SCC to Host 2016 Southeast Iowa Regional STEMFest, April 23

04/14/2016

The 3rd Annual Southeast Iowa Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Festival (STEMFest) will take place at SCC's West Burlington campus on April 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  SCC is partnering with the Southeast Iowa STEM Hub, local businesses and manufacturers and educators for the event.

STEMFest exposes kids and adults to careers and opportunities in STEM-related fields through hands-on activities led by exhibitors across the region. Participants will explore STEM careers through robotics and healthcare simulations as well as magnetism and wind energy exhibits.

With the increasing demand and current labor shortage for jobs requiring digital and technical skills, a background in STEM has become essential for an expanding variety of fields. SCC Work-Based Learning Specialist, Leanne Krogmeier, says the festival is a great way for students to discover a range of careers in Southeast Iowa’s growing industries.

“STEM careers are growing faster than any other due to our growing reliance on technology,” says Krogmeier.  “We want students to keep exploring the world of STEM.  At STEMFest we take it beyond textbooks and classrooms.” 

Last year, over 1000 students and parents participated in STEMFest. Krogmeier hopes the trend continues this year.

“My hope for this years’ STEMFest is that we will continue to teach students and parents about how fun STEM can be.  We have over 30 exhibitors signed up with plenty of hands on activities and take home items for the students. 

STEMFest is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Southeast Iowa Regional STEMFest, visit: http://se.iowastem.org/

For questions about STEMfest at SCC, contact Leanne Krogmeier at 319-208-5053, or email lkrogmeier@scciowa.edu

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