The 2015 winners are:
Elementary School: Green Elementary, San Diego Unified School District. Students from Green Elementary will help EXPO guests understand the danger of storm water in our local community in a highly interactive exhibit. Participants will be able to add ‘rain’, ‘trash’ and ‘oil’ to their storm water sample and watch it reach San Diego Bay in mock 3D setup of San Diego. Kids and parents will then have the opportunity to filter the polluted water. This display will provide a hands-on look on the dangers of storm water pollution and ways it is filtered preventing environmental damage.
Middle School: Twin Peaks Middle School, Poway Unified School District. EXPO participants will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable food production and water conservation. Their display will feature a display of aquaponics and “smart irrigation” technology. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win an eco-friendly prize by participating in their booth (while supplies last). Visitors will gain a greater understanding of innovative methods being used to produce food while consuming less water, highlighting important community and global issues of the California drought and water usage as well as equitable food production and conservation.
High School: High Tech High International, San Diego Unified School District. Have you heard of cyanotyping? Do you know anything about it? You will after visiting the High Tech High International EXPO booth. Visitors will create their own cyanotype picture to take home by mixing emulsions from raw chemicals and placing various objects and photos on photosensitive paper. The projects will then be exposed to sunlight creating individual unique works of art. This exhibit will teach attendees how light intersects with matter.
The clubs will present their innovative ideas to thousands of children and adults during the Festival’s EXPO Day at PETCO Park on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Additionally, the students will receive a proclamation from Council President District 1 Sherri Lightner, who serves on the Festival steering committee. The proclamation will be presented at 11 a.m. on EXPO Day, Saturday, March 21, 2015
“We are fortunate to have a number of K-12 schools in San Diego County involved in STEM education, which means a brighter future for all of us,” says Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. “The selection of the winners was a very competitive process. Applications were reviewed and vetted by our education committee, which then selected the top three. Our Bright Ideas Society competition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to develop tomorrow’s STEM innovators.”
A program of the Biocom Institute, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering presented by Illumina, aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields so they might one day aspire to be tomorrow’s STEM innovators. Several features and events are scheduled, designed to shine the light on how STEM makes an impact in our everyday lives:
- Festival Week: March 14-20, 2015. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations throughout San Diego County will present a week of science, technology, engineering and math activities for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, but everyone is welcome. More than 60,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members are expected to participate in the week-long event. Visit www.lovestemsd.org for a complete list of Festival Week activities around San Diego County. Many of the events are free to the public.
- Nifty 50 Speaker Series: The Nifty 50 presenters are innovative science and engineer professionals drawn from industry, local research organizations and universities. They are partnered with teachers and students from regional schools studying STEM topics that match the area of their expertise.
- EXPO DAY: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at PETCO Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a mind-blowing day of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome. This event is free and open to the public. More than 24,000 people are expected to attend. EXPO Day is free of charge and open to the public.
The festival, events and activities are free of charge and open to the public. Sponsors for the 2015 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering include Presenting Sponsor: Ilumina; Gold Sponsors: ABC 10, Azteca America, the City of San Diego Educational Development Tourism Support, Diversity in STEAM Magazine, Microsoft, Qualcomm Foundation, San Diego Padres; ViaSat, Inc.; Silver Sponsors: Biocom Purchasing Group, Cox San Diego, Energy 103.7, KyXy 96.5, Hologic, Inc., Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego County Office of Education, Time Warner Cable, VWR; Copper Sponsors: Ackerman Foundation, County of San Diego, Cubic Corporation, Cymer LLC, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Scatena Daniels Communications, Thermo Fisher, Think Blue San Diego, UTC Aerospace, Vertex; Krypton Sponsors: Mission Federal Credit Union, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer Inc.; Titanium Sponsors: Cox Cares Foundation, D&K Engineering, EMD Millipore, General Atomics, International Bridge Technologies, Inc., LEGOLAND California, Point Nazarene University, San Diego National Defense Industry Association, Raytheon; We Love STEM Sponsors: American Elements, Canale Communications, San Diego Financial Literacy Center, Thermo Fisher, UTC Aerospace and Vertex.
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 www.lovestemsd.org or call (858) 455-0300 ext. 104. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.