The sixth annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at various locations throughout San Diego County March 15 through March 22, 2014.
A program of the Biocom Institute, 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. This festival also helps continue 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 is our “backyard.”
The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is composed of several features designed to show how STEM makes an impact in our everyday lives:
- Festival Week: March 15-21, 2014. 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. Local organizations can now apply to host an event during Festival week. Visit www.sdsciencefestival.com to submit a Festival Week event application. Deadline to submit is Dec. 2, 2013.
- 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. San Diego area scientists, engineers and other professionals in the STEM fields are encouraged to visit the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering’s website at www.sdsciencefestival.com to apply to become a Nifty 50 speaker.
- The Bright Idea Society: Sponsored by the Kimmich Educational Foundation at the San Diego Foundation, The Bright Idea Society program provides three awards for San Diego County K-12 Science and Engineering Clubs. The award will recognize and support existing science and engineering clubs and provide them with a venue at the Festival’s grand finale Expo Day at PETCO Park on March 22, 2014 to showcase their ideas to thousands of Festival participants of all ages. Applications are due by Nov. 18, 2013. Additional details and the application are available at www.sdsciencefestival.com.
- Expo Day: Saturday, March 22, 2014 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 55,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members are expected to participate. The festival, events and activities are free of charge and open to the public. Sponsors for the 2014 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering include Gold Sponsors: Biocom, Biocom Institute and the San Diego Padres; Silver Sponsor: Life Technologies; and Copper Sponsors: Scatena Daniels Communications and Mother’s Cookies.
To keep the festival free, businesses and individuals are encouraged to sponsor and donate to support the program. For more information about festival events and activities or sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.sdsciencefestival.com or call 858-455-0300 ext. 104.
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, illuminate 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.sdsciencefestival.com or call 858-455-0300 ext. 104. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.