STEM Fest will feature many interesting booths like ISU Insect Zoo

Young people of all ages are invited to attend the annual Boone Family STEM Festival Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the DMACC Boone Campus, 1125 Hancock Dr., Boone.

More than 30 vendors representing STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be present. Free entry.

Created in 2018, it did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival is a partnership between DMACC Boone, Boone County ISU Extension & Outreach/4-H and the North Central STEM Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

“It’s very interactive, it’s a lot of fun, and there’s stuff for all ages and all levels of interest. The goal is to get more people interested in STEM,” said Natalie Hedlund, youth coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Boone County/4-H.

Toddlers and adults alike will find something to do with the hands-on activities offered at the kiosks. Some will also offer gift bags to take away.

The following entities will have booths at the festival:

  • Boone County ISU Outreach and Outreach
  • Iowa State University Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Iowa State University College of Engineering
  • DMACC Biotechnology
  • Ericson Public Library
  • Boone County 4-H Science and Engineering Club
  • Industrial Technology Club (ITEc Club)
  • DMACC Math for El Ed – Math Games
  • Cardinal Space Mining
  • Art & Science of Sound (Cymatics)
  • DMACC Nursing
  • Iowa State University WiSE
  • Ankeny DMACC STEM Club
  • Boone County Landfill
  • Boone County Recycling
  • Project SAFE (Addiction Free Environment)
  • Slingshot Bean Bag – DMACC Engineering Students
  • Boone County 4-H
  • Boone County Conservancy
  • Landus
  • Bridge Building Challenge – DMACC Engineering Students
  • Sacred Heart School
  • Projectile Movement Demonstration (Vegetable Cannon) – DMACC
  • Engineering students
  • Industrial Technology Club
  • cornices state park
  • Bayer Crop Sciences
  • ISU Insect Zoo
  • Iowa corn
  • Graduate Society of Women Engineers
  • Boone Police Department
  • Boone Fire Department
  • Psycho! – DMACC engineering student
  • Chemical recycling of plastic waste

DMACC’s Campus Café will be selling pizza for lunch.

“The Ericson Public Library will have a take-out airplane glider activity,” said children’s librarian Zach Stier.

Kids can also experience virtual reality, 3D printing, experiments and more.

“Have you ever wondered what is made from Iowa corn? Check out the Iowa corn trailer to find out,” Hedlund said. “Did you know that you can extract DNA from a strawberry? ISU Insect Zoo will join us with many insects that you can touch or see up close.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council was formed in 2011 by Executive Order of the Governor to “engage and prepare students for a career-ready professional path, regain our state’s historic leadership position in education, and provide a vital competitive economic advantage now and in the future, to ensure that every Iowa student has access to world-class STEM education opportunities.

To learn more, visit iowastem.org.