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10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE EVENT | No registration required | Rain or shine
at California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos
Map of Campus


Explore interactive demonstrations and hands-on science activities at Super STEM Saturday, including rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats and a obstacle course. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking available in Lots E, F, and H.

Super STEM Saturday is designed to expose and engage kids of all ages and their families to the diverse and exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM disciplines. The brainchild of The Classical Academies and held in partnership with CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday has grown into a popular North County event that draws over 10,000 science enthusiasts each year to the university campus.

Discover Science. Reimagine Technology. Create Engineering. Explore Math.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the fun...

Hands On Fun

  • View the surface of the sun through special filtered solar telescopes.
  • Connect to wildlife and learn about conservation.
  • Build and launch your own rocket.
  • Sit and read a book to a Love On A Leash dog and learn about how this activity encourages your brain to release oxytocin.
  • Program a Lego Mindstorm robot.
  • Step into the shoes of a doctor, nurse, or EMT and learn how to take your vital signs.
  • Geometry fun with bubbles!


  • Watch the "Better than Magic Show" with Chemistry demonstrations by CSUSM students and faculty.
  • Discover the power of static electricity in the hair-raising fun of "Electrify Me!"
  • Watch the "The Amazing World of Physics Show".
  • Visit with the Society of Physics Students and watch rocket launches every 20 minutes.
  • Learn how to use a map and compass and watch how trained search & rescue dogs work.


  • Rubik's Cube Competition: See Rubik's athletes complete the cubeā€¦ some in under a minute! (This event is only open to registered teams)
  • You Be the Chemist! Challenge: The Chemical Educational Foundation will be hosting their regional competition in the USU Ballroom at noon.  Come watch local students compete for a spot at the National Competition!

Scientist Chats

  • Meet local scientists and engineers and hear about their fascinating research.  Past topics include:
    • Get stoked about the science of surfing.
    • Learn about autonomous vehicles.
    • How awesome is it to be a nerd? (Hint: Pretty awesome!)
    • How art and engineering are used in architecture.
    • What are flying cars?!
Food Options
  • Purchase lunch or snacks from local food trucks at the event, including Yo Yo Bento, Sodexo, or Red Tail Catering.
  • Cool off with some shaved ice from Kona Ice.
  • Grab a coffee and a snack from Jazzman's Cafe in the University Student Union.
  • Guests can also bring their own lunch to campus.

Attention Girl Scouts

  • Are you a Girl Scout looking to complete requirements for your STEM-related Try-It, Badge or Journey? Visit the information booth on Kellogg Plaza for suggested activities to do at the festival that fulfill badge requirements.  Complete your requirements and earn a fun patch for the day!  Boy Scouts can fullfill requirements for the Chemistry Merit Badge and Super Science (Bear Elective Adventure) badge.  No registration required! Show up with your troop/pack or on your own to complete the activities.  **A list of this year's badge-related activities will be posted here by the first week of March.**

Questions? Contact:

Laurie Schmelzer
Director of Student Services & Planning
California State University San Marcos

CSUSM and the Classical Academies will be filming and photographing during the event. Materials gathered may appear in future promotions and marketing materials for CSUSM and the Classical Academies. If you do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please inform our crew/staff and avoid the areas in front of our cameras. By remaining in the immediate vicinity, you are giving CSUSM and the Classical Academies consent to videotape or photograph you. 

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2018 Sponsors...

Super STEM Saturday is generously sponsored by: viasat


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Event Hosts...

Inspiring and leading STEM education from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond, The Classical Academies and Cal State San Marcos work in partnership to offer this popular festival free of charge to the community each year.

The Classical Academies

California State University San Marcos

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