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Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest comes to Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont


This weekend marks the end of STEAM Week with the Rocky Mountain  STEAM Fest here in Longmont. A custom die cut sticker will be at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, where hundreds of attendees will take in exhibits and participate in building, doing and making. There will also be a combat robot competition, and let's be serious who doesn't want to watch a bunch of robots battle?

STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals. The objectives of the STEAM movement are to place Art + Design at the center of STEM. This event will help turn learning into a fun, interactive experience. If you head over to, you'll see their mission.

Thanks to the Maker Bolder team, this event has the mission of connecting Makers, Entrepreneurs and Educators into a larger Colorado community. There will be hands-on learning, gears grinding, hackers iterating and tinkerers talking.

Their design features five colored hexagons, each representing an element of the STEAM acronym. STEAM as an acronym is a modification of STEM, with the addition Art and the modification of M for Making and Engineering for Entrepreneurship. Then you see the STEAM FEST branding in small type in the top of sticker. It's bright, it's creative, it's all things STEAM, and the custom die cut really helps the shapes pop off of any background.

The sticker helps highlight each area of interest in STEAM. Taking a look at the sticker, you'll see that on the red hexagon there's an atomic icon for Science, on the blue hexagon there's a spaceship for Technology, on the green shape there's a light bulb to represent Entrepreneurship, on the yellow Arts shape is a painter's palette baord and lastly on the purple hexagon is a gear to highlight the role of Making in the STEAM movement.

While STEM is very popular nationwide, STEAM efforts really try to enhance the offerings to include all types of learners, and STEAM Fest is an attempt to fill visitors with awe and give them a chance to tinker, hack, build,  fly, drive, and dabble

These are all lofty goals and an important mission in today's world. But let's have some fun learning! Tickets are on sale the website and at the door this weekend on site.

5428 Breaking Bots Robot Team


We are deep into competitive robotics season, and this weekend we are proud to be represented by Team 548 Breaking Bots out of Markham, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, Canada.

Team 5428 is the Markham District's FIRST robotics team. They strive to give students real world experience in business, robotics, and engineering.

Two weeks ago, members of the team competed at a district tournament at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Durham College, a local university. At the end of the qualification matches, the Bots were ranked 16th out of the 41 teams competing, and ultimately they were chosen by captains from other teams to advanced to the quarterfinals. What an honor. Though they played three matches (the first match ended in a tie), they unfortunately did not make it to the semifinals. They'll play this weekend, and we wish them all the best in competition.

The group started in April of 2014 as a club for those interested in robotics. During this time, 15 students and a supervising teacher built and tested different Lego NXT robot designs, and then they entered a competition. And so the FIRST Robotics Team 5428 was born. Now, the team has of 84 members (from grades 9 to 12) and five teacher mentors.

First Lego League is an international group devoted to Legos and engineering. It's pretty cool stuff, and we are excited to sponsor a few teams locally.

You can follow the team on their Twitter handle @frc5428, Facebook page 5428BreakingBotsand Instagram account 5428breakingbots. They also have a nice YouTube page that's worth checking out.

Here's a recent video they put together.