Register now for STEM Fest on Nov. 12

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Registration is now open for area 4th through 8th grade students to attend ‘Fall STEM Fest 2016’ hosted by Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs. Fall STEM Fest 2016 is free to attend, and will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at NCC in Sheldon.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in Building A on the NCC campus, with sessions starting at 9 a.m. Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day, and a public showcase will be held at 2:30 p.m.

“Participation in STEM Fest is free and open to all 4th through 8th grade students,” Ben Pullen, Youth Program Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach said. “Sessions are fun and educational with mind-blowing activities. Youth are given the opportunity to experience hands-on, exciting applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Parents must register their child(ren) online and choose their child’s first, second and third choice color track which consists of different sessions and activities. Organizers will attempt to honor color track choices, but sessions fill up quickly. No changes to color tracks will happen the day of the event.

This year, session topics include: Rockets to the Rescue; Cooking with Chemistry; Exercise Science; FLEx Virtual Reality Lab; Welding Technology; TechKnow!; Dairy Science; Cancer Research; Electricity and Magnetism; Building Bridges; and Pottery Puzzles.

Online registration can be completed at or visit with your local ISU Extension and Outreach Youth Coordinator to register:

• Cherokee County: Debbie Erpelding, 712-225-6196,

• Lyon County: Jill Postma, 712-472-2576,

• O’Brien County: Sarah Fiddelke, 712-957-5045,

• Osceola County: Ashley Peters, 712-754-3648,

• Plymouth County: Ann Schoenrock, 712-546-7835,

• Sioux County: Honna Brown, 712-737-4230,

Registration deadline is Nov. 4; however, color tracks fill up quickly, so register soon to guarantee a spot. For more information on youth programming in your area, visit your county name).