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Family Festivals

STEM Festivals

STEM is about learning, investigation and career readiness…but, in Northeast Iowa, it is also about FUN!

The Northeast Regional Hub partners with local community leaders and educators to host four Family STEM Festivals. Exhibitors from throughout Iowa spark student and parent interest with hands-on learning ranging from driving robots and trying virtual welding to testing chemical reactions and flying flight simulators.  Each festival is quickly becoming a community-wide, must attend event!

Organized like a street festival or county fair, visitors stroll from activity to activity at their leisure. This awe-inspiring day will feature compelling, educational and entertaining activities, performances and exhibits to boost children's interest in STEM. 


2016-2017 Family STEM Festivals:

October 20, 2016 - Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival (Oelwein)

November 10, 2016 - Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival

April 13, 2017 - Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival (Decorah)

April 22, 2017 - Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival


October 20

Northeast Iowa STEM Festival - Oelwein

Date: 10/20/2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:
Oelwein Plaza Center
25 W Charles St, Oelwein, IA

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival will take place on Thursday, October 20 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Plaza Center in Oelwein. The festival is free and open to the public. 

The goals of the festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers in their local communities. 

Organizations from the Northeast Iowa will present exhibits and hands-on activities for kids pre-K through 12 and their families. Attendees can drive robots, conduct amazing science experiments, and much more! In addition, the festival showcases STEM programs in local schools and offer interactive specialty shows throughout the evening.

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the University of Northern Iowa, Oelwein Community School District, AEA 267, County Extension and Outreach, IowaWorks, Keystone AEA, Northeast Iowa Community College, Oelwein Chamber and Area Development, Transco Railway Products and Upper Iowa University. 


November 10

Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival 2016

Date: 11/10/2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location:
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center
200 W 4th St, Waterloo, IA 50701

2016 Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival will take place on Thursday, November 10 from 4:00 to 7:30 PM at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. The festival is free and open to the public. 

Over 70 organizations from the Cedar Valley and throughout Iowa will present exhibits and hands-on activities for kids pre-K through 12 and their families. Attendees can drive robots, conduct amazing science experiments, and much more! In addition, the festival showcases STEM programs in local schools and offer interactive specialty shows throughout the evening.

The Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo Community Schools, Cedar Falls Community School District, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, AEA 267, Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Hawkeye Community College, University of Northern Iowa, John Deere, Grout Museum District, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley and the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.