Rocky Mountain STEAM Festival Coming to Boulder County Fairgrounds

The Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest is a two-day, jam-packed celebration of all things STEAM coming to the Boulder County Fairgrounds Sept. 5 & 6. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Making, and the festival will feature over 100 exhibitors – everything from music to robots, drones to knitting – and lots in between.

Bring the whole family to enjoy hands-on activities and opportunities for adults and children alike. Exhibits, classes, activities, food, music, crafts, robots, Minecraft, Legos, and drones will be among the many things to do at STEAM Fest! You can touch, interact, test, experiment, and even take some creations home!

BREAKING NEWS: It was just announced that STEAM Fest will welcome Dr. Temple Grandin on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child, however, she went on to work in psychology and animal science earning her doctorate degree. Through her work, she has designed humane systems for half of the cattle-processing facilities in the United States, serves as a top supporter for autistic communities, and became a best-selling author. In 2010, HBO released Temple Grandin, an Emmy-Award winning biopic that featured Grandin’s early life and career. Today, she is a professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University and continues to work in animal advocacy. A truly fascinating and inspiring woman – you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear her speak.

STEAM Fest will be at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. both days. Early Bird tickets are just $5/Children (ages 4-18; kids under 4 are free); $10/Adult; $28/Family Four-Pack each day – available until Aug. 15. For more information about the event, to purchase tickets, or to sponsor/volunteer/exhibit visit www.gosteamfest.com.

This year’s STEAM Fest also features three, exciting, learning opportunities at STEAM University. STEAM University includes over 50 hours of hands-on learning in three exciting and collaborative spaces. If you’re an educator of any type (classroom, online, homeschool, parent, or anyone who wants to learn more about STEAM) you will want to mark your calendar for STEAM University. Teachers can earn continuing education credit for attending sessions that include hands-on learning about everything STEAM.  The courses aren’t just for teachers – if you’re a parent or an educator of any kind, you’ll love learning more about how STEM/STEAM education is changing.

STEAM University learning spaces include:

  • Tab Lab – sponsored by the World Leadership School and featuring their incredible electronic learning lab
  • STEAM Workshop — round tables and collaboration classroom for workshop-style, hands-on learning
  • STEAM Speaks! – classroom style experiential learning from thought-leading STEAM presenters

STEAM University also has the dynamic and interactive Maker Magic Classroom – a workshop-style classroom located in the Main Exhibit Hall. This classroom has rectangular tables and seats up to 30 learners.  The MMC is where you learn everything from crochet to maximizing your Google search terms.  Just like STEAM University classrooms, MMC is open to the public – it’s unique however in that these classes are oriented towards learning to make stuff — arts and crafts, code, robots, and more.

Are you a teacher who has a great story to tell about how you brought hands-on learning to life, or are you on a mission to help others educate more effectively? STEAM University is looking for dynamic presenters, so make sure to complete an application to present today!

Your STEAM Fest ticket includes free access to all STEAM University courses. To learn more about STEAM University, click here.

Come explore STEAM Fest over Labor Day weekend, and learn, build, and create with your family. To learn more about STEAM Fest, click here.

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