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Tuesday, March 3
 

10:00am

Dumbledore's Transfiguration Class for Master Wizards
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Explore the science behind the magic at Hogwarts Academy with Muggle, Professor Alan McCormack. Harry Potter's Moaning Myrtle, Fawkes the Phoenix, and Hedwig the Owl will be our guests during this fun magic show that will leave you pondering mysteries. Please note: This event is not open to the public. Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Pre-Registration Required No Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School Areas Entertainment, Arts & Humanities, Physical World, Science All Around Us San Diego State University Tags lecture, workshop, SDSU, chemistry, physics
 
Wednesday, March 4
 

6:30pm

Dumbledore's Transfiguration Class: Scintillating Science and Magic from Harry Potter
About Teachers, Mentors, Youth Group leaders: Spice up your wizardry in this special teacher training class on the science behind the magic of Harry Potter with Muggle, Professor Alan McCormack. Alan McCormack has been a full-time science teacher and part-time magical performer for more than 30 years. His life-long quest has been to find ways to incorporate theatrical magic techniques into science teaching to motivate, stimulate imagination, develop science concepts, and invent mind-warping simulations. In this session, Alan McCormack will use episodes from the Harry Potter books as starting points for science lessons. Moaning Myrtle and Fawkes the Phoenix will open doorways to understanding of thermal convection currents. Unicorn Fur will be used as an entree into static electricity concepts. Professor Snape's Potions will provide opportunities to illustrate some principles of chemistry. And, higher-order thinking skills will be stimulated in a demonstration of The Enchanted Teapot. Techniques of showmanship, story telling, and use of highly-visual apparatus will emphasize motivation, concept development, and the potential overall fun involved in merging science lessons with children's literature. Pre-Registration Required Space is limited. While this event is free of charge, you must pre-register online by March 2, 2009 to secure your seat. Click here to register. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Links Location East County Audience Teachers, Adults Areas Entertainment, Physical World, Arts & Humanities, Science all around us San Diego State University Tags SDSU, workshop, chemistry, physics
 
Saturday, March 7
 

10:00am

The Mummy Mystery: How Science Unwraps the Past
About As part of the Museum's Explorer Saturdays series, kids will learn about some of the Museum's own mummies, how and why mummies were created, and how modern science is used to unwrap mummy mysteries. Provide a detailed description of your proposed event. San Diego's Museum of Man has a unique collection of mummies, coffins, amulets, and other artifacts associated with the Ancient Egyptian art of mummification on display. Modern technology such as CAT Scans helps archaeologists and researchers learn more about mummies without damaging them. Young explorers can hear about the process of mummification and find out what we know about the Museum's mummies from past investigations. Kids can then complete their own investigation and make a mummy amulet to take home with them. How does your event/program celebrate science and technology in ways that combine spirit, interactivity and audience appeal? This program shows how science can suplement our understanding of the past by providing new lines of evidence. Mummies are fun to look at, but when we peer inside of them using X-rays, CAT Scans, and other techniques, we can learn a world of information that was not available before. Visitors will come to see our 3,000 year-old mummies as real people through the details of their lives that we can uncover through their remains.
http://www.museumofman.org
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Family, Grade School Museum of Man
 
Wednesday, March 11
 

6:30pm

Create a Critter
About Children will learn about different animal characteristics and environments, make their own craft "critter", and then sing along with Garit about the animals. No registration required. Designed for preschool through grade school children. Pre-Registration Required Call 858-538-8159 for more information. Links Location North County Audience Family, Grade School Areas Nature, Physical World
 
Saturday, March 14
 

8:00am

San Diego Math Field Day
About The pressure's on when middle school students have a field day with problems and puzzles posed by college professors. Let's see"? if the ratio of bananas to pears in a basket of fruit is 3 to 4, and if there are 58 bananas and pears in the basket"? how many are pears? Learn how to have fun with numbers on this event sponsored by the Greater San Diego Area Math Council (GSDMC). Links San Diego Mesa College Tags Mesa College, school field trip, workshop, th

