Illumina’s booth at the 2014 science festival. Photo courtesy Illumina

Illumina, a leading maker of gene-sequencing systems, has signed up to sponsor the 2015 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering in March.

The event is designed to encourage K-12 students to pursue learning and ultimately careers in the “STEM” disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math.

“Illumina is proud to again support the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering,” said Karen Possemato, chief of staff for Illumina. “We hope that this program inspires tomorrow’s leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math to pursue careers in these rewarding fields.”

The festival, scheduled for March 14-21, encompasses six days of learning activities followed by a daylong expo at Petco Park. For the expo on Saturday, March 21, more than 130 local businesses, corporations and organizations will gather to provide interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities.

All events during the festival are free and open tor the public.

In 2014, more than 60,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members participated throughout the week, plus an additional 24,000 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts attended the expo.

“The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is very proud to have Illumina on board as our 2015 presenting sponsor,” says Sara Pagano, managing director of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering.

“Not only are they making impact on a global scale, but recently announced their employee expansion here in San Diego which will support growth within the local economy. It is sponsors like Illumina that help bring the true passion of the industry into the eyes and hearts of our attendees.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.