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Two Bit Circus Foundation Reignites the Classroom with #STEAMCarnivals

Finalist in Education

About this entry

STEAM Carnivals are built to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship, and spur community engagement by providing students of all means with access to STEAM education. Think of it as a full stack replacement for the Science Fair and the Bake Sale. Only the already engaged science students attend the Science Fair, everyone wants to go to a Carnival!

STEAM Carnivals are designed to help young minds find a passion for learning on their own terms. Through hands-on experiments and teamwork, students build critical thinking skills by working through real-world problems in a festive and engaging environment while creating games for their Carnival.

The role of teachers and educators at the STEAM Carnival is not to dictate learning objectives to their students, but to serve as guides to help foster the growth of their inherent curiosity and potentials.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Two Bit Circus Foundation uses non-traditional, repurposed materials to build curiosity, enhance experimentation, and create hands-on engagement. Their in-depth teacher training, DIY-education, coursework and expertise help take the Two Bit Circus Foundation to the next level.

The foundation provides the tools and resources schools need to create their own inspired learners, including the key elements:


Currently operating in half the schools of LAUSD, the foundation has trained 5,000 teachers and over 300,000 students. The program focuses on at-risk communities and is in the process of scaling around the world.

  • 318,620 students have been reached (through STEAM Labs, programs and events; not including STEAM Carnival)
  • 30,000+ attendees at STEAM Carnivals, including 641 educators and 8,820 students
  • 5,137 teachers have been trained
  • 50 percent of work is with students who qualify for free or reduced lunches
  • Prior to going through the Two Bit Circus Foundation program, 52 percent of students said they felt they would fail science class this year; afterward that number had dropped to 10 percent

Additionally, 2BCF has helped divert 520 TONS of materials from landfills. The foundation is on track to have 124 STEAM Labs running in 2018.


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Two Bit Circus Foundation


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