9:00am

T Minus 10 Seconds to Launch ... All Systems Go!
About Get inspired and explore the outer horizons with the amazing hobby of model rocketry. Join DART (Diego Area Rocket Team) as they launch rockets from Fiesta Island. Safety briefing at 8:30am.
http://www.dartrocketry.com
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Engineering, Physical World, Entertainment, Science All Around Us DART Tags engineering, aerospace

10:00am

Botball Robotics Tournament
About Hold on to your lug nuts as you watch the Super Bowl of high-tech, high energy robotics competition.
http://www.botball.org/current-season/SCA/
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High School, Teachers Areas Engineering, Entertainment, Science All Around Us San Diego Science Alliance Tags SDSA, robotics, competition, exhibit

1:00pm

Science Saturday!
About Come help us celebrate science. Learn the difference between a physical reaction and a chemical reaction, make a potato clock, and be amazed by a Van de Graaff generator demonstration! Free with price of admisson ($5).
http://www.escondidochildrensmuseum.org/
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School Areas Science All Around Us Escondido Children's Museum Tags Escondido Children's Museum, workshop
 
Friday, March 20
 

7:00pm

Grossmont College Science Festival
About The Grossmont College Science Festival celebrates the importance of science in our everyday lives and inspires the next generation of science leaders, in particular, future Grossmont College students. Events begin Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The main festival exhibits and sessions take place Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature interactive projects and exhibits to be experienced by the whole family and students of all ages, including demonstrations, hands-on projects, science exhibits, stargazing, real science, Sci-Fi films, careers in science, speakers, tours of Grossmont College's high tech buildings, and much more.
http://www.grossmont.edu/sciencefestival/default.asp
Links | Link to Location East County Audience Family, Middle School, High School, Teachers Grossmont College Tags biology, physics, chemistry, exhibit
 
Saturday, March 21
 

10:00am

Grossmont College Science Festival
About The Grossmont College Science Festival celebrates the importance of science in our everyday lives and inspires the next generation of science leaders, in particular, future Grossmont College students. Events begin Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The main festival exhibits and sessions take place Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature interactive projects and exhibits to be experienced by the whole family and students of all ages, including demonstrations, hands-on projects, science exhibits, stargazing, real science, Sci-Fi films, careers in science, speakers, tours of Grossmont College's high tech buildings, and much more.
http://www.grossmont.edu/sciencefestival/default.asp
Links | Link to Location East County Audience Family, Middle School, High School, Teachers Grossmont College Tags biology, physics, chemistry, exhibit

12:00pm

SDSU College of Sciences Science Sampler
About SDSU College of Sciences is hosting a Science Sampler as part of the 2009 San Diego Science Festival. The Science Sampler takes place on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The sampler will feature interactive experiments and exhibits to be experienced by the whole family and students of all ages, including geological and planetarium exhibits, laser demonstrations, hands-on experiments in our Electron Microscope Facility, CSI Labs, and making Ice Cream using liquid nitrogen, and much more.
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/sampler
Links | Link to Location East County Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, and Science Professionals SDSU College of Sciences Tags SDSU, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, geological Sciences, physics, exhibit

1:00pm

Bird House Design Contest and Pine Cone Bird Feeder!
About Children and adults of all ages are invited to enter a competition to design a bird house to attract native birds to your backyard! We'll also be making pine cone bird feeders that you can take home to hang in your gardens! Free with price of admisson ($5).
http://www.escondidochildrensmuseum.org/
Links | Link to Location North County Audience Family, Grade School, Middle School Areas Science All Around Us Escondido Children's Museum Tags Escondido Children's Museum, competition, workshop, biology, wildlife
 
Tuesday, March 24
 

10:00am

All About Insects
About The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Itsy Bitsy Spider and other children's book characters will demonstrate facts about the buggy world. No registration required. Designed for ages 3-5. Links Location South County, East County Audience Family, Grade School Areas Nature, Physical World
 
