Irvine Company Partners with IPSF for “STEAM Fest”

As a physicist, Aidas Aleknavicius understands the importance of science, technology, engineering, arts and math education, commonly known as STEAM.

That’s why he jumped at the opportunity to keep his children busy during the summer with STEAM activities.

The Aleknaviciuses were among hundreds of families who attended a special pick up event on May 22 for the annual OC STEAM Fest … In a Box, put on by Irvine Public Schools Foundation and hosted by Irvine Company at Woodbury Town Center

The box contains at-home activities designed to spark K-6 students’ interest in STEAM. They can build their own medieval catapult, assemble and program a screen-free robot, and create their own art piece inspired by influential artist Yayoi Kusama.

“I’m looking forward to working on the activities,” said Aidas Aleknavicius’ 11-year-old son Lukas, who attends Oak Creek Elementary. “I like building stuff so I think it’s going to be fun.”

The pickup at Woodbury Town Center featured free family entertainment such as popcorn, balloon art, face painting and a DJ.

“It’s exciting to bring the community together to spark students’ interest in STEAM and provide them with new outlets to explore and discover from home,” said Neda Eaton, President and CEO of IPSF. “Thanks to the support of our partners, this event raised over $100,000 to support IPSF programs that benefit the students of Irvine.”

OC STEAM Fest at Woodbury Town Center in Irvine, on Sunday, May 22, 2022.