The "high impact, high voltage" STEAM Carnival is coming to Pier 48 at AT&T Park next month to help inspire creative thinkers and energize kids about engineering-related learning. The high-tech event comes to the Bay Area following its inaugural year in Los Angeles, where it drew over 13,000 attendees, with explosive ideas presented in a circus-like environment.
The Founders of Two Bit Circus, the group behind the STEAM Carnival, spoke during a TEDx talk on their inspiration to ensure that art gets included in STEM education, and that technology and creativity must go together or else students will continue to be uninspired. STEM has a branding problem, they claim, but if the approach to kids is through creativity and "whimsical inventions" first, with engineering brought in second, the reception is much better. Thus, the electric STEAM Carnival was born.
All ages are welcome to experience the interactive carnival that makes science fun. The three-day event includes high-tech games, build zones, stage shows, lab demos, artists, and more. Best of all: we'll be there! We'll have a Galileo booth showcasing work from our campers, including video games that can be tested, along with camp slide shows and giveaways where some lucky participants will win $100 off one week of camp!
The STEAM Carnival has teamed up with the Bay Area Science Festival on educational programming for the event. The Saturday of the carnival coincides with the fifth annual Bay Area Science Festival's Discovery Day, which is held inside AT&T Park, a two-minute walk from the STEAM Carnival location on the pier.
The carnival runs Nov. 6-8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for kids (those under ages 3 are free), but early bird pricing provides a discount if purchased before Oct. 31. Admission to the Discovery Day activities on Nov. 7 is free.