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Irvine Public Schools Foundation and The Market Place present second annual STEAM Carnival

IRVINE, Calif. (April 14, 2016) — Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), in partnership with The Market Place, presents the 2nd annual STEAM Carnival, a family-friendly event for all ages designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 in the Edwards Theater Courtyard.

Featured STEAM activities include: discovering game mechanics with human foosball, tinkering with robots, going on a LEGO Scavenger Hunt, art activities, an animal exhibit, photo booth, live performances – and more. More than 1,000 local children and families enjoyed the STEAM festivities and raised $27,000 for IPSF at the inaugural carnival last July.

“We are delighted to partner for the second year with IPSF as host and sponsor for the STEAM Carnival,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “As a go-to gathering place for Irvine families, we could think of no better location than The Market Place to host our youngest learners and their families for a day of STEAM discovery.”

Tickets for the 2nd Annual STEAM Carnival are $4 online presale and $5 at the door with 100 percent of the proceeds going to IPSF’s funding efforts, which provide innovative programs to students throughout Irvine Unified School District. Children three years and under are free. The first 350 attendees will also receive a limited-edition tote bag.

The Market Place will have a fun street team booth where guests will have the opportunity to enter to win a $500 gift card, redeemable at The Market Place.

The Market Place Edwards Courtyard is located at 13782 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA.

To learn more about the STEAM Carnival and purchase tickets, please visit: https://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html.

About The Market Place
One of Southern California’s most popular shopping centers, The Market Place is a 165-acre outdoor lifestyle shopping center offering the best-in-class in a variety of retail categories, including electronics, home furnishings and décor, sporting goods and more. Conveniently located off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, the center straddles the cities of Irvine and Tustin. The Market Place features more than 120 stores and notable restaurants, including Best Buy, Target, Orange County’s largest REI, the county’s largest See’s Candies, TAPS Fish Market & Brewery, Taco Rosa, G Burger, Bonefish Grill, Veggie Grill, Class 302 Café and Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill. Nordstrom Rack, Wokcano, Hopdoddy Buger Bar and a Starbucks Drive Thu are coming soon to the center. For more information, please visit ShopTheMarketPlace.com.

About Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF)
Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of enriching the educational experience of each child in every school. Founded in 1996 by concerned parents and community leaders, IPSF sponsors enrichment programs and financial support to ensure a world-class education in Irvine schools. In addition, IPSF excels at uniting local corporate and community partners, parents and residents in raising funds to nurture student potential. Each year, IPSF provides millions in funding to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, small-group learning, after-school and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for athletic trainers and school nurses. For more information about IPSF, visit ipsf.net.