EXPO Day 2018

ALL EXPO Day EVENTS will take place RAIN or SHINE!

Kicking Off The 2018 Festival March 3rd

Highlighting STEM Education in San Diego

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering kicks off with its largest event EXPO DAY, a daylong celebration at PETCO Park on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10am to 5pm. EXPO DAY 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. The fun continues with Festival Week (March 4-11) – eight days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for pre-k through gray! Students, families, young professionals, passersby are all invited to join us for Festival Week to ignite their passion for STEM education.

EXPO Day @ Petco Park Map (pdf)

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All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

*In 2017, 75,000+ kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated throughout the week, and more than 26,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended EXPO Day at PETCO Park.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

LUNCH OPTIONS

$6 KIDS MEAL: includes hot dog, a juice box and a cookie and available at select Padres concession stands.

BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH: 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.


$5 PARKING AVAILABLE IN TAILGATE LOT AND PADRES PARKADE


EXPO EXTRA CREDIT ADVENTURE

(FORMERLY KNOWN AS HOMERUN CHALLENGE)

K-12 TEACHERS: Encourage your students to explore STEM by rewarding extra credit for attending our EXPODay at Petco Park on 03/03. To download the Expo Day Extra Credit worksheet, please click to the right. Extra copies are available at the Expo Day Extra Credit Adventure booth presented by UCSD Begs Outreach and located near the Fireside Chats in the Mercado directly up the large staircase at the Park Boulevard gate.


FIRESIDE CHATS

AT THE MERCADO

Presented by: League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers

Fireside Chats – A mini version of the TED Talk. Join industry professionals for an engaging 10-15 minute discussion in an intimate setting around our Mercado Firepits! Learn about their careers and what sparked them to world of science, technology, engineering and math! Following the discussion, there will be time for the audience to participate in extended conversations and Q&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!

In Partnership with: STEAM Maker Workshop, Children’s Discovery Museum, Gizmos & Gadgets, STEM Vanguards, and the San Diego Library

We are proud to provide STEAM activities for children under 5 at EXPO Day! Visit the pre-k zone to excite your tiny future innovators. All activities are for children under 5 years of age.


TEDX Kids @ El Cajon on Dugout Stage!

TEDX Kids @ El Cajon will join us for a third year for TEDX kids talk starting at 11:00am on the Dugout stage! Hear some innovative ideas from some of tomorrow’s future movers and shakers. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, and you’ll definitely be proud of the skills these students are learning in public speaking and leadership.


EXPO Day Exhibitors

AIAA San Diego

One table with aerospace related science projects on it and 2 or more volunteers who can talk to the kids and show them our projects. We will bring our own table cloth cover and other exhibit materials, except the table and chairs.
Ages: Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Engineering

Amazing Science

A demonstration of a chemical reaction of a volcano erupting. A few audience volunteers will be called up to assist with this.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School | Topics: Chemistry

Amazing Science & Amazing Oceans

Display of information of our various programs and some sample make and take projects. Slime hands-on make and take activity provided.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Animals, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Entomology, Geology, Oceanography, Physics, Robotics

American Chemical Society - San Diego Local Section

Our booth will feature the use of polyurethane foam ingredients. Two liquids will be mixed in small cups, and kids will watch as the polymer foam grows and expands before their eyes! Once the foam hardens, kids will be able to decorate their “polymer pals” using googly eyes, pipe cleaners, markers, and more! Our focus is on educating the general public about chemistry by featuring a simple example of a chemical reaction between two liquids to form a polymer foam.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Chemistry

AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) Academy

Informational/Educational Math Puzzles & Games for a variety of ages
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Education, Math

Association for Women in Science San Diego Chapter

Hands-on science activity coordinated by members of AWIS SD Outreach Committee
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Biology, Chemistry

BASF

Creating Chemistry with BASF. BASF Kid's Lab Slime Factory. Kids get to make their own slime with the help of BASF scientists.
Ages: Grade School | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Chemistry, Engineering

Biodiesel & Algal Studies Group

Since 2009 Castle Park High students, with Dr. Pomeroy of UCSD, have learned to produce biodiesel from vegetable oil. Students use a particle counter to determine how “clean” the fuel burns and discuss how particulate impacts our global climate. Students present this field data to support the benefits of biodiesel. Our booth, as in years past, will demonstrate the step-by-step process of biodiesel synthesis, discuss the advantages of biodiesel over petroleum and outline the ease of production.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Geology, Math, Oceanography

BioEASI (Biology Education and Art for Science Innovation)

