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Imagine yourself in a space station, floating as you see the earth below. Attendees of the STEM Innovation Bowl will be able to don a virtual reality headset outfitted with a motion controller and for a couple minutes become an astronaut. The motion controller senses hand movements and allows actual interaction with virtual objects—the buttons of the space station and tools—while weightless in a zero gravity environment. This is one of the many interactive exhibits at Santa Clara’s STEM Innovation Bowl, which will be held January 30, 2016 at the Central Park Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and feature:


As part of the Countdown to Kick-off, the event celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with the theme “Experience from Afar.” Super Bowl 50 will be watched by millions of people on TVs and laptops streaming content, but what’s in store for future football games? The STEM Innovation Bowl will demonstrate the future of immersive technology and highlight virtual reality, augmented reality, telepresence robots, computer vision, 3D video, gaming and Santa Clara’s interactive map tool, MapSantaClara. Presentations will delve into the technologies. View a schedule of the presentations.
Recommended for grades 6 and up. Younger grades should be accompanied by an adult. Younger grades will enjoy the Innovation Stations---hands-on areas---where kids can learn about circuit boards, build with blocks and straws, create mosaics using math, interact with robots and launch rockets.
The Santa Clara Library and Information Technology Departments have created this event through a partnership with innovative local tech companies.

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STEM Brochure and Map of Library

 Interactive Exhibits

Company Title  Exhibit Description 
Allied Telesis

3D Education @ Light Speed 
Experience eye-popping three-dimensional scenes as never before! Allied Telesis reveals the latest advancements in glasses-free 3D video technology—ideal for education applications. 
Leap Motion



Reach into New Worlds with Leap Motion 

3 Virtual Reality & Motion Controller Demos:

  • Weightless: Float in zero gravity and discover outer space.
  • Geometric: Explore a world where you can play with a variety of friendly, colorful, geometric creatures.
  • Neos: The Origin: Experience divine power -- raise land from an ocean, place terrain and trees in your new world, or change day into night.

2 PC & Motion Controller Demos:

  • Spiders of Mars: Fire up your space lasers and shoot down deadly bugs in Spiders of Mars – an endless shooter where you square off against an never-ending horde of robot spiders
  • Mobius: Take control of your ship’s arsenal with your bare hands in the twin-hand arcade shooter Mobius, and watch out for incoming bullets!  




Virtual Reality Sports Viewing  LiveLike is a Virtual Reality (VR) startup that has developed a sports viewing platform that leverages VR to bring live stadium experiences to fans' living rooms. Experience fan engagement at the next level through a unique and proprietary platform that puts users inside a VIP suite at the heart of the game. Users can share the excitement of watching their favorite games with family, friends and other fans regardless of physical location.


NVIDIA Gaming Room

Try NVIDIA® SHIELD™ and experience the future of video games. Transform your living room experience with 4K streaming, advanced gaming, and the hottest movies and shows. A new generation of great apps and games and your favorite songs at the touch of a button.

Stop by the NVIDIA Gaming room to play the coolest new video games. 





Osmo Computer Vision 

Osmo is a new, fun and educational gaming platform for kids utilizing computer vision. A hands on set of iPad games played with real-world pieces, encouraging core skills like creative thinking, social interaction, collaboration, and endless possibilities of physical play. 


Pley-- Rent Toys 


Pley Zone  An interactive and educational building area where kids can explore their imagination and creativity with LEGO bricks!  Pley - The Toy Rental Company - is helping to usher in a new era of sharing and collaborative consumption, starting with re-cycling LEGO toys and building together.  The Pley Zone allows future engineers, artists, and architects to build side by side and together to accomplish a common goal.  Building with LEGO pieces is something that kids of all ages (even adults) can relate to and enjoy with each other. 

Suitable Technologies


Drive a BEAM  Drive a Beam telepresence device for yourself! Beam grants shared experiences between friends, students, teams and guests by transporting a person’s presence to any place of interest. The Beam™ SPS (Smart Presence System), which includes products BeamPro and Beam+, is a telepresence solution that combines mobility and video conferencing for an immersive communication experience everywhere conversations take place. Beam enables people to be there, and to interact naturally by seeing and being seen, hearing and being heard, and the freedom to move about, from anywhere in the world.  
City of Santa Clara IT Department & Arini Geographics &



Exploring MapSantaClara is an interactive city map.  Go on a virtual scavenger hunt to find what Santa Clara is all about! Explore the family fun attractions throughout the city, and find new parks and restaurants to enjoy. Print a map or property report of your home that can be shared with friends. See the many map layers available, including general plan, zoning code, and flood zone layers.
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