Northeast Iowa STEM Festival Provides Opportunity to Explore Hands-On

500 parents, students and guests from school districts throughout Northeast Iowa made their way to Calmar on Thursday, April 24, for the second annual Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival.   This free event, offered students a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experiments and activities provided. County Youth Coordinators from Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties in partnership with the College of Engineering at Iowa State University and the Iowa 4-H program led fun and interactive hands-on activities for students at the festival.  Those activities included: A frog life cycle life interactive game that allowed young people to learn about the stages of life for a frog. Bubble science was also used as a way to learn about carbon dioxide and its role in our environment. A world in motion gave students a chance to race each other with cars on a track.  Students were also given the opportunity to run the bike blender from the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and sample a healthy smoothie.  STEM activities are a strong part of our county 4-H program in Northeast Iowa, please contact your local office for more information about 4-H and how to join.

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