Final Festival Week Event Schedule Announced for Eighth Annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

Final Festival Week Event Schedule Announced for Eighth Annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
February, 2016 Client News
SAN DIEGO – Feb. 12, 2016 – Organizers of the eighth annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering have finalized a week of special events and presentations, offering entertaining options for science lovers of all ages in San Diego County. From March 5 to 13, 2016, Local businesses, universities and professionals will once again go crazy for science with behind the scenes tours, crime scene investigations, Rubik’s Cube team challenges, and video game development, to name a few.

The highly anticipated EXPO Day at PETCO Park occurs Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Organizers anticipate attracting more than 25,000 individuals and families to this event that will kick off Festival Week. The daylong celebration is the Festival’s signature event 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.

From Escondido to Chula Vista and everywhere in between, the fun continues with Festival Week (March 6-13) – more than 56 events packed into eight days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for pre-schoolers, grades kindergarten through 12th grade and their families, and adults as well, to ignite their passion for STEM education. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The expanded Festival Week schedule of events is a major step in the festival’s dedication to showing how science and engineering opportunities are prevalent in local neighborhoods. “The festival continues to show its growth and our team is quite proud of this year’s very special activity lineup,” said Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. “In particular, the new ‘STEM in Your Backyard’ events combine community and a passion for learning in five diverse San Diego neighborhoods. Plus, with our new 21 and up adult series, we are showcasing that the love of science doesn’t stop at any age.”

A program of the BIOCOM Institute, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering aims to encourage and engage kids in STEM, and to inspire them to become tomorrow’s innovators. This festival, presented by Illumina, also helps continue to increase 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 opportunities are in our own “backyard.” In 2015, 75,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated throughout the week, plus more than 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day at PETCO Park.

New EXPO Day Features for 2016:
  • The Recycle Challenge: Are you familiar with the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Are you into technology, creativity and want to help keep our planet green? Well, the blue bin isn’t the only place for your recyclables. With a little imagination and craftiness you can turn your “trash” into awesome works of art! In this Star Wars-themed challenge, students in grades 5 to 12, will convene in teams of four to design, build and present a wearable garment or innovative device out of recycled materials to wear in the Star Wars Universe! Student inventors will then present their creation and explain how they built it and/or where in the Star Wars universe it will be utilized.
  • K-Zone: Looking for a place where your youngest scientist can unleash their natural creative ability in a setting where they are free to touch, explore, and participate in whatever their developing minds can come up with? The K-Zone is a place where budding tinkerers can come and explore numerous activities guaranteed to nurture and engage their active minds. Go ahead and let them run free, they just might change the world.
  • TedXKids@ElCajon Take The Stage: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This local version will showcase the passion and potential of our children! Organized by the Cajon Valley Union School District, these students offer a unique platform to share their ideas. Connect with our future leaders, and leave inspired. Come see samplings of their talks throughout the day on the Dugout Stage!
  • Student Designed Merchandise: Come check out the winners of our STEM Design completion. This year we’ve got sizes for the whole family and newly featured women’s racerback tank tops! Pay tribute to our local student artists. The Festival continues to work hard to keep all items very family affordable with nothing over $10! The merchandise tent is located inside Park at the Park – check it out and get your awesome Festival gear to wear all year long!
  • Star Wars – Steampunk Universe: The two fastest expanding creative universes, Star Wars and Steampunk, will converge at the Star Wars – Steampunk Universe booth, just inside the Gaslamp Gate entrance. Learn how to salvage your everyday watch and bicycle gears, vintage brass plumbing parts, industrial revolution steam era antiques, old leather and lace into personal visual expressions of your love of the Star Wars saga. Come by and take photos with the Star Wars – Steampunk Universe crew. Kids will also be able to participate in a fun coloring activity. Booth attendees will also learn how Star Wars – Steampunk Universe turns “Cosplay into Cause-play,” combining their love of dressing up and participating in charity and community events.
  • Bright Idea Society Alley – Powered By ViaSat: No need to scour the map, our Bright Idea Society winners this year will all be gathered together in their own row inside park at the park! The three winning schools include Olive Elementary, Feaster Engineering Charter, and Dragons 5229 Boys & Girls Clubs. Come be fascinated by these young minds and let them teach you!