Ever wonder how scientists see inside tiny cells and organisms to study them? Fluorescent, or glowing, proteins are the answer! These useful proteins can light up the insides of cells and tissues. Researchers from UCSD will demonstrate, through simple games, how scientists engineer fluorescent proteins and what kinds of questions they can help to answer. These glowing proteins can also make biological samples into beautiful art, which you will see at our booth.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Art, Biology

Birch Aquarium

We will bring shark bifacts, like shark jaws and shark egg cases for guests to touch and learn about sharks
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Education, Environment, Oceanography

BP America

1. Liquid Density Experiment which will have a poster describing what density is and an experiment to compare the densities of common household liquids by using liquid droppers to stack the different liquids in conical tubes. 2. Process Modeling Visualizations which will have computer visualizations of process models used in BP.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Other

Bright Ideas Society Awardee (9th Grade)- Optimus Volucres (bird feeder) - Ramses, Lara, Hayden Loarie, Hunter Mellinger

Display of Engineering process for student led design and build of unique bird feeder, including 3D drawings, 3d printed parts, model revisions, molds, and demonstration of use of plastics with silicon molds.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering

Cabrillo National Monument

Our booth will focus on the fusion of nature, technology and citizen science in the National Parks!
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Ecology, Education, Environment, Zoology

Cajon Valley Union School District

Cajon Valley Union School District PhotoBooth opportunity and MakerBus Display. Come see a maker space built on a bus.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Coding, Engineering

California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC)

We would like to showcase some of the CaSGC sponsored activities within UCSD, including, but no limited to, Near Space Ballooning and Arduino and Micro-Controllers. We will be displaying posters of aerial photography taken from the balloons as well as explanations of the science behind Near Space Ballooning. We will also have Arduino displays which are often used as sensors for climatic data in the payload.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, Coding, Engineering

CaSTL Center & OSA-SPIE, Student Chapter at UC Irvine

Our activities will be hands-on and relates to the research conducted in our Center. Students will investigate the properties of white light and lasers using a spectrobox which each student will receive to further explore the fundamental nature of light at home. There will also be tablets for students to play our Bond Breaker game, a free puzzle game to introduce chemistry and physics concepts of how bonds in molecules are formed and broken (http://www.castl.uci.edu/games/bondbreaker).
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Chemistry

CCI Solar- Caltech

Our booth will demonstrate current research in renewable and solar energy. Participants will get to make their own dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) from blackberry juice and other common household materials. We will also have hands on demos of solar panels, fuel cells, and wind energy. Kids and adults alike have loved playing with and learning about this technology at the past 3 EXPOs and we're excited to share this again at the 10th anniversary!
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Chemistry, Education, Energy, Engineering, Physics

Center for Selective C-H Functionalization

The National Science Foundation Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF) is revolutionizing chemical synthesis by developing powerful, expansive, and predictable chemistries with implications on the pharmaceutical industry and technological industries that rely on the development of new materials. These new technologies that are highly sustainable, efficient and create minimal to no waste.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Chemistry

City of San Diego - Public Utilities

Our booth will include banners, pictures, demonstration items, handouts and giveaways. We have a "Down the Drain" spinning wheel that will draw people toward/into our booth. The "Down the Drain" game allows us to interact with people and present our message. We want the public to be good stewards of the environment and dispose of items properly (trash, sewer or compost). We will also answer any questions people ask regarding wastewater treatment and food waste.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment

City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Pure Water Program

Information on the City of San Diego's Pure Water Program. We will have a water quiz trivia game and free giveaway items for kids.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Environment

City of San Diego, Public Utilities, Ocean Monitoring Program

Our booth will contain preserved marine invertebrates and fish and we will use these to explain how the City uses marine life to monitor the health of the offshore environment. We will also have some of our water quality oceanographic equipment on display, as well as underwater survey videos showing various forms of fish and invertebrates encountered near the sewage outfall pipe as well out in the open water.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Animals, Biology, Ecology, Engineering, Environment, Oceanography

Coding with Kids

Coding with Kids offers After School Programs, Camps and Center Classes to students K-12!
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Coding, Computers, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Web Designing

County of San Diego - Live Well San Diego

Live Well San Diego is the County of San Diego's vision for a region that is building better health, living safely and thriving. We will have hands-on activities supporting health, safety and wellness topics for the whole family.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Animals, Art, Biology, Ecology, Environment

Cox Communications

Con Communications will host the "IP Packet Blasters" activity. Our activity gives a hands on experience to youth educating them on how information travels through a fiber optic network.
Ages: Grade School | Topics: Computers, Education, Engineering, Other

