By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman want to make science, technology, engineering and math – STEM, fun. They created Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles using lasers fire and robots and organized a STEAM carnival (STEM with A for Art in the middle) luring kids through interactive projects with contests and prizes. Student participants have the opportunity to display projects through exhibitions including a wearable electronics fashion show.

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Incentives included kits that are distributed to at-risk L.A. students to build projects, such as musical instruments, to be unveiled before a live audience at STEAM Carnival’s stage show next summer in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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There’s a backlog of teachers and parents requesting the kits and subsequent participation in STEAM Carnival…which will be a kind of science fair–meets–circus act for kids and an internship program for kids.

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Visit Two Bit Circus to learn about the inventive way to turn kids on to science – a national imperative.