San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Project Cornerstone participated in the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day at PETCO Park in Downtown San Diego, CA.

By the end of the festival, Project Cornerstone reached about 1,275 people (including 850 children who made concrete stars and about 425 adults)!  That averages out to be 121 concrete stars every hour!

Visitors to the booth learned about the importance of local construction aggregates and the science behind concrete.

One visitor said his daughter made a concrete star at last year's festival and she insisted they visit Project Cornerstone's booth first, this year.

While mixing the concrete, a young boy exclaimed, "this is so FUN!"

Thank you to all the volunteers that made the festival a success: Crystal Howard, Alyssa Burley, Jamie Metivier, Dionna Odom, James DeCarolis, Kelly Kufa, Milena Kufa, Alexa Fuka, Colton, Cassandra Rodrigue, Alex Sherman, Nick Burley, and Craig de la Torre!

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(Above) Fifteen minutes before the close of the festival, Project Cornerstone's booth is packed while many of the other booths (shown in the background) have already packed up and left. Click the image to view a larger version of this photo.

Photos by Alyssa Burley

Photos by Alyssa Burley

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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.

Project Cornerstone Celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Month!

March is STEM month!  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  STEM programs are popping up all over the country to inspire students to go into STEM careers.  Project Cornerstone's programs fit perfectly into STEM-focused education.  Students learn the science behind concrete, technologies used in mining construction aggregates, engineering and mathematics that are used in the industry.

To celebrate STEM month, Project Cornerstone increased its educational efforts throughout San Diego County.

Throughout the month, Project Cornerstone estimates it reached over 2,200 students and parents with positive messages about construction aggregates and the importance of having local aggregate supplies.

Activities and events included in-class programs with 210 sixth-grade students from Greenfield Middle School and 36 advanced eight-grade students from Jean Farb Middle School; 600 middle and high school students at Career Day from Campo Middle School, Pine Valley Middle School, Portrero Elementary and Mountain Empire High School; field trips with 180 sixth-grade students from Cajon Valley Middle School; and over 1200 students and parents who participated in our booth at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day at PETCO Park.