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The LJ STEAM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Music) for the benefit of the La Jolla Community. Our mission is to foster a love for STEAM disciplines and promote their integration into various aspects of life. We achieve our goals through programs and projects, such as "Cerf's Up," bringing together leading international and local experts. We are collaborating with Applied Minds, Inc. on an Ocean Health Initiative. We expand our reach, develop educational programs, and inspire curiosity, creativity, and a deeper understanding of STEAM subjects in collaboration with Sound Explorations, based in New Bedford, MA. Additionally, we organize community events like the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival and La Jolla Shores 4th of July Drone Show.

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Collaborative & Innovative Programs

Collaborative & Innovative Programs

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Science through Sight Sense and Sound

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Let Music Speak for You

LJ STEAM (La Jolla, CA) and Sound Explorations (New Bedford, MA) believe that the arts provide an accessible and emotionally powerful means of communication. While Sound Explorations has focused specifically on using music as a form of communication, LJ STEAM has an expanded vision to include the visual arts, literature, poetry, dance, theater and music. Our collaboration has included creation of Underwater Musical Adventures, Sonification of Whale behavior, and Underwater Musical Storybooks. With support from Kiwanis Club of La Jolla we launched a new educational project, the Underwater Carnival which we debuted at the 2022 La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival in Santa’s Village. Our Musical Underwater Adventures can be enjoyed by everyone, including the visually impaired.

Ocean Health Initiative
Discovery & Exploration 

Science & Technology

LJ STEAM (La Jolla, CA) and Applied Minds, Inc. (Burbank, CA) have joined forces to enhance understanding of our oceans, particularly their health and its impact on climate change. Our vision seeks to amplify global knowledge of ocean resources and changes through thorough technological research and comprehensive data collection. Acknowledging the limitations of our knowledge, we identify a crucial need to systematically observe and innovate in our data collection and technology  usage. We focus on the scientific data deficit to bridge gaps in inner oceanic spaces with a fervor and scale akin to the exploration of outer space.

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La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Arts & Music

The parade and holiday festival draws over 25,000 people a year to downtown La Jolla. This year's parade is shaping up to be the best ever with over 100 entries, including beauty queens in vintage vehicles, a dozen bands, 60 equestrians and several thousand kids marching in various groups (Girl Scouts, Brownies, Gymnastics, Boy and Cub Scouts, school marching bands and color guards). The parade starts at Girard Avenue and Kline Street and heads toward the beach. It always ends with a family festival, which this year is on Wall Street.