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Imagine Upstate brings STEAM to Greenville

Staff Report //March 29, 2018//

Imagine Upstate brings STEAM to Greenville

Staff Report //March 29, 2018//

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The Fourth Annual Imagine Upstate festival, sponsored by ScanSource, will bring more than 75 interactive exhibits and shows emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to Greenville’s West End on Saturday, April 7. The festival’s purpose is to ignite the interest of pre-K through 12th grade students in STEAM subjects by providing engagement with the latest technologies and giving them exposure to high-skill industries.

“We hope the festival sparks the interest of kids and adults of all ages making science and technology cool and accessible to everyone,” said Jarrod Wiggins, festival board chairman, in a news release. “If we can reach them early, kids will grow up more interested in STEM and more likely to pursue careers in these fields where the demand continues to grow!”

Greenville-based ScanSource Inc. has been the presenting sponsor of the event since its inception in 2015.

“It has been an honor for ScanSource to be named title sponsor of Imagine Upstate four consecutive years. It’s so exciting to be part of one of South Carolina’s largest STEM festivals, and with the rapid changes in technology today, having the ability to play a role in developing the next generation of the Upstate’s leaders and innovators is crucial,” said Christy Thompson, vice president of worldwide marketing at ScanSource, in the release. “This year, ScanSource is thrilled to be partnering with the Greenville Zoo for a fun, hands-on exhibit space we’re calling STEAMFARI. With more than 75 exhibits and local organizations, there is something for everyone and every age group at Imagine Upstate.”

Other corporate sponsors include Bosch, BMW, Michelin North America, Fluor Corp., Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas.

Imagine Upstate partners with corporations, schools and nonprofits to make science and technology come to life through hands-on exhibits and interactive stage shows. This year’s festival will feature high-speed drone racing, a robotics competitions and extreme science shows at Fluor Field, as well as Science of Sound musical performances by Upstate students. The festival also will include several new exhibits from partners such as JTEKT/Koyo, Hubbell Lighting, ABB/Baldor and Greenville Health System.

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