April 30, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted over 4,000 community members at its annual OC STEAM Fest at the Orange County Great Park. Over 50 booth sponsors provided 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).

This year’s event featured a new Esports Zone sponsored by Kingston Technology that brought together local school teams for a lively Esports tournament. Other 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 talented Japanese drumming group from UCI.

“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 of 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.

This year’s event 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.