Past Exhibit Examples

Below are past examples of activities.




John Deere             

Participants measured the power needed to

pull the machinery through wet sand.                                        

Photo of John Deere exhibit.


Origin Design

Origin Design brought a hands-on activity for kids to

be able to use Lego duplos to build a retaining wall and

see if their design collapses / fails . This activity is designed

to get kids thinking about designing. How high of a wall

can they build? How can we backfill to give stability?                      

Photo of Origin Design exhibit.


Participants were challenged to build the tallest tower out of paper.

Photo of IMEG exhibit.

Girls Scouts

Participants worked together to build a straw building with

the local girls scouts.

Photo of Girls Scouts Exhibit.


ISG had participants build towers out of foam blocks.

Structural stability was determined utilizing a fan to

withstand a horizontal wind force.

Photo of ISG exhibit.






































East Penn               

By using Snap Circuits, East Penn had

participants wire various items to replicate

the flow of energy in a battery.                                                     

Photo of East Penn Exhibit.



Bank of Oelwein      

Participants participated in a ring toss using pop bottles.

Place on top of bottles were various coin amounts.

Participants were asked to calculate the total.  If correct,

the participant won a prize.                                                        

Photo of Community Bank of Oelwein exhibit.


Viking Pump

Participants operated various pumps with Viking Pump. 

When the water reached the top, the column lit up. They

also brought moving pump demos and examples of liquids that they pump. 

Participants generated force to help pump the water to the top.

John Deere

Participants welded with a virtual reality tool.

Little boy uses virtual reality to replicate what it is like to weld.

Geater (GMM)

Participants measured the diameter of a circle utilizing different tools.

Little girl uses tools to measure the diameter of an opening.

John Deere

Participants measured the power needed to pull the

machinery through wet sand.

Girl tests to see how much power it takes to pull the tractor through sand.

Fusion Products

Participants operated on the computers to test their

knowledge of measuring by playing a ruler

game with Fusion Products.

Students playing on a computer to learn about measuring.

Bodine Electric

Bodine Electric had participants build low voltage (5 volts) electric motors.

Participants building a motor with various different parts.

Engineering Services

and Products

Engineering Services and Products had a demonstration

on hydroponic growing, and an activity of building

structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

Students learning about hydroponics and building structures.


Regional Health

Services of

Howard County      

Regional Health Services of Howard

County used an Ipad and a 12 inch

platform to show participants all the

different part of the body that they

used during their jump.                                                            

Little girl jumping while man is taping her.

NICC Nursing 

Participants navigated various syringes

by pulling water out of a bowl and measured

the liquid in the syringe.

Female participant works with exhibitor to measure the amount of liquid in the syringe.


MercyOne operated a small ultrasound

machine to view their arteries and veins.

Nurse is working with participants to show them about ultrasounds.

University of

Iowa Medical

UI Health Care provided interactive

medical activities. Activities included;

laparoscopic surgery. Kids had the

opportunity to try their hand at

minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

U of I student works with participants and laparoscopic surgery tools.



Paramedic teaches participants

about all the different medical

equipment that is used during their job.

Paramedic is showing off all the tools they use.

Ideal Chiropractic

Children had the opportunity to create a

spine out of noodles with Ideal Chiropractic.

Chiropractor shows participants the human spine.

Public Service

Fayette Co.

Sheriff Department  

Fayette Co. Sheriff Dept. examined

technology utilized by law enforcement.                                           

County Sheriffs talking with participants.

Winneshiek Co.

Sheriff Department

The kids were be able to watch K9

demonstrations and meet K9 "McCoy." 

They were also be given a tour of the squad car

and got to see the latest equipment and

technology used in law enforcement.                                   

County Sheriff shows his furry partner to the participants

Dubuque Police

Participants explored a Dubuque Police

Department patrol vehicle.

Boy explores a police car.

Waterloo Fire &


Participants were able to test out their

firefighter skills  with rope rescue

equipment and a demo called

"HazMat ID Mass Spectrometer" with

the Waterloo Fire and Rescue.

Little boy works with firefighters to pull the rescue board.

Water & Soil

Black Hawk Co.

Soil & Water


Black Hawk Co. Soil & Water Conservation

brought a soil erosion rain fall simulator

and an Enviroscape watershed

model on display

to teach students about the connection

between stormwater, soil erosion,

water quality, and what they can do

to help protect water in our community.                                         

Little boy works with conservationist to discuss about plants.


Girls Scouts

By using toothpicks and gum drops, participants

created a model of a cube.                                                        

Participants worked with Girls Scouts to build structures.

Iowa Public Television

Participants replicated shapes using tangrams.

Participants are playing with tangrams.

Upper Iowa University

Participants operated a GoPro camera and a

Wacom tablet to test their graphic design skills.

Two little girls play with graphic design software on a Wacom.


Participants were involved in an investigation

to find the missing mascot using chromatography.

UNI STEM students work with participants to find the missing panther.