LBISD SDFestivalofScienceandEngineering

Friday, February 23rd


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The morning and welcome to another edition of living veteran San Diego public service presentation of Vienna comes San Diego radio stations and Gary Lee. The San Diego festival of science and engineering is an educational experience that includes interactive demonstrations. Hands on activities and speakers to engage kids and families and all that encompasses stand science technology engineering and math. Kids parents teachers industry leaders and community members are expected to attend festival week next month. But events taking place throughout the county. Joining us this morning as San Diego festival of science and engineering managing director Sara got out and castle park high school biology teacher Robert and round. Welcome sir welcome Robert. Morning bloom. Nice to have the both of you on the show this morning Sarah always a pleasure seeing you. For anybody who does not know anything about the San Diego festival of science and engineering Sarah how about a little background information on it. Yeah absolutely so that's Cheney go fast enough science and engineering is approaching its tenth anniversary this year. We are their primary case to twelve salmon is stamp the Viacom instituted by a comments it's huge is a 501 C three nonprofit organization we are than nonprofit arm of bio content. Which is a life science trade association. Bio comet itself. Does a lot of different things in the community not just here in San Diego but all along the West Coast as well as approaching all the way across the country. With offices in DC's San Francisco. LAI's San Diego as well and a couple across the seas. And we are and we have a handful of things that we do bio com we have a public policy arm or we work on both in DC. And in Sacramento and we have a purchasing parent which is agreed peace for our members that's a big value they have. As well as a lot of events in networking that we use throughout the life science industry. Work together and make sure that the initiatives are going forward and that everybody sort of has him and what's going forward in the future. Now via the fast Willis is also presented by the Lumina foundation right. It is yes so I'll Luna foundation is our presenting sponsor are really happy to have this partnership bam Imus you know they're headquartered parents any ill. Amazing organization and I continuing to have growth parents in meego. Which jobs and placement here so. Stephanie is something important to show just how the innovations in EU continues and we wanna make sure that we're inspiring the future so it. Folks like Illumina will continue to stay here and seen me now we can find people. Philip Johnson they have. So this is this is the F temp here right for the festival current tenth anniversary now and in the ten years. How has successful change or changed or grown. Yeah it's grown a lot of different ways he exists starting from where was initially how list you know it started off says the founding inspiration was out of Larry bock the under New York. And he pushed him for a win the UCSD in the heat they were kind of how is he CST for a few years. And as well as help financially from the National Science Foundation. Eventually moved over to bio common the bio come into two words lives now for about the past six years. And it just has become a huge community collaboration where. Every year we get over 200 folks involved from sponsors to nonprofits to schools to local organizations that just Crimea part of they grow parents Jamie and in terms ended their career paths and Stan and really all that's happening here in San Diego. And we like to say that we are really the conduit for these organizations so. Festival weeks serves as a platform for them to come out and showcase what they do what they do throughout the year. As well is different events and programs that they wanna focus on during fast two weeks and it's just agree. Collaboration. Throughout the CEO I think that's something that's really special us standing on is when you see events like this come together. And it's really not about one specific group it's really about showing and I showcasing all that talent that is here in San Diego. And and all the events. Part of festival week all the events. They're all over the county right yes we we worked really hard to make sure that note north south east and central are all pretty much are you a different types of locations whether beat. Daytime locations for some of the younger kids nighttime. Allocations for after school as well as as some of the 21 plus immense that we have so we really try to ranging. Both timing and location and weekday vs weekend an is their feet for for these events. Them majority ever events are free and open to the public so usually about 9095%. Of our events every year are free. Exception to that is some of these 21 plus a man is Wallace some of the events that take place inside a museum. So there is an event that takes place inside a museum is usually just the museum in mission peak. Otherwise they are free events and that's something that we and feel very strongly about keeping that link. That's why we have so many great sponsors and partners we couldn't do without them. Because we feel that the accessibility to these sentiments of programs that it's really crucial to keep them free an element to the public because. We don't wanna treat any borders or barriers that folks cannot come out and partake in these programs and end it's geared towards say OK through twelve. That's he has so that there well we like to save I hate your grape diet in their primary Greg K okay but the primary focus I would say. The main event expo day and then just majority of events throughout the week there are definitely that eighth to twelve demographic. We do have some have banned same sort of