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A Weekend of STEAM

This weekend is filled with some great STEAM/STEM events. A few days ago, I shared Imaginology, a STEAM event that takes at the OC Fair Grounds. It’s a fantastic event that we’ve been a attending for a few years now. Today, I’m sharing two more great STEAM/STEM events.

All of these events take place this weekend. Get your little STEMists to one of these fun filled events.

*City of STEM – Columbia Memorial Space Center*

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Are you ready for a day of Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology? Join Columbia Memorial Space Center for their 3rd annual City of STEM event.

This FREE event brings together hands-on activities and nearly two dozen science partners to the Space Center like: SpaceX, Natural History Museum, Aquarium of the Pacific, LA Zoo, and much more!

All are welcomed and are sure to enjoy this event. There will be food trucks on site like: My Delight Cupcakery, Romolo’s Italian Cuisine and TNB Food Truck.

  • When: Saturday, April 22nd 10am-5pm.

  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242

  • Cost: FREE

*IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & The STEAM Carnival – O.C. Great Park*

IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & STEAM Carnival. Come celebrate Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 20th anniversary at the Birthday Bash featuring the 3rd annual STEAM Carnival! Join in on an afternoon of STEAM-inspired games and activities, live music and local food trucks!

HANDS ON FUN!  A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).


  • Cox “IP Packet” Derby Racer
  • Planet Ring Toss
  • Microsoft Coding
  • Virtual Reality Experience
  • Human Foosball
  • LEGO Car Build and 35′ Supertrack
  • Live Animals
  • Puzzle Cubes
  • Photography Wheel
  • US Army Physical Fitness Challenge
  • LA Galaxy Soccer Demo
  • Basketball and Football Inflatables
  • Soccer Tennis Skills Challenge
  • Nail Painting by Polished Perfect
  • And Much More!

Check out the video below of last year’s event!

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 2:00pm  – 7:00pm

  • Where: Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618

  • Cost: General Admission $5.00, If you wear any IPSF t-shirt, you’ll get FREE admission! Children 3 years old and under are free. VIP tickets also available. To purchase tickets click here.


City of STEM Festival

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Image Courtesy of Columbiaspacescience.org

Celebrate Science,Technology Engineering & Math at the week long City of STEM Science Festival. The Festival begins Monday, March 28, 2016 and runs through Saturday, April 2, 2016. The week is filled with fun events for both kids and adults. events will be hosted everyday at different locations at Columbia Memorial Space Center and other locations within the community.

In addition to a special event taking place every day of the week. Admission to the Columbia Memorial Space Center and every event will be FREE  from Tuesday, March29th through Saturday, April 2nd.  

Monday, March 28th – Dinner for former employees of the aerospace plants that were here in Downey. Reservations required.

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Image courtesy of Columbiasspacescience.org

Tuesday, March 29th 7:00pm – Pub Science at the Downey Brewing Company. Join us as we discuss the science of brewing beer with Lagunitas Brewing Co, and talk about Planetary Science and the possible 9th planet with one of the two Cal Tech scientists who discovered it, Konstantin Batygin.

Wednesday, March 30th – Cosmic Carnival here at the CMSC. Join us this day as we host special Spanish speaking tours and activities.

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Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org

Thursday, March 31st 5:30pm –Girls in STEM Summit at the CMSC. We will be hosting speakers from several organizations (JPL, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, Herpatology Society) as we discuss girls in STEM fields and hear their personal stories. We’ll also have really fun and engaging activities as well! This is being put on by our very own Girls in STEM Club.

Friday, April 1st – Cosmic-Palooza   Spend your Friday night in our back amphitheater as we’ll have great science themed live music! The convert begins at 6:00pm.

Image courtesy columbiaspacescience.org
Image courtesy columbiaspacescience.org

Saturday, April 2nd 10:00am-5:00pm – BIG Science Fest at the CMSC. Stop by and join us for LA’s biggest Science Festival! Admission will be FREE all day. Food trucks, special activities, rocket launches — this will be a great way to spend a Saturday with the family!

Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242


Girls in STEM

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Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org

Columbia Memorial Space Center is getting ready to celebrate their annual Girls in STEM Summit!

Come meet members from the 1st Girls in STEM Club of the CMSC along with professionals within the STEM field. Bring your girls out for a night full of fun activities including a Robotics Lab and 3D printing demonstrations. There will be special guest speakers from Boeing, JPL, Cerritios College Women’s STEM Club and more.


Girls in STEM


Something very exciting is taking place over at the Columbia Memorial Space Center! The Columbia Memorial Space Center has recently launched “Girls in STEM” an out-of-school science club that will brings interactive and hands-on experiences in STEM to young girls within the community.

Girls are encouraged to explore and test their own ideas as well as careers in STEM. Joining and attending the Girls in STEM Club is absolutley FREE!

The club is best suited for girls ages 8 and up. In additon to the club meetups, normally held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, the girls also have outings such as a recent trip to JPL. Any money needed for outings or materials can be earned through various fund raising events. This is a great opportunity for our girls!

This months meeting the girls will be putting together a temporary exhibit for the CMSC’s commemoration event.

  • When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE

Junior Explorers Academy

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I was excited to see that in addition to Columbia Memorial Space Center hosting their monthly “Young Explorers Academy” they are now also hosting Junior Explorers Academy! 

Junior Explorers Academy is a monthly workshop for children aged 6-8.  Different science topics will be covered each month, providing children with opportunities to explore and experiment  through hands-on activities that will stimulate their natural curiosity of the world around them.

This months topic is “How the Solar System Began”. Come journey back to a time completely unimaginable, as they introduce the formation of our solar system from clouds of gas and dust creating nebulas, a first-hand introduction of the coming together of matter known as accretion, and finishing off with a homemade comet.

There are 3 ways to register: Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm OR register online through ActiveNet or register in-person.

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:00am – 11:30am 
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $12 is per guardian and child pair (includes all day admission to the CMSC) or $7 for CMSC members. Guardian participation is required. Pre- registration is suggested as seats and supplies are limited.