Alex Stoianov, 7, of Waukee shows his excitement as he and DMACC Surgical Technology Professor John Hadley operate via a laparoscopic surgical simulator at the STEM Festival held on the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus. Stoianov, dressed in a surgical gown and wearing surgical gloves, attends Grant Ragan Elementary School in Waukee.

More than 800 third through eighth graders and their families attended the free, family-friendly event. There were more than 40 booths featuring interactive learning activities, hands-on demonstrations and make-and-takes.