Cubic

Booth size same as last year - requesting the booth location the same as last year
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Engineering

Cymer/ASML

Booth will feature LEGO robots for visitors to try hands-on programming.
Ages: Middle School | Topics: Robotics

Don't Try This at Home

Get excited about science with this high-energy, educational performance filled with interactive demonstrations by the Fleet Science Center’s very own Don’t Try This at Home live stage show!
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Physics

FRC Team 3128: The Aluminum Narwhals

Our exhibit will consist of two parts, an informational section and an interactive section. On one side of the booth we will have our competition robot on display with information on our team and FIRST robotics. On the other side of the booth we will have participants program Mindstorms EV3 robots in order to navigate through a maze. There will be a row of laptops on a table to achieve this.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Coding, Computers, Education, Engineering, Robotics

From vacuum to volcanoes - nature's drive to mix it up!

Making matter move is nature's way of mixing it up and allowing chemical, electromagnetic, electrostatic, and gravitational interactions to occur. We'll demonstrate movement due to changes in vacuum conditions, formation of magnetic fields from inductive currents, and volcanic action. We will use a vacuum cannon, electromagnetic can launcher, and a demonstration of the coldest volcano on earth to show how nature mixes it up!
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Astronomy, Geology, Physics

General Atomics

Small demonstrations, models of applied Science and Technology products (UAVs, Robotics, Advanced Energy Concepts) developed by General Atomics. History of General Atomics contribution to Science and Technology Community in San Diego.
Ages: Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Energy, Engineering, Physics, Robotics

General Atomics/energy

Demonstrations of states of matter, including high temperature plasma and low temperature cryogens; eddy current production & magnetism, including a levitating magnet; human powered electricity generation, plus discussions of the physics of nuclear fusion will be presented.
Ages: Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Astronomy, Energy, Engineering, Physics

Gizmos & Gadgets Kids Lab

We offer a hands-on STEAM-based program to K-8th grades. We believe that early nurturing of children’s natural curiosity and validation of their inherent desire to explore the world around them is one of the keys to igniting the sparks of creativity and a life long love for learning. We will be offering some hands-on activities for engineering that include rocket launchers and mini-catapults.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Art, Chemistry, Coding, Education, Engineering, Robotics

Gizmos & Gadgets Kids Lab STEAM show

Our Gizmos & Gadgets team will put together a full size catapult on stage using real tools and demonstrate that all ages of children are able to enjoy engineering! We will test our build by catapulting soft foam balls! We will also be creating some Art with exploding paint rockets (because who doesn't like science and art combined)! We love to show that STEM can be loads of fun!
Ages: Grade School | Topics: Art, Chemistry, Engineering

Heron Therapeutics

We are not clear just yet what we will do. We are a Biotech company.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Biotech

High Tech High Chula Vista

This booth will focus on ways to extend the core day curriculum by engaging students in learning about identification, behavior, and maintenance of fish species as well as reptiles and amphibians. Students will share about opportunities to participate in feedings, hands-on lab maintenance and set up tanks, and will explain the process of receiving training necessary to earn a pet shop certification. They will also share opportunities to network with scientists and members of the pet industry.
Ages: High School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment, Oceanography, Zoology

Hologic, Inc.

Silver sponsor 10x40 booth, 4 tables, 4 chairs. We'd like to have our booth in the same general location as last year but not directly in front of main stage. On the side of Park in the park facing 10th Ave (we were there a couple years back) is acceptable as well.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Education

iD Tech

We are the world’s #1 summer tech camp for kids and teens ages 6 – 18! At iD Tech, we offer day & overnight summer camps for aspiring programmers, app developers, video game designers, engineers, filmmakers, photographers, and more. Courses are led by tech-savvy, adult-only staff in a fun, energetic and experiential environment. In addition to providing entertaining and age-appropriate activities, our STEM summer camps are loaded with original, real-world curriculum and professional software.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Coding, Computers, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Video, Web Designing

Illumina Foundation

Join the Illumina Foundation at Padres Petco Park in the Park as we help visitors to explore the power of genomics. The Illumina Games is a series of traditional games that represent the various parts of genetics including the history of identifying traits, polymerase chain reactions, and even making your own emoji! We will also have airbrush artists featuring science related tattoos for all ages and a Dress Like a Scientist photo booth! Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to visit!
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Biotech

Inspire Charter Schools

Educational outreach for our charter school, which is a very large independent study public charter school program for the state of California. We will invite one of our San Diego science vendors to host a hands-on STEM activity, like one of these: : https://sciencing.com/test-tube-science-experiments-kids-12051606.html https://corporate.target.com/article/2012/02/easy-science-experiments-for-kids-by-the-kitchen-p https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/blog/2013/02/04/test-tube-valentines/
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Education

