San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO Day Attracts Nearly 24,000 to PETCO Park, Launches Festival Week Celebration

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO Day Attracts Nearly 24,000 to PETCO Park, Launches Festival Week Celebration
March, 2016 Client News
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Tens of thousands of individuals and families attended the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering’s EXPO Day on Saturday, March 5, featuring 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. Admission was free, and organizers say the official attendance was 23,685 and the largest crowd in the event’s eight-year history.
EXPO Day was the official kick-off for the Festival Week, which consists of a line-up of more than 56 special events and presentations 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, through March 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.
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, and this year, organizers expect to be on track to meet this record.

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 two to five, the San Diego 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.
Sponsors for the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering include:
PRESENTING: Illumina; GOLD: ABC 10 & Azteca America, CBS Radio, Qualcomm Foundation, ViaSat, Inc., Think Blue; SILVER: Cox Communications, Hologic, Inc., Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Padres, Scatena Daniels Communications.
Below is an updated list of remaining events hosted and organized by the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering as of March 8, 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
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

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 https://www.lovestemsd.org/stem-your-backyard.

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: http://www.rhfleet.org/events/two-scientists-walk-bar

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 http://www.rhfleet.org/events/fleet-night-science.

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 https://www.lovestemsd.org/stem-your-backyard.

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)

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 here.

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

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 and Twitter.