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| JANUARY 2017

Gearing Up for Festival of Science & Engineering Set your calendars for EXPO DAY March 4 and Festival Week March 5-12

STEM experiment.

Cheeky experiment.

The ninth annual Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering, San Diego returns to San Diego this spring. As one of the largest STEM festivals in the U.S., EXPO DAY at Petco Park on March 4, and Festival Week March 5-12 will feature interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, adults and families in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. More than 70,000 are expected to participate. Presented by the Illumina Foundation, many events are free and open to the public. Visit www.lovestemsd.org for festival week details. A program of the Biocom Institute and pre-

sented 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. This festival also helps continue to increase our region’s reputation of being a leader in the science industry. By hosting events and activities throughout the region, the festival demonstrates how science and engineering opportunities are in our own “backyard,” and are for science lovers of all ages. In fact, the STEM in Your Backyard series will now expand to East County, including the communities of Alpine and Lakeside. The series will also return to Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, and Vista.

Additionally, festival organizers plan to expand the 21 and up series for adult science enthusiasts to continue and share their passion for STEM with others. STEM education never stops and adults have the same fascination with science, technology, engineering, and math as kids do. Festival organizers are putting the final touches on the series and more information will be announced in the New Year. “As STEM education continues to soar in San Diego, we feel it is important to continue our reach into the neighborhoods by providing family-friendly activities that not only excite the young learners, but also open their eyes to the possibilities right in their own backyards for schooling and career pathways in sci-

ence, technology, engineering, and math,” said Sara Pagano, festival managing director. “Additionally, we are excited to bring back the 21 and up series in partnership with Fleet Science Center as it was a huge success last year for our young professional crowd all the way through retired STEM enthusiasts, proving that the sparks of science fly at all ages.” Sponsorships are available for the 2017 EXPO DAY and Festival Week. For more details, visit https://www.lovestemsd.org/content/become-sponsor or contact Sara Pagano, managing director, at spagano@lovestemsd. org.


Group study.

Chemistry lab.

Cheeky experiment.


Qualcomm hosts children.

Rappin’ for Science.

Hands-on fun.

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