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MiraCosta College Holds Free STREAM Festival

This year’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Festival is Saturday, April 21, from 1–4 p.m.  Bring your family and friends for fun and free hands-on educational activities (but watch out for the SLIME) at Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Hands-on activities will be geared toward K-8th grade kids and their families.

The STREAM Festival is an annual event hosted by the MiraCosta College Service Learning & Volunteer Center. Although this is the third annual STREAM Festival, it originally started in 2005 as the Math and Science Fair. After ten years, MiraCosta decided to change the name to STREAM, because every great scientist must have a passion for reading and writing, and arts was included because science is full of creativity and artistic talent.

No registration is needed, the event is set up like an open house festival. Parking is free in any lot. Upon arrival participants will stop at the check-in by the clock tower area or “Start Here” booth. When participants check-in and complete a short survey, they get a bag for each child, a passport, and a program. As the families visit each booth with hands-on STEM activities, the kids will get their STREAM Passport stamped. When participants are leaving the festival, they’ll get a cool STREAM souvenir for showing their stamped passport, and they can participate in the “vote for your favorite STEM” activity.

This event invites local elementary and middle school kids from K-8th grade and their families, and the after-school programs and non-profit organizations that serve this age group. Last year 2,000 community kids and adults attend the STREAM Festival.