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 Students Can Learn About STEM at High Tech Fair

Hands-on and interactive exhibits will help inspire students and ignite passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, at the annual San Diego Science Alliance High Tech Fair in October.

The event, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, includes a student and parent night Tuesday, Oct. 21 and a school day event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, during which classes of students will be bused to the fairgrounds to explore the exhibits. 

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 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.

 “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 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.

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