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High TechCarnival Aims To Entertain, Inspire, and Educate

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the don't-send-in-the-cyborg-clowns dept.

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kkleiner writes "A self-described think tank of engineers and inventors called Two Bit Circus have completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to launch a high tech reinvention of carnivals from yesteryear. The campaign raised over $100k to launch the STEAM Carnival (as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to take place in Los Angeles and San Francisco next year. Showcasing robots, fire, and lasers, the goal of the carnival is to inspire young people into science and technology through these entertaining and educational events."

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INSPIRE AND EDUCATE ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44033555)

I am SOLD !! Where do I send my money ??

Maker Faire (1)

Ben C. (2950903) | about a year ago | (#44033585)

You mean like Maker Faire?

Re:Maker Faire (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44033679)

You mean like Maker Faire?

no.. in maker faire you're supposed to learn about what's available for making stuff and meet other people who make stuff(so I've heard).
this is more like human asteroids and flashy lights.

kind of how you could go to an orgy(in theory) or a striptease joint(this).

some parts suppliers expo vs. e3(this). the trailer looks cool and all but dunno where's the science and education part(well that part is some science fair type compo).

Carnies (1)

Deflagro (187160) | about a year ago | (#44033617)

I can just see the type of carnies this would create. Might be a good role for the socially awkward genius types :P

Re:Carnies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44033659)

We can't have a carnival, public performance, or any sort of exhibition without some prick sporting a purple mohican, so I guess the socially awkward types get to stay backstage.

Re:Carnies (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | about a year ago | (#44033757)

I'm picturing neck beards, utilikilts, and non-traditional piercings.

Re:Carnies (1)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#44034757)

OK, Carnie - check. Geeks - check. Chickens - running in fear for their heads.

lolwut? (4, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44033627)

(as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

One of these things is not like the other. Circle your answer.

Re:lolwut? (2)

thoughtlover (83833) | about a year ago | (#44033739)

Obvious Guy says, 'Art'. And I say, BRING IT ON! It's about damn time that the public realizes that the brain (whether child or adult) needs a little downtime from all the rote memorization most schools force unto their students. Art, whether it's drawing/painting, acting, music or otherwise, is a necessary outlet for the human condition. Too many children don't have access to music or theater programs at their school due to budget cuts. The thing is that the wrong programs were cut and we're starting to realize how important the arts are to all other subjects. I feel really sad for the kids in K-6 schools that cut recess time, too. The thing is, I don't think most parents realize how fundamentally different the schools of today are relative to their days.

Regarding the four words in STEM, I always thought that 'Science and Technology' and 'Technology and Engineering' are too close, semantically, to be used in that acronym. But I agree that Art should have been in it from the start!

Re:lolwut? (2)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44033803)

Regarding the four words in STEM, I always thought that 'Science and Technology' and 'Technology and Engineering' are too close, semantically, to be used in that acronym. But I agree that Art should have been in it from the start!

Yes... they're very similar to each other and make a natural acronym in english. Let's fuck with that because I want to shove unrelated things into it that I think are a benefit to me and then follow with a "for the children" argument. Are you from Congress per-chance?

Re:lolwut? (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about a year ago | (#44033891)

why do you care so much, and what does government have to do with anything?

Re:lolwut? (3, Insightful)

kwerle (39371) | about a year ago | (#44033981)

Carnival. Inspire young people.

How much of drawing and painting is describing our surroundings? How much of science is not that same thing at a different level? Is there any overlap?

How much is music steeped in math? What is not steeped in math? Why would you not use music to appeal to someone's mathematical curiosity?

I, for one, am happy to have a little entertainment in my education.

Re:lolwut? (1)

hawkfish (8978) | about a year ago | (#44053509)

Carnival. Inspire young people.

How much of drawing and painting is describing our surroundings? How much of science is not that same thing at a different level? Is there any overlap?

How much is music steeped in math? What is not steeped in math? Why would you not use music to appeal to someone's mathematical curiosity?

