Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival

The Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival will take place on Thursday, November 8 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Convention Center in Waterloo. 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.



Join us in sharing the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with students and families across eastern Iowa. The goals of the STEM festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers.


Who is Invited to Exhibit

  • Business and industry

  • Institutions of higher education

  • Non-profit groups

  • Government organizations

  • Other


What we are Looking for in an Exhibitor
There are endless possibilities of what the students and families could do at your booth including:

  • conducting an experiment

  • playing a game

  • participating in an interactive demonstration

  • for examples, please go to the Northeast STEM Hub website.


There is no fee for exhibitors to participate, but all exhibitors are required to register. For more information, or assistance with registration, please contact Jeff Beneke at 319-273-7397 or by email at jeff.beneke@uni.edu


NOTE:  Upon successful submission, an email confirmation will be sent immediately following your registration.


Exhibit at Cedar Valley


Past exhibitors have included:

Cedar Valley Career Connections
Metro Home Educators -Flaming Wheel Motor Sports Ten80 Race Team
National Advanced Driving Simulator
Waterloo Career Center - Early Childhood
Expo Alternative Learning Center
Waterloo Career Center - Graphic Communications
Waterloo Career Center - Advanced Manufacturing
132nd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) Outreach Program
Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District
Cedar Valley Makers / Cedar Falls Public Library / Waterloo Public Library
Cedar Valley Sertoma
Cedar Valley Society of Women Engineers [CV SWE] and John Deere Women in Operations [JD WiO]
Eastern Iowa Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) Chapter
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Green Iowa Americorps
Grout Museum District
Hawkeye Community College
Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom
Iowa Public Television
Iowa Speedway
Iowa State Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Dick Young Greenhouse
Iowa State Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Master Gardeners
ISU Alumni of Black Hawk County
ISU Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County 4-H Program
ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County + FoodCorps
John Deere Waterloo Operations
John Deere WomenReach
Monsanto -Grinnell
Monsanto - Independence
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
National Society of Black Engineers
Struxture Architects
The Iowa Children's Museum
University of Iowa Health Care
University of Northern Iowa STEM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Viking Pump
Wartburg College - Science Education
Wartburg College - Public Health
Waterloo Black Hawks
Waterloo Center for the Arts
Waterloo Fire Rescue
Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
Blessed Sacrament
Saint Edward School
Poyner Elementary
Orange Elementary
Elk Run Early Childhood
Lincoln Elementary School, Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls High School
Holmes Junior High School
Cedar Falls CAPS



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, Central Rivers AEA, Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, Grout Museum District, Hawkeye Community College, John Deere, Society of Women Engineers - Cedar Valley Section, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, University of Northern Iowa and Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.