STEM Festivals

SC Hub’s Regional STEM Festivals

Please join us as an exhibitor, volunteer or attendee at one of the 2017-18 festivals. If you have questions, please email the Hub at

STEM Festival Philosophy

STEM is about learning, investigation and career readiness, but it’s also about having FUN!

The South Central Regional Hub partners with local community leaders and educators to host annual Family STEM Festivals.  Exhibitors from throughout Iowa spark student and parent interest with hands-on learning ranging from driving robots and trying virtual welding to testing chemical reactions and building structures.  Each festival is quickly becoming a community-wide, must attend event!

Exhibit Tips

STEM Exhibits are usually interactive, hands-on experiences. Here are a few tips to help you succeed at any festival.

  • Display your group or company’s name. If appropriate, hand out flyers or brochures that list contact information for after the event.
  • Consider the age of the audience. Many festival goers range between kindergarten and 8th grade.
  • Often people spend 5-10 minutes per booth, so having a quick activity or interaction is important.
  • Let festival planners know if you need access to electricity, water, the outdoors, etc.
  • If it interests you, it will likely interest a student. Create a space that is interesting and fun.
  • The Hub is here to help you with booth ideas. Please contact Dr. Sarah Derry at

Past Exhibit Examples

There’s a STEM component in almost everything, and we can help you create a great booth that engages STEM enthusiasts of all ages. Check out some of our past exhibitors in the photos below.

Business and industry professions, like John Deere’s Inspire Program.


Colleges and universities, like Grandview Science, are regular participants.

Elementary and secondary school students often showcase school activities, like robotics teams.

2018-19 Festivals


October 22 — DMACC-Ankeny STEM Fest

DMACC-Ankeny STEM Fest

WHEN:      Monday October 22, 2018
TIME:         6-8 pm
SET-UP:     5 pm
WHERE:   FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC (1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, Iowa 50023)

On October 22, from 6-8 P.M., DMACC-Ankeny and the SC STEM Hub will host a metro STEM festival. Last year, over 800 people attended the event from all over Central Iowa.

It’s a great place to find inspiration and share inspiration. We hope to see you there!

Click HERE to register as an exhibitor or volunteer.

  • To learn more about what happens at a festival, please visit our Festivals page.
  • Note: high school volunteers are often eligible for Silver Cord hours. Please sign up using the Exhibitor/Volunteer form and bring your slip to the festival for us to sign.

Click HERE to register to attend the event as a participant.

  • Troop leaders and group advisers may register the entire group under their name by simply noting the total number of students they will be bringing along.

Appanoose County STEM Festival

DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2018
TIME: 10:00am-1:00 pm
SET-UP: 8:30am
ADDRESS: Howar Jr. High, 850 South Park Street, Centerville, IA

Click HERE to register as an EXHIBITOR.

No registration is necessary to ATTEND.

January, TBA
 * I’ll Make Me a World
 * Iowa Events Center

More announcements coming soon!