Danny Mooer–Staff Writer
Dordt College hosted over 170 fourth through eighth graders on Saturday from around the area for their sixth annual “STEM fest.
STEM Fest is an event organized by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach group. The event provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The students started their day at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center at Dordt and finished around 3:30 p.m. with a showcase of their work.
“Whenever Dordt has the opportunity to share their facilities with those who care about God’s creation we jump at it,” said Nolan Van Gaalen, an engineering professor at Dordt in charge of organizing the event.
Each student was placed in a group upon arrival and stayed with the same group the entire day. All of the groups were led by Dordt College students. Iowa State and Dordt College employees were in charge of organizing the sessions and providing instructions.
There were over 25 sessions available for students to participate in. They ranged from “Fetal Pig Surgery” to a lesson on Karate.
“This event is always so much fun to plan,” said Ashley Peters, the Osceola County Youth Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “We love to see all the students having so much fun with hands-on learning.”
Each group designed a poster to present to their parents at the end of the day that encompassed all of their favorite aspects of STEM Fest. All of the groups were given the opportunity to go on stage and describe it to the rest of the audience
Kayla Vande Vegte, a junior education major volunteered at the event as a group leader.
“It was great to see all of the schools come together for the festival,” Vande Vegte said. “We had a great day together.”