STEM festival for kids planned at DMACC's Ankeny campus

ANKENY, Iowa- Plans are underway for a big event at Des Moines Area Community Colelge in Ankeny this month to introduce kids to STEM careers.

Amy Steenhoek of DMACC says 3rd graders to 8th graders are welcome at this event, that's packed with 60 demonstrations and interactive displays about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The event is October 28th, 6-8 p.m. at the F-F-A Enrichment Center at the Ankeny campus. There's no cost, walk-ins are welcome, but they would like people to register in advance.

Steenhoek says presenters come from local business and industry, high schools and colleges, student and professional groups, and non-profit entities.

She says demonstrations include experiencing virtual reality using VR headsets, designing an object in Computer Aided Design and then printing it off on a 3-D printer, making a water cycle model that attendees can take home with them, driving a FIRST LEGO league robot with an infrared controller and using homemade play dough along with AA batteries to light LEDs.

To sign up as a presenter, volunteer or attendee, please visit the South Central STEM Hub’s website at