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 High Tech Fair Seeks Exhibitors and Sponsors

The San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) is recruiting local high-tech businesses and scientific organizations to exhibit at the High Tech Fair in October.

Exhibits should include hands-on or interactive features that inspire middle- and high-school students to explore science technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM.

The SDSA High Tech Fair is an opportunity for organizations, college programs, and businesses to showcase their work and inspire students to pursue STEM careers and become the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The High Tech Fair has grown in the past 16 years to include more than 60 exhibitors; more than 3,000 students, teachers and parents; and more than 40 schools. In that time, tens of thousands of students from throughout the county have attended.

The event, held inside O'Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, includes a student and parent night Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. That event is free and open to the public; however, we encourage online registration. The school day event is Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"It's all about igniting passion in students," said Ellen Peneski, executive director of the San Diego Science Alliance. "The combination of engaging in practical applications of STEM content and interacting directly with adults that have a similar passion, amplifies the STEM experience for all involved."

The interactive demonstrations reinforce the concepts students are learning about in school and provide them with important insight into possible college majors and careers related to STEM subjects.

The fee to exhibit is $660 with a discounted rate of $220 for non-profit organizations. Fees help cover general fair expenses and buses for students, and substitute fees for teachers.

The High Tech Fair is a collaborative effort between the San Diego Science Alliance, San Diego County Office of Education, and San Diego Unified School District. It is made possible through the support of corporate sponsors, community partners and exhibitors.

Sponsors this year include Genentech, Lockheed Martin, ViaSat, UTC Aerospace Systems, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and RF Products Inc. The San Diego Science Alliance is still seeking sponsorship for this year's event. 

More information is available at the San Diego Science Alliance website or by contacting Carin Holliday at hightechfair@sdsa.org or 619-400-9777.