Photos: Second Annual S.T.E.A.M. Con draws record crowd

A slow start blossomed into a record crowd at Saturday's clash of pop culture, science and fiction.

The Sapulpa Public Library held its 2nd annual S.T.E.A.M Con, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics Convention, Friday, October 25th, and Saturday, October 26th.  The Steampunk and Pop Culture event was sponsored by SeneGence International, Muscogee Creek Nation, and Friends of the Library.

Inclement weather forced many of the vendors and participants indoors. In spite of the cold and rain, nearly  450 people attended S.T.E.A.M Con Friday.

Friday’s events included the MCN Art Contest, Tai Chi, KidZone Crafts, Fab Lab Demonstration of laser fabrication, and a robotics demonstration by the Sapulpa High School Robotics team.

There was a book signing by local author, D.E. Chandler, who writes science fiction/horror/ fantasy novels/ Chandler currently has 3 books in publication and is working on her Masters of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University. Saturday’s events included CosPlay costume contest, Sheriff of Steampunk presentation, and Mad Science demonstrations.

Derick Brock, Sarah Post, Dr. Barrett Huddleston, and Brock’s wife, Dr. Tonnette Brock, from Mad Science, Go to schools and other venues encouraging children to be interested in and learn about science through their presentations.

The Sheriff of Steampunk, Brian Swearingen, is the director of the Sky Marshalls, the law enforcement of the Multiverse, which is a Steampunk charity performance organization that travels throughout a 4 state area, to raise funds for whatever cause is being featured, the default charity is the Epilepsy Foundation.

There were a host of vendors selling everything from comic art to Steampunk art, jewelry, and devices.  The total attendance for the event was nearly 1200 people.

About the Author

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.

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