Chair Notes – March 2023

Dear esteemed members,

I hope you spent these cold February days with someone special and were able to attend our last event, which was a perfect date night activity. My gratitude to Robyn and Victor Araiza, who delivered a stellar presentation for “Now You’re Cooking with Chemistry!.” Robyn and Victor showed our community how to make the best Rocky Road smores ever, while peppering in some fun chemistry facts about marshmallows and chocolate! I was very humbled by the positive feedback we received. We learned that this type of programming has a lot of untapped potential. Robyn and I have already started brainstorming about our next installment of “Now You’re Cooking with Chemistry!”. To view a recording of February’s cooking lesson, click here. I would also like to acknowledge the National ACS Innovative Project Grant program. They provided the funding which made the event possible. 

Do you have a budding scientist or engineer at home? Are you looking for a fun and educational family event? Why not come out to Super STEM Saturday? On Saturday, March 11, Cal State San Marcos will host this yearly event. Our Local Section’s Student Affiliate Chapters and other STEM-themed organizations will be running activity booths and exhibits. Super STEM Saturday will run from 10 AM to 4 PM. Parking is free in Lots E, F, and H. I will be there helping with my students. I hope to see you there! 

In addition to Super STEM Saturday, another great event for science fans of all ages is happening at Petco Park on March 4. For the first time since 2020, The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is back in-person! This event will run from 10 AM to 5 PM. For details, click here.

Did you know that since 1955, the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF) has provided an inspiring experience for high school students from the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions? The GSDSEF challenges students to do independent research and devise innovative solutions to a variety of scientific and engineering problems. This year, many of our Local Section members have graciously volunteered to donate their time to be judges. Their experiences and feedback can leave an indelible impression on these young men and women that can steer them as they start their STEM journeys.  

I wish you and your loved ones a prosperous and educational month of March.

With gratitude,

Juan Gonzalez