STEMmates is proud to have been a part of Australia’s first STEAM Carnival, held at Canning Showgrounds in Perth last weekend. Parents and children were out in full force, taking advantage of both the great weather and the many activities available.
STEAM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics related subjects. The event was aimed at inspiring our future inventors through technology infused games and immersive hands-on experiences. The carnival engaged the public by using technology infused games and immersive hands-on experiences that leverage people’s passion for music, fashion and games. It also had drones, lasers, wacky arcade games and a circus tent filled with performers and explosive shows. The carnival celebrated creative learning and community engagement, providing education and innovation skills while inspiring critical and creative thinking, for people of all ages and walks of life. Carnival goers also had the opportunity to listen to inspiring talks by key leaders in the STEAM field and many exhibitions by local businesses, clubs, universities and schools.
STEMmates was there, showcasing our exciting and engaging STEM-related activities. We showcased some of our kits related, including ones that will be used in our upcoming school holiday program – including forensics, electromagnets and rocketry. We also had mini demonstration sessions where kids and parents could try their hands at some of what we do in our sessions.
The fingerprinting and “blood” sampling from our Forensics course and the model rocket display from our Rocketry course were definitely favourites. People of all ages were able to contextualize the theoretical aspects of STEM into practical use.
Parents were supportive and encouraging their children, who were eagerly wanting to learn. It was gratifying and exciting to see so many people cultivating and nurturing interest in STEM subjects.
Parents were also excited to learn about our programs and the details of how they could get their children involved. Many of them registered for our next school holiday program, taking place in two venues, from the 14th to 24th of January 2019.
All in all, it was definitely a day to remember and we can’t wait for the next special STEM related carnival!
If you unfortunately missed this epic event, don’t fret! STEMmates has many hands-on and activity based courses to get your children involved in these coming school holidays. For more information, visit our programs page today!