Illumina Foundation

Join the Illumina Foundation at Padres Petco Park in the Park as we help visitors to explore the power of genomics. The Illumina Games is a series of traditional games that represent the various parts of genetics including the history of identifying traits, polymerase chain reactions, and even making your own emoji! We will also have airbrush artists featuring science related tattoos for all ages and a Dress Like a Scientist photo booth! Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to visit!

Women in STEM

This year, as part of the 2018 Festival, we are hosting an event to highlight Women in STEM. On International Women’s Day, March 8th, there will be an informative and interactive event taking place at the Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library from 6-9pm. The event will provide a space for young women to celebrate and exhibit their own achievements and learnings in STEM and to be motivated by a host of women who have moved the needle in STEM.

Two Scientists Walk Into a Brewery.....

Partnering with Wavelength Brewery, two faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University San Marcos will engage audiences and discuss their current research at a local brewery in Vista Village. Get ready to learn and ask questions!

‘Wavelengths for ecologists - remote sensing of the environment’, Dr. William Kristan, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

‘Who am I? Where did I come from? Existentialism via genetics’, Dr. Arun Sethuraman, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Super STEM Saturday

Explore interactive demonstrations and hands-on science activities at Super STEM Saturday, including rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats and a obstacle course. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking available in Lots E, F, and H.

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: Women to the Rescue

What sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is actually a fun community program by the Fleet Science Center. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™, local scientists will enjoy something we all do: a good conversation in a local bar. Join them, and ask them anything you want! They'll be easy to spot. Just look for the sign that reads: "We are scientists. Ask us anything!"

We love hearing the questions being asked and seeing pictures of all the fun, so if you participate, be sure to post on social media, and tag the Fleet and use the hashtag #2scientists.


Creating Chemistry with BASF. BASF Kid's Lab Slime Factory. Kids get to make their own slime with the help of BASF scientists.

2018 Gold Sponsors

Join us - EXPO Day at Petco Park

March 2, 2019 - 10a-5p

Over 125 hands-on exhibits, live performances, free and open to the public -- all in the fun and exciting venue of PETCO Park in Downtown San Diego!

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It takes true community spirit and engagement to build a successful Festival Week that not only provides meaningful experiences, but sets a path for the future of San Diego.

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