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Celebrating Science

Businesses, universities, and professionals are inviting the community to explore local innovations and discoveries for the weeklong San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. The festival, a program of the BIOCOM Institute in partnership with UC San Diego, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego County Office of Education, will run from March 14 through 21 and aims to get kids excited about science and related fields. Most events are free to the public. New this year is a STEM College Connections Fair organized by representatives from Project Lead the Way on March 15. The fair will host 40 to 50 universities from across the nation for a day of exciting Q&A panels and a College Expo Fair, giving students and parents the opportunity to speak with college advisors about their innovative STEM programs. The festival week will end with EXPO Day on March 21, featuring more than 130 local organizations and their interactive STEM exhibits and activities.

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One free open house is right in our backyard. San Diego Miramar College is hosting “Science Fun for Kids 9 to 99” on the college campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. The state-of-the-art laboratories will be open for hands-on activities that will let science enthusiasts of all ages explore topics such as “How to Get DNA From Anything,” “Come to Your Senses,” “Building with Bones,” “Alternative Energy,” and “Stop the Epidemic.” Children as young as five are invited to attend and advance registration is not required. For more information or directions contact Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry at rbowersg@sdccd.edu.

To learn more about other festival events visit www.lovestemsd.org.