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As a nonprofit, we provide free community services ranging from free STEM training to mentoring programs and business incubation to underserved communities. Learn more about our programs and find a learning location near you.

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We will not regard any great power as necessarily right in a given dispute unless we are convinced of this, yet at the same time, we will not view the great powers with perennial suspicion merely on account of their size, their wealth, or their nuclear potential. We will be friends of all, satellites of none.

Errol Barrow

Upcoming Events

  • Jun 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    MDC Iowa INNOV8 Lab, 1222 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
    Learn how to obtain maker supplies from everyday sources. In this class we will cover the basics of sourcing materials and components for typical maker projects. **** Prerequisite(s) **** You must first complete the Soldering 101 class before taking this course.
  • Apr 30, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    MDC Iowa STEM Factory, 1927 Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA 52240
    Learn the skills to design your own models for 3D printing using Tinkercad, a powerful and free software tool for 3D design. At the completion of this class, you should be able to effectively navigate the Tinkercad web interface, create basic shapes, and prepare your model for 3D printing.
  • Apr 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    MDC Iowa STEM Factory, 1927 Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
    Build your own Internet of Things (IoT) device while learning the basic components of IoT communication, use cases, design considerations, and best practices. Each student will receive a sensor kit including a breadboard, various sensors, and an Arduino board.
  • Apr 17, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    The Soul Book Nook, 110 E 4th St, Waterloo, IA 50703, USA
    STEM learning event for youth in Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Each participant will receive a STEM kit, a t-shirt, and book related to STEM. This event is free to the public but pre-registration is required.
  • Time is TBD
    STEM Factory, 1927 Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
    Learn the basics of Python programming in this hands-on class that walks you through this powerful tool from the beginning. By the end of the class you will have created your own application and should have the fundamental knowledge to proceed to a level 200 POCC programming class.
  • Time is TBD
    STEM Factory, 1927 Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
    What is the cloud? This is one of the most common questions among non-technical people today. In this class we will demystify the cloud and address some of the most common misconceptions. In this class we look at a few providers and will use the cloud for a few personal and professional use cases.
  • Jun 04, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    MDC Iowa STEM Factory, 1927 Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
    In case you haven't noticed, the world (wide web) has become a scary place to exist. By simply using the Internet, you are exposing yourself to privacy threats and potentially harmful programs that could steal your identity or use your computer to commit a cybercrime.
  • Mar 26, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    MDC Iowa STEM Factory, 1927 Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
    Learn the basics of soldering through a hands-on approach. We will cover the safety aspects of working with a soldering iron as well as the best practices when using this valuable tool. By the end of the class you will have created your own creation that you can take home with you.

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