New Festival Week Features For 2016:

  • For adults ages 21 and up. This new series, co-hosted by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, offers adults an opportunity to continue their passion for STEM education. Drop your STEM knowledge on Open Mic Night, heighten your STEM IQ conversing with Two Scientists Who Walk Into A Bar, and enjoy a local brew and crafty cocktails with like-minded “chic geeks” at various venues throughout the county.
  • The STEM in Your Backyard series consists of mini versions of EXPO Day in diverse communities across San Diego, including Vista, Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, City Heights and Downtown San Diego’s East Village. This new series will invite local families of all backgrounds to experience the festival and STEM exhibits in diverse neighborhoods around San Diego County.
  • For children ages 2 to 5, the New Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido makes STEM fun and engaging through the use of fairy tales and hands-on experiments.
  • For tweens and teens, Teen Tech Week happens at the Downtown San Diego Central Library. If you love video games, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about game development from professional game developers at OctoPro. Learn what goes into making a video game and see the process unfold throughout the week in this five-day workshop. Space is limited and registration is required.
  • Local educators can take advantage of expert industry knowledge and hands-on activities through free workshops to master the art of 3D Printing and connect current science from San Diego researchers to NGSS.

Sponsorships are available for the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Festival Week and EXPO Day. For more details, visit here or contact Sara Pagano, managing director, at spagano@lovestemsd.org.

Sponsors for the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering include: PRESENTING: Illumina; GOLD: ABC 10 & Azteca America, CBS Radio, Qualcomm Foundation, ViaSat, Inc.; SILVER: Cox Communications, Hologic, Inc., Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Padres, Scatena Daniels Communications.

Below is a list of confirmed events hosted and organized by the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering as of Jan. 22, 2016. Schedule, venues and offerings are subject to change. Attendees are encouraged to visit the festival website at www.lovestemsd.org for the most current information to plan your experience.

CENTRAL SAN DIEGO

Think, Drink, Science
Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
9045 Carroll Way
San Diego, CA 92121
Ticket Cost: $25
The 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is very excited to announce that we will highlight a full week line-up of adult science events proving science exploration isn’t just for the kids! Think, Drink, Science welcomes educators, parents, fellow science enthusiasts, and beer lovers to come learn about “beer-ology” – the science behind the brewing process while enjoying delicious Ballast Point beers and appetizers. This is a 21+ event. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

EXPO Day
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PETCO Park
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
Now in its eighth year, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering involves hundreds of businesses, corporations, sponsors, and nonprofits in a week-long celebration of STEM education in San Diego County. EXPO Day at Petco Park is the Festival’s culminating event with over 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on activities showcasing STEM from all parts of Southern California. In 2015, more than 24,000 children, parents, and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day, and over 75,000 people participated in festival week events.

San Diego Junior Theatre Behind the Scenes Tour
Sunday, March 6, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Junior Theatre
Balboa Park
Ticket Cost: ** FREE (Tour) / $11-15 (“The Mystery of Edward Tulane”) **
Come take a look at the backstage happenings of the oldest continuing children’s theatre program in the country! Visitors will learn how theatre is brought to life through scenery, costumes, and other technical elements. After the free tour, attendees have the option to see “The Mystery of Edward Tulane” at 2:00 p.m. with ticket purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the San Diego Junior Theatre Box Office or through www.juniortheatre.com.

Young Scientists: Energy Explorers
Sunday, March 6, 2016
12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park
Ticket Cost: FREE
Explore the scientific wonders of the world in this hands-on preschool science program designed for children ages 3 to 5 and an accompanying adult. Each four-week session is held on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration includes access to the Fleet’s exhibit galleries after class. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Teen Tech Week: Video Game Development with OctoPro
Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11, 2016
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ticket Cost: FREE
If you love video games, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about game development from professional game developers at OctoPro. Learn what goes into making a video game and see the process unfold throughout the week in this five-day workshop. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Innovator Lab
Sunday, March 6 to Saturday, March 12, 2016
The New Children’s Museum
200 West Island Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: FREE
Visit our newest studio space and put your design mind to the test! Participate in the launch of a maker space prototype to practice your creativity and experiment in fun design challenges. Plus, check out our new Rube Goldberg inspired machines. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Biocom Biotech Career Day
Monday, March 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Franklin Elementary School
4481 Copeland Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
Ticket Cost: ** Private event for school only. **
Assembly for third to fifth grade to learn about career opportunities in the biotech industry. Panelists will represent each letter of STEAM.