ISACA San Diego

Stop by to learn more about cybersecurity and how you can stay safe online. Activities include binary bracelets and cryptography wheels.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, Educator Specific | Topics: Coding, Computers

Japanese Friendship Garden

Make paper cherry blossoms and tie them to our tree standee! Then, learn about the stages of bloom, the science of grafting, and the cherry blossom trees at our very own Japanese Friendship Garden.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Art, Engineering, Other

JCS San Diego Academy

The students of Mr. Rogalski's art & science classes have designed and created an interactive installation called, "The Atomic Dance". It uses dance as a metaphor for chemical reactions and the cycling of elements through our environment. Lipson Lab from SDSU worked with the JCS San Diego Academy to study chemistry through field trips, guest lectures and even brought our atomic experiment to the Arctic Circle to study how elements like carbon and chlorine cycle through the tundra ecosystem.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Art, Chemistry

JCS San Diego Academy

Our 1st tent will be an Art Laboratory where people learn about how the atomic elements cycle through the ecosystem. Our second tent will be a giant painting of a mad scientists lab, with a hole cut so that you can enter the painting. Inside the painting is a dance floor where people will be prompted to do chemistry related dances via our atomic disco ball and projected dance lessons as our elemental musics blasts to the rhythm of the expanding universe.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Art, Chemistry

Mad Science of San Diego

Magnet Bridge Challenge .
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Educator Specific | Topics: Engineering, Physics

Magnolia Science Academy

Magnolia students will inspire visitors to build futuristic cities of their own using recycled materials provided while showcasing our Award Winning Future City. Visitors will also get a chance to build their own mini air cannons and learn the science behind it. Magnolia Science Academy is a free public charter school with an emphasis on STEAM education. For more information, visit our website msasd.magnoliapublicschools.org
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Engineering, Environment, Physics

Magnolia Science Academy - San Diego

Engineering related activities demonstrated by middle school students. Some examples; - Lego Robots - Student created games
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Engineering, Robotics

Making STEM

Learn real-world engineering skills through hands-on activities at the Making STEM booth. Use design thinking, and collaborative problem-problem solving, to complete engineering challenges. Turn your ideas into reality as you create beautiful 3D geometric sculptures using custom building tools. Work together in a team to solving a 5 foot parabolic bridge puzzle. Document your project using photography so you can share with friends, family, and the community.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Engineering

Mile3 Web Development, Inc.

Mile3
Ages: Pre-K | Topics: Aerospace Engineering

Millipore Sigma- Curiosity Cube

A retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab. The shipping container will travel the country stopping primarily at schools and public spaces to bring hands-on science to the masses. Provided by MilliporeSigma’s science education outreach program. Guests at the Curiosity Cube experience quick, fun, and hands-on science experiments led by MilliporeSigma local employees. The Curiosity Cube is equipped with the latest technology.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Chemistry, Computers, Education

MiraCosta College Chemistry Club

Come and explore polymer science. Junior chemists learn chemical principles, and explore how changing conditions can give different results.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Chemistry

Ms. Smarty-Plants Grows Earth Heroes

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ from The Water Conservation Garden takes families on a fun and interactive journey to learn how to conserve our most precious resource, Water! Using a special mixture of music, magic, and fun Ms. Smarty-Plants™ ignites the EARTH HERO in each of us! Together “We can change the world with our own two hands.”
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biology, Ecology, Education, Energy, Environment, Math

Music Notes Math Concert

This high energy concert gets students excited about math. Teaching through music is scientifically and historically proven to work with people of all ages, so join us as we go on a mathematical journey that is sure to engage all.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Biology, Math, Other

NASA Glenn Research Center Space Communications and Navigation Program

Assets of the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program are created into models and projected on our Holographic video display. NASA’s SCaN Program sponsors the exhibit to communicate the message of “Decade of Light” in an innovative, animated way. Content includes an animation of the purpose, functionality and design of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 13 created by one of our Program’s former summer interns.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Art, Computers, Engineering, Math, Physics, Video

National Marine Mammal Foundation

As part of our commitment to education, the National Marine Mammal Foundation participates in outreach efforts at local San Diego schools and public events. By educating children and the community about our exciting marine mammal discoveries, we hope to inspire future generations for years to come. Science education is incredibly important, and we hope to do our part by exposing students to the unique and rewarding work that we do with the animals.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Animals, Biology, Ecology, Environment, Zoology

