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Creative Technologies Event Unites Art, Engineering, Campus and Community

STEAM event on campus
Photo from Innovation Day, 2017, a similar event that meshed STEM and “STEAM,” and invited members of the community to campus.

As the Treasure Valley builds its reputation as a hub for technology startups and other creative endeavors, Boise State’s Creative Technologies Association is celebrating the union of traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with the arts during the First Annual Creative Technologies Exhibition. It will take place from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the College of Innovation and Design on the second floor of the Albertsons Library.

The event will offer dozens of interactive exhibits and demonstrations for all ages. Featured displays include an 8-foot-tall 3D printer, a musical instrument made entirely out of PVC pipe, a robot that will give you a high five, and a virtual reality simulation that will let you get a sense of the surface of Mars.

Visitors will get to check out projects created by students from various disciplines, as well as by individuals and groups from the community.

“There are already several other wonderful STEM events in Boise,” said CTA President Scott Schmader, “but we want to help show that a creative approach to technical education can take learning to a whole new level of fun and inspire completely unique forms of entertainment and innovation.”

The event is free and open to the public. Organizers encourage visitors to bring their friends and family, as well as their “utmost curiosity.”