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 Sponsors and Exhibitors Can Support Students at High Tech Fair

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Local high-tech businesses and scientific organizations can engage their employees and help promote STEM education throughout the county by connecting with students, teachers, and parents as part of the High Tech Fair in October.

The San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) are recruiting exhibitors and sponsors now for the two-day event. 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.

"It's all about igniting passion in students," said Ellen Peneski, executive director of SDSA. "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 High Tech Fair is an opportunity for businesses, organizations, research institutions and college programs to showcase their work and inspire students to pursue STEM careers and become the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The event has grown in the past 17 years to include more than 60 exhibitors; more than 4,000 students, teachers, and parents; and more than 50 schools from across 25 districts, including charter schools and private schools. In that time, an estimated 50,000 students from throughout the county have attended and found inspiration.

The High Tech Fair will be held in Bing Crosby Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The student and parent evening event Oct. 14 is free and open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Online registration is encouraged. The school-day event is Oct. 15. Teachers bring their students to the fair where they have 90 minutes to visit the various exhibits.

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, buses for students, and substitute fees for teachers.

The High Tech Fair is made possible through the support of corporate sponsors, community partners, and exhibitors. Sponsorship information is available at the SDSA website.

More information is available at the San Diego Science Alliance website, by emailing hightechfair@sdsa.org or by calling 619-400-9777.