National University

Hands-on activities in zoology and human biology.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Zoology

NDIA San Diego Chapter

NDIA Exhibit booth goals are to have students learn about technology needed within DoD from our industry partners and military including Navy Diving Helmets, Robotics, a variety of electronic tools, lights, and lasers. NDIA members talk to the students and parents about careers in STEM and provided helpful information based on their real-world experience. Together we help awaken a greater interest in STEM and STEM education.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Coding, Computers, Engineering, Forensics, Math, Oceanography, Physics, Robotics

NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Design & Architecture Models, Academic Offerings, and hands on activities revolving around "Design Think-Human Centered Design"
Ages: High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Art, Education, Engineering, Other, Web Designing

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman employees will be conducting hands-on STEM learning activities and talking with visitors about engineering.
Ages: Middle School | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Engineering

Optical Society of Southern California

The Optical Society of Southern California will be providing educational demonstration of various optical concepts to generate interest in Optics.
Ages: College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Other, Physics

Pfizer Inc

Booth will showcase versatility of carbon dioxide
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Chemistry

Point Loma Nazarene University

Our booth will have activities in the areas of physics (magnetism and spectroscopy) and biology (microscopy involving insects and arachnids, as well as teaching devices designed to help young people understand the concept of evolution). The activities will be designed primarily for children in the kindergarten to middle school levels.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biology, Education, Entomology, Physics

Project Concern International (PCI)

Materials and activities to promote the 2018 Walk for Water, Sunday, April 22, at Tecolote Shores on Mission Bay.
Ages: Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Ecology, Education, Environment, Medicine

Project Cornerstone

Teaching kids the science behind making concrete.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Chemistry, Engineering, Environment, Math

Protect the Brain Campaign

1) Brain health education: How EEG technology can help with brain recovery and monitoring (worksheets, information, photos, etc.) 2) EEG brain wave interactive activity: Kids can put on helmet (photo op) and see EEG waves their brain is creating 3) Nonprofit brain scan program: Promoting new nonnprofit program free to the public that provides free EEG brain scans for kids to address concussion in youth sports. flyers, giveaways, "spin the wheel" type game.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Education, Other

Qualcomm

Two booths, one 10x30 booth showing 3 demos, one 10x20 booth showing the Thinkabit Lab Demo.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Engineering, Robotics

Quidel Corporation

TBD: working on identifying company product to feature the science behind it.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biotech

Robolink

Robolink, a start-up in Sorrento Valley, is encouraging students to learn about programming with robotics kits that are cute, fun, and packed with real tech. After buying a kit, students can either learn through online lessons at robolink.com or come to our Sorrento Valley or 4S Ranch center to learn how to program their robot. We would like to showcase our products and student work at our booth. Students will be on hand to interact with festival attendees, and we can also demo our robots.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Coding, Robotics

RoboThink - Robotics and Coding for Children

I would need (3) tables and 4-6 chairs. I will place 2-Robotics kits (24x12x12) per table, so they can be used by children to build robot projects. I would need a free space on the floor so the robots can be moved around using wired or wireless controls.
Ages: Grade School | Topics: Coding, Computers, Engineering, Robotics

Russian School of Mathematics

Will be playing math puzzles and logic games
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Math

S.T.E.M. Vanguards

We are an Early Childhood STEM Provider for young children ages 3 to 8 years. We cater our STEM activities for children and their parents encouraging parent involvement. Our signature services include STEM Party Events for children ages 3 to 8 years, Preschool STEM Expo Competitions, and STEM Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators.
Ages: Pre-K | Topics: Education, Engineering, Math

Salk Institute Education Outreach

Divided booth 10X30 total - for 10X20 side with electric: DNA extraction activity Blurb: Discovering DNA: What does real DNA look like? Come discover the "stuff of life" shared by every organism on the planet! For 10X10 side: Information about Salk programs Blurb: Salk Education Outreach provides programs that go out to the community as well as bring students to the institute. Come find out more about Where Cures Begin
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, Educator Specific | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Education

San Diego - Imperial Council Boy Scouts of America

Information on Nova and Super Nova Award program for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Information on the Exploring Program (co-ed vocational program for middle school and high school age youth) Information on Maker Ed programs (robotics) Hands on activity for youth attending the festival
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Animals, Archaeology, Art, Astronomy, Chemistry, Coding, Computers, Ecology, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Forensics, Geology, Math, Medicine, Oceanography, Other, Physics, Robotics, Video, Web Designing

San Diego AALAS (SDAALAS)

