SteamFest launched in 2018 as a collaborative event between the Billings Depot, Billings Library Foundation, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum and SCRaP. Our first year engaged over 100 children with activities and experiments designed around steam, energy and trains.
For 2019, we’re excited to announce the event will double in size and become a true STEAM education event for children in Billings. Kids will participate in activities and experiments across all five learning
categories: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), created by our four primary organizers and our new community partners ExxonMobil, STEM Billings, MSUB Math Circle and the Girl
Scouts of Montana and Wyoming.
STEM is an educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and math. It is meant to be a comprehensive approach; instead of teaching each subject separately, educators aim to incorporate some or all elements of STEM into each project. STEAM takes it a step further by adding art to the mix.
SteamFest aims to introduce youth to STEAM-related skills which can be further developed into wellpaying careers here in the Billings community later in life. “Our goal for this event is to create excitement around learning in a fun, interactive environment” says Michelle Williams, executive director, Billings Depot. “The organizations collaborating for this year’s event have created the most amazing activities! The kids are going to be blown away by what they can do.”
SteamFest is a 3-hour event allowing kids to participate in all activities or focus on the one that really inspires them the most. One side of the Depot is dedicated entirely to the StarLab and astronomy activities by the Girl Scouts. The other side will feature robots, math, science experiments, 3D printing, augmented reality, engineering, art crafts and more.
Tickets are $15 per child before August 30 and $18 per child after. Adults and children under 1 year are free. Children 2 years and older registered before August 30 will receive a free SteamFest t-shirt. Ticketscan be purchased on BillingsDepot.org.
All funds raised support the four organizing nonprofits in their pursuit to make Yellowstone County a great place to work, live and play. To donate to this event, please contact the Billings Depot.