STEMFest returns to SCC on Feb. 23

Taylor Eismann of Aeroview Services in Sperry, talks with area eighth graders about land surveying and how drone technology has improved quality and clarity in the industry at the 2018 STEMFest. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

WEST BURLINGTON – The sixth annual Southeast Iowa Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Festival (STEMFest) will take place at SCC’s West Burlington campus on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event is a joint effort between SCC, the Southeast Iowa STEM Hub, local businesses, manufacturers, and educators.

STEMFest introduces kids and adults to careers and opportunities in STEM-related fields through hands-on activities, exhibits, and demonstrations. Participants explore STEM careers through robotics and healthcare simulations, as well as electronics and renewable energy exhibits.

With the growing demand for jobs requiring digital and technical skills, a background in STEM is essential for many careers. SCC Work-Based Learning Specialist Leanne Krogmeier, says STEMFest is also great way for students to explore careers in Southeast Iowa’s industries.

“STEM jobs continue to dominate the list of hot careers,” says Krogmeier.  “That’s why it’s so important we get kids interested while they’re young. STEMFest is a fun and creative way to show kids ideas and career paths they may not have seen or considered before.”

This year’s event will feature animals from Niabi Zoo, kid-friendly demonstrations by Absolute Science, and Iowa Public Television will lead families in the creation of small motorized contraptions called Wiggle Bot. People may also tour the SCC’s Health Professions Center.

The popular event attracts hundreds of people every year.

“Our goal is to continue to show students and parents how fun STEM can be,” says Krogmeier. “We’ve got another great lineup of exhibitors from across the region and plenty of cool activities.”

STEMFest is free and open to the public.

For questions about STEMFest at SCC, contact Leanne Krogmeier at (319) 208-5053, or lkrogmeier@scciowa.edu.

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