MEDIA ADVISORY: 25,000 Kids and Families Expected at Eighth Annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering’s EXPO Day at Petco Park

MEDIA ADVISORY: 25,000 Kids and Families Expected at Eighth Annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering’s EXPO Day at Petco Park
March, 2016 Client News
WHAT: This year, the much anticipated EXPO Day will kick off Festival Week and welcomes young future scientists from kindergarten to 12th grade for a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math.
The exciting day features hands-on exhibits, presentations, and activities provided by 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations from all parts of Southern California.
This year, budding STEM enthusiasts are treated to a Star Wars-themed recycling challenge, a TedXKids session organized by the Cajon Valley Union School District and a Star Wars – Steampunk Universe creativity booth, plus much more!
The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, presented by Illumina, 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.

WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BEST TIME TO COVER: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: PETCO Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown San Diego)

WHO: 25,000+ young science lovers and their families from throughout San Diego County

COST: FREE ADMISSION

PARKING: Discount options available. Visit www.lovestemsd.org for more info.

FOOD: Families can bring in a sack lunch. The same food restrictions apply as a Padres game.  There will also be $5 meal deals for children.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
  • The annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering helps continue our region’s 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 a recent study via SanDiegoBusiness.org, San Diego ranks 2nd in the nation in concentration of workforce in science and engineering jobs with more than 63,000 professionals in these occupations.
  • In the most recent BIOCOM report, life science companies are the largest employers with more than 51,000 jobs, which accounts for the single largest sector of tech jobs in San Diego.
  • Living in an age of science and technology, STEM affects our daily lives and will continue to be the driving force behind our future. It is crucial that children are continuously inspired, motivated and educated in STEM.

SPOKESPERSONS & VISUALS:

  • Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
  • More than 130 colorful and inviting booths featuring hands-on activities and games for kids and their families to experience science concepts in fun and meaningful ways.
  • Kids and families interacting with “real-life” scientists, STEM professionals, and college students.
  • A Star Wars-themed recycling challenge where students in grades 5 to 12 will turn their recyclables into awesome, creative works of art!
  • The “K-Zone” provides young scientists with a place where they 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.
  • Students from Cajon Valley Union School District will take the Dugout stage to share STEM ideas for a TedXKids@ElCajon session.
  • For another dose of your favorite galaxy far, far away, Star Wars – Steampunk Universe will host a booth inside the Gaslamp Gate entrance where festival attendees will learn how to turn vintage items into visual expressions of their love for the film saga. Attendees will have an opportunity to also take photos with the Star Wars – Steampunk Universe crew in full “cosplay” gear.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
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 www.lovestemsd.org or call (858) 455-0300 ext. 104. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.