STEMFest returns to SCC’s West Burlington Campus on April 22

04/13/2017

The third annual Southeast Iowa Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Festival (STEMFest) will take place at SCC's West Burlington campus on April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event is a joint effort between SCC, the Southeast Iowa STEM Hub, local businesses and manufacturers and area educators.

STEMFest exposes kids and adults to careers and opportunities in STEM-related fields through hands-on activities led by exhibitors across the region. Participants explore STEM careers through robotics and healthcare simulations as well as electronics and renewable 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 projected to grow faster than all other careers over the next ten years,” 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 expose kids to concepts and career paths they may never see or consider.” 

Last year, over 800 people attended the event. Krogmeier hopes the trend continues this year.

“My hope for this year’s STEMFest is that we can keep teaching students and parents about how fun STEM can be.  We’ve got dozens of exhibitors from across the region and state 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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