STEAM Fest Offers Variety of Workshops

For the second year, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is teaming with the Livermore Valley Unified School District to offer STEAM Fest, for students in grades K-10 linking Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics curriculum in fun and engaging ways.

The event includes a variety of workshops covering topics from robotics to the science of drawing. Held this year at Marylin Avenue Elementary School, STEAM Fest will take place Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is open to the community. Cost is $15 per student per session.

Six hands-on sessions featuring state-of-the-art technology will be offered with such titles as “Defeat the Zombie with Java” and “Star Wars: The Program Awakens,” which uses the Tickle App on Apple iPhones. Other workshops cover the science of drawing, circuit art, NAO Robots, and Python.

“Art, the ‘A’ in STEAM, is a vital element in providing a holistic curriculum for students in the 21st century and beyond,” said Kiran Guleria, Education Program Manager for LVPAC. “STEAM programs are changing the landscape of the classroom for today’s students. It has always been part of LVPAC’s mission to share the arts with students in our community and to help connect the element of artistic creativity to the rest of their learning experience. STEAM Fest is one of the many ways we do that throughout the year.”

The two-hour STEAM Fest workshops will be led by teachers from Devoxx4Kids whose founder, Arun Gupta, is especially enthusiastic about partnering with LVPAC for this event. Gupta echoes Guleria’s comments, “These workshops expose students to the choices available in the field of technology and can spark an interest, inspiring them to pursue a career in this field. It is our passion at Devoxx4Kids to keep the Bay Area competitive by getting the next generation ready to be producers than just consumers of technology.”

Produced by LVPAC with support from LVUSD, the event has also received a grant from the Hindu Community and Cultural Center, Shiva Hindu Temple, as well as a sponsorship from Trivalleycoderdojo to provide use of laptop computers and other technology for use during workshops.

For more information or to register for STEAM Fest, visit or contact Kiran Guleria at or at 925-583-2312. Cost is $15 per session. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualifying students.

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About Daniel De Luca

Worldwide manager of the Devoxx4Kids Initiative, co-organizer of Devoxx4Kids in Belgium, Steering member of Devoxx (BE), Steering Member of BeJUG, JavaSE/EE Developer, Architect, Freelance. @danieldeluca