WATERLOO — Science, technology, engineering and mathematics will come to life Tuesday at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.

The fifth annual Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the center, located at 200 W. Fourth St. The festival is free and open to the public.

Led by the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the event is intended to promote, inspire, and engage youth in STEM opportunities as well as introducing youth and their parents to related careers. The council’s regional office is at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, but organizations from across the state will be part of the festival.

It will feature interactive STEM exhibits and activities for all ages. Attendees can drive a robot, conduct science experiments, learn about small animals, explore the medical fields and much more. Shows from the Grout Museum District will take place throughout the evening. The documentary film “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” also will be shown.

Other organizations involved in the community-wide partnership presenting the festival include Waterloo Community Schools, Cedar Falls Community Schools, Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, Central Rivers Area Education Agency, Hawkeye Community College, John Deere, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Cedar Valley Society of Women Engineers, the University of Northern Iowa and the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.

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