Two Bit Circus Wins Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for Making Kids Want to Learn

LOS ANGELES--()--Two Bit Circus founders Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman have been awarded a POPULAR MECHANICS' Breakthrough Innovator Award. These two men want to overhaul how we teach kids the essential subjects of science, math and engineering – all disciplines children have struggled with mightily in this country for nearly a generation.

“With the STEAM Carnival we’re appealing to kids’ interest in artistic fields like music, fashion, and games, to create new pathways to STEM learning and activate different types of learners. Once interested, natural connections to math and science can be made.”

Popular Mechanics recently announced the winners of its tenth annual Breakthrough Awards, which recognize the innovators, engineers and scientists responsible for changing our world. With 14 honorees, Brent and Eric, were recognized in the November issue of Popular Mechanics, available on newsstands October 14, and also celebrated at an awards ceremony in New York City.

Two Bit Circus was honored for creating the world’s most ambitious education carnival, STEAM Carnival (STEAM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Robots, interactive experiences, contests, prizes, and games fill kids’ heads with essential information they never knew they wanted to know.

“STEAM adds Art to the popular STEM acronym used by policy makers and educators,” said Brent Bushnell, CEO, Two Bit Circus. “With the STEAM Carnival we’re appealing to kids’ interest in artistic fields like music, fashion, and games, to create new pathways to STEM learning and activate different types of learners. Once interested, natural connections to math and science can be made.”

More information on this year’s honorees can be found on the Popular Mechanics website here.

For more information about the STEAM Carnival including a complete schedule of events, and for tickets to the STEAM Week events, please visit: http://steamcarnival.com

About Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus lives at the intersection of technology and spectacle. Engineering entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, they blur the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement. Based in Los Angeles, this interdisciplinary team of artists, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs develop spectacular productions with the goal to inspire, engage, and reinvent the way people play and learn.

For more information: Like TwoBitCircus on Facebook, follow @TwoBitCircus on Twitter, and visit www.twobitcircus.com

About Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics empowers readers to navigate the increasingly complex, technological world around us. The magazine, published monthly by Hearst Magazines, inspires, instructs and influences 9 million curious readers. Their mindset—the hunger to know, the desire to investigate and learn—drives them to explore, experiment and experience a wide range of interests. Issues engage readers with breakthroughs in the latest innovations in science and technology; educates with informative how-to stories on vehicles, the home and digital technology; and motivates action with product reviews and comparison tests of the newest equipment and products. Popular Mechanics is also the No. 1-ranked men’s monthly magazine when it comes to reaching an environmentally conscious audience. The brand is a 21st-century must-read, with a robust website (popularmechanics.com) and an award-winning tablet edition.

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