Sacramento youth are invited to explore the sciences, technology and art on Aug. 13 in Oak Park

Community members and youth are invited to explore the sciences at “STEAM in the Park” at the Celebrate Oak Park event on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McClatchy Park (3500 5th Avenue).

The free event will feature free food, music and entertainment for families and youth. The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) event is sponsored by the City of Sacramento’s private-public partnership with Verizon.

“I am excited we are able to partner with Verizon to bring these interactive STEAM activities to our youth,” said Natasha Greer, the City’s IT Program Specialist. “It’s vital that youth of every socioeconomic status are exposed to STEAM to lift up the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.”

The event will feature interactive displays and activities created by area universities, community partners, and local businesses to engage children of all ages in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. For example, the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California will be providing youth with a kit to build their own flashlights.

SMUD will have activities to explore solar energy and circuit boards and adults can test drive Electric Vehicles and take an induction cooking class.

Youth who attend will be given a passport where they receive stamps for each STEAM exhibit they visit. They can turn in the passport at the end of the day to receive gifts.

McClatchy Park is one of 27 parks in the City that features free Wi-Fi during park operation hours.

As part of its commitment to innovation, the City of Sacramento entered into a public/private partnership with Verizon in 2017. In addition to bringing free Wi-Fi to 27 parks across the city, the partnership sponsors internships to high school students, facilitates the deployment of 5G for homes and businesses and provides tools to better manage traffic and make streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

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