NW STEM Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Festival
NW STEM Virtual Advanced Manufacturing Festival was held the month of October in the NW region. We have had some really awesome participation in our first ever virtual festival! Checkout our impact numbers:
- 653 students in grades 5-8 participated
- 17 Schools participated
- 23 schools represented by at home students
- 63 parents registered their children
Above are some of their submissions of the STEM Challenges associated with our Advanced Manufacturing Companies. Below you will find some quotes from students and teachers and links to a few videos submitted of a hydraulic lift. Also below are pictures of students working through the process from Inwood Christian School, Okoboji Middle School and Emmetsburg Middle School.
Elizabeth Lucas, Teacher at Inwood Christian, "It's been so fun to see some of my students take on these projects with such enthusiasm! Students who claim that "school isn't their thing" have really grabbed onto this hands-on learning experience! I can see students' minds working to solve problems and coming up with innovative solutions!"
Taylor Larsen, 6th Grade North Union shared a text with her mom, "We started the manufacturing day today. It's SO fun!!!!! And we are actually doing it all month. YAY ITS SO FUN!!!!"
Here are a few links to videos:
Special thank you to our Advanced Manufacturing Companies: AGCO Agriculture Company, Jackson Minnesota; Diamond Vogel Paint and Coatings, Orange City; GOMACO and GOMACO Trolley Company, Ida Grove; GKN Wheels, Estherville; Interstates, Sioux Center; Pella Corporation, Carroll and Sioux Center; Polaris, Spirit Lake; Rosenboom, Spirit Lake and Sheldon; Sekisui Aerospace, Orange City; RJ Thomas - Pilot Rock, Cherokee; and Wells Blue Bunny, Le Mars. This is a great way to expose students to STEM careers in NW Iowa.
Also, a big thank you to Iowa Lakes Community College and the intermediary department as well as our marketing department for making this such a great event! We hope to do another virtual festival like this in the Spring. Stay tuned!