I, for one, am happy to have a little entertainment in my education.

Why does everyone in this thread think that Art is just entertainment? Art is supposed to challenge your ways of thinking.

Re:lolwut? (1)

kwerle (39371) | about a year ago | (#44063657)

Art is as many things as there are things. But I guess I like a little entertainment in my art, too :-)

Re:lolwut? (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about a year ago | (#44033771)

i see what you're getting at, but i would pick math.

Do we really need... (2)

PhantomHarlock (189617) | about a year ago | (#44033651)

...more than one MakerFaire?

You can only make so many blinkenlight, laser and propane torch based arduino projects.

Re:Do we really need... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#44034105)

Yes, we need lots of small fairs instead of a few massive fairs, so that more people can actually go to them, so that traffic is minimally impacted by these activities, et cetera. I mention traffic because I'm not just talking about maker fairs, I'm talking about all kinds of fairs. The proliferation of the gigantic festival is just annoying. The ticket prices become massive, the restrictions usually become onerous, and the whole experience is deprecated.

Re:Do we really need... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44034891)

You can only make so many blinkenlight, laser and propane torch based arduino projects.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Hey Jealousy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44033673)

As an East Coast resident who just now learned about this, I seethe with the jealousy of a thousand cuckolds.

county fairs are doing this already... (2)

slew (2918) | about a year ago | (#44033689)

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/fair-is-taking-digital-leap/Content?oid=2442281 [sfexaminer.com]
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/06/13/hi-tech-exhibits-join-farm-animals-carnival-games-at-san-mateo-county-fair/ [cbslocal.com]

Among the additions this year are a 3-D printer, a Frisbee-throwing robot made by students at Aragon High School, and a "reverse-engineering" exhibit where kids can take apart VCRs and computers to see how they work. Colaluca also has organized competitions in coding and app-making, and he deputized employees of local computer companies to judge them.

Maybe this is how Techno Mages get their start? (1)

neo-mkrey (948389) | about a year ago | (#44033705)

with all apologies to JMS

Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44033929)

... I just shaved :/
There goes my idea for a RMS look.

Ah well, I can still put bits of cheese between my toes and eat those during the parade!

Math? (1)

pieisgood (841871) | about a year ago | (#44034199)

Can they really include Math in the STEAM acronym? Any time something comes up that is supposed to get kids interested in the STEM fields they never actually bring up math. They're like "ROBOTS, LAZERS, isn't it cool?!?!?!".

If I asked any kid exiting these events what they thought math was or how it was done, 99.9% of them would be wrong. A lot of this is due to the fact that the presenters themselves do not understand what actual math is.
Math is not intermediate algebra and calculus. Those are the product of real mathematics. While fundamental technologies rely on real math (von neuman machines -> CPU ) we never see this discussed at events like this and leave these very important details to be discovered at much too late a time. If they had a real exhibit on math I might consider going though.

Re:Math? (1)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#44034807)

It's just hard to make a laser light show out of "e to the pi times i". Like a mountainside vista, it's unexpired and stunningly beautiful to everyone who sees it, but it's a bit of work to climb up there.

"Showcasing robots, fire, and lasers" (1)

froth-bite (2777385) | about a year ago | (#44034285)

Can I suggest they could present darwin awards at the same time ?

Salesjob no substitute for the real thing (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44035099)

You want to inspire them, pay them more instead of offshoring their future after they reach 40.

Carnivals are for kids of all ages (1)

Jill-of-all-Trades (2953109) | about a year ago | (#44037217)

A High TechCarnival would do more than "entertain, inspire, and educate" kids. I, a "grown-up" (finger quotes implied), would go just to play with all the cool gadgets that I can't afford in real life. Where does this leave science museums? Are they falling behind? How can they remain competitive?

Bad idea (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year ago | (#44041953)

The people who are interested in STEM and the people who like crowds have no intersection.

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