MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Brings Free ‘STEM in Your Backyard’ Series to City Heights

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Brings Free ‘STEM in Your Backyard’ Series to City Heights
March, 2016 Client News

 WHAT: This year, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering will host its new “STEM in Your Backyard” series in diverse communities in San Diego County. This new series brings excitement of the festival’s signature EXPO Day to five underserved San Diego neighborhoods throughout Festival Week, including City Heights. The local event exposes more children and their families to STEM activities, inviting science enthusiasts to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments and to meet a “real-life” scientist or engineer. As well as exhibits from local businesses, nonprofits and organizations, “STEM in Your Backyard” showcases student projects from universities and research institutions in San Diego County.

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (best time to cover)

WHERE: City Heights Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 (Indoor / Outdoor event)

PARKING: Street parking is available near the venue. Limited parking available at the City Heights Weingart library.

WHO: STEM enthusiasts of all ages encouraged to attend!


MORE: The following nonprofit organizations are scheduled to participate at “STEM in Your Backyard” in City Heights:

  • Challenge Island San Diego – Watch Rainforest Island integrate STEM with social studies, ecosystems and life sciences. Challenge Island will also feature activities for younger STEAM fans, including the Marshmallow Blast, from another Challenge Island theme, Carnival Island. Challenge Island focuses on fun, hands-on challenges for kids where they learn creative problem-solving and thinking skills. Kids work collaboratively with their tribes on creative problem-solving adventures.
  • Girl Scouts San Diego – Girl Scouts San Diego is dedicated to sustainability and helping save our planet. Visit their tables to learn about conservation, recycling and other ways you can give back to your community!
  • Microsoft Gaming Bar and Coding Workshop – Attendees to enjoy a fun, interactive gaming and technology bar. Join the staff from Microsoft Fashion Valley inside the library for a coding workshop you won’t want to miss beginning at 4 p.m. Also, check out their device bar and learn about the latest advances in gaming and computer technology. Microsoft will have engineers and technology evangelists onsite to talk with students about the myriad of careers available with Microsoft and in the technology world.
  • Music Notes – Watch their performances at 5 p.m. on the performance annex stage featuring educational hip-hop and rap songs that will engage and inspire young students to learn more about STEM. Our math rapping friends from Los Angeles are back for a special concert where they will be performing popular hits including, “I Did My Homework.”
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – Learn about the physics of sound with a Chinese resonance bowl.
  • San Diego Coastkeeper – What are watersheds? Do you live in a watershed? Want to learn more about how scientists study water quality? What can you do to prevent pollution? Join us to learn more about how water connects us all and how we can keep our oceans clean! We will have a watershed model, pollution experiments and much more! This event is for all ages.
  • Science Delivered – STEM activities including: Sensory “tricks,” Optical Illusions, Scaled Planet Exhibit, Measuring Sugar: Nutrition, Seeds and Slime or Oobleck, Chromatography with coffee filters), and a Dress like a Scientist Photo booth!
  • Sprout by HP – Experience the Sprout by HP bus as it stops in San Diego on its national tour! This interactive 40-foot demo trailer is outfitted with five stations and a 3-D printer where individuals can experience Sprout and see their creations come to life.


  • Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
  • Gaming, widgets, gizmos and more! See kids and families engaging in STEM education, and participating in hands-on science demonstrations, games and interacting with real-life scientists or engineers.
  • Join Microsoft Fashion Valley at their gaming and technology bar
  • Special performance by our rapping friends Music Notes
  • Explore 3D Printing technology with the Sprout by HP bus
  • Student project showcase and exhibits from local industry, research institutions and universities all designed to engage the entire family in STEM…in your own backyard!

MORE INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC: For more information about “STEM in Your Backyard” as well as additional locations during festival week, visit the event website at

The mission of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is to engage kids in science and engineering. By doing this, the nonprofit 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 or call (858) 455-0300 ext. 104. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

  • The annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering helps continue our regions reputation of being a leader in the science industry and aims to show how science and engineering can be found in your own “backyard.”
  • According to the California Department of Education, jobs in engineering, science and other STEM fields pay more, on average, than jobs in other fields. In addition, they fuel California’s economy, keeping it a global leader in technology. Yet only 15 percent of those with engineering degrees are women and only 42 percent of those who hold jobs in life sciences are women. In addition, African Americans and Latinos are underrepresented in STEM fields.
  • An article via states nearly 60 percent of San Diego students are low-income, and their math test scores lag significantly behind their mid- to high-income peers. By the time these students reach college age, the discrepancy is consequential for the San Diego job market. Just 1 percent of low-income students complete a STEM degree that is required for entry-level jobs in many San Diego-based companies.
  • The new “STEM in Your Backyard” series encourages children and families in diverse neighborhoods of San Diego to learn more about STEM education.
  • The event is a mini-version of the popular EXPO Day at PETCO Park, which welcomed more than 25,000 children and families this year.
  • The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields to inspire them to become tomorrow’s STEM innovators and is a program of the BIOCOM Institute.