Families are invited to Livermore's second Innovation Fair on April 14, aimed at sparking the imagination by showing the many ways art and technology intersect in the world around us. The event is free but preregistration is encouraged, which includes being entered into free drawings.
The fair -- equally high-tech exhibition, art show and community celebration -- is designed to energize students in grades K-12 and help them make a connection among the five STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
Displays and experiments will be presented inside and outside the Bankhead Theater, highlighting innovations in robotics, 3D printing, rocketry, telepresence, remotely operated vehicles and more. There will be live music on the plaza.
"At all grade levels, students are excited by hands-on activities that challenge and inspire them to solve problems or to create new products," Livermore school superintendent Kelly Bowers said. "The Innovation Fair is a welcome community opportunity for all of our families to explore arts and technology."
Speakers are as follows:
* 11:15 a.m. -- NASA Ames Research scientist Peter Graube, who brings more than 30 years of experience working on wind tunnels, jets, centrifuges and rockets.
* 12:45 a.m. -- Jack McCauley, who was instrumental in taking the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset from prototype to reality but is equally well-known for designing the guitar and drums in the popular video game Guitar Hero.
* 1:45 p.m. -- Fifth-generation winemaker Karl Wente, who has degrees in chemical engineering, viticulture and enology, and combines current technologies with the hands-on traditions of his winemaking family.
Admission to the speakers is also free but on a first-come, first-served basis limited to space available.
Last year, more than 1,000 students attended the Innovation Fair as well as family members and friends. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore, presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, with sponsors Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC, Topcon Positioning Systems, Sandia National Laboratories and Cisco Systems.
To register, visit www.lvpac.org/education.