The 4th Annual Invent Event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 28) at Enos Garcia Elementary School. Last year, hundreds of kids and adults played with robots, tried out woodworking, and experimented with solar energy in a melding of low and high-tech activities.
Invent Event is produced by Twirl in collaboration with a host of partners, this community celebration of creativity and technology. The public is invited to explore, invent and build together. The goals of the Invent Event are to make science, art, technology and engineering accessible and fun to all; connect STEAM learning to local industries and career pathways in Northern New Mexico; to foster valuable 21st century learning skills like critical thinking, problem-solving and resilience; and to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators.
"It is a unique opportunity for adults and children alike to explore new technologies, techniques and tools while having a ton of fun," said Nikki Ross, Executive Director of Twirl, A Play & Discovery Space, Inc.
"With our economy estimated to require 123 million advanced technological jobs by 2020, Invent Event empowers youth to embrace technology and become tomorrow's creative workforce."
Prior to the event, Twirl is partnering with Enos Garcia, Ranchos Elementary, Arroyos del Norte, Taos Day School and the Taos Youth & Family Center to provide mini Invent-Event experiences at their locations. The goal of these mini Invent Events is to support the schools' efforts to engage parents in their child's learning, create excitement around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programming, and to provide a teaser to the main event to raise awareness.
"Invent Event is a true community effort, with so many businesses, organizations, and individual artists, as well as an army of volunteers, coming together to provide this rich and immersive experience for the whole community to play creatively together," said Ross.
This year's event is sponsored by Taos Ski Valley Foundation, The Grace Family Foundation, Centinel Bank, Taos Community Foundation, The Taos News, The Town of Taos, Guerrilla Graphix, Magee Build, Brownrice Internet, accesso Siriusware, Phoenix Mechanical, Collignon Roofing, Coldwell Banker, Ziggy's Frozen Yogurt, Kit Carson Electric Co-op, Wolfgang Spa Works, Metric Motors, Taos LifeStyle, Pizaños, Friday Motors, Taos Cyclery, Randall Lumber & Hardware, Dimond Mortgage, Walmart and Albertsons.
Partners include: PPC Solar, Explora, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Weaving Southwest, Wholly Rags, Kit Carson Electric Coop, taosARC, First Robotics Los Alamos, Inspire, Anansi Charter, TISA, Enos Garcia Elementary, Embudo Library/NNM Community College/NNM STEM Mentor Collective, Penasco Theatre,
Truekids 1, KNCE Radio Broadcasting, UNM Taos, Taos Architectural Copper, Hart Print Shop, Terrie Mangat, Penasco Theatre, Taos Clay, Highlands University, Museum of Modern American Artifact, The Paseo Project, Carl Rosenberg, NM Lowrider Museum Coalition/Fred Rael, 108 Roving Food, Field Institute of Taos, Miguel Santistevan, Americorps, and Taos Interact Club.
For further details, please contact visit twirltaos.org/inventevent or contact email@example.com. See http://www.twirltaos.org/invent-event/ for the dozens of activities.