The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by Northeast Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The event was hosted on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Community Plaza in Oelwein. The free event attracted 648 people of all age groups. Attendees encountered 26 hands-on exhibits throughout the evening including the SAFER-SIM portable miniSIm. Jacob Heiden and Alec LaVelle showcased the dangers of texting and driving to the individuals, which included over 200 distracted drives by children.