STEAM Carnival Brings Learning, Live Music, Light

By Samuel Rocha | Assignments Editor |

On Nov. 15, STEAM Carnival was held in Roosevelt’s courtyard and was open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. All the different types of booths were present that had projects to show for the estimated 4,000 people attending. 

“This year it’s more about the experience and interactions with the exhibits,” DATA teacher Katy Philbrick said. 

STEAM Carnival is an event created by DATA to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math knowledge for all ages in the NEISD community.  Projects such as the Instagram room, the galaxy room, augmented sandbox had all the visitors amazed by their hard work and dedication to the projects.

“I like how diverse it is, it celebrates all subjects and not just one specific thing,” art teacher Ruth Hui said.

Chad Juniper and Zion Rangel prepare to perform as Slick Fire at STEAM carnival. Photo by Chris Pulido

This year’s STEAM Carnival had its first-ever live concert at the event. DATA seniors Chad Juniper and Zion Rangel, better known as “Slick Fire,” performed five songs off their upcoming debut album “Slick World On Fire” releasing in Spring 2020. 

“This is the first time I got the chance to perform in front of an audience,” Juniper said. “I was so nervous to be honest, but when we started walking out, I felt like a fighter about to head into the ring.”

Fans cheer for Slick Fire. Photo by Christian Hernandez

The crowd gave the duo a lot of energy.

“Before the performance I was really nervous, but at the end of the day I feel happy with how we did. Despite some mic issues, the energy was amazing from the crowd,” Rangel said. “I expected a small crowd of 20 to 30 people, but to hear all the chanting, the hype, and familiar faces, it’s a moment I will cherish for a long time.”

STEAM Carnival was a success due to all the memorable moments made that night. The concert, the new projects the students came up with, and memories made with your friends all came from STEAM Carnival.

“My favorite thing about STEAM carnival is that you get to be surrounded around a community together for a good night with your friends while people can show off their hard work over the past few weeks,” said DATA senior Jackey Guajardo.