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Annual QCESC STEM Celebration Feb. 25, 2021 (tentative)

Save the date for the 59th Annual STEM Celebration

Everyone, including students, educators, professionals and their families and friends, are cordially invited to attend this annual premier, inspiring event at the Putnam Museum and Science Center.  The event provides an opportunity to celebrate, network and showcase the great Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Professionals and Educators in the Quad Cities region.  The event is tentatively scheduled to be held during Engineers Week (E-week) on February 25, 2021

This annual event, formerly known as the QCESC Engineering Banquet, will include Networking with a Social with Heavy Appetizers and a cash bar  on the Putnam Lobby floor with STEM displays by students, technical societies, sponsors, and education institutions. 

2020 Event 

Link to register for a display or get more information.

The program in the National Geographic Theater will include awarding of 13 STEM scholarships totally $23,000 to the top local high school seniors along with STEM awards for Engineers, Scientists, STEM Teacher and STEM Volunteer of the Year.   

Camille Sloan Schroeder will deliver the Keynote address, titled “Staying Inspired in STEM”.    Her talk will focus on sharing STEM references and people in history that stayed inspired and made a difference in STEM.  Her talk will also include information about STEM programs, ways to get involved and stay inspired. 

Camille oversees Iowa State University’s College of Engineering Community Outreach programs with key efforts to increase representation of women and minorities in the STEM fields. Camille has been active in Iowa STEM programming and promotion for twenty years from serving as inaugural director of Iowa FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) and FIRST LEGO® League Jr. (FLL Jr.) and Iowa Project Lead the Way (PLTW), to now working to lead efforts related to promotion of Iowa Manufacturing Day and serving as a co-Principal Investigator of an Economic Development Administration University Center grant related to rural workforce and pipeline development . Camille is in her third, Governor-appointed term to the North Central STEM Hub Advisory Board where she previously served as chair, as well serving on the statewide STEM equity committee. Camille serves her community as vice president of the Board of Education and is in her eighth year of service, as well as being active with various community engagement.

Camille holds an undergraduate degree in Business and a Master’s focused on Educational Leadership. She and her husband have four children and live in rural Boone County.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:00 – 8:30 P.M.

Putnam Museum & Science Center

1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa 52804


$30 for Adults; $20 for Full-Time Students with ID
Includes heavy appetizers with cash bar

Register to Attend the Banquet 
Preregistration Deadline Extended to February 19, 2020

Thank you to our Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors:

Silver Level Sponsors:

Bronze Level Sponsors:

2019 QCESC Scholarship Recipients

2020 Event Schedule:

  • 5:00 – 6:25 PM   Networking with Social on Putnam Lobby Floor including:
    • STEM Displays by students, technical societies and educational institutions
    • Cash Bar
    • Heavy Appetizers
    • Silent Auction 
  • 6:20 PM  Begin moving to the National Geographic Theater
  • 6:30 – 8:15 PM   Program in National Geographic Theater
    Program will include:
    • Welcome & Introductions
    • Presentation of the 2020 STEM Scholarships
    • Presentation of 2020 QCESC Awards
    • Announcement of New Members of:
      • Order of the Engineer Link  
      • The Pledge of Computing Professionals
    • Keynote ” Staying Inspired in STEM”by Camille Sloan Schroeder with Q&A 
    • Closing

2019 QCESC Award Winners

Organizations or individuals wishing to have a display during the social hour need to fill out this form and submit. With the social scheduled from 5:00 – 6:30 PM, you need to be setup no later than 4:45 PM. Those who are at their display tables and wish to participate in the heavy appetizers need to register as attendees as well.

Register to have a Display  

Any further questions on displays should be sent to Sankari Kandasamy, QCESC STEM Coordinator via e-mail at

Current Organizations Signed Up for a Display:

  • Davenport Radio Control Society:  Radio controlled aircraft, components, and a computer simulator
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Team #648, QC Elite – Flaming Squirrels, info on FRC and team’s 20 year history
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Team #6317, Disruptive Innovation, from Davenport West High School, robot and outreach
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Team #8813, Winter Soldiers:  Competition robot along with other robotics related items and hand outs.
  • FIRST Teams:  Flourish & Bots project supporting girls in FIRST with FIRST LEGO League Junior, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge teams
  • Iowa State University Engineering Community Outreach:  FIRST LEGO League & FIRST LEGO League Junior Information
  • Iowa STEM:  Information about grants and teacher externships
  • Mobile Aviation Historical Exhibits:  Various Scale-Model Rockets 
  • Morrison Tech:  Projects and prototypes as well as program and organizational info
  • Pleasant Valley High School:  FIRST Tech Challenge robot related information
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW):  Interactive Projects from the High School Engineering and Computer Science Pathways
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), UW-Platteville:  Display with manufactured parts with information about the group.
  • Stanley Consultants:  Projects with shaker table earthquakes simulation
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville:  General information
  • Western Illinois University Quad Cities, College of Engineering:  Autonomous vehicle, designed and constructed by seniors, and inf on school.

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Networking with Social on John Deere Display Floor – 2019

If you need further assistance, send an e-mail to