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San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

Connecting students with STEAM opportunities

About the Festival

The San Diego 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 STEAM. The Festival kicks off with EXPO Day (March 6, 2021) at Petco Park. Hundreds of industry partners and community organizations participate in EXPO Day and the 75+ programs and events that take place the following week, throughout San Diego County. More than 65,000 kids, parents, teachers, industry leaders and community members participate in STEM Week, including programs like Women in STEM, STEM Possible Career-Pathways, and the Adult Science Series.


Our Mission

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is driven by three main objectives:

  • Cultivate diverse pipelines for all youth to understand and be encouraged in STEAM disciplines through impactful education programs, outreach, and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Increase the opportunities to interact with STEM professionals and provide youth with positive and diverse STEAM role models.
  • Connect California’s thriving STEAM industries to the greater community and encourage community members to stay involved in STEAM and pursue STEAM careers.


STEAM Distance-Learning

With an extensive network of industry partners and community resource organizations, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is committed to supporting our K-12 teachers and students year-round, including through remote-learning. It is critical to expose students to possible careers in STEAM industries, including the life sciences, so they can aspire to jobs that they may not have otherwise known existed. In today’s distance-learning reality, those opportunities are scarce, and the chances for interactive classroom visits are even more uncommon. In these uncertain times, the Biocom community is committed to supporting students of all socio-economic backgrounds in our region and their teachers to continue to provide impactful educational experiences.

We invite STEAM professionals in our region to join our #STEAMTEAM by submitting videos describing their jobs and companies, doing experiments, or providing virtual tours (if the employee is still going into work.) We also facilitate virtual classroom visits and industry-chats, exciting STEAM panels, and more!


“The Festival provides a hub for the community around STEAM disciplines – a driving force for our economy, our innovation ecosystem, and the industries that color San Diego’s culture. As part of the innovation economy in San Diego, STEM companies need to engage with and inspire the next generation. We all play a role in building San Diego’s future.”
Karen Possemato, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, Illumina


The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to advancing STEAM education in San Diego County. Your donation helps keep our programs free and open to the public.


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