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Year of STEAM

The mission of STEAM Pasadena is to inspire a sense of wonder for science, art and space exploration in Pasadena.

In 2018, the entire city and its institutions will embark on a year of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). The initiative will promote activities, events and curriculum that will allow their audiences to discover the world and the world of space exploration inspired by the 2018 COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) scientific assembly.

Pasadena is a premier center of science, technology, engineering, art and math innovation with world renowned institutions dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge.


Great Minds in STEM HENAAC Conference
October 17-21; Pasadena Center
Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) is pleased to host the 30th HENAAC Conference “Generation Xcellence.”  The nation’s most prestigious stage for honoring STEM talent, as well as building and reinforcing networks, the HENAAC Conference is the place where top executives, innovative professionals, and the brightest STEM students convene. Individuals looking for jobs, internships or to further their education in STEM, are welcome at the Career and Graduate School Fair on Saturday October 20, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Free and open to the public, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Career Fair will host a large number of companies, military and government agencies, looking for interns and full time hires, as well as Graduate Schools from across the country.

Connect Week
October 20-28 | various locations
Connect Week brings together Pasadena’s network of innovators, institutions and companies for a festival of discovery and idea exchange. From October 20-28, 2018 local innovators host independently organized seminars, workshops and social events throughout the city. This is a rare opportunity to get inside some of Pasadena’s most interesting start-ups and mature companies. Most events are free. Activities are organized into five tracks: science, design, technology, entrepreneurship and astronomy.

Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR
October 12-28 | 39 E. Walnut St.
sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg is thrilled to announce its fifth exhibition, Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR. Curated by Jesse Damiani, the Editor-at-Large of CRScout, this will be the world’s largest virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality art show every produced. Sponsored by RYOT, with additional support from Meow Wolf, VRScout, Raptor House Effects, and Magik Gallery, with LACMA curator Britt Salvesen serving as consultant, the exhibit will feature over twenty-five world-class artists working in this cutting-edge space, along with nine days of fully immersive programming, panel discussions, and demonstrations.


Rise of the Rocket Girls
One City One Story Selection for 2018
Pasadena Public Libraries
The City of Pasadena designed the One City, One Story to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature by recommending a compelling book that sparks a community conversation on important issues. Rise of the Rocket Girls is the riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

AxS Festival
November 2018  | various locations
A×S is a two-week citywide festival produced by Fulcrum Arts that explores the nexus of artistic and scientific inquiry, promoting experimentation and cross-fertilization between these disciplines. This interplay between scientific investigation and artistic risk-taking reflects a cultural zeitgeist that illuminates the richness and diversity of human aspiration in the 21st century.

Watson Lecture Series

Educator Tour at the Children’s Center at Caltech

The Children’s Center at Caltech (CCC) opened in 1972 serving children six months to five years old.  The CCC uses a constructivist approach which is seen through the lens of STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Children, like scientists, need multiple opportunities to explore, ask questions, make predictions, experiment, test their ideas, collect information, document, reflect, and draw conclusions. We believe that children are scientists by nature. On a daily basis we watch our children use science inquiry to formulate ideas and test them. Whether they are playing with water of different temperatures, or observing cocoons in the lab, or experimenting with the physics of the incline plane, their curiosity make them natural scientists.

If interested in an educator tour, please see attached form or visit for more information.


ArtCenter College of Design, Williamson Gallery
Caltech, IPAC
Carnegie Observatories
Chandler Schools
Children’s Center at Caltech
Fulcrum Arts
Lightbringer Project
Pasadena Educational Foundation
Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena Public Library
Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau