Steam Day



Every year, the San Diego State University Institute for Transformative Education hosts a day of hands-on learning at STEAM Day. In November, high school students from across the San Diego region participate in workshops hosted by local engineers, scientists, and educators. During this event, students engage in exciting experiments, observe scientific phenomena, and explore a variety of potential careers in STEAM.

STEM Day is a collaborative effort between ITE staff, SDSU students and faculty, and local community organizations. Our goal is to share the power of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics with high school students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in STEAM and higher education.

Frequently Asked Questions

We want to make sure you have the best experience!

Please refer to our general agenda. When you arrive to campus, each chaperone will receive a school-specific agenda containing workshop and lunch information.

Castle Park 8:30 AM
Montgomery 7:45 AM
Southwest 8:00 AM
El Cajon Valley 8:20 AM
Mount Miguel  7:50 AM
Crawford 8:15 AM
Hoover 8:10 AM
Lincoln 9:15 AM
Morse  8:00 AM
O'Farrell High 8:15 AM

*Note: if your school is highlighted with red, all students and chaperones must complete an additional form to ride the bus. This is a requirement by the SDSU Research Foundation. Click on the links to download a copy.

Your school will be assigned to two workshops that you’ll attend with your teacher chaperone. Your group will know which workshops you’ll attend on the day of the event.

No, you will need to stay with your group at all times.

Yes, students and chaperones will have the opportunity to eat lunch in the dining hall. We will divide lunch into two groups. One group will go to lunch and then a campus tour, and the other group will go to a campus tour first and then lunch. 

All the schools will gather in the Aztec Student Union Theater (on the second floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union).

  • Respect the spaces we're invited into
  • Wear close-toed shoes
  • Cell phones should be on silent and put away - unless you're taking photos for the contest!
  • Follow all staff and chaperone instructions
  • Wear sunscreen
  • A lot of the equipment is fragile - only touch what you are told is ok
  • Keep track of all your belongings!


All the sessions will end at 2:00 pm, we will start heading to the bus pick-up location at 2:00 pm-2:15 pm

Absolutely! Take as many pictures or videos as you’d like to remember the topics and organizations you learn about! 

During the event, our pre-college programs will talk about the opportunity to join our Upward Bound and Talent Search programs.