“The OC STEAM Fest provides students 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,” says Neda Eaton, president and CEO of IPSF.
There were some 50 booths offering activities that included a “work and learn” virtual reality station by presenting sponsor EON Reality and a life size human foosball by Waste Management. Live entertainment and innovative demonstrations were part of the event as well, including a robotics competition between IUSD middle schools refereed by John Remar of Discovery Channel’s BattleBots.
“Over the past 21 years, IPSF has proudly contributed over $68 million in programs and funds to support education in Irvine,” Eaton says. “It’s been so much fun to bring the community together with our partners and celebrate educational excellence for all children in Orange County.”
IPSF provides millions of dollars in funding to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) each year to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, small-group learning, afterschool and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for mental-health initiatives, athletic trainers and school nurses. For more information, visit ipsf.net.