The San Diego Chapter of AALAS is a non-profit benefit professional organization, not organized for the private gain of any person; and comprised of laboratory research industry professionals including Technicians, Research Scientists, Managers, Directors and commercial colleagues. Branch leadership is committed to educating and promoting the laboratory animal science community and we strive to represent the membership to the fullest extent, including appropriate public outreach efforts.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Animals, Biology, Biotech, Other

San Diego Air & Space Museum

We will have a hands- on science/engineering activity and flyers for the families
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Engineering

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (SDCDM) will offer interactive, hands-on STEAM exhibits for Pre-school-aged children and up. *Will be in PreK Zone at no cost per Heather
Ages: Pre-K | Topics: Engineering, Physics

San Diego County Credit Union

20x10 space, a pop-up canopy and our inflatable SDCCU cash cube. We feature our iSnap photo booth so attendees can take a picture with fun props and the SD Festival of Science & Engineering logo. We promote financial services and information at our outdoor display counter and feature our interactive credit union/financial literacy trivia question board. We will give away promo giveaways to trivia winners.
Ages: High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Education, Other

San Diego County Water Authority

Live WaterSmart tips and education
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, Educator Specific | Topics: Education

San Diego Mesa College

Come explore how your amazing brain and cognition helps you to perceive, remember and navigate your world. Can you trust your perceptions? What do illusions teach us about brain processes? How much information can you hold in your short term memory? If you are fascinated by people, are interested in how we think and why we act the way we do, these activities will inroduce you to the exciting field of Psychological Science.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Other

San Diego Mesa College STEM Conexiones

*We have 2 Barobo Kits (computer operated robots) that people can try out, and we have kits they can replicate. *We also have a Mitosis Kit, and attendees can learn about and identify the stages. *We have different games about perception, memory, etc., that we can conduct. *We will have participants build a bridge using supplies such as craft sticks or blocks, etc. (All of these are activities for both children and adults.)
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Engineering, Other, Robotics

San Diego Mobile Technology 4 Kids Project (SDMT4K)

The booth will feature interactive activities that cater to elementary and middle-school age students. Activities will be: - Cardboard video game controllers that will control a live PC Game (e.g. Tetris) - Robot Control Challenge using a Tablet
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Computers, Engineering, Robotics

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

10 x 20 2 tables and 4 chairs, no electrical
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Energy, Engineering

San Diego Natural History Museum

Natural History
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Environment

San Diego Public Library

San Diego Public Library is proud to provide STEAM Education during our Spring into STEAM programming. We will provide information about upcoming activities, hands on interactive exhibits for children, and fun library prizes will be available while supplies last. This year's Spring into STEAM theme is called "Blast Off!" Join us as we explore our solar system, and discover new ways to travel beyond our own planet.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Animals, Astronomy, Education, Robotics

San Diego River Park Foundation

Booth will consist of one display for community outreach for the San Diego River Park foundation, and one interactive display featuring the San Diego River Park Foundation Cool River Education Program. Live Macroinvertebtates will be on display to highlight stream health assessments.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Ecology, Education, Entomology, Environment

San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmcy

UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy booth will provide an exposure to the health services that pharmacists provide to our society. Through a series of fun and interactive activities, visitors will learn about different diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma. Furthermore, the booth will provide information about immunization, medication safety and pharmaceutical compounding. Examples of activities include learning how to use inhalers and ingredients necessary for pharmaceutical compounding
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Medicine

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP)

SBP will be very hands-on with experiments, showing what we do in the lab, yet on lay-friendly level. We will have things for kids and adults to look at (last year it was Virtual reality glasses and proteins, and C.elegans - tiny worms) and be interactive with our scientist volunteers. (exact experiments TBD) We will also apply temporary DNA tattoos, and give out little lab coats. We will make the science exciting and interesting for all!
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Biology, Chemistry

SASE at UCSD

We will be displaying thermochromic slime; it is slime that changes color depending on the temperature. This is mainly geared towards younger students, however, will be interesting for people of all ages. We will have the slime prepared as well as different materials that can alter its temperature, although playing around with it with your hands will be enough. We will be teaching the concepts behind thermochromism and its applications in the real world.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Art, Chemistry, Physics

Scintillon Institute

Focusing on the phenomenon of fluorescence with fun interactive fluorescent materials for STEAMers to engage and play with, including silly putty, kinetic sand, magnetic sand, bracelets, highliters, and crayons, the Shaner lab at Scintillon Institute truly hopes to inspire the next generation of researchers by making the connection that something fun as fluorescence can have a huge impact on how we come to understand the biology of our planet and ourselves.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Environment

