The Fair has gone STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)! The Black Hawk County Fair’s new Mini STEM Festival on July 25 and 26 will provide fairgoers an opportunity to operate robots, play with tornadoes and even pilot flight simulators while exploring over twenty hands-on STEM activities.

The Festival, to be held Thursday and Friday 10 AM – 2 PM in Estelle Hall on the National Cattle Congress fair grounds, is free to the public.  Exhibiting organizations include the American Red Cross, the Grout Museum of History and Science, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University Extension, and University of Iowa.

This inaugural event is a partnership between the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Hub at UNI and ISU Extension 4H.  Michelle Temeyer, Executive Director of Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach is excited about the addition of the STEM Festival. “4-H has always been about science, technology, engineering and math; so, partnering with the Northeast Iowa STEM Hub at UNI to present a STEM focus at the fair certainly aligns with our mission. We are pleased to host and work with so many community partners,” said Temeyer.

“The Fair is a perfect example of how organizations are uniting throughout Northeast Iowa to spark interest in STEM education” said James Hoelscher, Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Hub Manager.

“I have no doubt that families are marking the Black Hawk County Fair on their calendars as a fun, must-do summer learning opportunity.”

The Mini STEM Festival is an extension Family STEM Festivals held in Calmar, Traer, and Dubuque.  Over 4,000 students, parents, and educators attended these festivals coordinated by the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Hub at Hub, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and local school districts and organizations.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NEIASTEM,  www.extension.iastate.edu/blackhawk/ or call (319)470-8065.