S – Scientists, chemists, biologists and more.
T – Technologists, biotech technology and more.
E – Engineers, software, mechanical and more.
A – Graphic designers, creative directors and more.
M – Finance, accounting and more.

Senior Monday
Monday, March 7, 2016
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: FREE
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! The Fleet’s doors will open at 9:30 a.m. The lecture starts promptly at 10:30 a.m., followed by an IMAX film at 12 noon. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Educator Workshop: 3D Printing
Monday, March 7, 2016
STEAM Maker Workshop
4619 Mission Gorge Place, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92120
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: FREE
Victor Ciccarelli and Brian Alvara of the STEAM Maker Workshop will present a two-and-a-half hour look at the best practices, equipment and software for teaching 3D Thinking, Design and Printing in your classroom. Topics covered will be Tinkercad, Matter Control and 3D Curriculum that abide by NGSS and Common Core standards. This workshop is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP early. Participants should bring a laptop computer To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Suds & Science: Open Mic Night
Monday, March 7, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Various locations in Central San Diego
Ticket Cost: Free
Do you have a burning science topic or theory you want to discuss? Think you can captivate an audience with your thoughts? Here’s your chance for 10 minutes to dish at the crowd all the cool information you’ve got to share! Hosted by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. This is a 21+ event. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Biocom Biotech Career Day
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Washington Elementary School
1789 State St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: ** Private event for school only. **
In honor of International Women’s Day, this is an assembly for third to fifth grade to learn about career opportunities in the biotech industry. Panelists will represent each letter of STEAM.

S – Scientists, chemists, biologists and more.
T – Technologists, biotech technology and more.
E – Engineers, software, mechanical and more.
A – Graphic designers, creative directors and more.
M – Finance, accounting and more.

STEM In Your Backyard: Barrio Logan
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Logan Heights Branch Library
567 S 28th St.
San Diego, CA 92113
Cost: FREE
Engineering, coding, architecture and more! Don’t miss STEM In Your Backyard: Barrio Logan on Sunday, March 8th from 3:00 – 6:00PM and experience interactive and hands-on exhibits from exciting organizations including: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Sprout by HP, Challenge Island: San Diego, Science Delivered, Girl Scouts San Diego, San Diego Coast Keeper, New School of Architecture and Design, and even a gaming and technology bar from Microsoft. Grab your family and head down to the Logan Heights Branch Library for a celebration of STEM in the Barrio Logan Community! For more information, visit www.lovestemsd.org/stem-in-your-backyard.

Science Educators Workshop
Tuesday, March 8
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park
Ticket Cost: FREE
Each month, a different local scientist shares their passion and provides useful information for you and your classroom. We focus on connecting current science from San Diego researchers to NGSS. On March 8, M. A. Yanagi will explore the use of sensors, from everyday life to military operations, for a huge variety of purposes. This workshop includes a discussion of NGSS connections and classroom activity ideas. FREE, thanks to support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and the BEST Foundation. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Biocom Biotech Career Day
Thursday, March 10, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Jefferson Elementary School
3770 Utah St.
San Diego, CA, 92104
Ticket Cost: ** Private event for school only. **
Assembly for third to fifth grade to learn about career opportunities in the biotech industry. Panelists will represent each letter of STEAM.

S – Scientists, chemists, biologists and more.
T – Technologists, biotech technology and more.
E – Engineers, software, mechanical and more.
A – Graphic designers, creative directors and more.
M – Finance, accounting and more.

STEM In Your Backyard: City Heights
Thursday, March 10, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
City Heights Weingart Library
3795 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: FREE
Gaming, widgets, gizmos and more! Don’t miss STEM In Your Backyard: City Heights on Thursday, March 10th from 3:00 – 6:00PM and experience interactive and hands-on exhibits from exciting organizations including: Reuben H Fleet Science Center, The San Diego Coast Keeper, Sprout by HP, Challenge Island: San Diego, Science Delivered, Girl Scouts San Diego, and the New School of Architecture and Design. Microsoft Fashion Valley will host a gaming and technology bar and don’t miss a special performance by our Math rapping friends, Music Notes at 5PM on the performance annex stage. Grab your family and head down to the Jeremey Hayward Recreational Park/ City Heights Weingart Library for a celebration of STEM in the City Heights Community! For more information, visit here.

