Tuesday April 18, 2023 | San Diego Convention Center

X-STEM San Diego

Plan a Field Trip That Will Ignite Your Students' Curiosity About STEM
Emcee Maynard Okereke
"Hip Hop M.D."

What to Expect at X-STEM

X-STEM San Diego is a FREE in-person CONFERENCE-STYLE event for middle and high school students designed to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Attendees will be inspired by presentations from leading STEM role models, participate in Q&A sessions, learn by doing in hands-on workshops, interact with students from all over the county, and have fun while learning about exciting career opportunities in STEM!

X-STEM San Diego is presented by the U.S. Space Force.  Workshops are sponsored by General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation, General Dynamics NASSCO, and the U.S. Air Force.

Registered attendees and school groups attending for the full day* will be assigned to:
– ONE session participating in a hands-on workshop**
– TWO sessions seated in the main stage area to view speaker presentations and participate in Q&A sessions (each session will feature up to 2 speakers)

*We understand that sometimes schools need to leave the event early. Due to limited seating, we will try our best but cannot guarantee early departing or late arriving schools seats in a hands-on workshop.
**Due to limited seating, we are unable to take requests for specific speakers or workshops.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023  |  9:30am to 2:00 pm PT  |  San Diego Convention Center

Emcee Maynard Okereke
"Hip Hop M.D."
Presented by


Middle and High School Students in grades 6-12


Free in-person conference featuring presentations and hands-on workshops given by STEM role models


Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 9:30am to 2pm, at the San Diego Convention Center

Speakers & Workshop Presenters
Polar Biologist and Expedition Guide

Allison Cusick

Hear from this oceanographer, biologist, and adventurer about her work to understand the Antarctic ecosystem starting at the first layer of life – phytoplankton.

Cloud Security Engineer

Caitlin Delmore

She’s a cybersecurity leader who is passionate about supporting, mentoring, and encouraging others into STEM!

Molecular Biologist and Science Artist

Dr. Beata Mierzwa

Hear from this molecular biologist using art as a tool to communicate her research and get people excited about STEM!


Roy Moye III

Get inspired by this engineer and grammy nominated musical artist!  Hear about his personal journey to become an aerospace engineer and sing along to his STEM-inspired tunes.


John P. Smith

Learn from this Director of Engineering and Projects at General Atomics how energy sources, like fusion, can help combat climate change.


Lt. Col. Marcus Stevenson

As Commander of the 333rd Recruiting Squadron at Patrick AFB in Florida, he is responsible for eight flights and approximately 105 military and civilian personnel throughout central and southern Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, covering an area of 36,000 square miles.


Meddling in Matter & Magnetism - Sometimes a Repulsive Adventure!

Join us and build a small electromagnet that uses different core materials to produce different magnetic strengths.  Learn about magnetic materials – what works, and what doesn’t in making an electromagnet. Find out where in your universe magnetic fields hang out. And see a unique demonstration using magnetics fields to launch normally non-magnetic items.


The Art of Ship Design and Shipbuilding

Join the General Dynamics NASSCO San Diego based Naval Architects and Engineers to learn about the art of ship design and shipbuilding. Students will work as a group of engineers/planners/builders to learn about fundamentals of engineering used in ship design and experience the various steps involved in modern ship design and construction by designing and building small cargo carrying vessels and measuring their performance. The groups will get the chance to compete against each other to build the most efficient (and good looking!) cargo carrying vessels.


Edwards Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight

Learn how science and technology work to protect the U.S. Air Force in their dangerous job to keep our country safe. Check out a live demo of robots, bomb suits, and more!


Evidence Advocates: Leveraging Technology and Forensic Science

Join the San Diego Sheriff’s Department as we solve a Whodunnit using forensics and technology! You will assist the Sheriff’s Department using radio technology, DNA, fingerprinting, and various other forensics and technology to solve a crime committed.


Bouncy Balls

Join CREATE at UC San Diego to learn about chemistry and exothermic reactions while you make your own bouncy ball!

What People Are Saying

Last year, nearly 2000 students, teachers, and parents from Oceanside to San Ysidro attended X-STEM San Diego.  Check out the 2022 recap report and photo album to see what X-STEM San Diego is all about.

The X-STEM Conference gave my students a chance to experience different techniques in Science and Engineering that they might not normally have had the chance to do.  It was a great experience for my high school freshmen.  They walked away with so many new ideas!
Educator from High Tech High Media Arts, 2022 X-STEM San Diego Attendee

I really enjoyed learning more about STEM. I never actually knew about what it was and what people in that field do, getting insight really helped me understand… it was an unforgettable experience. I definitely plan on going again if I have the opportunity to.
Student from King Chavez Community High School, 2022 X-STEM San Diego Attendee

I took my 15 year old daughter to this conference. She loves math but doesn’t know what career she wants to do with it. She loved all of the presenters and the practical things that they shared. She got to talk to people that were interested in math and they gave her ideas of how to pursue math in the future. Also, the content connected well with the topics that she has been learning about in high school.
Parent from Chula Vista Hills, 2022 X-STEM San Diego Attendee

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