Over 800 area students and their families enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the 4th Annual STEM Festival, held February 21 at Kirkwood Community College’s Linn County Regional Center. Students from several District schools were involved in the event, including Franklin Middle School, Harding Middle School, Johnson STEAM Magnet Academy School, Kenwood Leadership Academy, METRO STEAM Academy, and Wright Elementary School, as well as the District’s Home School Assistance Program. Exhibits ranged from making slime to testing robots.
The event, showcasing more than 50 exhibitors, also included presentations, displays, and activities from the Iowa Speedway, National Advanced Driving Simulator, Kirkwood Community College, ProCircular, Cornell College, Coe College, Five Rivers Carpenters Apprenticeship, Alliant Energy, Hall & Hall Engineers, and the Cedar Rapids Smile Center.
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“The District is committed to providing students and their families comprehensive college and career planning through career awareness, exploration, planning, and preparation,” said Tara Troester, Career and Technical Education Facilitator and event organizer. “Activities and events such as the STEM Festival assist in supporting in-building work to support students to be college, career, and community ready.”
“The Festival was amazing,” added Mary Ellen Maske, Deputy Superintendent. “The Kirkwood Regional Center location provided a great opportunity to showcase STEM projects and initiatives. The atmosphere was festive and energized and it was heartwarming to see families engaged in conversations around student's thinking and inquisitions – not to mention the learning.”