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: Laureate Edition
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Various locations in Central San Diego
7:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: FREE
50 Scientists. 25 Bars. One Night. All Over San Diego County. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar, local scientists will enjoy something we all do: a beer and good conversation in a local bar. Join them, and ask them anything you want! They’ll be easy to spot. Just look for the sign that reads: “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” This is a 21+ event. Learn more or to register here.

Biocom Biotech Career Day
Friday, March 11, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Valencia Elementary School
5880 Skyline Drive.
San Diego, CA 92114
Ticket Cost: ** Private event for school only. **
Assembly for third to fifth grade to learn about career opportunities in the biotech industry. Panelists will represent each letter of STEAM.

S – Scientists, chemists, biologists and more.
T – Technologists, biotech technology and more.
E – Engineers, software, mechanical and more.
A – Graphic designers, creative directors and more.
M – Finance, accounting and more.

Fleet Night of Science
Friday, March 11, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: $25
No kids. All fun. Fleet Night of Science is a quarterly after-hours event for chic geeks 21+. You get the science center all to yourself (no kids allowed!) to explore exhibits, sip cocktails, enjoy edibles, listen to music and get your geek on with science experiments, clever chats and delightfully nerdy experiences. You might learn the physics of beer pong (while playing the game, of course) or ask an astronomer your burning questions about Mars. You could enjoy a science comedy show or design a stomp rocket. Your ticket gives you access to all of the Fleet’s exhibits and the evening’s science-infused fun. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and proceeds support the Fleet’s nonprofit mission of inspiring science learning. This is a 21+ event. For more information, visit here.

Riverbugs are Cool!
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.
Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
One Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119
Ticket Cost: FREE
This is a family friendly, fun activity for those interested in learning more about life in the San Diego River. Participants will learn about our watersheds, and participate in a scientific study of the very interesting critters that live in the river. Kids especially will enjoy seeing how these animals are collected, and then take part in sorting and identifying them under a microscope. Participants will then draw a conclusion as to the health of the river based upon the diversity of species identified. Programs will begin at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Hosted by the San Diego River Park Foundation. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Saturday Science Club for Girls
Saturday, March 12, 2016
12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join us on the second Saturday of each month to investigate exciting science topics. Throughout the year, we will explore an array of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, robotics and more! To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Aerospace Science & Engineering
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
The San Diego Air & Space Museum Annex serves as an Aerospace classroom. All ages students, teachers, parents welcome at any time 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibits include real aircraft, aerospace-related manufactured parts and materials for teachers and students handling and inspection. Young male and female engineers will explain their environments; pilots will describe the wonder of flight. Information and experts will be available for aerospace career pathways, including aerospace technical skills not requiring a college degree. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

STEM In Your Backyard: Downtown San Diego Library
Saturday, March 12, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
Chemistry, climate change, engineering and more! Don’t miss STEM In Your Backyard: East Village on Saturday, March 12th from 1:00 – 4:00PM and experience interactive and hands-on exhibits from exciting organizations including: The American Chemical Society, Tioga Research, Girl Scouts San Diego, the San Diego Central Library, and more! The American Chemical Society will be bringing 10,000 people to town this weekend for their national meeting and we are excited to partner with them to provide FREE interactive science exhibits. Additionally, the library will be hosting a FREE Fix-It clinic; where parents can bring any electronic household item in that needs maintenance and speak with a professional technician. Grab your family and head down to the San Diego Central Library for a celebration of STEM in the East Village Community! For more information, visit here.

