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2019 High Tech Fair at Balboa Park Activity Center

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Photo by Mario Chavez / Flickr

Over two days, local students in Grades 7-12 will experience real-life applications of the science they learn in the classroom at the community-driven High Tech Fair at Fleet Science Center.

The event is hosted by the Fleet Science Center and takes place at the Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego.

At the High Tech Fair, representatives of local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related companies such as Qualcomm, Genentech and Northrop Grumman will present examples of their work and demonstrate to students how the science they learn. classroom is applied to the technology that is used and developed in these local businesses.

The show is an important place for STEM-related businesses to connect with students, and it’s free to attend. The event is open to the public on January 17 and to pre-registered schools on January 18.

The mission of the event is to “enlighten students on the possibilities of a scientific career”. Students can learn how math and science play a role in robotics, how rockets are designed to fly upright, how cellular behavior can be modeled mathematically, how physics and chemistry govern the activity of cells and organisms .

Last year, more than 2,500 students from 47 San Diego County schools participated in the 2018 Fleet High Tech Fair. More than 30 companies participated, representing industries focused on aerospace and defense, biotechnology, energy and sustainability, environmental sciences, higher education, technology and finance. Participating students engaged in booths to explore circuits, interact with floating magnets, create laser-cut name badges, and experience a virtual reality simulation.

To get students even more involved with this year’s exhibitors, students will be invited to vote for their favorite booths. The winners of the “Best Booth Experience” will be announced after the event and will receive the distinction of being the popular favorite.

“The High Tech Fair is a unique and inspiring event because San Diego is one of the leading high tech cities in the world, but students from local communities are unaware of the career opportunities that exist here,” said Ivel Gontan, Senior Director of Community Engagement at the Fleet Science Center. “Our hope is that the High Tech Fair will provide the spark to engage local talent in STEM-related careers and make a difference locally. “

Transportation and substitute teacher reimbursements will be provided for participating San Diego public schools. These refunds allow the Fleet to serve as many students as possible during the two days of the event. In addition, “community centers” have been established at several locations in the communities of San Ysidro and Southeastern San Diego, where families will gather for free transportation to family home evening.

The High Tech Show is divided into two days: Thursday, January 17 is the Night of Students and Parents, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Friday January 18 is reserved for schools pre-registered for school trips, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on the High Tech Fair, visit:

–Fleet science center

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