feature that the post secondary ages well as some of the pre K ages but that's a predominant age group for sure. And the festival again all about bringing awareness to stem education stem careers right absolutely and and stem. Is science. Technology. Engineering and math you add it. We seem to stumble on that that's. Sometimes we enter on this team that's right now and the ace arc contract. And you'll find that a lot and that I engineering companies especially an angry at the ages because of the teamwork and collaboration it takes to get to those solutions and problems solving these a lot of it beyond sort of foundations and art. And and what what you hope that people take away. From. From the sexual. I am in no really we just wanna make sure that they have an understanding on and a few different models the first one is that. Even though we say stem as a whole we kind of say science is in your lives every day and do you science often means you are using technology engineering and math in a while and as well and anything you're doing. And you know we've we've pretty much say when I'm partners c'mon they say wanna host Nevada and wind is sending them not really sure how to incorporate sciences. You know maybe my business doesn't necessarily have science and we. Sit down on them and we say well you know how it is here technology work and how do you you know turn on the lights every day in and we find different ways to. Let's show them that yes science does exist in their lives every way even if it's not something you think about on a regular basis is a part of your life. From the moment you wake up to moments today that's definitely something that we try to emphasize and the programs. As well incidents that's one major sort of mission point and in the second one is just that. CN EA go on as a whole. We've talked to before you know it's it's a hotbed for innovation here and not just in the companies it exists but schooling that's here. Colleges in amazing amazing community college district as well as a university in state colleges that we have here. And we don't want our company's going you know how across the country in an across. The world's finding folks for these jobs we want people to come to San Diego folks that live intending to stay here and realized. There's a future here there's amazing schools here that lead into potential. Pathways for working internships and eating it great jobs here and continued to make this economy and an eagle fry it. It really is a hotbed for for stem activity and stem careers technology. All of it all across the board there absolutely. Now you're event it all kicks off the successful kicks off march 3. And runs through march 11 right tracked ten and it kicks off with here. If they signature kickoff again that's actual date which will talk about Indy challenge just little bit. On any and the programs or leave the events there they're all throughout the county and it runs after that kick off again play eight days. Yeah eighteen is full calendar lineup is on love Sam ST dot worth seeking go on Mary get our regular updates as to what's happening in your neighbor and. Okay and now Robert Euro biology. Biology teacher at castle park high school that's in Chula Vista right mrs. how important. Is stem education these days and why. Stem education couldn't be more in important because the students have to see how involved sciences in their life. And if they can in the my classroom and simply here. The biology being taught at them there's no value to it and as soon as they can see relevance to the contents that were discussing. In class and becomes important to them so an event like this they're able to. Communicate the contents in a very very powerful way. They aren't just bringing in the participant and explaining a project that they did. They're sharing their perspectives the importance of the work that they're doing for instance. We do a lot of work but biodiesel and so we talk about climate change we talk about petroleum we talk about the the impact of fossil fuels vs renewable sustainable fuels like biodiesel these are extremely important social. Political and environmental issues it's not just what we're talking about inside the four walls of the classroom. Now how many years has castle park. That part of this that's this is actually our attempt here we were there from the beginning yes there. Now it's not the same students of course which is what she's not right here at this time for them to go but that's the beauty of it is that we're able to constantly. Renewed the students that that we bring to the event. And there's there's a mentor ship that's created within the group. So if I'm new to the group and you already presented two to three years at the echo park you're able to help me understand what to expect. The the benefits of participating and the excitement of you need to go to this event and realize how much science is in San Diego sometimes in south today. The students don't understand how much science is to the north of them. And so when they come to Pepco. And there's 20/20 5000 people that all come to participate and learn what's being offered at that event is an extremely powerful experience for both the participants but the student says as well. What kind of feedback yet from students all you can tell just by the smile across their face. And from an educators standpoint I'm always amused that they think well I'm just going to sit and talk all day and they really start to find out. What it's like to try to communicate an idea quickly. And clearly. And communicate that all day and they they have a new respect for what it takes to teach for an entire day once they've had to do it for entire day. But beyond the experience of having the members of their community come deceive them. And be excited to hear what they have to say. Be excited to learn about what they're doing in their classroom and in