Lindsay Lawlor with "Russell," his electric giraffe, outside the Fleet Science Center. Photo by Chris Jenneein
Lindsay Lawlor with “Russell,” his electric giraffe, outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Balboa Park‘s museums will explore the intersection of art and science Sunday with the park-wide STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math — day for families.

The event is designed to showcase the growing “maker culture” in America, a modern do-it-yourself movement that embraces technology and artistry.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the park’s institutions will present hands-on activities ranging from Russell the electric giraffe outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to aerial done photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts to paper airplane classes at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

The San Diego Automotive Museum will show off electric-car conversions and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum will teach principles of electricity and display solar-powered trains.

Every institution is participating, and a number of local companies and organizations will have booths outside the visitors center.

The event is free for children 12 and under with an adult who pays for museum admission.

The Balboa Park event helps kickoff the week-long San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, which culminates March 21 with an expo at Petco Park.

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Chris Jennewein

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