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The Fleet Science Center's High Tech Fair connects local students with STEM-related businesses

The High Tech Fair connects local students with STEM-related businesses to learn the real-world applications for the science they learn in schools.

January 02, 2018

The High Tech Fair is January 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. and January 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Balboa Park Activity Center


San Diego, CA—For two days, local students in grades 7–12 will experience real-life applications for the science they learn in the classroom at the Fleet Science Center’s community-oriented High Tech Fair.  

At the High Tech Fair, representatives from local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-related businesses such as Qualcomm, Genentech, Solar Turbines and Lockheed Martin will present examples of their work and demonstrate to students how the science they’re learning in the classroom is applied to the technology that is used and developed at these local businesses. The fair is an important venue for STEM-related businesses to connect with students. The aim of the event is to enlighten students to the possibilities of a scientific career.

At the High Tech Fair, students can learn how math and science play a role in robotics, how rockets are designed to fly straight, how cellular behavior can be mathematically modeled and how physics and chemistry govern the activity of cells and organisms.

Exhibitors are encouraged to include interactive activities that clearly showcase and explain their technologies and products. Exhibitors are asked to answer the question, “If a student worked for your company, how would they be using science, technology, engineering or math in the course of their job?”

“The High Tech Fair is a unique and inspiring event because San Diego is one of the leading cities for high tech in the world, yet students don’t know about the career possibilities that exist right here,” said Ivel Gontan, Community Relations Manager at the Fleet Science Center. “Our hope is that the High Tech Fair will provide the spark to get home grown talent interested in STEM-related careers and making a difference locally.”

The High Tech Fair is divided into two days. January 25 is the Family Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. January 26 is reserved for pre-registered schools on classroom field trips, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The High Tech Fair takes place at the Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92102.

For more information on the High Tech Fair visit: www.fleetscience.org/events/high-tech-fair

The 2018 High Tech Fair is generously sponsored by Qualcomm, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and SDG&E.


To schedule a media preview or interview with a Fleet representative or an exhibitor for the High Tech Fair, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org.


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.