DMACC Ankeny Campus to Host STEM Festival

Posted 10/14/2019

​​Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) Ankeny Campus will host its sixth annual STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Festival on Monday, October 28.  The event is free, family-friendly, open to the public and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the FFA Enrichment Center. Registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. The event is for third through eighth graders and their families.

There will be nearly 60 booths featuring interactive learning activities, hands-on demonstrations and make-and-takes. Presenters come from local business and industry, high schools and colleges, student and professional groups, and non-profit entities.

Some of the hands-on demonstrations include experiencing virtual reality using VR headsets, designing an object in Computer Aided Design and then printing it off on a 3-D printer, making a water cycle model that attendees can take home with them, driving a FIRST LEGO league robot with an infrared controller and using homemade play dough along with AA batteries to light LEDs.  

“This year’s STEM festival will showcase a record number of exhibitors, all of which will offer fun, interactive booths for young people to explore STEM concepts and careers within STEM areas, said DMACC Work-Based Learning Coordinator Amy Steenhoek.  “We look forward to an evening with lots of energy, creating, exploring, making and interacting as students learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

Partnering with the South Central STEM Hub and the Governor’s STEM Initiative, the festival is an effort to introduce Iowans to educational and career opportunities offered in STEM. To sign up as a presenter, volunteer or attendee, please visit the South Central STEM Hub’s website at https://scstemhub.drake.edu/.​

For more information, contact: Amy Steenhoek at (515) 965-7117 or absteenhoek@dmacc.edu

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