STEM Festivals

To best serve the needs of our region, we will be sponsoring multiple STEM festivals and events. The goal of the festivals is to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life by assembling experienced scientists, engineers, teachers and education experts to provide an afternoon full  of hands-on activities.

We host festivals as a school event with in depth sessions or organized like a street festival or county fair, visitors stroll from activity to activity at their leisure. Past activities have included medical simulations, robotics, virtual reality, experiments and construction.

Our festivals are always free, hands-on, minds-on events for the whole family!

NW STEM Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Festival

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Manufacturing Virtual STEM FestivalNW STEM Virtual Advanced Manufacturing Festival was held the month of October in the NW region. We have had some really awesome participation in our first ever virtual festival!  Checkout our impact numbers: 

  • 653 students in grades 5-8 participated 
  • 17 Schools participated 
  • 23 schools represented by at home students
  • 63 parents registered their children

Above are some of their submissions of the STEM Challenges associated with our Advanced Manufacturing Companies.  Below you will find some quotes from students and teachers and links to a few videos submitted of a hydraulic lift. Also below are pictures of students working through the process from Inwood Christian School, Okoboji Middle School and Emmetsburg Middle School.

Elizabeth Lucas, Teacher at Inwood Christian, "It's been so fun to see some of my students take on these projects with such enthusiasm! Students who claim that "school isn't their thing" have really grabbed onto this hands-on learning experience! I can see students' minds working to solve problems and coming up with innovative solutions!"

Taylor Larsen, 6th Grade North Union shared a text with her mom, "We started the manufacturing day today. It's SO fun!!!!! And we are actually doing it all month. YAY ITS SO FUN!!!!"

Here are a few links to videos: 

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opens in a new windowRosenboom Challenge 2 ELC

Special thank you to our Advanced Manufacturing Companies: AGCO Agriculture Company, Jackson Minnesota; Diamond Vogel Paint and Coatings, Orange City; GOMACO and GOMACO Trolley Company, Ida Grove; GKN Wheels, Estherville; Interstates, Sioux Center; Pella Corporation, Carroll and Sioux Center; Polaris, Spirit Lake; Rosenboom, Spirit Lake and Sheldon; Sekisui Aerospace, Orange City; RJ Thomas - Pilot Rock, Cherokee; and Wells Blue Bunny, Le Mars. This is a great way to expose students to STEM careers in NW Iowa. 

Also, a big thank you to Iowa Lakes Community College and the intermediary department as well as our marketing department for making this such a great event! We hope to do another virtual festival like this in the Spring. Stay tuned!

NW STEM Challenge Cards

Are you looking for ideas to keep kids busy at home? Want to challenge your children to explore and create? Checkout these challenge cards!  Learn how to create balloon speakers, go fishing for ice cubes, or create a straw rocket! There are many activities to explore! 

opens in a new windowFill out this form to receive access to NW STEM Challenge Cards. These are challenge cards for students in grades PS-8 grade. Materials needed for these challenges are household items. Upon submission of this form, you will receive access to a Google Folder that houses the challenge cards. 

NW STEM Virtual Coffee

Attention Education & Business Partners in these School Communities: Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, George Little Rock, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, MOC-Floyd Valley, Rock Valley, Sheldon, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center, South O'Brien, West Lyon, West Sioux

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NW STEM Virtual Coffee: Creating Business and Education Partnerships

The NW STEM Regional Advisory Board wanted to address a request from business and education alike, "How do we get involved in business/education partnerships?"

To facilitate that discussion, we plan to have a...

Virtual Coffee

Friday, November 20, 2020
8:45-10:30 am
(Zoom Meeting)

The Virtual Coffee will consist of:

  • Presentations from successful business/education partnerships
  • Breakout discussions with your community
  • Begin the planning process of business/education partnership event
  • Learn how the STEM Council can help you meet your goals

NW STEM Virtual Coffee Video Link.  opens in a new windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aacbw9XZ_TU

Nontraditional STEM Careers Festival

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NW STEM Virtual Festival
March 2021

Students in grades 6-8 in the NW STEM Region are invited to participate in the Nontraditional STEM Careers NW STEM Festival beginning on March 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2021.

Parents and teachers can register their students from February 8-February 15, 2021 here:  opens in a new windowhttp://bit.ly/NontraditionalFest

The goals of festivals are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce students and parents to STEM careers in Northwest Iowa.

Any questions, please email Mary Trent at mtrent@iowalakes.educreate new email

Additionally, our goal is to not let gender deter students from exploring a career they are interested in. This festival is free and entirely available online.

Presenters have supplied videos of themselves demonstrating a skill in their career and present a challenge to students to participate in a STEM challenge that relates to their career.

Upon registration, students will receive a STEM Challenge Kit with materials to complete a challenge related to our nontraditional careers. Kits will be delivered via AEA van systems.

National Library Week STEM Challenge Festival

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Students in grades K-4 in the  NW STEM Region are invited to participate in the National Library Week STEM Challenge Festival beginning on April 1, 2021and ending April 30, 2021.

Parents and teachers have until March 15, 2021 to opens in a new windowregister their students here: http://bit.ly/LibraryFest

The goals of festivals are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce students and parents to STEM careers in Northwest Iowa.

Librarians across the region have created videos of the reading of some STEM inspired children's books. We have paired STEM Challenges with each book. We also hope to encourage families to go visit their local library often!

Upon registration, students will receive a STEM Challenge Kit with materials to complete a challenge related to the story books. We have 700 kits available, so sign up- there is plenty to go around!

NW STEM hub has available 5 copies of the books for this festival. opens in a new windowYou can check out a book for the festival here. (While supplies last.)

Book List For Festival:

National Library Week Book List