The Tech Prairie STEAM Expo will be taking place August 17th through the 21st at the Orr Building during the Illinois State Fair. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, this event will include interactive exhibits, eSports, drone racing, and more while exploring the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
On Friday, August 19th, a job fair will be held in person at the Orr Building with state agencies that are currently hiring from 3:00 – 6:00pm. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with agency representatives to learn more about job opportunities that are available with the State of Illinois.
Additionally, for those who are unable to attend in person, there will be a virtual event with participating state agency representatives. You can register for the virtual component here. Visit the Illinois workNet page for the STEAM Expo to see which agencies will be participating.
Building Hours and Location
The STEAM Expo will be held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, 66 4 H Rd, Springfield, IL 62702. The Expo will be open daily from 10am to 6pm from August 17 -21. A map of the Illinois State Fairgrounds shows the Orr Building is located on the West side of the Fairgrounds. The STEAM Expo will officially open at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 17th with an opening ribbon-cutting event.
At this time and subject to change, you are welcome to wear masks inside the building, but there are no public health requirements. The Department of Agriculture will be providing sanitizing stations at the doors and will clean all general areas of the building periodically. Exhibitors are asked to sanitize their own equipment and exhibit areas when needed.
Entrance to the Expo inside the Orr Building is free, but admission tickets to the State Fair are required for entrance to the fairgrounds. General admission on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday costs $5 and admission on Friday and Saturday is $10. Public parking costs $5 daily on the infield at Gate 6.