Saturday, March 28
 

8:00am

T Minus 10 Seconds to Launch ... All Systems Go!
About Get inspired and explore the outer horizons with the amazing hobby of model rocketry. Join DART (Diego Area Rocket Team) as they launch rockets from Fiesta Island. Safety briefing at 8:30am.
http://www.dartrocketry.com
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Engineering, Physical World, Entertainment, Science All Around Us DART Tags engineering, aerospace

9:00am

Science for ages 9 to 99
About Bring your family and join Miramar College's science faculty for fun science in Miramar's state of the art Science and Technology Building. Activities include: How to Get DNA from Anything, Sunspots and Alternative Energy, Marine Critters, Slime Molecules and Dancing Raisins, and Sensory Perception and You. Links Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family Areas Science All Around Us, engineering, medicine, business & innovation, physical world, entertainment Economic and Workforce Development through the California Community Colleges Tags workshop, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Monday, March 30
 

10:30am

Why do Woodpeckers not get Headaches?
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Join Ivan Schwab, recipient of the "Ig Nobel", the quirky alternative to the genuine Nobel prizes, who studied woodpeckers to find out why they do not suffer from headaches despite banging their head against a tree trunk 12,000 times a day and at 1,200-times the force of gravity. Please note: This event is not open to the public. Participation will be pre-arranged with local schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Ivan Schwab Tags Ig Nobel, lecture, discussion, biology, physics, wildlife

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Science All Around Us, Engineering, Physical World Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
Tuesday, March 31
 

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Science All Around Us, Engineering, Physical World Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Wednesday, April 1
 

9:30am

Small Wonders
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About You have heard about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age. Now we are in the midst of a new technological revolution driven by nanotechnology and other material sciences, which will usher in a new age of Advanced Materials. On April 1, 175 high school students from all over San Diego County will have the opportunity to participate in a fun, interactive and eye-opening day as they learn about some of the exciting technologies that are driving this new technological age. The application deadline for this event has passed - please check back for 2010. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school Areas Science All Around Us, business & innovation, engineering, physical world, nature, medicine San Diego Science Festival Tags school field trip, workshop, lecture, UCSD, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering

5:00pm

Science on the Mesa and Beyond
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About On Wednesday evening April 1st, 2009, over 25 of San Diego's leading science organizations will open their doors to 1600 high school students from all across San Diego County. The early evening, two and a half hour event will feature hands-on interactive encounters with some of the most cutting edge science, engineering and technology going on in the world. Participating organizations include Agilent Technologies, BD Biosciences, Biogen IDEC, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Cal State University, San Marcos, General Atomics, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), Genzyme, Illumina, Inc., Invitrogen, Johnson & Johnson, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Lockheed Martin, National University, NuVasive, Inc., Pfizer, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego Super Computer Center, The Scripps Research Institute, UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego Division of Physical Sciences, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Stem Cell Biology Program and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.The application deadline for this event has passed - please check back for 2010. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience High school Areas Science All Around Us, business & innovation, engineering, physical world, nature, medicine San Diego Science Festival Tags school field trip, engineering, biology, physics

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Physical World, Engineering, Science All Around Us Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Thursday, April 2
 

12:00pm

Lockheed Martin at the Air & Space Museum
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Festival Host Lockheed Martin and the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park join forces to create a unique exhibit to be explored by middle and high school students. A cockpit simulator, a virtual reality environment, gaming technologies, the Prius Urban Challenge Vehicle, robotics, and a space exploration showcase are among the exhibits, displays and demonstrations that will be offered. Participation has been pre-arranged with area schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Areas Engineering Lockheed Martin Tags engineering, careers, business, innovation

6:00pm

This is Your Brain on Science
About Check out the exciting exhibits and displays created by some of San Diego's most creative students. These high achievers put the High in High Tech High! 3 locations: High Tech Middle: 2359 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106-6025; High Tech High North County: 1420 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078; High Tech High Chula Vista: 1945 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91915 Links Location Central-Coastal, North County, South County Audience Middle School, High School, Adults, Family Areas Science all around us High Tech High Tags exhibit, high-tech

