Full STEAM ahead: Innovation Fair celebrates 'Arts in Technology'

NASA scientist, virtual reality innovator, Wente winemaker among speakers

The Innovation Fair on April 14 is equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show and community celebration and will include interactive displays. (Contributed photo)

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.

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Posted by Looks like fun, BUT there is NO "A" in STEM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2018 at 10:17 am

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

No problem with Preschools also including finger painting, crayons, and water colors,
but if this country is to increase our technical ability,
and avoid the next "Sputnik" we really need to get serious
and teach the next generation to excel at technical studies.

We nearly lost WWII, because Germany did have better Technology.

And we finally got Japan to surrender, saving probably millions of lives,
but not by using Origami, or Basket weaving.
What color should we have painted the "A" bomb?

3 people like this
Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

"STEAM", a transparent cash grab by dance and art history majors turned public school administrators and teachers via attaching themselves to subjects they couldn't survive in school.

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Posted by Livermorium
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Livermore has such garbage schools, worse than Stockton.

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