Hologic Inc. shows children their DNA at the 2017 festival. Photo by Chris Stone

One of the largest science festivals in the United States is coming to Petco Park on Saturday for the 10th year in a row.

More than 26,000 people are expected to attend the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering to experience hands-on exhibits that include the Air Force’s Rapid Strike Simulator, the Curiosity Cube inside a shipping container, science demonstrations on two main stages, and numerous display booths.

The festival is designed to encourage and engage children and adults in science, technology, engineering and math education — better known as STEM — and to increase the San Diego region’s reputation for being a leader in the science industry.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available at numerous lots in the East Village. Food is available for purchase.

The expo is the beginning of a week-long series of events presented by the Illumina Foundation and the Biocom Institute.

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Chris Jennewein

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