Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival


The 2023 Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival will occur on Thursday, April 20 from 4PM to 7PM at Clarke University in Dubuque.

The festival is free and open to the public. The goals of the STEM festival are to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities and to introduce students and parents to STEM careers in the community. Exhibits  presented hands-on STEM activities.


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We are looking for Businesses, Industries, Higher Education, Non-profit groups, Government organizations, and any other organizations involved in STEM education/careers to provide hands-on interactive exhibits at our 2023 Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival!


Exhibitor FAQs:

How much does it cost to exhibit?   FREE!


What time do I have to be there?   The Festival starts at 4:00PM, we allow exhibitors to set up starting at 1:00PM. We do ask that you be present and set up a little before 4:00PM.


What is provided for me?   We provide each exhibit with 1 eight foot table and two chairs. If requested, we can get you more tables and/or chairs.


What are we looking for in an exhibitor?   There are endless possibilities of what the students and families could do at your booth including: conducting an experiment, playiing a game, participating in an interactive demonstration, and more!


What types of activities can we do?   For exhibitor ideas, visit our exhibit examples page!


Organized like a street festival or county fair, visitors stroll from activity to activity at their leisure. All ages are welcome to attend. Exhibits will feature interactive STEM activities for students and their families. Attendees may conduct amazing science experiments, observe a variety of fascinating animals, perform surgery with a Laparoscopic Surgical Trainer, test their skills on a welding simulator, measure electricity usage of common electronic devices, and much more!

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The Dubuque Area 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, in partnership with Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council, Dubuque Community School District, Holy Family Catholic Schools, Dubuque County Extension and Outreach, Clarke University, Loras College, University of Dubuque, IowaWORKSDubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, Keystone Area Education Agency, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Dubuque Area Chamber.

For questions, please contact Jeff Beneke at 319-273-7397.