12:00am

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair
About What are kids curious about? Come see for yourself a the 55th Annual Greater Science and Engineering Fair as students display their discoveries.
http://www.gsdsef.org/home.asp
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School, Family, Teachers, Adults, Science Professionals Areas Physical World, Engineering, Science All Around Us Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair Tags exhibit, competition, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics
 
Friday, April 3
 

11:30am

3rd Annual Bioengineering Day
About Check out the latest and greatest in bioengineering. Join professional bioengineers, faculty, and students to explore the variety of careers available and to learn about the latest research achievements of undergraduate students. The highlight of the day is the Bioengineering Quiz Bowl. See which team has what it takes! Free parking will be available in the Hopkins parking structure.
http://bmes.ucsd.edu/beday
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience High school, Science Professionals, Adults, Teachers Areas Engineering, Medicine, Business & Innovation, Science All Around Us UCSD Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Tags UCSD, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, disease, exhibit, conference

12:00pm

Lockheed Martin at the Air & Space Museum
NOTE THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY About Festival Host Lockheed Martin and the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park join forces to create a unique exhibit to be explored by middle and high school students. A cockpit simulator, a virtual reality environment, gaming technologies, the Prius Urban Challenge Vehicle, robotics, and a space exploration showcase are among the exhibits, displays and demonstrations that will be offered. Today's event features a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to meet astronaut Marsha S. Ivins. Participation has been pre-arranged with area schools. Links Location Central-Coastal Audience Middle School, High School Areas Engineering Lockheed Martin Tags engineering, careers, business, innovation

5:00pm

Family Science Night
About Ignite the flame of scientific discovery in all members of your family. Join us in an evening workshop as you DISCOVER, CONNECT and TAKE ACTION in a series of kid friendly hands-on experiments. Family members are encouraged to participate with their girl scientist! Please note: This event is open to Girl Scout Outreach only. Links Audience Family Girl Scouts Tags girls, workshop, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering
 
Saturday, April 4
 

10:25am

The Science of You Expo Day
About Come celebrate The Science of You in Balboa Park on April 4th, 2009, 10:30am-6:00pm. Expo Day is the pinnacle event of San Diego Science Festival. Science takes over the museums, cultural centers, and the central corridor of Balboa Park with over 300 hands-on activities, demonstrations, experiments, contests, and performances. Expo Day is perfect for families, teens, and adults who are looking for a day of fun and discovery. With activity categories like "Your Art," "Your Body," "Your Planet," "Your Heroes," "Your Discoveries," "Your Sports," "Your Future," and "Your Transit," Expo Day brings something for everyone's curiosity. This event is free of charge, for people of all ages, and no pre-registration is required. See below for performances throughout the day in addition to hundreds of hands-on activities. Times are 10:30am-6:00pm. Click here for more information and a map.
http://www.sdsciencefestival.org
Links | Link to Location Central-Coastal Audience Grade School, Middle School, High School, Family, Adults, Teachers, Science Professionals Areas Engineering, Physical World, Nature, Business & Innovation, Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Science All Around Us San Diego Science Festival

11:40am

San Diego Science Festival Rubik's Cube Tournament
About Rubik's cubing is coming to the San Diego Science Festival! We will be having a special competition consisting of a single round of 3x3x3 speedsolve. When you sign up you decide on a time frame during which you show up to do your solves. Registration fees will be collected online via PayPal, and your registration will not be finalized until you have paid. Due to venue limitations this competition is limited to the first 24 competitors to sign up and pay the registration fee. Before and after your solves you will not be able to hang around the Rubik's cube tent. Please have fun looking at all of the other booths at the Science Festival. We only have a 10x10 booth and want other non cubers to get a chance to play with the displays and to be able to ask questions. If you are not 100% sure that you are going to make it then don't sign up, you are taking someone else's spot. Entry fee is $15, and each registered competitor will receive a free Rubik's Cube. If you don't want to keep your cube, we will buy it back for $5.
http://caltech.cubingusa.com/sdsciencefestival/
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