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 Local Schools Win 2015 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Bright Ideas Society Competition

Three local schools have been named ​winners of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering​ Bright Ideas Society award. The award is presented to one outstanding science and engineering club at the elementary, middle and high school level for their illuminating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) ideas. Under the direction of their advisor, the students will produce an interactive exhibit to share their findings with more than 25,000 EXPO DAY attendees.  

The 2015 winners are:

Green Elementary, San Diego Unified School District. Students from Green Elementary will help EXPO guests understand the danger of storm water in our local community in a highly interactive exhibit. Participants will be able to add ‘rain’, ‘trash’ and ‘oil’ to their storm water sample and watch it reach San Diego Bay in mock 3D setup of San Diego. Kids and parents will then have the opportunity to filter the polluted water. This display will provide a hands-on look on the dangers of storm water pollution and ways it is filtered preventing environmental damage.  

Twin Peaks Middle School, Poway Unified School District. EXPO participants will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable food production and water conservation. Their display will feature a display of aquaponics and “smart irrigation” technology. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win an eco-friendly prize by participating in their booth (while supplies last). Visitors will gain a greater understanding of innovative methods being used to produce food while consuming less water, highlighting important community and global issues of the California drought and water usage as well as equitable food production and conservation.
High Tech High International, San Diego Unified School District. Have you heard of Cyanotyping?  Do you know anything about it? You will after visiting the High Tech High International EXPO booth. Visitors will create their own cyanotype picture to take home by mixing emulsions from raw chemicals and placing various objects and photos on photosensitive paper. The projects will then be exposed to sunlight creating individual unique works of art. This exhibit will teach attendees how light intersect with matter.  

The clubs will present their innovative ideas to thousands of children and adults during the Festival’s EXPO Day at PETCO Park on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Additionally, the students will receive a proclamation from Council President District 1 Sherri Lightner, who serves on the Festival steering committee. The proclamation will be presented at 11 a.m. on EXPO Day, Saturday, March 21, 2015.

“We are fortunate to have a number of K-12 schools in San Diego County involved in STEM education, which means a brighter future for all of us,” says Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. “The selection of the winners was a very competitive process. Applications were reviewed and vetted by our education committee, which then selected the top three. Our Bright Ideas Society competition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to develop tomorrow’s STEM innovators.”  

A program of the Biocom Institute, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering presented by Illumina, aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields so they might one day aspire to be tomorrow’s STEM innovators. More than 65,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members are expected to participate in the week-long event and EXPO Day. Several features and events are scheduled, designed to shine the light on how STEM makes an impact in our everyday lives:

Festival Week: March 14-20, 2015. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations throughout San Diego County will present a week of science, technology, engineering and math activities for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, but everyone is welcome. Visit for a complete list of Festival Week activities around San Diego County. Many of the events are free to the public.

Nifty 50 Speaker Series: The Nifty 50 presenters are innovative science and engineer professionals drawn from industry, local research organizations and universities. They are partnered with teachers and students from regional schools studying STEM topics that match the area of their expertise.

EXPO DAY: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at PETCO Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a mind-blowing day of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome. This event is free and open to the public. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend. EXPO Day is free of charge and open to the public. 

The festival, events and activities are free of charge and open to the public. Sponsors for the 2015 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering include Gold Sponsors: ABC 10, Azteca America, Diversity in STEAM Magazine, the City of San Diego Educational Development Tourism Support, Qualcomm Foundation; Silver Sponsors: KyXy 96.5, Energy 103.7, Cox San Diego, Hologic, Inc., San Diego County Office of Education; Copper Sponsors: Ackerman Foundation, County of San Diego, Cubic Corporation, Cymer LLC, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Think Blue San Diego, UTC Aerospace, Vertex; Krypton Sponsors: Northrop Grumman, Pfizer Inc.; Titanium Sponsors: Cox Cares Foundation, D&K Engineering, EMD Millipore, International Bridge Technologies, Inc., Legoland California, San Diego National Defense Industry Association, Raytheon; We Love STEM Sponsors: San Diego Financial Literacy Center, Vertex and UCT Aerospace.