The San Diego Science Alliance is looking for local science organizations and high-tech businesses to exhibit at its 2013 High Tech Fair in February to encourage middle and high school students to explore STEM subjects.

The exhibits should include hands-on or interactive features to inspire the students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, aka STEM.

“The fair is an opportunity for organizations and businesses to showcase their work and talk about the critical need for more engineers and scientists in a global economy,” the science alliance said in a release.

The fair, which will be held inside Wyland Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, includes a student/parent night on Tuesday, Feb. 12 that is free and open to the public. A school day event will be held the following day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year’s fair featured more than 60 exhibits; more than 3,000 students, parents and teachers attended, the science alliance said.

The High Tech Fair is organized by the science alliance, the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Unified School District.

The fee to exhibit is $600, with a discounted rate of $200 for nonprofit organizations.

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— SDBJ Staff Report