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August 10: Bright Ideas Expo

Welcome to Bright Ideas Expo! Meet and work alongside some of the most innovative artists, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, STEM experts, and creative types in the St. Louis region and beyond. Get involved and engage your own creativity and bright ideas.

Check out these free features and activities today!

  • Interactive VR plant root experiences!
  • Designing bridges and LEGO creations for life on the Moon!
  • Origami and Tangram challenges!
  • Clothing, textiles, yarn spinning and hand-weaving!
  • LED lanterns, Plinko, and Pokemon!
  • Painting, watercolor, and caricature demos!
  • Electric and solar vehicles!
  • Glass flamework creations!
  • Finger puppets and handprint art!
  • 3D dental scans and memory wire demos!
  • Games and App Design!

SciFest: Bright Ideas Expo sponsored by:

Special Presentations at Energy Stage

11:15 PM U.S. Air Force Mission Defense Team and Cyber Protection Team
Come meet Cyber Airmen and learn more about how they apply innovation against cyber-threats.

12:15 PM Hiroshi Tada, Top Spinning Artist
Watch how to do amazing spinning feats with simple, everyday objects.

1:15 PM Topp Roots Lab | Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Discover the art and innovation involved in X-ray imaging of root systems.

2:15 PM Sarah Schlafly, CEO, Mighty Cricket
Learn more about insects as a powerful food source and the makings of Mighty Cricket.

3:15 PM Bernardo’s Crane
Participate in a demonstration connecting the art of Origami to STEM and the physical world.

4:15 PM SIUE Solar Racing Team
Find out how to design a solar powered electric vehicle from scratch including aeroshell, frame, and panels.

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Bright Ideas Expo Partners and Activities

    • Check out an experimental electric car produced in limited quantities in the 1970s provided by Gateway Electric Vehicle
    • See how memory wire works and get a 3D scan of your teeth with Olive Orthodontics
    • Drive and program robots with Youth Exploring Science (YES) Teens—Engineering Component
    • Watch how a painting is created from charcoal sketch to finished product with ArtMonkeyWorld
    • Participate in hands-on weaving, and see yarn spinning and needle felting with Knitorious
    • Try out a Tangram or “Name that Tool” challenge with MADE
    • Take part in hands-on activities and watercolor demos with MADE member Joshua Falconer
    • Discover creative ways you can make cosplay, and use textiles to express yourself with MADE member Ariana Bauer
    • Check out LED lanterns, RFID Pokemon 3D prints, and a Plinko prototype with MADE member Christopher Schmitz
    • Watch top-spinning using a variety of objects and learn how to make spinning toys yourself with Top Spinning Artist Hiroshi Tada
    • Design and build LEGO creations to get us back to the Moon and on to Mars with St. Louis Space Frontier
    • Play a STEM matching game, and check out clothing and accessories from teen-owned Afrospanic Atmosphere with Youth Exploring Science (YES) Teens—Entrepeneurship Component
    • See games and apps from 321FIT and find out how to design, build, and publish your own apps
  • GROW PAVILLION(outdoor gallery)
    • Take a VR journey around plant root systems, and check out interactive root displays with Topp Roots Lab—Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
    • Find out more about insects as a food source, and try a sample with Mighty Cricket
  • Paint using your handprint while learning more about butterfly eyes with St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Do an Origami paper-folding challenge with Bernardo’s Crane
  • Design a finger puppet with WaggonsWest
  • Visit with Third Degree Glass Company and watch a glass artist showcase the art of Lamp Working (in MakerSpace Garage)
  • Get a close-up look at an electric go kart, and learn more about how electric vehicles work with TGateway Electric Vehicle
  • Watch how a caricature is created with TSt. Louis Caricature Artists
  • Find out more about patenting, manufacturing, and marketing as part of the inventing process with TIllinois Inventors
  • Take a look at a solar-powered race car, and meet the TSIUE Solar Racing Team
  • Design and build cabins and bridges with Mark Donohoe
Preschool Science Series at SciFest!


August 10, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm