San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day Brings STEAM Learning to San Diego Families

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 was the culmination of the seventh annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.  It's a week long event that highlights education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and concludes with an EXPO Day at PETCO Park.

The EXPO Day drew thousands of people from around the county.  The Project Cornerstone booth was a huge success with an estimated 1,200 students and parents participating in the concrete star activity.

Informational display at the Project Cornerstone booth.

Informational display at the Project Cornerstone booth.

At the booth, children and parents learned about the importance of construction aggregates and how it plays an integral role in their daily lives.  Visitors were encouraged to make their own concrete using sand, gravel, cement and water.  They poured their concrete mixtures into star molds, which they were able to take home.

Concrete and star mold.

Concrete and star mold.

Travis Jokerst from EnviroMINE, Inc. helping a young boy mix concrete.

Travis Jokerst from EnviroMINE, Inc. helping a young boy mix concrete.

Volunteers teaching visitors about construction aggregates and concrete.

Volunteers teaching visitors about construction aggregates and concrete.

Volunteers from Enniss, Inc., EnviroMINE, Inc., Robertson's Ready Mix, Valhalla High School, San Diego State University, University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors and Project Cornerstone helped visitors learn about construction aggregates and make concrete stars.

The Project Cornerstone booth was quite popular among the festival's guests.  As the event was closing, people were still asking our volunteers if they could make the "concrete stars."  Of course, no one was turned away.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.