Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival


2017 Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival


The Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival occurred on Tuesday, November 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

The goals of the festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers. Organizations throughout the state featured interactive STEM exhibits and activities for all ages. Families can drive a robot, conduct amazing science experiments, learn about small animals, explore the medical fields and much more! The STEM festival included shows from the Grout Museum District and the film/documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World throughout the evening.






Dream Big is a HUGE film. Literally. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.




The Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo Community Schools, Cedar Falls Community School District, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, Central Rivers AEA, Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, Grout Museum District, Hawkeye Community College, John Deere, Society of Women Engineers - Cedar Valley Section, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, University of Northern Iowa and Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.