SDSU Center for Autism and Brain Development Imaging Labs

We plan to have activities for individuals of all ages to participate in. Since we are a neuroscience lab, we like to have some activities in which people can learn about the brain and brain functions. Some activities include a brain trivia game, stroop task (always a favorite!), as well as some brain mazes for the younger kids, and more! As we did last year, we will be bringing a brain model for the kids and adults to look at and we are there to answer any questions they may have.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Biology, Education, Other

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Our booth will have the same activity as least year, where we have the student make "sling-shot rockets" using paper, straws, tape, rubber bands, and paper clips.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Engineering, Physics

Society of Women Engineers, San Diego (SWE-SD)

SWE-SD will have a hands-on demonstration of of simple machines that targets kids of all ages. Participants will balance bricks on levers, feel the benefit of using pulleys, and see how inclined planes can decrease work.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Engineering, Math, Physics

Solana Beach School District-STREAM

We will have students(K-6) showcasing their projects that they have completed in our STREAM program. This students are passionate about their work and look forward to sharing their projects showcasing their solutions to real-world issues to a public audience. Our booth will also include an engineering challenge that the students will help guide attendance through. We have participated in this event for the last 3 year and are excited to be back!
Ages: Grade School | Topics: Animals, Art, Coding, Education, Engineering, Environment, Robotics

Solar Turbines

Children's activity focused around energy transfer
Ages: Middle School | Topics: Energy

Spin, Pop, Boom

Spin, Pop, Boom! – Learn about crazy chemical reactions, the amazing properties of acids and bases, and the greatness of gravity! Discover the forces that act on roller coasters as we simulate what happens when they spin upside down. See combustion in action as our roaring exothermic reaction lights up the stage. We’ll also create a colorful chemical reaction rainbow as we introduce acids and bases. In our finale, brave volunteers will help activate an enormous erupting f
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Chemistry, Physics

Systra IBT

Our practicing bridge engineers will share their knowledge and passion for structural engineering, which draws on math, physics, design, art, materials, and construction. In addition to illustrative exhibits, we provide an engaging hands-on model bridge building activity that is designed to introduce youth of all ages to basic structural engineering concepts. Bridge model kits are used, consisting of paint-mixing sticks, binder clips, chains, S-hooks, and large bottles of water for load testing.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Art, Engineering

TechKnowHow

The booth will focus on robotics and engineering with the use of Lego components. Students will use different components and learn how STEM is applied to each lego project that is used. Students will also be able to manipulate different projects with the use of block coding to have the lego build perform different functions. At the the booth, students will be exposed to video game design and the behind the scenes on how games come to life with the use of programming and coding.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Coding, Computers, Education, Engineering, Math, Robotics

Test Booth

testing
Ages: Grade School | Topics: Biology

The Alchemist Chef

The Alchemist Chef is nothing like you've seen in the last 10 years. Combining science, with a little bit of humor and LOTS of fun will definitely have everyone on the edge of their seats! Each show contains high-energy and fully interactive to your festival schedule with fast paced antics, visual props, audience participation, and amazing science experiments that will blow the audience's minds away! Who knows, maybe something will blow-up, ignite on fire or shoot across the stage?
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Chemistry, Energy, Engineering, Physics

The Amazing World of Reptiles

Reptiles are often misunderstood and maligned creatures. We share amazing connections with them from ancient times to modern medicine. Come by and meet a few of the superstar celebrities from EcoVivarium Living Museum. Join us to explore their world, understand the challenges they face and what can you do to help them survive.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Animals, Biology, Biotech, Ecology, Education, Environment, Zoology

The Preuss School UCSD

Students will be showcasing how they used Citizen Science WEbbased platforms for their Science Fair projects. This project was a guided inquiry based project where students came up with an original question, collected data through various citizen science pages, while also helping scientists with their real world experiment.
Ages: Middle School | Topics: Other

The Raptor Institute

Wildlife education featuring live, local raptor species including Hawks, Falcons, and Owls.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Animals, Environment, Zoology

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Visitors will enjoy a number of exciting hands-on bio-tech and life science activities geared for children (and adults) of all ages. Learn from, and meet, employees of the world leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher Scientific. Explore DNA and what makes all living specimens unique while standing next to a life-size DNA double helix.
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Chemistry, Forensics

Think Blue San Diego

the think blue booth will contain two 6-7 ft tables (if these can be provided by event coordinator that would be ideal) featuring a variety of giveaways exchanged for participation in a survey/questionnaire. there will also be banners illustrating the storm drain system and an interactive watershed model. and more...
Ages: Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biology, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment

