STEM Festivals are held around the state to educate students, at an early age, on STEM (science, technology, engineer, mathematics) careers. Business leaders attend the festival to share their job roles, with the students, through hands on activities.
On Monday, French-Reneker Associates from Fairfield and the STEM hub partnered to hold a STEM Festival at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for K-12th grade students and parents. 145 students registered to attend and there were many walk-ins.
Elevate Advanced Manufacturing attended the STEM Festival to educate the students on manufacturing careers. At the Elevate booth, the students built airplanes out of a straw, two thin pieces of paper, and tap.
Many other companies attended including Agri-Industrial Plastics, Indian Hills Community College, Jefferson County Extension & Outreach, Great Prairie Area Education Agency, Jefferson County Health Center, John Deere Ottumwa Work, and many others.