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'Sue's Tech Kitchen:' STEM Adventures With Food for Kids

A 3D-printed s'more? Tech plus snacks equals super family fun this weekend

Nancy Chaney

Published on: August 20, 2018

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Sue's Tech Kitchen

There's no "K" in "STEM" — the common acronym for science, technology, engineering and math — but this weekend, we can throw one in for "kitchen" thanks to a food-focused, hands-on STEM event for kids that's making a stop in Tacoma.

The interactive event is called Sue's Tech Kitchen and it's designed to get kids excited about technology by using food as the platform. While it might sound strange a first, here's a teaser: You get to make and eat a 3D-printed s'more!

Sue's Tech Kitchen sets up shop this Friday–Sunday, Aug. 24–26, at the Tacoma Armory, located at 1001 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma. You buy timed-entry tickets and once you enter at your assigned time, you can stay as long as you want.

So what will your kids get to do at Sue's Tech Kitchen beside making and eating that s'more? A sampling of hands-on stations: Do a chemistry experiment where you get to eat the results, try out a drone that delivers snacks and control a robot with candy. 

Sue's Tech Kitchen is an idea brought to life by entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. It's a national touring event designed to encourage kids to explore technology by connecting it to food. 

If you go...

When: The Sue's Tech Kitchen national tour stops in Tacoma Friday–Sunday, Aug. 24–26. Timed-entry tickets are available on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Where: Find Sue's Tech Kitchen at the Tacoma Armory, located at 1001 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma.

Tickets: Buy online.

Cost: Kids' tickets to Sue's Tech Kitchen are $7; adult tickets are $15. (The tour's standard adult price of $24.95 has been reduced thanks to a grant from the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber and Broadway Center.)

Ages: All ages are welcome. Experiments and stations are probably best-suited to kids ages 5 and up.

Food allergies: Sue's Tech Kitchen's national website states that no nuts or shellfish are used in the snacks or experiments, but some dairy is. The website says they cannot guarantee the absence of allergens in the food; visitor discretion is advised.

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