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 Calling All Future Innovators: K-12 STEM Programs and Contests Open to Local Teachers and Students

Riding on the success of the 2014 Festival Week and EXPO Day, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering (SDSFE) is just getting started with another exciting year of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs for teachers and students. Applications are currently available for teachers and club advisors for the fourth annual Bright Idea Society and for students, a new STEM Design Contest. 

The Bright Idea Society is an opportunity for STEM clubs or classrooms to submit an idea for a project from concept phase to inception. The SDFSE’s Education Committee will evaluate submissions and select a winning group from each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The winners will each be awarded a $500 educational stipend for materials and supplies to bring their project to fruition. In addition, they will receive the opportunity to present their final project at the 2015 EXPO Day, which takes place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at PETCO Park as the grand finale of Festival Week.  

The SDSFE is also excited to announce its newest competition, STEM Design. The competition encourages children to integrate art with their love for science and engineering and allow the expression of creativity. This open call is for students in grades K-12 and college. SDFSE invites students to submit a design concept that is related to STEM for a chance to win top graphic location on the front of the 2015 Festival Week t-shirt. If chosen, the winning recipient will receive their artwork framed, along with an educational stipend and the opportunity to be seen by over 50,000 STEM enthusiasts throughout Festival Week. 

Launching in November 2014, the Nifty Fifty Program matches STEM industry professionals with San Diego County K-12 classrooms for exciting and interactive presentations. Teachers and STEM industry professionals can sign-up on our web-site starting November 1st and match e-mails will be sent in January 2015. Additionally, the all new STEM Ambassador Pilot Program will invite two dozen college students to participate as “STEM Ambassadors” festival week. Ambassadors will be paired with a Nifty Fifty mentor and invited to participate in classroom presentations. 

Full details and program applications are posted on the SDFSE website​.

“San Diego continues to be a mecca for growth in the industry of STEM,” says Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. “As one of our core values, we advocate for investing in STEM education as one of the most effective ways to build a secure socio-economic environment for everyone regardless of race, creed, gender or personal beliefs. We, as a Festival have the opportunity to showcase what it means to be a STEM professional and feel that creating these experiences for students are vital to growing their knowledge and passion for learning within the industry of STEM.”