Many individuals and organizations are donating their time to coordinate the events, but there are many needs. We welcome monetary or in-kind donations. Contact your local event organizer or Gina Schatteman at iExploreSTEM@gmail.com or (319) 335-9486 for more information.
Festivals are organized by local volunteers. We need help with planning, fundraising, and to doing a variety of tasks, the day before and the day of the festival. Let us know about your skills and interest and we will put you to work. Contact your local event organizer or Gina Schatteman at iExploreSTEM@gmail.com or (319) 335-9486 to volunteer.
Host an Activity
We are looking for high-quality (but not necessarily high-tech) activities to pique children's interest in science, technology, engineering, or math. Use your imagination. An ideal activity could be done in a small space and accommodate lots of children in a short time while being safe. If you have a great idea that doesn’t quite fit these specifications, we are flexible and may be able to accommodate you.
With our 2013 theme of Living with Floods, activities related to floods (e.g., engineering of pumps or dikes, effect of floods on soil, livestock, wildlife, health, etc.) are particularly welcome. Of course, any activity that is hands-on, fun, and educational is welcome regardless of topic. If your activity is not suitable for a booth but could engage a larger audience, consider an interactive stage presentation. The ideal stage event would involve the audience and last 15-30 minutes. Non-stage activities where individuals mingle and interact with wandering festival-goers would be great too.
Sometimes displays of super high tech gadgets can engage kids and get them thinking. If you have a device or something else to show off, we will work with you to try to include it.
Contact your local event organizer or Gina Schatteman at iExploreSTEM@gmail.com or (319) 335-9486 to host an activity.