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A week-long event dedicated to inspiring tens of thousands of San Diego’s future scientists, engineers and innovators will return in March for its 10th anniversary.

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering will begin with Expo Day at Petco Park on March 3 and continue with daily events through March 11.

Backed by the Illumina Foundation and the Biocom Institute, the event is one of the largest STEM — science, technology, engineering, math — festivals in the United States.

More than 65,000 people are expected to participate. Last year, Expo Day broke attendance records, hosting 26,143 children, parents and STEM enthusiasts.

Organizers plan eight days of learning, hands-on activities, innovation, and behind-the-scenes opportunities for students in grades kindergarten through 12, as well as adults and families, to ignite their passion for STEM education. Many events are free and open to the public.

“We’re very excited for the 10th anniversary edition of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, as we celebrate the history that brought us here along with our many long-standing partners and sponsors,” said Sara Pagano, managing director of the Biocom Institute. “The week will represent a reflection into our past as well as a peak into the future of the festival for years to come over the next decade.”

Chris Jennewein

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