Who knew owl "poop" could teach kids about science!
from Washington Elementary used the scientific method to help San Diego
Festival for Science and Engineering EXPO guests understand the diet,
habitat and ecosystem of barn owls. Kids and parents will have the
opportunity to dissect and analyze owl pellets. They also compared and
contrasted the skeleton of the barn owl to those of rodents, shrews,
moles and other birds, expanding their learning at a higher level.
Washington experiment was one of the the San Diego Festival of Science
and Engineering winners of the Bright Ideas Society award. Sponsored by
the Kimmich Educational Foundation at the San Diego Foundation, the
award was presented to one outstanding science and engineering club at
the elementary, middle and high school level for their illuminating
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) ideas. Under the
direction of their advisor, the students produced an interactive exhibit
to share their findings with more than 25,000 EXPO DAY attendees from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at PETCO Park in downtown San
"We are fortunate to have a number of K-12 schools in San
Diego County involved in STEM education, which means a brighter future
for all of us," says Sara Pagano, managing director, San Diego Festival
of Science & Engineering. "The selection of the winners was a very
competitive process. Applications were initially reviewed by our
education committee and then the top entries were sent to the Kimmich
Educational Foundation whose members further reviewed the applications
and selected the top three."
A program of the Biocom Institute,
the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering presented by Illumina,
aims to encourage and get kids excited about science and related fields
so they might one day aspire to be tomorrow's STEM innovators. More
than 55,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators and community members
are expected to participate in the week-long event and EXPO Day. Several
features and events are scheduled, designed to shine the light on how
STEM makes an impact in our everyday lives.