Are your kiddos all amped up for SXSW? Got their media passes shined, their movie premier gowns and tuxes pressed and their red solo cups…wait a minute, South by is not for them! Know what is? STEAM3, March 1 – 2 at the UT Commons Learning Center from 9 am to 6 pm each day.


An acronym for Science + Technology + Engineering + Art + Math “cubed,” STEAM3 is a first-of-its-kind hybrid of a conference and Interactive Playground that, unlike the aforementioned festival, is appropriate for all ages. It will feature speakers, workshops, demonstrations and four immersive environments focused on the future of education. It is geared not only toward educators, students and parents, but also others like Makers, learning content creators, researchers, artists, and innovators.

You can customize the event, too – enjoy two full days of talks and demos in the auditorium (limited to 300 participants), or just explore the Interactive Playground (unlimited participants) with your family and friends. Just a few examples of the topics to be covered in the auditorium include:

  • Digital Storytelling and immersive learning
  • Makerspace, a space for young children to learn about STEAM oriented topics
  • The Gamification of Learning

The Interactive Playground features four immersive, hands-on areas:

Exhibits include interactive gaming, augmented reality, a robot lab, algorithmic and nano art, stop motion animation making, a virtual classroom, the Emergent City, science of music simulator, a multimedia oracle, and The Imaginarium.

The impressive list of speakers and facilitators includes Carolyn Handler Miller, Bryan Alexander, Helen Papagiannis, (Interactive Storytelling); Joey Lopez, Kayla Desportes, Elizabeth Strickler, Stanza, Marvin Niebuhr and Dr. Bruce Niebuhr (Make Magic); Brian Magerko, Eileen Smith, Maria H. Andersen, Steve Harmon, Donna Kidwell, and Jon Lebkowsky, (Living Classroom); and Elaine Raybourne, Chris Orfescu, Benoît Morel, Joel Kahn, and Billy Joe Cain (The Game of Learning).

Ticket prices range from $15 – $124.95, depending on which events and components you’d like to attend. One-day tickets for the Interactive Playground are just $7.50 for kids and $15 for adults. You can order tickets here and view the full range of options. Or you can take your chances and enter to win four passes to the Interactive Playground below!

Click here for the more information and here for the full schedule.


 This giveaway is now closed, congrats to our winner!


– Claudia

Claudia Weber is a transplanted Austin mom, local realtor who loves to share the best of Austin with families like hers – whether they’re moving to town or just looking to embrace the best Austin has to offer. Find out more at