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Hands-on Innovation Fair in Livermore

Free event to feature interactive scientific displays and experiments

The Innovation Fair next weekend will feature interactive scientific and technology displays. (Photo by Bob Bronzan)

Imagination, art and technology will intersect at the third annual Innovation Fair next Saturday (May 4) to inspire young minds with more than 50 interactive scientific displays, visual art and technology experiments spread across the plaza and inside the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

The free, family-friendly event is dubbed "Building for the Moon and Beyond" in honor of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. Inspired by the hands-on maker movement, the Innovation Fair is designed to energize students in grades K-12 and help make a connection between the five STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

The lively environment is equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show and community celebration. Hands-on workshops presented by NASA Ames Research, robotics testing, Artificial and Business Intelligence, and the Virtual Reality Theater experience will be offered throughout the day.

Manu Prakash, a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award in 2016 and an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University, will speak at noon on the use of affordable technology innovations to address global education, health and science challenges.

BitsBytes&Pixels will present a computer animation film festival from 2-4 p.m., featuring 19 award-winning short films, groundbreaking computer animation and visual effects technology. The event will be paired with an exhibit of student artwork.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 and is free but online registration is recommended to ensure entry. In past years, more than a thousand students, family members and friends attended. For more information, visit www.lvpac.org/education.

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