Ellison Education, STEM & STEAM: Hands-On Learning at the Imaginology Event

Ellison Education recently participated in the Imaginology event at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA, in partnership with the So Cal Chapter of CHA.  The Imaginology event brings technology and the arts together through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program and took place on Friday, April 24, 2015.

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Over 1600 people attended Imaginology, including students and teachers from Orange County schools.  Homeschooling parents and their children were also in attendance.

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Visitors to the Ellison booth were treated to demonstrations and hands-on craft stations.  The award-winning Prestige Pro Machine and SuperStar Machine were on display to showcase how users can cut a wide variety of materials for hands-on learning, including pop-up sponge, magnet sheets, adhesive felt, metallic paper and cardstock.

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Ellison staff used the Sizzix Gadget Gears dies by Tim Holtz and the Ellison Goggles Mask Die to create Gear Goggles Masks. The gems used to embellish the goggles were donated by Brea Beadworks.

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To help celebrate learning and to support teachers, Ellison gave away two SuperStar machines to local schools!

TECHNOLOGY BOOTH sponsored by Vital Link
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Ellison Education was also featured in a second booth at the event – sponsored by Vital Link. Vital Link’s mission is to be the link between business and education to prepare students for the successful transition to a meaningful career.

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Our technology-focused booth demonstrated the eclips2 DIY Electronic Cutter for education, and was demonstrated to both students and teachers alike.  The age range of students ran from middle schoolers to college students, and visitors to the booth also included robotics clubs and technology-based classes.

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Students were engaged and everyone was amazed by the dimensional projects and Maker projects.  Projects included an Iron Man mask, simple mechanical models and prototypes.

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Ellison will continue to reach out with Maker Movement and Technology projects. We were happy to give away two eclips2 machines to encourage local schools with their technology, STEM and STEAM endeavors.

Please keep an eye out for future technology-based and eclips2 projects.  We’re just getting started!

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