STEM sparks interest during annual festival

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photo by Kayla Thompson

On Saturday, April 16, the Alumni Campus Center was buzzing with electricity as Loras College hosted the annual STEM Festival. This event is designed to encourage students’ interests in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and to also promote the importance of careers in the areas of STEM.

This year’s STEM Festival attracted over 50 exhibitors from various colleges and organizations around Northeast Iowa such as the Iowa Children’s Museum, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and many other STEM organizations in the area.

Although the festival was geared toward children between third and eighth grade, it was free and open to the public, and there was a lot to do. Each exhibitor had something fun for the guests to experience and interesting information to be learned. There was a wide variety of activities, such as getting a hug from a robot and geocaching around campus. With so many exciting things, there was something unique and fun for everyone.

Throughout the festival, one could see some of the many Loras students who had volunteered to help out wherever they could.

“Volunteering for the STEM Festival was great because I got to see so many kids so excited about things like nature and engineering,” first-year Lauren Bollweg said. “It was awesome to see families partake in such a creative day together.”

With a large attendance this year, STEM Festival hopes to continue to cultivate just as much interest in years to come in the
areas of science and math.

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