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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*

Image courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org

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

Image Courtesy of Columbiaspacescience.org
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.

Image courtesy of Columbiasspacescience.org
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.

Image Courtesy of columbiaspacescience.org
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


City of STEM Science Festival

City of STEM is a week long event sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne, Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with fun events for both kids and adults. For the week of April 6 through 11, 2015, events will be hosted everyday during that week at different locations around Columbia Memorial Space Center and the community.Image from columbiaspacescience

Image from columbiaspacescience

On Saturday, April 11th, be ready for a BIG Science Fest at the CMSC which will feature activities, classes, presentations, vendors, food, live music, and more!

Admission to the Columbia Memorial Space Center and every event will be FREE all week long.  Normal CMSC hours still apply.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, April 6 – Aerospace History Honorary Luncheon (By Invitation Only) 11:30am – 1:00pm at Barbara J. Riley Center   7810 Quill Dr, Downey, CA 90242

Celebrate the achievements of Downey’s aerospace history with a special lunch for the retirees who made it happen!

Tuesday, April 7 – Pub Science (Adults STEM Event) 7:00 – 9:00pm at Downey Brewing Company    10924 Paramount Blvd, Downey, CA 90241. Adults!  Join Star Trek science advisor Andre Bormanis in a relaxed conversation about what’s up in science! Trivia games and other specials will be offered. Adults 21 and over only.

Wednesday, April 8 – Cosmic Car Classic 6:00 – 9:00pm at Bob’s Big Boy   7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241. Check out cars of the “Space Age” and the future with cool demos and fun activities for the whole family!

Thursday, April 9 – Girls in STEM 5:00 – 7:30pm at Downey City Library   11121 Brookshire Avenue Downey, CA 90241. Professional women in science will connect with local girls to promote STEM careers while those young women demonstrate their latest science projects to the public.

Friday, April 10 – Sci-Fi Movie Night Starts at 7:00pm at Columbia Memorial Space Center   12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California, 90242. Bring the family to enjoy a sci-fi movie and hear from a scientist about what’s real and what’s pretend science in the film. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs!

Saturday, April 11 – BIG Science Fest! Columbia Memorial Space Center    12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California, 90242. The entire community is invited to come out and celebrate STEM with some awesome activities, presentations, rocket launches, food trucks, and live music — all for FREE!

*If needed, a shuttle will be available to take you from Downtown Downey to the Space Center.