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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 research roundtables, such as "Cerf's Up," bringing together leading international and local experts. Additionally, we organize community events like the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival. This year, we are thrilled to partner with the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club for the inaugural 4th of July Drone Show at La Jolla Shores, where we will showcase a spectacular display of technology and artistry. In collaboration with Sound Explorations, based in New Bedford, MA, we expand our reach, develop educational programs, and inspire curiosity, creativity, and a deeper understanding of STEAM subjects. 

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Collaborative & Innovative Programs

Collaborative & Innovative Programs

4th of July Drone Show

Community Event

Restore the Magic of 4th of July in La Jolla with an Innovative Drone Show! For the past few years, La Jolla has missed out on the cherished tradition of 4th of July fireworks. But this year, we have an exciting opportunity to revive the magic of this special day in a new and environmentally friendly way. We're bringing a cutting-edge drone show to La Jolla, using technology to update an old tradition and create a fun, mesmerizing experience for our community. Your donation will go directly towards the production costs of the drone show, ensuring that the La Jolla community can gather together and celebrate our nation's independence in a safe, innovative, and eco-friendly way. Let's unite as a community and reclaim the magic of 4th of July in La Jolla.

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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.

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Cerf's Up in San Diego

Science & Technology

The San Diego area has a deep and diverse community of academic and private sector experts in leading-edge research and technologies as well as the financial and business structure needed to support their maturation to serve society. This meeting is organized to facilitate knowledge exchange and perhaps stimulate productive collaboration among different elements of this diverse community. Many technology leaders see great potential in the San Diego region. The hope is that greater collaboration will lead to new opportunities.


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.

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