Los Angeles’ 2nd through 8th grade Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians are coming together for STAR Education’s 2nd S.T.E.A.M.Topia experience! On Saturday, March 9th, from 8:30am to 2:30pm, curious young minds from all over Los Angeles County are invited to learn, experiment and explore at the STAR Resource Station (10117 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City CA 90232) for a one-of-a-kind festival of the mind focused on the S.T.E.A.M. disciplines.
Elementary and middle school children will test their engineering abilities by designing the car of the future, discover the math behind wilderness survival skills, explore the technology behind artificial intelligence through Turing tests, and participate in many more unique, hands-on workshops! These labs are designed to show how S.T.E.A.M. disciplines work together to illuminate principles behind fascinating phenomena in the human experience, and how S.T.E.A.M. subjects are easily applicable in the real world. S.T.E.A.M. labs are open to the public. Students from the STAR LEGO© Robotics program will also compete in the Battle of the Brains! Battle of the Brains is an opportunity for students to battle their Mindstorm sumo-bots that they have spent 12 weeks designing, building, and programming using mechanical engineering, computer programming, special reasoning, teamwork, aesthetic and functional design and other S.T.E.A.M. based skills.
The action doesn’t stop there – students will also have the opportunity to ride a real hovercraft, get transported to another world through 3-D sidewalk art, build at the LEGO© booth, put on a sumo suit to explore the physics behind sumo-wrestling, engage in interactive technology exhibits, and much more!
The STAR S.T.E.A.M. Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) has introduced thousands of students to cutting edge and innovative programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. S.T.E.A.M. utilizes specialized, multidisciplinary curricula propelled by problem solving, discovery, and exploratory learning, which encourage students to actively engage in a situation in order to find its solution. STAR S.T.E.A.M. programs aim to engage students to solve real world challenges and ignite their interest in college and future careers. S.T.E.A.M.topia is part of STAR Education’s initiative to support the growing trend in education to stress practical, hands-on, and innovative curricula. STAR is an active member of the S.T.E.M. Education Coalition and is at the forefront of promoting S.T.E.A.M. programs in California.
STAR Education is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization committed to helping students reach their full potential by offering affordable extended academic, recreational and enrichment programs; supporting and enhancing school curricula; inspiring student achievement; and expanding the cultural base of young people. For 25 years, STAR has partnered with schools throughout California to involve students in our innovative, quality programs taught by exceptional, highly-trained instructors.