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STEAMfest: Building a Love of Learning Through STEAM

**POSTPONED – New Date TBD**

On a Saturday in January, Tampa Bay families can participate in family-friendly activities centered on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) when the sixth annual St. Pete STEAMfest takes place (POSTPONED – New Date TBD) at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg. Shorecrest, a preschool-12th grade independent school in St. Pete, has sponsored and hosted the event since its inception in 2016.

“STEAM subjects and projects are a part of what we do every day at Shorecrest,” says Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology and STEAMfest Committee Chair. “We launched STEAMfest as an outlet for sharing this kind of engaging, experiential learning with the greater community.”

Steamfest

The community has embraced STEAMfest, drawing families from all over the Tampa Bay Area as well as community partners from other educational organizations. STEAMfest 2020 welcomed exhibitions from Busch Gardens, Great Explorations, The James Museum, Imagine Museum, The Wonder Studio and iD Tech Camps—to name a few. Children excitedly engaged in each learning activity, breaking only to get snacks from one of the food trucks on site.

St. Petersburg dad Matt Gowens brought his 4-year-old son to STEAMfest for the second consecutive year. “I work in technology and it’s fun to be able to take a step back from being so in the weeds and so in the details and see that kids are actually putting these things to practical uses and doing the things that you do in your job,” Gowens says.

The 2020 festival featured 35+ booths for children in preschool through eighth grade, including robotics demonstrations, arts and crafts, design and engineering challenges, mad scientist games and coding apps. After a hiatus in 2021 due to COVID-19, STEAMfest is back in January 2022. The event will be held outdoors and feature a dedicated area for younger children ages 3-6, led by faculty of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, the 3, 4, and 5-year-old program at Shorecrest, and educators from The Wonder Studio, a local, play-based, multi-sensory program for toddlers and their caregivers.

STEAMfest 2022 is **POSTPONED – New Date TBD**
To learn more or to register, visit www.stpetesteamfest.com.


*Presented by the Shorecrest Preparatory School | Originally Published in January 2022

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