A volunteer shares the excitement of science at the 2014 festival. Courtesy San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering will come to an end Saturday following a free expo at Petco Park with dozens of hands-on activities including an attempt to break a world record for the largest HTML coding event.

Around 130 local businesses, corporations and organizations will showcase science, technology, engineering and math from Southern California from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is part of the weeklong festival designed to inspire kids to study or pursue careers in STEM-related industries.

At 1 p.m., organizers will attempt to gather 10,000 HTML coders as young as age 5 at the Padres Dugout Stage to break a Guinness World Record for the largest HTML coding event in one place. The current record is 2,000 people, organizers said.

Several local elected officials are scheduled to attend including Rep. Susan Davis, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, county Supervisor Dave Roberts and San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner.

“What a great way to promote STEM and STEAM education in San Diego and get our children interested in science and engineering,” Lightner said.

The festival, which organizers said could draw 65,000 visitors by the end of the weekend, included events around San Diego County. It began one week ago with a “Science and Engineering Sampler” at San Diego State University; a “Science Fun Event for Kids 9 to 99” event at Miramar College; and “Super STEM Saturday” at California State University, San Marcos.

Festival events throughout the week included a mock crime scene investigation with the Escondido Police Department, ocean exploration at the Birch Aquarium, tours of the Taylor Guitar Factory, an aviation day at Gillespie Field and a lesson about computers in mathematics.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

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