Learn about STEAM at Geekapalooza
Geekapalooza is a fun family event being held on June 23 at Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics (OSSM). Get your tickets today!
A don’t-miss, fun-filled family event is coming to OKC in June. Geekapalooza: A STEAM Festival for Kids is being hosted by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and MetroFamily Magazine at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) campus (1141 N. Lincoln Blvd., near 10th and Broadway). Two sessions will be hosted from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, with families choosing which they will attend. Advanced admission will be $12 per family (up to four people; additional people in the group will be charged $6 each; advanced purchase available until midnight on Thursday, June 21). Tickets purchased at the door will be $15/family of four and $7 per additional person.
The event will encourage kids to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) topics through hands-on expo booths hosted by local organizations and short, kid-friendly workshops about subjects such as robotics, coding and geoscience, taught by trained leaders. The booths and programs are geared to kids ages preschool to middle school and for boys and girls.
Come "dressed for success" and participate in the Geekapalooza costume contest, held during the last 30 minutes of each session.
Frequently Asked Questions
- June 23, 2018
- Hosted by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, MetroFamily Magazine and OSSM
- Generously sponsored by Boeing (Presenting Sponsor) and Pelco (Supporting Sponsor)
- Partners include: OKC Energy FC and Team Logic IT
What will your kids do at Geekapalooza?
They'll be able to interact with numerous businesses and community partners that want children to get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Where is it?
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) is located in between Lincoln Blvd and I-235 off of NE 10th Street. It’s just a bit east and north of the GE Building.
I didn’t pre-purchase tickets. Can I still attend?
Yes! Even if you didn’t purchase tickets early, you can pay at the gate. Admission the day of the event is $15 per family of 4 and if you have additional attendees in your party, they will cost $7/person. You may pay by cash or credit/debit cards.
Do I need to bring my ticket with me?
You MUST bring a ticket with you. If you do not have your ticket, you will be required to purchase again.
I’m volunteering for the event. Will there be water/snacks provided?
Yes! We will have a hospitality room set up in the library exclusively for volunteers with water and snacks.
How will I know where everything is?
Upon entering the event, you will receive a site map and schedule of all the activities of the day.
What are the hours of the two sessions?
The morning session is from 9 am to noon. You can only stay after noon to finish eating but you will need to be off the grounds by 12:45 to allow the next set of attendees to come in. From noon to 1 pm, the booths will all be shut down. The afternoon session is from 1 to 4 pm. We will start letting people in through the gate at 12:50 pm. Exhibit buildings will open at 1 pm.
What should I expect at the event?
The campus of OSSM is beautiful! Once you get through the admission gate, you will be able to enjoy STEAM activities at tables/booths outside under the trees, in the classroom building and in the school’s cafeteria where there will be 14 businesses offering hands-on activities. Start anywhere you want, just be sure to try to see and experience it all. The only thing that is scheduled are the demonstrations, presentations and the costume contest in the classroom’s auditorium (see below for schedule). Also outside, check out the activities provided by Rose State College and the Maker Mobile of the Pioneer Library System.
When your kids just need to wiggle it out, head over to the inflatables for some physical fun! And if you’re hungry, take advantage of the food trucks that will be available between 11am and 3 pm (see schedule below).
What's the schedule for the auditorium?
- 9-10 am (outside): OKC Thunder Drummers
- 9:30-11 am: OKC Philharmonic Instrument Playground
- 11-11:30 am: Women in STEM panel
- 11:30 am: Geek Costume Contest
- 1:15-2:15 pm: Science Museum Oklahoma
- 2:15-3:15 pm: Women in STEM panel
- 3:15 pm: Geek Costume Contest
What is the Geek Costume Contest?
Come dressed in your “geek-iest” outfit and you can participate in the Geek Costume Contest. You could win tickets to local attractions!
What about the food trucks?
The food trucks will be at the event from 11am-3pm. You can choose from Murphy’s Cook Shack (BBQ), Saucee Sicilian (pizza), and Sno Smore (extra-large sno cones)!
Where can I park?
There is parking at OSSM but also at businesses nearby, including the Banc First, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and Ratcliff’s Books located across the street south of OSSM. Be prepared to walk a bit as the close-by parking lot may get full.
What do I do if I need to change my session?
We’ll have the registration lists for both sessions at the front desk. Please just explain your situation to the registration volunteers and they’ll do all they can to accommodate you.
What if I bought tickets but cannot come?
Tickets are non-refundable but you can let someone else use them.
What happens if there is bad weather on Saturday?
Unless there is terribly severe weather (significant wind, hail, etc.), the event will go on. If needed, we will move as many activities as we can inside. We’ll all need to be weather aware on Saturday!
Here's a partial list of participating organizations:
Baker Hughes, Easy Time Clock, Boeing, Science Museum Oklahoma, TechJOYnT, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, PELCO and MORE! There's even a bug zoo and STEM games to check out, hosted by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma.
For more information and to inquire about sponsorship or a booth at the event, contact Sarah Taylor at 405-601-2081, firstname.lastname@example.org or Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma at 405-528-4475, email@example.com. Geekapalooza is hosted by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, MetroFamily Magazine and Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM).
Many thanks to our sponsors: