Science aficionados of all ages are invited to encounter all kinds of science, technology, engineering and mathematical activities at Super STEM Saturday, a free festival this Saturday at Cal State San Marcos.
The festival, which is expected to draw thousands of science fans, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the campus at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, rain or shine. Children of all ages are invited to attend. Free parking is available in Lot F.
This is the first time in three years for the festival to welcome guests in person after being hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Super STEM Saturday was canceled in 2020, and last year it was held virtually.
More than 60 hands-on interactive projects and demonstrations are scheduled, including building and launching a rocket, viewing the surface of the sun, and learning how chemistry is better than magic. The event is held in partnership with the Classical Academies and CSUSM’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all of the exhibits will be outdoors. Guests are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendation of San Diego County and the California Department of Public Health to be fully vaccinated and/or have a negative COVID-19 test within two days before attending any large events or gatherings.
“Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, ‘We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste for them,’” said Cameron Curry, executive director for the Classical Academies, in a statement. “I am so pleased that we provide the community of North County a day and festival focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The culmination of educators, organizations and professionals working together allows us to inspire minds, ignite passions, and expose students and our community to what is possible with STEM.”
Viasat, a communications company based in Carlsbad, is one of the event’s lead sponsors. “What we take away from our childhood is really meaningful to what we decide to do as adults,” said Simon Kuo, Viasat’s vice president of corporate quality, in a statement. “That’s why we believe it’s really important to expose kids to science and technology so that it can help them better appreciate it and perhaps even choose a career in STEM.”
Other title sponsors of Super STEM Saturday are Hologic and Thermo Fisher. The sponsors also include Cox Communications; General Atomics; Tri-City Medical Center; Kaiser Permanente; RBC Capital Markets; Erickson-Hall Construction; Young, Minney & Corr, LLP; Nordson; and Pacific Western Bank.