Part I: My Experience with the OC Fair Imaginology
For ten of the fifteen years I have been a homeschooling parent, my children and I have enjoyed the hands-on, project-based learning that occurs by participating in the OC Fair Imaginology (formerly called the Youth Expo). The OC Fair Imaginology is a S.T.E.A.M. youth event that is free for schools and families to register and attend. It takes place at the Orange County Fairgrounds, in Costa Mesa, over one weekend in April. Children create projects to showcase their talents and work during this weekend. Schools and educational organizations host S.T.E.A.M. activities in booths at the fair, which are free to participate in. This creates an educationally enriching and stimulating environment that is fun, and free, for the whole family to participate in, all weekend long (Friday thru Sunday). My children and I have been immersed in this wonderful fair over many years, and we look forward to being immersed and attending for a few more years (until my homeschooling years officially conclude).
While fun and free are appealing and accurate to describe registration and attendance at the fair, these words don’t relay the commitment of creating an OC Fair Imaginology project. Nor do they relay the excitement that homeschool parents can experience when planning one of these projects, to incorporate into their yearly homeschool curriculum.
When the OC Fair Imaginology Competition Guide comes out each year (in January or February), I get very excited. While sitti