7 STEM Festivals for Kids

STEM Festivals provide a fun way to learn and explore different careers

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One of the best ways to engage kids in science, technology, engineering and math is to simply make it fun. STEM festivals introduce students of all ages as well as their parents to hands on activities and leaders in STEM fields. Here are few upcoming festivals to add to your calendar.

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April 11, 2015
How to Build a Girls Robotics Team
Newark Museum
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102

Exit 5 Robotics will teach girls how to build a girls robotics team for FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge, grades 8-12) robotics competitions. The team will demo their FTC robot. Visit Maker Faire Newark to learn more.

April 18, 2015
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Spring Robotics & Engineering Expo logo
180 route 35
Eatontown, NJ 07724

During this one-day event, children 6-9 years old are encouraged to show off their communication and research skills to a set of reviewers. The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Spring Robotics & Engineering Expo, a non-competitive program, will also celebrate the Jr. FLL team achievements with music, awards, and certificates.

April 18, 2015
Second Annual STE(A)M Fest
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805

STE (A)M Fest — A science, technology, engineering, art and math festival designed for professional artists and engineers. The one day event includes STEM related workshops and demonstrations designed to demonstrate creative uses of STEM subjects to learners of all ages.
According to Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, last year’s giant pool of non-Newtonian fluid made a splash with over 3,000 happy Huntsville City Schools students. This year a 500-foot long pine car racetrack coming right out of Lowe Mill’s third floor window is planned to give the event that extra wow factor.

April 25, 2015
Bell Middle School
Chappaqua, NY
The Chappaqua STEM Fest

With a goal to give students a chance to celebrate all they can create and discover, the Chappaqua STEM Fest promises groundbreaking inventions and messy experiments from students and local STEM experts. Launched by the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee the STEM Fest is designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students can showcase their experiments, inventions and research and they can also do hands-on “maker” activities with some of the coolest experts in the area. Visit Chappaqua STEM Fest to learn more.

April 18 & 30
Dubuque STEM Festival
April 18: Clarke University – Kehl Center
1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001
April 30: Northeast Iowa Community College – Wilder Business Center
1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132

Each year, the Northeast Regional Hub partners with local community leaders and educators to host five annual Family STEM Festivals. From driving robots and trying virtual welding to testing chemical reactions and flying flight simulators, Iowa spark student and parents can experience various hands-on learning activities during this one day festival.

April 28, 2015
X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

An all day event for students, educators and parents. Sessions will cover a variety of subjects including space exploration, paleontology, bio-inspired robotics, marine biology, mathematics of orgami, eco-friendly vehicle innovation and more. Students will also have the opportunity to customize their X-STEM experience by selecting the talks and workshops — from over 40 STEM mentors and industry leaders. Additionally, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops are also available. Visit USA Science Festival to learn more.

October 10, 2015
Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

A one-day STEMfest (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival) for elementary school age children in the tri-county areas: Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham. From attending chemistry and biology demonstrations and exciting planetarium shows to gaining hands-on experience in various science and math activities, the event is designed to engage both parents and children. Visit Lansing Community College to learn more.