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Festival to Engage Nearly 15,000 Science Enthusiasts

Build and launch a rocket, play Frisbee with a robot, climb aboard a flight simulator or view the surface of the sun. These are just a few of the nearly 100 hands-on, interactive activities and demonstrations that will engage nearly 15,000 attendees on Saturday, March 9 at the annual science festival Super STEM Saturday.

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cal State San Marcos, this rain-or-shine event is free and open to the public. Children of all ages are invited to attend. Super STEM Saturday closes the nine-day San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, the largest celebration of innovation and science education in Southern California.

“Jean-Jacques Rousseau once shared, ‘We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste for them,'" said Cameron Curry, executive director for the Classical Academies. “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 allow us to inspire minds, ignite passions and expose students and our community to what is possible with STEM.”

Held in partnership by the Classical Academies and CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday has grown into a popular North County event that draws thousands of science enthusiasts each year to the university campus.

“Super STEM Saturday’s purpose is to develop in everyone who attends an appreciation and understanding of the role science and engineering plays in our daily lives and how its practical applications solve critical problems and real-world issues,” said Katherine Kantardjieff, CSUSM’s dean of College of Science and Mathematics.

“What we take away from our childhood is really meaningful to what we decide to do as adults,” said Simon Kuo, vice president of Corporate Quality at Viasat. “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.”

The community festival is made possible by lead sponsor Viasat, along with Anon, Cox, General Atomics, Masson & Associates, and Young, Minney & Corr.

For more details about Super STEM Saturday, visit www.csusm.edu/superstem.

What: Super STEM Saturday, a free interactive science festival for all ages

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: California State University San Marcos

             333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos

             Complimentary parking in Lot F


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 29-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange counties.

The University enrolls 17,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014 — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

About the Classical Academies

The Classical Academies is an organization of award-winning, tuition-free, Certified California Public Charter Schools serving North San Diego County since 1999. With seven campus locations and over 4,500 students in grades TK-12, the schools are making a tremendous impact as they reinvent public education.

The Classical Academies offer a flexible, personalized educational environment that blends the best of independent study and the traditional classroom experience. With rigorous academics, small class sizes, and an acclaimed character education program, students reach their maximum potential of becoming thinkers, communicators, and achievers.