their community it's motivating for me is there teacher it's motivating for them as a student. And again they start to understand the relevance of their education they start to see. Research not just the individual in a lab coat at a at a lab bench they start to understand that if they have an interest in law. They could major in law and minor in science and they can start getting into you. Possibly in the pharmaceutical and of research they might get into the copyright patents of different different materials or different products. They could get in Q environmental science they start to understand. The many administrative business logistical jobs that are available through stem education. I think things have changed perception people's perception of stem education and careers out there has changed over the years but if there's still a lot of people that think. You know stamp or science. Engineering math. As people in lab coats and absolutely tests almost calculators so much more to Witten and Sony more careers and bring that fall under that umbrella. And word work constantly. Reminding students of that as we teach it's not just in. And information exchanged it's a discussion of the content that we're talking about in class why is this important. I'm teaching this not because it's part of the national or state standards because it's important for them to understand. Even if they're not going to go into stem education as a career. They're going to be voters they're going to be. Informed citizens community members and so it's extremely important that they understand the ethics politics and environmental factors behind the science. Now you're your school this year. I have the vessel taking part in the stemming you backyards here yes we're very excited about that so in the past the keystone of and apps echo park. Was quite an experience for the students but it may not always carry back into the community so the idea behind standing here in your backyard. Was to start giving the localized. Events where. Present jurors at these smaller. Events were from the community where they're presenting so at castle park on Friday march night. Were we are going to hold a smaller scale festival from 10 AM to 2 PM. And we're going to bring in students from the local elementary schools from middle schools and high schools that are located around castle park. And the same. The same concept the same idea of this is a discussion of stand this is a discussion of why it's important to the community. And why it's relevant to you. Have this information and be discussing it constantly. Does this the first is this the first time that at your school has taken part in in this particular event yes sir in the in the past these events were hosted at the library. And we are trying to connect more with the students. Trying to connect more with the school district trying to connect more with the educators that I teach with in my district. And so the idea is that I'm reaching out to my peers. And having that there are classrooms their students. Be brought to counsel park and start to build more stem momentum within the sweet water district. And this is a free event absolutely. Okay now. Stand in your backyard. Events the series there's more than just this wanted to it's castle park right. Currently actually have four or during for us so week their regional I am because we had taken this program on the road so we've had a handful throughout the year. Testing them out in different locations different parts of CEO as well as different venues to Tennessee what the vast. Formula is gonna be is to continue to improve the program and move forward. During possible week we have four is they mention and so on Roberts event is the south Downey event. Packed house a park high school then North County region is that high tech high in San Marcos. That east county location is that the lakeside community center and the central location is at the Logan heights the library bring. She's okay let's talk about some of the other events that has taken place during festival week. Some mistaken more than fifty different events that take place throughout. The eight day run of successful right. Recurrence of those a combination of events that the festival itself we'll put on in post in addition to the partner of and so. I'm like I said this is a big collaboration. Folks here anti Anita so it takes us. A lot of different organizations to put together this list and or fifty programs an immensely you'll see events as schools and libraries that sponsor sites. I'm in addition to some of their premier events that the festival itself post. And one of the events that you've got now I don't know if this is newer enough but it's. International women's day events in and that has actually taken place on international. A Wednesday right. Current soda international women's day is is obvious in national day. It's celebrated all across the world celebrate a firm gears now. We started a couple of years ago depending nine you know what the lineup wise if we thought we had enough resources and in some good ideas for inspiration. And we human events so a couple of years ago we didn't event. We did not have on last years were pretty excited to be putting on one this year so international women's day is Thursday march 8. And the event at the festival is putting on and reporting that dying conjunction with the stem ecosystem. And as well as C standing over public library groups so we are working at a venue is going to be this Jeremy said public library which great central location especially for. How we gave and you really can get there from anywhere in San Diego. And even with traffic instead and still get there and get in the door. So the first hour is can it be. Registration and buy it during that registration hour and sort of hour. Our traffic cold Laura just for the folks trickling in. We'll have Tyrus six different