On Saturday, April 12, 2014, I was invited to the OC Fair and Event Center for “Imaginology,
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead,” with my family. This event was formally called the “Youth Expo,” but still encompasses the idea of learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in a hands-on or kinesthetic environment. There were a variety of activities, for all ages to enjoy and participate in. My visit primarily focused on the “makeshops,” or hands-on activities, the Centennial Farm, free entertainment and amusements.
For myself, I found the hands-on activities to be the most engaging for my
son and daughter, who are 7 and 4, respectively. If it wasn’t for these opportunities
my children would have been bored. One of the first activities we participated in
was the making of a simplified Venetian mask, which my son was able to create his
own color pattern. Next, we found a wood-carving booth, where my son was able to
emulate the carving of wood with a piece of soap and plastic utensils. He made a
boat which, he was able to take home and float right away! The most engaging
activity my son found was at the Hedgehog Lacers booth. He learned in a few
minutes how to create a snake with bobbin lace thread. We returned to this many
times so he could add to the snake he had started.
mobilize their robots to pick up rings in a circular pool. We also made paper rockets that were launched from compressed air tubes. It was interesting to hear all the questions after launch of why certain rockets went further than others, and the children all had an explanation for why their rocket did what it did.
We also enjoyed the free and fee-for-use amusements. There was an inflatable park with jumpers and slides of all sizes, so all ages could enjoy. My son really enjoyed the Land and Water Bubbles, where he could scoot across a pool of water in a plastic bubble. My daughter absolutely loved the pony rides, she sat proudly on her horse, Shorty. Lastly, my children went through a giant maze
of your choice, creating a sweet tooth heaven!
DISCLAIMER: We were given tickets to experience the Youth Expo and it's activities in exchange for writing about our experience. All thoughts and ideas are our own. Do not use any pictures without permission.