“Our goal is to show kids that being a professional nerd can be cool and exciting.” – Brent Bushnell, CEO and Roustabout of Two Bit Circus

I went to a meeting last month to help dream up ways to make Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (aka STEAM) engaging, FUN, and even COOL for kids and that’s where I met Brent Bushnell. I am fired up about what he and his team at Two Bit Circus are doing with the STEAM Carnival, “circus of the future” filled with lasers, fire and robots.

“We have an opportunity to rebrand what it means to be an engineer. We can show kids that it can be awesome,”  Bushnell shared with WIRED.

I am sad I missed the inaugural STEAM Carnival that happened last October 25 and 26 at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. From what I’ve read and heard from Brent, it was an unforgettable experience. I’ll keep you posted on when the next STEAM Carnival is happening and where. I’m definitely bringing my kids (11 and 9 years old) and my proud-to-be-a-nerd husband.

If you are interested in reading more about Brent, Two Bit Circus and even his dad Nolan (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese), check out articles: “Two Bit Circus: The Science of Fun” by Whitney Vendt in C-Suite Quarterly and “Ring Master of the Nerd Circus” by Michelle Woo in Narratively.