke/Slime, Physics/Geology activitiers, Fun with Math games and Puzzles, and An Epidemic. The science building located in the heart of campus near Compass Point.

Bugs Inside Out
Saturday, March 11, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Paradise Hills Library
5922 Rancho Hills Drive
San Diego, CA 92139
Ticket Cost: FREE
Meet a local scientist who studies bugs. Appropriate for elementary and middle school students.

Paper Insects
Saturday, March 11, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
San Carlos Branch Library
7265 Jackson Drive
San Diego, CA 92119
Ticket Cost: FREE
Develop an intuitive understanding of 3D shapes and explore the finer details of spatial geometry through origami in this hands-on workshop. Best for middle and high school students.

Celebrate International Pi Day
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Renaissance Village Academy
10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Suite A
San Diego, CA 92131
Ticket Cost: FREE
We’ll measure circumferences and diameters, sing Pi carols, then eat Julian pie. The tastiest math lesson you’ll ever have. Bring the family or drop off your students to explore a different topic or theme each month. Children under 5 must be chaperoned by an adult at all times. Russian and Swedish speakers provided.

About the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego
The mission of the Biocom Institute Festival of Science and Engineering, San Diego is to engage kids in science and engineering. By doing this, the organization expands the general public’s understanding of the relevancy of science and engineering in everyday lives, illuminates why the United States must maintain its leadership role in science and technology, and work with parents and teachers to inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) innovators. For more information, visit LoveSTEMSD.org or call (858) 455-0300 ext. 4152. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Biocom Institute
The mission of the nonprofit Biocom Institute is to support life science innovation and success in San Diego by providing our community with K-12 student and teacher STEM outreach, innovative industry-vetted professional development programs and key veteran focused mentorship and internship programs. In pursuit of this mission, we support: mentorship that ensures diversity; science and technology information that mobilize communities; corporate social responsibility campaigns that strengthen the bottom line and a culture of collaboration that maximize resources. For more information, visit Biocom.org.

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