A new, modern take on the traveling circus, STEAM Carnival is a technological extravaganza complete with contests, prizes, tasty food, live entertainment, and a midway loaded with challenging games and physical interactive experiences. With tons of excitement for people of all ages, STEAM Carnival is the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day with friends, family, and loved ones — and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn too!
The big top arrives in Los Angeles and San Francisco next spring, with additional cities coming soon!
Our team of talented carnies is made up of artists, engineers, designers, educators, and performers. We’re passionate about bringing entertainment and education together and then watching them collide in a supernova of pure awesomeness. Having just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, we are now busy putting all our skills and talents to work, as we build out the many thrilling and unique facets of the STEAM carnival.
Come play, come learn, and come help us start a new era of applied imagination.
What is STEAM?
Significantly advancing the capabilities of Americans in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (a.k.a. STEM) is a major goal in the United States. However, as inventors and storytellers, we believe that STEM is not enough. In order to improve our nation’s competitiveness and push all human endeavor to even greater heights, one more critical ingredient needs to be added to this recipe: Art.
Thus, STEM becomes STEAM, and the story is complete.
Simply put, science is the best way to discover and pursue knowledge. It brings all the other fields together, empowers us to learn how the world works, and allows us to become better human beings.
Technology gives us the tools we need to adapt to our ever-evolving environment. By applying these tools we are able to solve more problems, work more efficiently, and live more comfortably.
Engineering is the means by which we take the knowledge gained through science and use it to create new technology. While technology represents the end result of the process, engineering represents the process itself.
Art is the secret ingredient in STEAM. It speaks to the heart as well as the brain, gives the other fields emotional resonance, and adds a dash of spontaneity for good measure.
More than just numbers, math is the hidden language of the universe, the alphabet STEAM uses to tell its story. Mastering mathematics is like developing a sixth sense and discovering a whole new way of perceiving and communicating with the world.
“Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered useless, will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.”
— John Maeda, RISD President —
Our Mentorship Program
Every kid needs a hero, and every hero needs a fan. Thanks to the many relationships we enjoy with our colleagues in the technology, science, and artistic communities, we are looking to connect tomorrow’s innovators with today’s entrepreneurs, teachers, and community leaders.
Our mentors are committed to the STEAM Carnival vision of inspiring kids to embrace the opportunities that a solid education in science, technology, engineering, art, and math can provide — because hey, who else is going to help you invent that human teleportation pod or launch that rocket ship to Mars?
If you can envision it, there’s a mentor who can help you build it, and STEAM Carnival will give you the ticket to ride.