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OC STEAM Fest Brings Explorers, Innovators, Creators to Irvine

Monday, May 06, 2019

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As part of its business and workforce development initiatives, the Greater Irvine Chamber returned as a sponsor for the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) OC STEAM Fest, along with more than 50 other booth sponsors to provide children of all ages with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive atmosphere to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

IPSF hosted more than 4,000 community members at the April 27 event at the Orange County Great Park.

This year’s event featured a new Esports Zone sponsored by Kingston Technology that brought together local school teams for a lively Esports tournament. Booth activities included LEGO Supertrack with BrainStorm STEM Education, Recycling with Waste Management, Solar Robot Creations with Altair Solar, and Robot Block Demolitions with Code Ninjas – Irvine. In addition, the crowd enjoyed live entertainment from IPSF’s Afterschool Enrichment Musical Program, a “Super Cool” science presentation from Discovery Cube, an Ice Age Show featuring Amka the Woolly Mammoth, presented by Dino Encounters, and a Japanese drumming group from University of California, Irvine.  

“The OC STEAM Fest provides the community with a fun and educational opportunity to explore interests and discover the many different kinds of STEAM-related career opportunities that are available to them, many right in our backyard,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO, Irvine Public Schools Foundation. “It’s been so exciting to bring the community together with our partners to spark students’ interest in STEAM, so they can explore and discover new passions and opportunities for their future.”

IPSF’s mission is to enrich the educational experience of each child in every school by providing programs, raising funds, and uniting the community in support of educational excellence. The event raised over $80,000 to benefit Irvine Unified School District. Since 1996, IPSF has proudly contributed over $73 million in programs and funds to support education in Irvine.

OC STEAM Fest sponsors included Kingston Technology Company, Inc., Waste Management, Code Ninjas - Irvine, Google, BrainStorm STEM Education, Altair Solar, Cox Communications, CodeREV Kids, and Microsoft at South Coast Plaza.

IPSF is a community partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.

Category: Partner News, Community News, Workforce Development

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