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Circus gets high-tech reimagining to engage kids in science and maths

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The STEAM Carnival wants to get kids interested in STEM subjects by updating the circus with tech and gadgets.


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Kid’s aren’t happy unless they’re having fun, and fun can sometimes be sadly missing when it comes to learning. Educational games like MELTDOWN have shown how important subjects can be engaging for children, and now the STEAM Carnival wants to get kids interested in science and maths by updating the circus with tech and gadgets.

The brainchild of inventor and entertainer Eric Gradman and engineer and entrepreneur Brent Bushnell – whose father Nolan Bushnell co-founded Atari – the aim of the STEAM Carnival is to create a travelling event in the vein of traditional carnivals, but with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The event will provide a number of traditional challenges with a tech twist – milk bottle hoopla with pyrotechnics, gesture controlled claw crane games, and robot battles. As well as having fun with the technology on display, kids can take home kits which will show them how to recreate their own projects at home. The following video explains more about the carnival:

The STEAM Carnival recently reached it funding target on Kickstarter and hopes to launch in Los Angeles and San Francisco next spring. How else can educational aspects be added to fun events?

Spotted by: Murray Orange



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