By Renato Ghio
Save the date! The Danbury Library and Danbury Hackerspace are having another STEAM Fair and this time there will be robots!
This free, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 5pm at the Danbury Library and Hackerspace, located at 170 Main Street in Danbury. The last STEAM Fair held back in October had over 2,000 people roaming the more than 30 exhibits about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
“We plan to do the same thing, but [also offer] something we have never done before at our library,” said Aurelio Muraca, Danbury Library Technology Program Coordinator. “For this STEAM Fair, we are focusing on kids and robots. We are inviting middle to high school robotics teams from around Connecticut to meet and scrimmage at the Library.” He explained that various VEX Robotics Teams from schools across Connecticut will not only be showing off their robotic creations, but also having them battle each other.
So far, there is a wide array of confirmed vendors for the event, including:
- Ava Dawn Heydt of Seraphemera Books ROBOT ORIGAMI & “Pop-UP” INDIE BOOKSTORE
- Mary Kate Ross of PLAY WELL Inc. LEGO ROBOTICS and more.
- Brigid Guertin of the Danbury Museum. TOY EXHIBIT and make your own Toys!
- Josh Burker, Maker. STOMP ROCKETS/DOODLE BOTS workshop and demo.
- Thom Uliasz, Burnkit 2600, DJ/Music.
- Terry Michael Rennart, artist/maker. SHOPBOTS: Robots made from recycled materials. Robot sculpture art pieces available for purchase.
- Patrice Gans of RANDOM HACKS OF KINDNESS. DASH & DOT DEMO & PRESENTATION.
- MATHNASIUM Learning Center Danbury, which offers customized math tutoring services helping kids in grades K-12 develop math skills through homework lessons and tutorials.
- DANBURY LIBRARY & CT SCIENCE CENTER TEEN INNOVATION PROGRAM Ambassadors. Danbury area students participate in informal and formal learning opportunities through field trips, projects, internships and work experiences held at the Danbury Library.
- For Beginners® is a graphic nonfiction series that deconstructs complex ideas and makes them accessible to the everyday reader. Every book in the series serves one purpose: to present the works of great thinkers and subjects alike in a straightforward, accessible manner.
- NOTEWORTHY CHOCOLATES was formed as an LLC in February 2016 and is owned and operated by Jennifer & Michael Sauvageau. They offer personalized messages laser engraved in delicious chocolate!
- And, in case you get hungry, local food trucks Meat The Press and CT StrEATry will be there, selling some fun and delicious eats.
“We hope that all who attend are inspired, engaged as well as delighted and come away with a sense of community,” added Aurelio.
Free parking will be available at Danbury Library and City Hall (spaces are limited). There will be $3 all day festival parking at the Patriot and Bardo Garages located nearby. This is a free event for all ages. For more information, visit www.danburylibrary.org or www.DanburySTEAMFair.com.