The Story Collider
Saturday, March 12, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: $10
Science surrounds us. Even when we don’t notice it, science touches almost every part of our lives. The Story Collider believes that everyone has a story about science—a story about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level. We find those stories and share them in live shows and on our podcast. Sometimes, it’s even funny. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Marine Science Day
Sunday, March 13, 2016
10 a.m.
San Diego State University
Ticket Cost: FREE
Ever wonder what gadgets and gizmos scientists use to study the marine environment? Meet marine biologists and scientists at SDSU, interact with local sea creatures, and learn about San Diego’s diverse marine ecosystems. Presented by SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Library. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO (INCLUDES LA JOLLA)

STEM In Your Backyard: Vista
Sunday, March 6, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Street Parking Lot (across from Wavelength Brewing Co.)
127 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
Astronomy, technology, robotics, and more! Don’t miss STEM In Your Backyard: Vista on Sunday, March 6th from 1:00 – 4:00PM and experience interactive and hands-on exhibits from exciting organizations including: Sky Watcher USA, Challenge Island: San Diego, Science Delivered, Girl Scouts San Diego, CSU San Marcos, Wavelength Brewing Co, Sprout by HP, San Diego Brewer’s Guild, and Vue Audioteknik (a speaker manufacturer that uses beryllium). Grab your family and head down to the Main Street Parking lot for a celebration of STEM in the Vista Community! For more information, visit https://www.lovestemsd.org/stem-your-backyard.

Sky Watcher Party (with screening of “Cosmos”)
Sunday, March 6, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wavelength Brewing
236 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
Sky Watcher USA (a telescope manufacturer) will bring solar telescopes to view the night’s sky with a live video feed from one of the telescopes onto a large projector. Screening of Episode 4 from “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – A Sky Full Of Ghosts” at 6:00 p.m. with a sky watching party to follow. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org
Preschool Workshop: Fairy Tale STEAM: Three Little Pigs
Monday, March 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Blow Your House Down!  In this engineering challenge, children help the three pigs by building a well-designed house that will keep them safe from the “big bad wolf.” To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Monday, March 7, 2016
Ocean Exploration with Birch Aquarium
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
Ticket Cost: FREE
Explore and discover ocean science concepts with hands-on activities. Programs are designed to hands moving and minds thinking! Each day of the week will present a different ocean science concept from buoyancy to whales! To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Escondido Police Traffic Collision and Crime Scene Investigation
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Session #1: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Session #2: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Escondido Police Department
1163 Centre City Parkway, Escondido, CA 92026
Ticket Cost: FREE
The Escondido Police Department’s Crime Lab and Traffic Division will introduce students to their dependence on math, physics, and scientific principles to complete investigations. The Crime Lab and Traffic Division will showcase the equipment utilized to gather data and conduct experiments used for investigations. Officers and laboratory technicians will explain how scientific principles are used daily to solve crimes and determine how traffic collisions occurred. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Preschool Workshop: Fairytale STEAM: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
This chair is too big. This chair is too small. This chair is just right! In this engineering challenge, children design a chair that is just right for baby bear. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Women in STEM: Communications & Media Edition
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Illumina Theatre at The Alexandria
10996 Torreyanna Rd. Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92121
Ticket Cost: FREE, REGISTRATION IS LIMITED.
Do you have an interest in media and communications? Do you also love science and technology? Imagine being a public relations specialist for a biotech company or research institution working with media and creating social media campaigns to share your company’s story, or working in the media, on the air or behind the scenes, in a variety of STEM related roles.

Join the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering in partnership with Young Women in Bio on International Women’s Day for an exciting opportunity for high-school and college age females to explore the myriad of exciting careers available at local biotech companies and media organizations!

The evening features an inspiring career panel with female industry leaders eager to engage in conversations about creative career pathways in Southern California, followed by a special dessert reception with the panelists. Enjoy music, prizes and a photo booth, too!

To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestedmsd.org.

Preschool Workshop: Fairytale STEAM: Chicken Little
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
The sky is falling! In this engineering challenge, children will create a device to protect Chicken Little if the sky does begin to fall. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org.

