The San Diego Science
Alliance is recruiting local high tech businesses and scientific organizations
to exhibit at the 2013 High Tech Fair in February. Exhibits should include
hands-on or interactive features that inspire middle and high school students to
explore STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The
Fair is an opportunity for organizations and businesses to showcase their work
and talk about the critical need for more engineers and scientists in a global
The Fair, held inside Wyland Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds,
includes a Student/Parent Night on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. that is
free and open to the public. The School Day Event is on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year’s Fair had over 60 exhibits and was attended by
approximately 3,000 students, parents, and teachers.
“Members of the
General Atomics Energy Group have participated at the High Tech Fair every year
since its inception,” said Rick Lee, manager of Energy/Fusion Education Program
and a scientist with the DII-D Tokamak Operations. “We have found the
interactions between students and professionals to be intellectually stimulating
and allow us to make a positive impression on future leaders and supporters of
science. It is vitally important that we show students work being done now and
how exciting it can be. There is no better avenue to showcase our science and
engineering than at events such as the High Tech Fair. In addition, the fee to
participate is money well invested since the organizers take care of all of the
hard work and that allows you to engage a diverse and curious audience and show
them interesting science they may otherwise never encounter.”
Tech Fair is a collaborative effort between the Science Alliance, the San Diego
County Office of Education, and San Diego Unified School District.
fee to exhibit is $600 with a discounted rate of $200 for non-profit
organizations. Fees help cover general Fair expenses and buses for students.
High Tech Fair registration information is available here,
or contact Carin Holliday at (619) 400-9777. Online
registration is available here.
Sponsors are also invited to contribute to this STEM education and
outreach event. With school budget cuts and the increasing cost of fuel,
sponsorships are necessary to remove barriers and ensure schools are able to
participate at no cost. Learn more about sponsorships or download the sponsor information sheet.