STEM Day at the Fair was a Blue Ribbon Day

Child interacts with STEM Day at the Fair exhibit
STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair was held August 19 and featured many exciting hand-on learning opportunities and demonstrations on the Grand Concourse.

While the Iowa State Fair caps the summer for many Iowans each year, STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair offered many exciting demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities to get students and families excited for the school year.

Held on August 19, STEM Day at the Fair featured 23 exhibiting partners, six stage acts and eight corporate sponsors.

More than 400 fairgoers stopped by the STEM Stage throughout the day to check out amazing performances and demonstrations from Absolute Science, Blank Park Zoo, FIRST, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa State University Engineering Community Outreach and the Science Center of Iowa.

At noon, STEM Council Co-Chairs Gov. Kim Reynolds and Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens provided remarks on the STEM Stage and announced the nomination period for the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award offered by the STEM Council and Kemin Industries. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health Kristi Krafka shared information about how to nominate a teacher and Kemin’s involvement in the award.

The STEM Council continued the popular tradition of giving away “Greatness STEMS from Iowans” backpacks to fairgoers. In addition to the backpacks, Iowans also had the opportunity to pick up a STEM activity to take home and continue the STEM learning beyond the Fair.

More than 300 volunteers, exhibitors and stage acts from various organizations worked together to make STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair possible. A special thank you to our sponsors, including Accumold, Cognizant, HNI, ITC, Iowa Workforce Development, PhRMA, Principal and Rockwell Collins.

For another look at STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair, check out our photo album on Facebook.

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