Families from school districts throughout Northeast Iowa will be making their way to Calmar on Thursday, April 24, to drive robots, play with tornadoes and even pilot flight simulators at the second annual Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival.
Families from school districts throughout Northeast Iowa will be making their way to Calmar on Thursday, April 24, to drive robots, play with tornadoes and even pilot flight simulators at the second annual Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival. This free event, which takes place at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Wilder Business Center from 4:00-7:30 PM, will offer students a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experiments and activities provided. The 40+ exhibitors include STEM Community Champions across Iowa.
Hosted by the Northeastern Iowa Regional STEM Hub at the University of Northern Iowa, the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a FREE event for students and their families from Allamakee, Central, Clayton Ridge, Decorah Community, Eastern Allamakee, Edgewood-Colesburg, Fredericksburg, Howard-Winneshiek, MFL Marmac, Nashua-Plainfield, New Hampton, North Fayette, North Winneshiek, Oelwein, Postville, Riceville, South Winneshiek, Starmont, Turkey Valley, Valley and West Central community school districts.
“We are so excited to be able to offer this second annual STEM festival for our families in Northeast Iowa,” said James Hoelscher, Northeast Regional STEM Hub Manager. “These festivals have reached out to upper elementary and middle school students and opened their eyes to the world of possibilities that STEM can bring them.”
"I really loved participating as an exhibitor in the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival last year," Said Darian Everding, a student at the University of Northern Iowa. "It was really inspiring to see how involved the kids would be trying to learn how to fly a plane on the flight simulator we had. They had such a sense of wonder and curiosity that is just heartwarming."
The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a collaborative partnership between NICC, Winneshiek County Development, Inc., Keystone Area Education Agency, Iowa Works, Upper Explorerland Regional Council of Governments, Iowa State Extension, the Northeast Iowa Business Network and the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Hub at the University of Northern Iowa.
Headquartered at UNI, the Northeast STEM Hub joins the university’s STEM education community in supporting STEM programs for teachers and students in Iowa. For more information about this or other STEM events, visitneiowastem.com or call (319)273-7398.