2017 Exhibitors

  • FRC Team 4646 ASAP – Come see FRC Team ASAP show off the 2017 season competition robot! This year’s competition, FIRST STEAMworks, required teams to score fuel in a boiler, deliver gears to an airship and climb aboard for takeoff.
  • NubNub– This local startup is reinventing riding with bicycle-mounted gadgets. Pop the top off a cold drink with the Pub-Nub bicycle-mounted bottle opener. Make a quick fix with the Tul-Nub bike-mounted multi-tool.
  • Powerful Innovations – Powerful Innovations is about taking our futuristic fantasy and making it our reality. From lasers to robots, local maker Troy Powers uses maker skills to follow his childhood dreams, inspire the next generation and prove that you can accomplish anything if you try.
  • R2-D2– See a life-size, working replica of the beloved Star Wars robot.
  • Society for Creative Anachronism – Step back in time with SCA members demonstrating skills learned while participating in the “modern Middle Ages.” Try your hand at some medieval arts and crafts, and be a part of history.
  • StemBox – StemBox is a monthly subscription box that send girls ages 7-12 science experiments. Each box contains sophisticated science materials, authentic lab ware and fun STEM accessories to empower girls to pursue their interests in STEM.
  • String Revolution – Where would we be without string? No thread, no cloth, no fishing nets — string’s a thing no hunter-gatherer would be without. Watch yarn being made with Neolithic technology, a drop spindle, and make yarn of your own at this roaming exhibit.
  • Area515, Des Moines Maker Space– The Des Moines Makerspace is a non-profit community of makers, artists, and hobbyists. Our shared workspace offers the tools, technology, and resources you need to make your projects and hobbies a reality. Come create something!
  • FRC Team Neutrino– Team Neutrino is a FIRST Robotics Competition team composed of high school students from Story County. The team designs, builds, and programs a 120 lb robot in six weeks each year to compete in 3 day long competitions.
  • Barnes & Noble Makerspace– Join us at the Barnes &Noble Makerspace to interact with many products sold in our stores. Build with Strawbees and Squigz. Put robotics into motion with Spheros and Ozobot Evos. Power your creations with littleBits. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Manibus Project– Multidisciplinary artist, Amenda Tate Corso, invites participants to take a turn to “dance it out” as their movements get translated into paint by her motion-controlled robot called Manibus creating a collaborative painted work of art.
  • TigerLily STEM– Make your own solar powered fairy light lantern at the TigerLily STEM booth! TigerLily STEM aims to empower young women through STEM tutoring, enrichment, mentoring & leadership development, and is launching this fall in the Des Moines metro.
  • 3D Printing for Teaching and Research at Drake University– We will be showing off examples of the use of 3D printing for teaching and research purposes at Drake University in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • ISU Forward Learning Experience (FLEx)– FLEx complements STEM learning with 21st Century Skills & Universal Constructs blending design thinking and more formal methods of inquiry. Experience emerging creative learning, design, & tech tools including Virtual Reality, 3D printing, & circuit bending.
  • FTC Team 9974 – T.H.O.R. is a competitive robotics team of middle and high school students out of Johnston, IA. As part of the FIRST progression of programs, FTC builds the future innovators and leaders through cooperative competition.
  • 515FPV / Des Moines UAV Club– Drones are often misrepresented in our world today. Come chat with 515FPV and the Des Moines UAV Club and learn how they have positive impacts in our community!
  • Horizon Maker Club– Horizon Maker Club is an after school group of tinkerers and artists from Horizon Elementary in Johnston, IA. Play our cardboard carnival games and learn how TinkerCad helps us design and create with our 3D printer.
  • Skyowa– The satisfaction of building your own aircraft goes far beyond its maiden flight. Flying is exhilarating and crashes happen, it’s all part of the fun! When it breaks, you’ll know how to fix or repurpose its parts into a completely different aircraft.
  • Cyclone Space Mining– Cyclone Space Mining is a group of students in, but not limited to, the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The group will annually design and build a Martian robot to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition.
  • Missouri School of Blacksmithing– Offering classes for all skill levels. All classes consist of hands-on learning with instruction by Matthew Burnett or guest instructors. All tools and materials are provided. Would you like to learn blacksmithing?
  • Iowa Lego Users Group-A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby.
  • Des Moines Woodturners– Des Moines Woodturners will demonstrate the craft of wood spindle turning by making small Christmas trees, writing pens, spin tops, and other items. The items will be made of native hardwoods such as cherry, sycamore, black walnut, and hard maple.
  • FTC Team 11142- Robo Minions Rebooted– A First Tech Challenge FTC team from Bettendorf, Iowa.  As part of the FIRST progression of programs, FTC builds the future innovators and leaders through cooperative competition.