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Apply for the 2015 S.T.E.M. Imaginology Competition

Photo courtesy of OC Fair

Photo courtesy of OC Fair

Families are invited to a day full of learning and creativity at the OC Fair & Events Center on April 24th through the 26th. Local children are encouraged to participate in the competitions held during the Imaginology event. The competition is open to children in grades pre-K to high school, and need to be registered online by April 3rd.

Children can submit to compete under the following categories:

  • Cardboard Engineering: Creatively repurpose simple cardboard into dazzling works of art, fun games or sturdy furniture. Open to grades 5-12. Group projects also accepted.
  • Make It With Clay: Spin, shape and mold clay into vases, toys, sculptures and more. Open to grades 3-12 plus special needs students.
  • Digital Media Animation: Be the next Chuck Jones or Walt Disney with your own three-minute animated flick. Open to grades 5-12. Group projects also accepted.
  • Digital Media: In three minutes or less, demonstrate your filmmaking abilities. Film your crazy cat or your own music video. Open to grades pre-K through 12 plus special needs students. Group projects also accepted.
  • Farmology: Repurpose materials to build a creative farm animal model or use craft materials to make a mask of an animal from your favorite book. Open to grades pre-K through 2 plus special needs students.
  • Fashionista!: Sew and stitch to show off your own unique fashion style. Original designs or commercial patterns accepted. Open to grades 3-12.
  • Fiber Arts: Weave, stitch and knot yarn or other fibers into beautiful patterns and designs. Open to grades 3-12.
  • Fine Arts Drawing: Draw, sketch and color an original piece of art. Open to grades pre-K through 12 plus special needs students.
  • Painting: Let out your inner Picasso and paint your own masterpiece. Open to grades pre-K through 12 plus special needs students.
  • Read & Draw: Draw and illustrate from a book you’ve read on a S.T.E.A.M. topic (science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics). Open to grades pre-K through 6.
  • Inspired By The Masters: Create a 3-D project in the style of your favorite artist from the Meet the Masters program. Visit meetthemasters.com for information on the Meet the Masters program. Open to grades pre-K through 6. Group projects also accepted.
  • Jewelry: Craft your own bracelet, necklace, earrings or other piece of jewelry from beads, plastic, yarn and any craft material you can find. Open to grades pre-K through 12 plus special needs students.
  • Kinetic Art: Pick a S.T.E.A.M. topic (science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics) and build your own unique mobile sculptural art. Open to grades pre-K through 12 plus special needs students. Group projects also accepted.
  • Cell Phone Photos: Snap a cool photo with your cell phone to win an award. Open to grades pre-K through 12 plus special needs students.
  • Digital Photography: Grab your camera and head out to snap the winning photo of your wild pet, a beautiful flower or whatever you find. Open to grades 3-12 plus special needs students.
  • Manipulated Photography: Take your photo and blur, spin or stretch it into an amazing piece of art with a computer program or app. Open to grades 5-12 plus special needs students.
  • Poetry: Write and illustrate your own interesting Haiku about the wonders of nature. Open to grades 3-12 plus special needs students.
  • Upcycle It: Convert old or discarded materials into something useful. Open to grades 3-12 plus special needs students. Group projects also accepted. A $50 cash award for first place winners is available for this competition only courtesy of the VASUR Foundation.
  • Wood & Metal: Turn, weld, whittle and build your 3-D masterpiece from wood or metal. Open to grades 5-12. A $50 cash award for first place winners is available for this competition only courtesy of the VASUR Foundation.
  • The OC Fair Imaginology event also offers free, onsite contests throughout the weekend for any family or group of friends to compete. On Saturday, April 25, teams can compete in the Scarecrow Contest and on Sunday, April 26, teams can sign-up for the Sawhorse Contest for a chance of up $100 in both contests. It’s free to enter and basic materials (sawhorse, scarecrow and some decorations) are provided. Teams are encouraged to bring their own family-friendly decorations to make their entry unique. Visit ocfair.com/steam to pre-register a team.
  • In addition to the competitions and contests, the three-day Imaginology event will include the Centennial Farm with free tractor rides, 4-H livestock competitions, Home Builders Council (HBC) Design/Build Competition, Vital Link Showcase, Orange County Science & Engineering Fair, free makeshops, workshops, scavenger hunts, a technology museum, family-friendly entertainment and food trucks.
Photo courtesy of OC Fair

Photo courtesy of OC Fair

Don’t miss being a part of this unique event where your children can explore the fun of S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.)

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