Thrive Public Schools, Team Hypernova

Mrs. Kristina H. Watkins leads her 7th grade STEM class from Thrive Public Schools through the Universe with the help of Big History Project. Students created murals, models and Minecraft manipulations of games synthesizing content. Team Hypernova collaborated to design, code and build portals to mini Minecraft games that will take players through fun and exciting playable challenges covering 13.8 billion years of time: The Big Bang Theory, Stars, Solar System, Earth and Life!
Ages: Middle School | Topics: Astronomy, Biology, Coding, Computers, Education

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Tijuana Estuary Presents - Wonderful Wetlands! Meet live wetland critters, get your hands dirty investigating what lives in a mudflat, be a Tijuana Estuary biologist, and discover why wetlands are important for YOU and for wildlife.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Ecology, Environment

Treobytes

10x10 w/ electrical includes 1 table, 2 chairs
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Coding, Computers

Two:35

At our booth we will have two of our GLO Base 2 computers. One of them will be set up and showcasing how our computer runs, while the other will be there to demonstrate how to take apart and assemble our computer.
Ages: Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Computers

UC San Diego Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

Hands-on bioinformatics activity with legos or paper cards to show the structure of DNA/genes. Emphasis on reconstructing the genome. Participants will then draw a "monster" whose genome they have reconstructed from legos/paper after we explain to them how the reconstruction they did tells us which genes are present. UCSD Bioinformatics PhD students will be volunteers.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Coding, Computers, Medicine

UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research

The research group at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center conducts neurocognitive and neuroimaging research studies on adolescents and young adults to better understand eating disorders. We are looking to recruit healthy control volunteers ages 11-17 to participate in a computerized, skill-based learning study. We will be sharing information about our current studies, results from past research studies, and providing informative and fun activities for kids of all ages.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Computers, Education, Medicine, Other

UCSD Bioengineering Graduate Society (BEGS)

By exploring the building blocks of Bioengineering and how they can be applied to solve today's medical problems, you will experience how Bioengineering is intensely interdisciplinary and innovative.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Biotech, Engineering

UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research

Our booth will provide demonstrations and educational games to promote a healthy lifestyle by making behavioral changes to encourage healthy eating and increased physical activity. We will also have information about our wellness and weight loss programs for children and their parents. Plus, other information outlining our research programs examining how children learn how to eat.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School | Topics: Biology, Medicine

UCSD Neuroscience Outreach

Neurosciences graduate students founded and organized the Neuroscience Outreach Program to share our knowledge of the brain and neuroscience research with San Diego students and community members. This year at the EXPO our student volunteers present several teaching modules, including sheep brain dissection, comparative neuroanatomy, and demonstrations of electrical signaling in the nervous system, including making a cockroach leg "dance" to music played through an iPhone.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Animals, Biology

University of California, San Diego - Department of Physics

Demos galore! We will have astronomers and physicists from UCSD on hand to describe their research to audiences accompanied by a number of physics and astronomy demonstrations. The demos will include, play-doh Solar Systems, exoplanet explanations, telescope optics, angular momentum, optical illusions, electrical phenomena, and more!
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+) | Topics: Astronomy, Physics

University of California, San Diego Biomedical Engineering Society

The UC San Diego Biomedical Engineering Society strives to promote early STEM engagement for students by introducing the exciting field of biomedical engineering. With activities and demonstrations, UCSD BMES seeks to provide hands-on experiences that teach kids about biology, engineering, and medicine. Kids will enjoy the interactive experience, while at the same time learning how these three fields of science play an integral role in our society under the broader field of bio-medicine.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Biology, Biotech, Engineering

UTC Aerospace Systems

A look at the design and manufacturing of composite aerospace products with focus on our key product line: nacelles (the structure that surrounds an airplane's engines).
Ages: Pre-K, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College/Beyond (21+), Educator Specific | Topics: Aerospace Engineering, Engineering

Viasat

Students will build their own game controller using a Makey Makey and conductive materials and use it to play a Minecraft-inspired racing game. Next, students will have the option to use MIT's Scratch drag-and-drop programming language to code their own version of the game.
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School | Topics: Coding, Computers, Video, Web Designing

Zovargo

Live animals and interactive educational props. Lots of hands-on items and fun animals to interact with!
Ages: Grade School, Middle School, Educator Specific | Topics: Animals, Biology, Environment, Zoology

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Over 125 hands-on exhibits, live performances, free and open to the public -- all in the fun and exciting venue of PETCO Park in Downtown San Diego!

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