STEAMachine was founded by Julia Wang and grew out of years of loving literature. Julia fell in love with reading when she was 10-years old because of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Inspired by Camp Half-Blood branches springing up in Austin, TX and Brooklyn, NY, Julia wanted to bring demigod training to Southern California. Five years after discovering Camp Half-Blood in the pages of books, Julia created her own CHB branch in Tustin, California in the summer of 2017. Camp Half Blood Orange County is a combination of her love of reading and her love of STEM. Afterall, a demigod hero must know biology to dress wounds and engineering to create catapults and trebuchets. As Athena always says, demigods must be strong and agile, both physically and mentally in order to win their battles.
After successfully launching her first summer camp and seeing such positive feedback from campers, Julia wanted to do more. She wanted to expand her camp and give equal access to ANY student desiring to participate. Thus in 2018, The Steam Machine Inc. , a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization was created to give equal opportunities for all children in our community to learn next generation STEM curriculum and promote physical fitness, all through engaging and fun active play. Today, with the help of 3 incredible partners: The Dragon Kim Foundation, Tiger Woods Foundation and RoughFit, STEAMachine is able to offer tuition-free scholarships to students in need. Following a "One-for-One" business model, for every paid student enrolled, STEAMachine scholarships one student in need. For every child deserves access to entertaining STEM based learning!