Give a kid the chance to get hands-on with science, and she’s bound to get hooked on it.
Especially if it’s messy, fascinating and beyond her wildest dreams.
San Diego is a special place to raise kids for many reasons, one being the numerous opportunities to share science in fun and inspiring ways. And much of it can be found at PETCO Park for free this weekend at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Expo Day.
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., more than 130 local organizations will provide interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers.
This year I plan to take my kids to at least one of the “Fireside Chats” with real scientists so they can hear what inspired these careers. Dr. Sunny Fugate at SPAWAR will be talking about artificial intelligence, and what child wouldn’t want to hear about that? I looked Dr. Fugate up and what he said in this interview convinced me he’s a great guy to listen to;
I’ve got two kids, a five year old and two year old; they are also advocates for the world of science and engineering, so we build lots of robots and do lots of experiments at home. Growing up I had that same kind of relationship at home with my dad and we did lots of ad-hoc experiments. My dad is not a scientist but he has a scientific mind. I feel that it is incredibly important to try to be innovative and to try to think a little differently because that is when you find unexpected results. If you’re good enough at it you can even get paid to do cool stuff.”
Saturday, March 5th
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the expo day, check out this list of special events happening all over the county, all week long.
PSST I’ll let you in on a little secret … the Science & Engineering Sampler at San Diego State probably offers the most fun for the whole family.
Not only does it give your children the chance to see a real (and really awesome) college campus, they can make their own bouncy balls out of household items, see how liquid nitrogen creates instant ice cream, watch planetarium shows, safely view the sun from a telescope and much more.
Saturday, March 19th
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Of course, we all have access to incredible learning opportunities all year long from our libraries, to our planetariums, to our museums and aquatic attractions. Get started this weekend and keep it going throughout 2016!