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.

Robertson's Ready Mix Pours Concrete for Local Hotel

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Robertson's Ready Mix, a family owned and operated ready mix company serving Southern California, was seen pouring concrete at a Mission Valley hotel on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Did you know?

  • Thomas Edison was the first to contract and live in a precast concrete home.
  • Over 70% of the world’s population lives in a structure that contains concrete.
  • Concrete gets stronger as it gets older!

Source: ConcreteHelper

Robertson's Ready Mix Concrete Mixer delivering concrete to a Mission Valley hotel. Photo by Crystal Howard.

Robertson's Ready Mix Concrete Mixer delivering concrete to a Mission Valley hotel. Photo by Crystal Howard.

Local Construction Aggregates Build New YMCA Facility

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Robertson's, a San Diego construction aggregate producer, was seen pouring concrete for the new Copley-Price Family YMCA in the Mid City community of San Diego.  The facility is scheduled to open in January 2015.

Photos by Crystal Howard

Facility Specs:

  • Aquatics Center: One indoor and one outdoor lap and competition pool with splash pad
  • 7,500 square foot fitness center with cross-training and free weights
  • Three group exercise studios with one dedicated to studio cycling
  • Teen Center
  • Community Meeting Room
  • Soccer Arena
  • Gymnasium with a full size basketball court
  • Family Picnic Area
  • Demonstration Kitchen
  • Social Lobby
  • Computer Lab
  • School-age child care center
  • Preschool
  • On-site, enclosed parking garage with 300 parking spaced and room dedicated for bicycles.
  • The new Y will be a "Silver LEED" certified facility.

Facility information courtesy of Copley-Price Family YMCA.

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