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Science in spotlight at Super STEM Saturday

By Eric Breier

There is something for everyone at the annual Super STEM Saturday event on March 11 at Cal State San Marcos.

Held in partnership by The Classical Academies and CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday draws more than 8,000 science enthusiasts each year. The popular event exposes and engages children of all ages and their families in the STEM disciplines -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Super STEM Saturday closes the Biocom Institute Festival of Science and Engineering, the largest celebration of innovation and science education in Southern California.

There will be more than 100 activities to choose from, including hands-on experiments, demonstrations, scientist chats and contests.

Super STEM Saturday is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It will be held rain or shine. Complimentary parking is available in Lots E, F and H. Food will be available for purchase at the event or guests are welcome to bring lunch or snacks with them.

What: Super STEM Saturday

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11

Where: Cal State San Marcos

Cost: Free

Parking: Free in Lots E, F, and H

Information: Visit CSUSM’s College of Science and Mathematics website

In conjunction with Super STEM Saturday, CSUSM’s College of Science and Mathematics is hosting a variety of related free events throughout the week. Additionally, Associated Students Inc. will be hosting “Geek Week” activities on campus. However, please note that “Geek Week” activities are open only to the campus community.

Here’s a closer look at events throughout the week:

 

Sunday, March 5

STEM In Your Backyard

A biannual family-friendly event held in partnership with Wavelength Brewery and the Biocom Institute to celebrate science with hands-on experiments and interactive presentations. CSUSM faculty and students from physics, chemistry, biochemistry and biological sciences as well as STEM Ambassadors will be in attendance to help facilitate experiments and interactive presentations.

Where: Vista Village in the Main Street parking lot across from Wavelength Brewery. Parking is available in the dirt lot on North Indiana Avenue, off Vista Village Drive.

When: 1-5 p.m.

 

Monday, March 6

CSM Student Organization Tabling

As part of “Geek Week,” learn more about College of Science and Mathematics student organizations.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: CSUSM’s Library Plaza

 

Tuesday, March 7

Liquid Nitrogen Demo

Part of “Geek Week,” there will be a liquid nitrogen demonstration, an opportunity to walk across a pool of goo and a variety of student organizations participating in STEM demonstrations.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: CSUSM’s Library Plaza

 

Distinguished Physics Lecture

Dr. Summer Ash, Director of Outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy, will be presenting, “The Invisible University: seeing what our eyes can’t.”

When: 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: USU Ballroom

 

Wednesday, March 8

CSM Student Organization Tabling

As part of “Geek Week,” learn more about College of Science and Mathematics student organizations.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: CSUSM’s Library Plaza

 

STEM Career Connection

Learn all about the industries and careers in STEM! Dress professionally and bring your resume. Hosted by the Career Center. Students should RSVP for this event and check back frequently for updates to the employer list.

When: 3-5 p.m.

Where: USU Ballroom

 

Two Cybersecurity Experts Walk Into a Bar

Dr. Teresa Macklin, Associate Dean and Chief Information Security Officer of Instructional and Information Technology Services, and Dr. Rika Yoshii, professor in the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, will be the featured speakers discussing cybersecurity, IoT and nanomachines.

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Wavelength Brewery, 236 Main St., Vista

 

Thursday, March 9

Egg Drop

Part of “Geek Week” activities, come join student organizations in demos and try out an egg drop.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: USU

 

Reid Lecture Series

Sponsored by Librarian Emeritus Marion Reid and Professor Emeritus K. Brooks Reid and hosted by CSUSM’s Mathematics Department, this free event features a lecture by UC Irvine professor Alice Silverberg titled “Cryptography: Using Mathematics to Keep a Secret.” It will delve into the surprising solutions that mathematicians and cryptographers have developed to resolve the problem of computing on encrypted data.

When: 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: USU Ballroom

For more information

 

Friday, March 10

CougarCon

“Geek Week” continues with a TUK Talk, Cosplay Contest and Geek Fashion show by Orions Originals. There will also be video games, board games, a geek photo booth and geek-themed snacks. Please note, this event is limited to CSUSM students.

When: 8-10 p.m.

Where: USU Ballroom

 

Saturday, March 11

Super STEM Saturday

Held in partnership by The Classical Academies and CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday draws more than 8,000 science enthusiasts each year. The popular event exposes and engages children of all ages and their families in the STEM disciplines -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: CSUSM

For more information

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