On June 17th, STEAM for All had its first ever Kick Off Party at Garden Grove’s Main Library. Set up with a variety of STEAM-based activities, STEAM for All gave kids at the library an opportunity to learn and do each of the activities.
“This is a god way to reach out within the Garden Grove community. It is a more casual, ‘make-and-take’ styled event where the participants can make stuff and take it home. It is supposed to be a light introduction to topics within science, and to show how fun it can be,” said OC Science Co-President Elaine Chao.
The event itself was mainly organized by OC Science, where Chao played a large role in creating the activities. Activities that were available included the creation of aluminum boats, straw bridges, puzzle chess, slime, and even a bubble station. Others who also contributed greatly to the creation of this event were STEAM for All Directors James and Wendy Li, as well as the Children’s Librarian at the Garden Grove Main Library, Kelly Anderson.
“One of the librarians attended our STEAM in the Park event and they contacted us to see if they could extend our activities out to Garden Grove. We talked to the libraries and found out that many of the students in the surrounding area are underserved and aren’t given many opportunities to experience STEM-related activities,” said Li.
The Kick Off Party became the first event in the Garden Grove Main Library, and one of the first to be held in Garden Grove all together. This year, STEAM for All plans to expand into more underserviced areas within Orange County, and more specifically create a partnership with the libraries so that regular events could reach students often.
“We have already been talking about how we can continue to work together throughout the school year so I hope that it will. It’s the library’s first time working with Math for Service [now called STEAM for All] and so far it has been really great. It was great that they had so many volunteers ready to work because most of our own volunteers would not have been able to attend,” said Anderson.
The event itself was very successful, and many kids had great things to say.
“I liked the slime station because the had a lot of colors and I was able to make it so that it wasn’t sticky. The [volunteers] helped me a lot and I enjoyed the other activites a lot too,” said Garden Grove resident and kindergartener, Katelyn Pham.