hands on activities for the girls to come participate and so it is geared towards middle and high school girls as focused but of course it is open and public event free to the public map of bribery so anyone can attend. Believe the contents really geared towards middle and high school girls. And that first hour is going to be a lot of hands on activities that we have two or three different an actual female groups that are coming in high school groups and there. Some Arab products group and another group that was one of our parade here society runner ups. And they're gonna demonstrate some of their activities and things that they've learned. And one of the groups is actually a high school group that currently mentors elementary school girls so they're bringing some of those activities that share the girls coming to the event. And then additional have some some sponsors that are gonna meet their doing some activities during the first hour. And we kick off the actual programs so that actual contents will start at 7 o'clock. We'll have five or six different speakers of high level females in the industry. On that'll be moderated sort of we column many stems sessions sort of like a plane on the mini Tet toxic. And we'll have a moderating QNA after that's over. And then we'll go into another section of this speaking which the the fire six women it'll be that presenting speakers will be joined by another five or six women. How high level folks in the industry will break out into round tables so. All the girls after we get through the first section they'll get to have more engaging conversation. With the palace as well as some of our additional speakers so have fifteen minute break out sessions would do that twice. And nimble and asked that evening with a dessert in networking reception of the girls can network with each other as well as all the speakers from the back so we're pretty excited about the event. Two great partnership but different organizations as well sponsorships. And and we just think it's an India had packed house. Any MS international women's day the actual day for international women's day which is march 8 right. Correct and we do you encourage you register in advance because then library is huge and yes we wanna make sure we. How Manassas basin. We we do pack up that run by it just helplessly in numbers if we know folks who are coming. And before we get to that explode date tells Matt 121. And up adult series have been to a couple of these before they're great. Yes absolutely so this is the program we started about three years ago big partner here is sweet science center. They have a lot of great Tony I'm plus programming that they ardidi throughout the years they really have helped us kicked off this initiative. And each year we try to look to you know how can we bring the sun and love and learning of science not just so that is good to the adults as well because. From a society factor we want again folks notice sciences apart though lies everyday but also. A lot of these you know to anyone plus an up folks maybe someday will be parents maybe they have nieces and nephews or grandkids that they wanna. Participate in fast and we console we wanna make sure that for continuing to market the festival it's you ages so they know here we existence. Death claim bring their friends and jamming out to events that sort of that. The starting point between the premise of the time I'm plus hustle and it rain isn't all different events this year we've got. A science of cocktails event we've got it's an event that we're partnering with cars against humanity were doing it cut wires spirits are gonna have distillery tours. We've got an event that we're partnering with honey oh which is a yoga studio often alcohol boulevard where we're looking at. The science of gratitude so they're gonna talk about having so much talk about the neurology behind it so what does it mean when you give gratitude what does it mean when you receive gratitude. Where does that look like to your brain and how does that affect your health and your everyday living. And and a session after cement stationing guy writing with some wine and cheese party emerged I don't plus an always thing includes some. Could likely send. So series and and events on that level throughout the weekend where we're ending the week for the big event carmakers memo says. Again a partner that with a fleet were pretty exciting it's gonna take place parking rack. Or in university heights and we're bringing in. Handful of different maker installations in the make your community and any known and in addition to what you can actually see and talk to. The folks in that you can talk to will have do it yourself. Maker stations so you come and he'll have a ticket for brunch she'll get. A couple of drinks and unit to make some really cool experiments go home and then you get to talk to some amazing. Artists engineers Terrence eight. We are running out of time so let's let's talk about explode Dana magic big kick off event it's march 3. It can't go mark it's a free event right. App free 10 AM to 5 PM. I opened to the public mind Downey Indonesia register will be there all day Robert will be there with his classic kids we have amazing exhibits Kansai and over a 130 different anti TVs we've got Steve performances all day it's really not to be medicine and it's free so why not come out and enjoy. Now you've got a couple of new things happening. This year and it's that expo day tell us about those. So cute new locations that we have we're actually expanding into. The air force experience which is a very cool flight simulators so. For sure you wind it down there early get in line for that as an experience not extremists have very cool. We have a lot of folks that are are are you trying for the for the inside skew things can we get an early for VIPs are so I know that'll be and it definitely a line that request