With its eclectic offering of events and science-inspired adventures, this weeklong festival from March 5 through March 19 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.
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 premiere event with over 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on activities showcasing STEM from all parts of Southern California. In previous years, more than 24,000 children, parents, and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day, and over 60,000 people participated in festival week events. The event resounds excitement throughout the San Diego community and draws media attention.
The week kicks off with its largest event EXPO Day on March 5th at PETCO Park. EXPO Day is free and open to the public. More than 75,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participate in annual Festival programming. This day includes an area just for children in preschool, as well as the Recycled Invention Challenge for older children. Are you familiar with the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Are you in to technology, creativity and want to help keep our planet green? Well, the blue bin isn’t the only place for your recyclables. With a little imagination and craftiness you can turn your “trash” into awesome works of art! In this challenge, open to teams of four students in grades 5 to 12, students will build a wearable garment or device out of recycled materials. Student inventors will then present their creation and explain how they built it.
On Sunday, March 6, you can explore the scientific wonders of the world in this hands-on preschool science program designed for children ages 3–5 and an accompanying adult. Each four-week session is held on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration includes access to the Fleet’s exhibit galleries after class. That evening, you can attend a screening of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey!” You’ll explore the vastness of our universe with Episode 4, “A Sky Full of Ghosts”, as Niel deGrasse Tyson explains how the speed of light dictates the limits of our observable universe. Following Cosmos, you’ll take a look at the night sky with a live feed from the telescope on our projector. Speak with a resident astronomer and learn more about the recent buzz about our solar system and beyond.
Throughout the rest of the festival, you can participate in a variety of activities, workshops, lectures, and discussions, such as as ocean exploration with Birch Aquarium, STEM in your backyard workshops, fairy tail STEAM productions, water conservation discussions, presentations from the New Children’s Museum, take a Rubik’s cube challenge, beginning game development classes, career conversations just for teens, learn about aerospace and engineering, and much more.