With its eclectic offering of events and science-inspired adventures, this weeklong festival at venues throughout San Diego sets out to prove that science is fun. Each year in March, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering cascades over San Diego County in a weeklong celebration of science and engineering that invigorates over 75,000 students, parents, scientists, educators and other community members.
The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, which is a program of the BIOCOM Institute in partnership with UC San Diego, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the San Diego County Office of Education, aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields to inspire them to become tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovators. The festival, presented by Illumina, also helps continue 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 is right in our “backyard.”
In 2014, more than 60,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated throughout the week, plus an additional 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day. Festival Week consists of six days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade and their families to ignite the love for all things science.
New this year, festival organizers and representatives from Project Lead the Way are organizing the first-ever STEM College Connections Fair on Sunday, March 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at San Diego State University (SDSU). The STEM College Connections Fair will feature 40 to 50 colleges and universities from around the nation with innovative STEM related majors. High school and middle school students are encouraged to attend the fair with their parents for an informational and exciting day filled with Q&A panel discussions, and a College Expo Fair held at SDSU’s Montezuma Hall. Students will speak with college advisors and have the opportunity to explore both regional and nationwide opportunities.
Festival Week culminates with EXPO Day, 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, but everyone is welcome. EXPO Day is free and open to the public.
The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the San Diego Science Festival) features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering.
Hundreds of community businesses and organizations present more than 35 events throughout the county the week leading up to our EXPO DAY at PETCO Park on the last Saturday of the Festival. More than 55,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participate in annual Festival events.
San Diego County has earned a reputation as a thriving center of activity in science, biotech, engineering and medicine. However, research has shown that there is a shortage of students entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields. The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering was created to get kids excited about STEM fields and demonstrate why science and engineering are important in their lives.