February was a month jam-packed with STEM programming in Iowa, with two of the state's biggest annual STEM Festivals. On Saturday, February 23rd, Southeastern Community College welcomed families from across Southeast Iowa, offering them shelter from the rain and a variety of activities for the entire family. Aside from incredible booths from businesses and education institutions in the area, the Southeast Iowa STEM Festival also featured interactive shows from Absolute Science involving wacky live experiments. All ages could experience the animal fun brought by Niabi Zoo, including a meet-and-great with the animals. With dozens of exhibitors and over 1,500 attendees, Southeast Iowa STEM Fest was a great success!
Just three days later, the Kirkwood Linn Regional Center in Hiawatha hosted over 1,000 attendees for the Linn County STEM Festival. With over 30 interactive booths from local businesses and organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Collins Aerospace, Iowa Childrens Museum, NewBoCo, universities across Iowa and more, there was something to learn around every corner. FIRST LEGO League also held their regional competition in conjunction with the STEM Festival, giving the students a chance to reveal their impressive projects. Festival-goers were also treated to virtual reality demonstrations, as well as FTC Robotics teams at the high school level showing off their newly-built robot for competition. This fun-filled event proved to be an excellent way to spend a Tuesday evening.
The Southeast Iowa STEM Hub would like to thank all organizers, volunteers, exhibitors, and attendees that made these great events possible. To learn more about STEM events happening near you, visit our Facebook events page.