MiraCosta College hosts the annual STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Festival Saturday, April 13, from 1–4 p.m. on the Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Each year this event draws in 2,000+ kids and their parents to engage in fun, hands-on STREAM activities. For many of the families who attend this is often their first time stepping onto a college campus.
The event, geared towards K–8th grade students, is set up like a festival filled with booths and labs with hands-on, STEM-focused projects. The festival promotes a passion for learning across the disciplines with a STEM foundation. "We are happy to report that we have 90 indoor and outdoor activities, and 20 community partners!" exclaims event organizer Bea Palmer with the Service Learning and Volunteer Center.
MiraCosta invites the local feeder elementary and middle schools and their families, after school programs, and local nonprofit organizations that serve this age group. "The earlier we can introduce our community to a college campus and STEM, the more real and achievable these pathways become, especially for many of the first-generation communities," explained MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Dr. Sunita Cooke.
MiraCosta students and staff will be discussing subjects ranging from architecture and design to oceanography, chemistry, and biology. More than 2,000 children and their parents attended last year’s festival, and even more are expected at this year’s event.
The STREAM Festival is an annual event hosted by the MiraCosta College Service Learning and 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.