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 Local Businesses, Professionals and Universities to Host 'STEM in Your Backyard' Activities for Eighth Annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

​Now in its eighth year, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is shaping up to be another week of entertaining, innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events and activities. San Diego County businesses, universities and professionals will offer thrilling events from March 5-13, 2016 where local families can engage in STEM education in neighborhoods near where they live and work. The highly anticipated EXPO DAY will occur on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at PETCO Park to kick off Festival Week. 

The annual Festival Week features interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, families, and adults in STEM education. The expanded schedule of events is a major step in the festival’s dedication to showing how science and engineering opportunities are prevalent in local neighborhoods. “The festival continues to show its growth and our team is quite proud of this year’s very special activity line-up,” said Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. “In particular, the new ‘STEM in Your Backyard’ events combine community and a passion for learning in five diverse San Diego neighborhoods. Plus, with our new 21 and up adult series, we are showcasing that the love of science doesn’t stop at any age.” 

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.”

New this year, festival organizers are expanding their event schedule to appeal to 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. Also new is the STEM in Your Backyard series, which 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 provide local families of all backgrounds to experience the festival and STEM exhibits in diverse neighborhoods scattered around San Diego County.

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is March 5-13, 2016. The festival kicks off with EXPO DAY, a daylong celebration at PETCO Park on Saturday, March 5, 2016. EXPO DAY is the Festival’s signature event, with 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. The fun continues with Festival Week (March 6-13) – eight days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for grades kindergarten through 12th grade, and their families to ignite their passion for STEM education. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

In 2015, 75,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated throughout the week, plus more than 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day at PETCO Park.

Sponsorships are available for the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Festival Week and EXPO Day. For more details, visit the festival website or contact Sara Pagano, managing director.

Below is a list of confirmed events hosted and organized by the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. The entire 2016 Festival Week schedule will be finalized in mid-January, with additional venues hosting events for budding scientists and their families. Visit the festival website at lovestemsd.org​ for more information.

CENTRAL SAN DIEGO


Think, Drink, Science
Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ballast Point
2215 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: TBD
The 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is very excited to announce that we will highlight a full week line-up of adult science events proving science exploration isn’t just for the kids! Think, Drink, Science welcomes educators, parents, fellow science enthusiasts, and beer lovers to come learn about “beer-ology" – the science behind the brewing process while enjoying delicious Ballast Point beers and appetizers. This is a 21+ event.

EXPO DAY
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PETCO Park
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: FREE
Now in its eighth year, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering involves hundreds of businesses, corporations, sponsors, and nonprofits in a week-long celebration of STEM education in San Diego County. EXPO Day at Petco Park is the Festival’s culminating event with over 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on activities showcasing STEM from all parts of Southern California. In 2015, more than 23,000 children, parents, and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day, and over 75,000 people participated in festival week events. 

Biocom Biotech Career Day
Monday, March 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Franklin Elementary School
4481 Copeland Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
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. 

Biocom Biotech Career Day
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Washington Elementary School
1789 State St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: ** Private event for school only. **
In honor of International Women’s Day, this is an 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
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Logan Heights Branch Library
567 S 28th St.
San Diego, CA 92113
Ticket Cost: FREE
See Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) come alive at our “STEM In Your Backyard” event, new this year to the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. Join us for interactive experiments, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet a scientist or engineer. There will be a student project showcase and exhibits from local industry, research institutions, and universities all designed to engage in the entire family in STEM…in your own backyard! For more information, take a look at the STEM in Your Backyard webpage via the festival website. *International Women’s Day

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
Thursday, March 10, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
City Heights Weingart Library
3795 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
Ticket Cost: FREE
See Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) come alive at our “STEM In Your Backyard” event, new this year to the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. Join us for interactive experiments, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet a scientist or engineer. There will be a student project showcase and exhibits from local industry, research institutions, and universities all designed to engage in the entire family in STEM…in your own backyard! For more information, take a look at the STEM in Your Backyard webpage via the festival website.

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.

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. 

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.

STEM In Your Backyard
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
See Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) come alive at our “STEM In Your Backyard” event, new this year to the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. Join us for interactive experiments, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet a scientist or engineer. There will be a student project showcase and exhibits from local industry, research institutions, and universities all designed to engage in the entire family in STEM…in your own backyard! For more information, take a look at the STEM in Your Backyard webpage via the festival website.

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.

NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO


STEM In Your Backyard
Sunday, March 6, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Street Parking Lot
127 Main St, Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
Join the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering in partnership with the Vista Village Business Association for a celebration of STEM in the Vista community! Join us at the parking lot on Main Street across from Wavelength Brewing for a showcase of STEM from local businesses, student groups, scientists, and more!

Sky Watcher Party (with screening of “Cosmos”)
Sunday, March 6, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wavelength Brewing
236 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE
Sky Watcher USA (a telescope manufacturer) will bring solar telescopes to view the night’s sky with a live video feed from one of the telescopes onto a large projector. Screening of Episode 4 from “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - A Sky Full Of Ghosts” at 6:00 p.m. with a sky watching party to follow. 

Women in STEM: Journalism Edition
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Illumina Theatre at The Alexandria
10996 Torreyanna Rd. Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92121
Ticket Cost: FREE, REGISTRATION IS LIMITED.
Do you have an interest in public relations or communications? Do you also love science and technology? Imagine being a public relations specialist for a biotech company or research institution working with media to help tell your company’s story, or being a journalist working in the media and covering the STEM fields! Join the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering in partnership with Young Women in Bio for an exciting opportunity for high-school females to explore internship opportunities and learn more about the myriad of exciting careers available at local biotech companies!

The evening will include an inspiring career panel with female industry leaders from both large and small biotech companies and research institutions eager to engage in conversations about creative career pathways within the industry in Southern California.

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. Attendees ages 21+ can pre-purchase a wrist band to ensure wine at four unique galleries within walking distance meet local scientists, researchers, and conservationists who will talk about their work and show their art in the galleries. This is a 21+ event.

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. 

SOUTH BAY


STEM In Your Backyard
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chula Vista Public Library
365 F. Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: FREE
See Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) come alive at our “STEM In Your Backyard” event, new this year to the 2016 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. Join us for interactive experiments, hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet a scientist or engineer. There will be a student project showcase and exhibits from local industry, research institutions, and universities all designed to engage in the entire family in STEM…in your own backyard! For more information, take a look at the STEM in Your Backyard webpage via the festival website.​