R4 Creating will host a free community STEM Festival to celebrate Labor Day.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, kids ages 6-18 can experience 3-D printing, robotics, carnival games and virtual reality at the newly opened STEAM Center of Excellence, 4311 Sara Road in Rio Rancho. The second annual festival is free and gives kids a look at what R4 Creating has to offer.

R4 Creating, which has won multiple championships and awards, works to connect STEAM educators with the necessary resources to prepare students ages 6-18 to enter the STEAM Workforce Pipeline. R4 promotes the growth of STEAM education and enrichment through its robotics teams and a Robotics Leadership Academy. Classes cost $175 per semester, but Dr. Shelly Gruenig, the executive director of R4 Creating, said no child has ever been turned away from the program. She works tirelessly to raise money to make sure any student who wants it has access to the lessons learned at R4.

“I say it’s like at the intersection of where fun and learning collide. Because it is that, right?” Gruenig said.