Previous Post of event here was published March 5, 2016 and has been updated to reflect information for the 2017 STEM EXPO March 4, 2017.
What is STEM (Science + Technology + Engineering + Math) EXPO DAY? Get all the info at https://www.lovestemsd.org/expo-day but before you head there, let me share some highlights.
9th Annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering’s EXPO Day at PETCO Park
WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2016, 10 am – 5pm.
WHERE: PETCO Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown San Diego)
WHO: 27,000+ young science lover and their families from throughout San Diego County participate in the “grand finale” EXPO Day at Petco Park.
COST: FREE ADMISSION
PARKING: Discount options available. With special thanks to the Padres and ACE Parking, the Festival will have discounted $5 parking options in the Parcel C Lot and the Parkade Lot, which are all indicated on the map https://www.lovestemsd.org/sites/default/files/EXPO-Day-Parking.pdf
OUTSIDE FOOD: The San Diego Padres permit guests to bring food into Petco Park for individual consumption (but not for large groups of individuals) as long as the items are consumed in the general seating or designated picnic areas. Outside food cannot be brought into any restaurant, club lounge, or suite.
Have other questions? Find it here on their FAQ page: https://www.lovestemsd.org/about/faqs
EXPO day is only the beginning and the kick off a stretch of STEM events going on all over San Diego. EXPO kicks off with its largest event EXPO Day (March 4, 2017) at PETCO Park. EXPO Day is free and open to the public. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations will participate in EXPO Day in addition to over 60 programs and events that will follow throughout the week all throughout the county of San Diego. More than 75,000 kids, parents, teachers, industry leaders and community members are anticipated to attend during Festival Week.
The Biocom Institute Festival of Science and Engineering is a ten-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
If you have been a follower of my blog for some time, you would take notice my love of exploration and learning, particularly in the sciences. I would like to take this time to share my WHY for science and why I am so loud about STEM on this blog. If you don’t care to read, just click on below and be directed to a portion of my YouTube video I made talking about my “Why STEM?” My hope with this is to encourage you and your kids to go to the EXPO and other STEM events going on throughout the week, including your very own backyard.
- Science is for you. Just because you may not have a science background or didn’t understand much of it growing up, it doesn’t mean it does not exist. Living in San Diego, you are surrounded by it. Living in an age of science and technology, STEM affects our daily lives and will continue to be the driving force behind our future. The goal this week is to have children be continuously inspired, motivated, and educated in STEM. There are things for adults too and 21-and up events with pints of beer listed at https://www.lovestemsd.org/21-adult-science-series.
- Early exposure to science will help shape one’s outlook and path towards a positive view in STEM. This can be done through science expos and events such as the one taking place in PETCO Park. My lack of exposure to STEM led to the default thinking that science and me don’t go together and not that important. When I did finally come across science in middle school and high school, it was a “have to” and not a “want to.” It became this dreaded subject I was taking because it was unavoidable. I despised it. I thought of it as irrelevant in understanding the world around me and had little to do in solving its many problems, including the poverty line my family had always been in. This could not have been further from the truth. According to a recent study via SanDiegoBusiness.org, San Diego ranks 2nd in the nation in concentration of workforce in science and engineering jobs with more than 63,000 professionals in this occupation. In the most recent BIOCOM report, life science companies are the largest employers with more than 51,000 jobs which accounts for the single largest sector of tech jobs in San Diego. And when it comes to wages for those in the STEM field, it does vary but let’s just say it is not at minimum wage – quite far up higher, actually.
- Science is for everyone – rich or poor – from the ‘burbs to the hood. During my formative years, my family were just trying to pay rent and have a bit of food. There were no science fairs for us. There was no time to go to one somewhere “out there.” For the first time this year, they will be doing “STEM in Your Backyard” series where local businesses and scientists will be bringing science to communities throughout San Diego, particularly underprivileged communities. From Escondido to Chula Vista and everywhere in between, the fun continues with Festival Week (March 4-12) – more than 56 events packed into eight days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for pre-schoolers, grades kindergarten through 12th grade and their families, and adults as well, to ignite their passion for STEM education. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
- It’s never too late to start a love and learning for science. I don’t have a science background and no one in my circles were into science or working in the science field when I was growing up. It was this unknown and no one talked about it other than the nerdy kids that were referred to as weird or outcasts. I had no reverence nor did I see its importance and relevance to life. Today, we have a love and respect for STEM and dwell in its discoveries as much as we can as a family. You can start you and your family in a journey with STEM at the highly anticipated EXPO Day at PETCO Park from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on March 4. Organizers anticipate attracting more than 27,000 individuals and families to this event that will kick start Festival Week. The daylong celebration is the Festival’s signature event 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.
- You can be the start and catalyst for science learning. It doesn’t matter your background or your knowledge capacity. You don’t have to know everything, you can get the family into science by exposure from those who know more. Bring them to events such us the EXPO Day. I am glad to say that my kids seek out all things science. They want to do as much as possible. They love this stuff! We hit up all the science expos and conventions we can, including one in Las Vegas, NV la couple of summers ago, the STEAM Maker Festival in Del Mar, and year after year at Super STEM Saturday at CSU San Marcos.
And like last year, there will be a PRE-K ZONE.
LOCATION: BETWEEN PARK AT THE PARK AND THE TOT LOT.
Inspiring even the tiniest innovators to spark a love for science!
Presented by: STEAM Maker Workshop & Children’s Discovery Museum
We are proud to provide STEAM activities for children under 5 this year at EXPO Day! Visit the pre-k zone to excite your tiny future innovators. All activities are for children under 5 years of age.
My daughter has had herself set on being a scientist when she grows up, since age 3. My son recently said that he wants to be a scientist too. This happened not because I grew up in science, have always loved science or have lots of money to do science things. I’m growing little budding scientists because I’ve exposed them to the world of science and its possibilities. They know what a scientist is and the many things they can do. One day, they will be happily working on understanding our world a little better, solving its problems while not earning below the poverty line. Isn’t that just some of the things we want for our children? To do what they love, be of value, and make a difference in society and the world? They can do that with STEM.