Ocean Exploration with Birch Aquarium
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
Ticket Cost: FREE
Explore and discover ocean science concepts with hands-on activities. Programs are designed to hands moving and minds thinking! Each day of the week will present a different ocean science concept from buoyancy to whales! To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Brushes & Beakers (ArtSci in La Jolla)
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Multiple galleries on Prospect Street in La Jolla, CA
Ticket Cost: $15
Join the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering in partnership with SD Wetlabs and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a night of art and science on Prospect Street in La Jolla. Visit four unique galleries, all within walking distance of one another, and meet local scientists, researchers and conservationists who will talk about their work amidst the art in the galleries.
Attendees can pre-purchase a wristband that gives them a glass of wine at each gallery. This is a 21+ event. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Preschool Workshop: Fairytale STEAM: Billy Goats Gruff
Thursday, March 10, 2016
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
The troll under the bridge is going to get the three Billy Goats Gruff! In this engineering challenge, children will design an alternative way for the goats to get from one side of the bridge to another. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Connect A Circuit
Thursday, March 10, 2016
2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
In this mini lesson, students will learn how to complete a circuit. Then they will get to complete their own circuit working in teams. We will have four, 20 minute workshops. These are first come, first serve 20 children per workshop. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Ocean Exploration with Birch Aquarium
Friday, March 11, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
Ticket Cost: FREE
Explore and discover ocean science concepts with hands-on activities. Programs are designed to hands moving and minds thinking! Each day of the week will present a different ocean science concept from buoyancy to whales! To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Preschool Workshop: Fairytale STEAM: Humpty Dumpty
Friday, March 11, 2016
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Ticket Cost: FREE with Museum Admission
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall! In this engineering challenge, children will create a device to protect Humpty Dumpty from his fall. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Challenge
Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Super STEM Saturday
California State University San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Ticket Cost: FREE
Students in grades K-12 will compete in teams of 8 to collectively solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes. Join the fun! All schools, after school, and other community youth organizations in the San Diego area can register their teams through www.youcandothecube.com/compete-now the solo competition will be limited to students from registered teams. Hosted by the Classical Academies.

Super STEM Saturday
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.
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 lschmelz@csusm.edu or (760) 750-7201.

Science for Kids 9 to 99
Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
Ticket Cost: FREE
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 rbowersg@sdccd.edu.

Imagination Innovation
Sunday, March 13, 2016
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cymer
17075 Thornmint Court
San Diego, CA 92127
Ticket Cost: FREE
Science and technology should be fun! Join us as we rotate through six different stations where the concepts of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) are taught using interesting hands-on activities. This event is geared for middle school aged students. To register or to find out more information, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/imagination-innovation-at-cymer-tickets-21020599178?aff=es2

SOUTH BAY

STEM In Your Backyard: Chula Vista
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chula Vista Public Library
365 F St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: FREE
Coding, evaporation, sustainability and more! Don’t miss STEM In Your Backyard: Chula Vista on Wednesday, March 9th from 3:00 – 6:00PM and experience interactive and hands-on exhibits from exciting organizations including: The San Diego Coast keeper, Sprout by HP, Challenge Island: San Diego, Science Delivered, Girl Scouts San Diego, Sweetwater High School student showcase, Usborne Science With Water, and the New School of Architecture and Design. Microsoft will host a gaming and technology bar! Grab your family and head down to the Chula Vista Public Library for a celebration of STEM in the Chula Vista Community! For more information, visit https://www.lovestemsd.org/stem-your-backyard.

EAST COUNTY

Taylor Guitar Behind the Scenes Tour
Monday, March 6 – Friday, March 11, 2016
Tours depart daily at 1:00 p.m.
Taylor Guitars
1980 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, California 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 building up their dream from a young age. From wood selection to final assembly, guests will experience each process as a guitar evolves from raw wood into a finished instrument. To take the tour, simply check-in at the receptionist desk in the lobby of our main building at least 5-10 minutes before 1 p.m. to ensure that you don’t miss the tour. Tours are limited to the first 60 people. Groups of 10 or more guests are required to make a reservation to guarantee space on the tour. While not physically demanding, the tour does include a fair amount of walking and climbing a short flight of stairs. Due to the technical nature, the tour may not be suitable for small children. The tour lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes at departs from the main building. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

Miss Smarty PlantsTM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019
Ticket Cost: FREE
Ms. Smarty-Plants™ takes you on a fun and interactive journey winding through the water cycle, the Colorado River, all the way to your faucet making conservation connections along the way. To register or to find out more information, visit: www.lovestemsd.org

About the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
The mission of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering 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 http://www.lovestemsd.org or call (858) 455-0300 ext. 104. Connect on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/loveSTEMsd) and Twitter (@LoveSTEMsd).