of and realize that throughout the day. And then in addition we're also running healthy living lifestyle dec this year. That's really focusing on. You know the science of sport in the science of healthy living and really because there's so much here in San Diego when you think about. The lifestyle and the quality of life here that you can enjoy all year round. In addition to all the life science industry Santini you know I mean health is tough mind here as you neo whether it's holistic approach or if it's. You know going in for the best medicine in the country to find here in San Diego show. We wanna answer really exposed not as part of explaining we don't normally have its specified Jones who were really excited to try this out this year and see what people think. Clubs and brain imaging how will have a couple of them at the major nonprofits doing different scans and as well as some relief fund groups. That are the assurance he missed. What about the end of the pre K he's on what happens there pretty keen on that's that's for that as they said that they vacated grain treat aids in every one of the EI and so. I mean science and science it starts it all ages so we wanna make sure there's activity. For the little ones as well as does not so young Brothers and sisters that come with the big kids to partake in the events so. We work with some specific groups that are geared for that age demographic. And they just not a wonderful area threaten the backup park the park by the tot lots we're right by the playground area. Lots to do in just let the kids get their hands in get dirty in halftime. And another area and it expo that will be an exposes your youth league of extraordinary scientist's house. Yeah another wonderful collaborate and we have to leave Lee and attorney scientists and engineers in their phony now and they take over them a cargo area. Which is on the concourse level and they do fireside chats all day long so they have. Amazing folks from the industry they'll do thirty minute conversations or the death fire pits which. From the old days so we don't have the fire it's going by its very conversational style really cool opportunity to go and here's some folks from the industry speak. And ask some questions that now how many people do you typically get for this event I would. Any tiny about 30000 depends on the years so we we shoot for that 25000. Ranges as sort of our average and last year we got up over 26000 store hoping that even person number higher this year OK so people listening this morning hearing that 25000. People. Am gonna park. Lots of options it if you don't take the trolley down which actually is is a great source and Padres arcade in the chugging a lot off for the five diary starring actually nieces agree to a keeps. That's it any other events that you in the next couple minutes we've got that you want to let us know about. Yeah I mean I just I I definitely refer people to the website loves them ST dot org it's really import into it to check that regularly as we'll have updates throughout the week as more events get added. It's a great resource and I think that you're talking mother stemming backyard events. Rather is a part of our education committee and really has been a stem champion Forrest and I think it's really important. Windows two minivans fur for people I know about them because it isn't are pushing me. That we've provided where we know that not everybody from a financial transportation perspective can get out. To actually they are get to some these events so I'm we worked really hard with a semi backyard folks. In different areas to make sure we put on real quality event in those neighborhoods. But just to before we wrap up just to bolster the the idea of what we talked about earlier about how San Diego such hot dead. Forced him education and careers just look at some things that. Recognition systems San Diego has received rated number two is the most inventive city in the world that was Forbes magazine 2013. I was and 2015 San Diego selected as one and the only North American city. Named among National Geographic six world Smart cities house in 2015 so again just to bolster that idea that we are it. We Aaron and Roberts got classroom full of future innovators who then he sees every day and I think it's. I think it's pretty amazing. Now Robert I am here. When easier event. Our events is on Friday march 9 from 10 AM to 2 PM at castle park high school in history absolutely and the couple of other things that Sarah him mentioned that are extremely important is that as were talking about the importance of the science students have to see themselves as part of that industry. And they have to realize where they live is an absolute Mecca for sign soon and the more people that we draw together and get that message out. The more events like this will just continue to grow. And and Syrian the website. I love stem ST dot org so loves them ST hasn't seen neo dot org and all the information. The schedule is there for for all the events correct is and we actually just. Put up our new design for our website so we're excited for folks a log on and check out all the new contents he was on John McCain are you on social media. We are aware on FaceBook Twitter and instant Graham hash tag in the the following Kandel is love stem ST. Sarah. And Robert thanks for being on Saturdays are always pleasure thank you are seeing that having you on the show and and thanks to both of you for bringing stem education and stem careers to the forefront. Thank you and welcome to determine. That concludes another addition of living veteran San Diego the opinions expressed a living at San Diego do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the staff and management. I'm Deanna comes San Diego radio stations episodes of living better in San Diego are available on the station's website. Until next time I'm Garry lake have a great week.