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A new event in the Philadelphia area inspired and delighted tens of thousands of K-12 students recently with a hands-on journey through colorful worlds of imaginative ideas powered by the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The first Young Innovators Fair at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., featured live entertainment and ten innovation worlds designed to delight and to inspire passion for the STEM subjects along with artistry and creativity.
The innovation worlds included a Hackers Hideout in which visitors explored the latest in Google Expeditions virtual reality and Minecraft Mod programming; a Biologists Bay in which they¬ played with remote-controlled underwater vehicles and examined dinosaur skeletons; and a Pilots Pad in which they saw full-sized NASA Apollo capsule and launched mini rockets. Google and Pixar Studios headlined an impressive lineup of more than 40 stage show presenters.
Held during the first weekend of 2016, the Young Innovators Fair was produced by All Access Labs – a company based in Warminster, Pa. dedicated to inspiring, educating, and entertaining the next generation of engineers, innovators, and leaders. The company produces up to 12 large-scale family-friendly events each year, including Brick Fest – a festival for fans of the world famous LEGO building bricks.
“We set out to jolt the community in the sciences,” Gabe Young, CEO of All Access Labs, said in an event news release, “and with the help of many amazing partners, this show is the awesome outcome.”