Celebrating STEM

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Biocom Institute will host its ninth annual Expo Day and Festival of Science and Engineering Week from March 4 through 12. The events throughout the week allow people of all ages to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and dynamic speakers. Expo Day, the official kick-off celebration, will take place at Petco Park on Saturday, March 4. Festival week continues with eight days of learning, interaction, and behind-the-scenes opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, adults, and families alike to ignite their passion for STEM education. Most events are free and open to the public.

For the second year, the festival will include the STEM in Your Backyard series in various communities throughout San Diego, including an event in Vista on March 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Main Street parking lot. Other STEM in Your Backyard events will take place in Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, Alpine, and Lakeside. In addition to interactive experiments and activities, this series includes a student project showcase and exhibits from local industry research institutions and universities, all designed to engage the entire family in STEM. Festival week nears its end on Saturday, March 11 with Super STEM Saturday at California State University San Marcos. The popular event will feature rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats, and an obstacle course.

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A program of the Biocom Institute and presented by Illumina Foundation, the festival aims to encourage and engage kids in STEM, and to increase our region’s reputation of being a leader in the science industry. More than 70,000 people are expected to participate this year. For more information go to www.lovestemsd.org.