The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) hosted the second annual Tech Prairie STEAM Expo at 2022's Illinois State Fair. The Expo will allow fairgoers to engage, interact, and explore incredible innovation and emerging career opportunities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields.

The incorporation of STEAM throughout Illinois in K-12 education, postsecondary education, research, and businesses, will be highlighted at the STEAM Expo. Highlights will include drone racing, eSports competitions, interactive exhibits, and presentations from over 40 organizations throughout Illinois. The STEAM Expo was open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM August 17 - 21, 2022 in the Orr Building on the west side of the fairgrounds near Conservation World.

 Daily Presentations & Highlights

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 ​
10 AM – 6 PMInteractive Exhibits
10 AMRibbon Cutting opening
11 AMGoogle for STEM Education Presentation
1 PMKidzeum Presentation
3 PMIllinois Innovation Network Innovation Awards


Thursday, August 18, 2022 ​
10 AM – 6 PMInteractive Exhibits
11 AMGreat Lakes STEAM Underwater Robot Presentation
1 PMHP Presentation
3 PM

Innovative Entrepreneurs Presentation with Julie Hinman


Friday, August 19, 2022 ​
10 AM – 6 PMInteractive Exhibits
8:30 AM  3 PMDrone Racing in the GrandStand
11 AMHP Global Data Science Ambassador Presentation
3 PM
6 PM
Job Fair featuring
State Agencies


Saturday, August 20, 2022 ​
10 AM – 6 PMInteractive Exhibits
10 AM – 4 PMeSports Competition


Sunday, August 21, 2022 ​
10 AM – 6 PMInteractive Exhibits

  Exhibitor Highlights

·  LabEscape
A science-based escape room with interactive puzzles and challenges from the University of Illinois Urbana Department of Physics.

·  Digital Agriculture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Highlights of their work with their autonomous farm, artificial intelligence,  and programmable plants.

·  Learning Technology Center
An interactive “STEAM Playground” that includes robotics, 3D printing, computer science, virtual reality in education, and drones. For those who complete their passport, you may receive a 3-D butter cow!

·  Drone Racing
Will be held in the Grandstand on Friday, August 19th sponsored by Grow Our Own. Organized by Heart of America FPV, racing will begin at 8:30AM with the final races beginning at  1:00PM.

·  2022 eSports Land of Lincoln Championship
Sponsored by NIC/ Tyler Technologies using machines provided by HP will be a one-day, in-person event on Saturday, August 21st in the Orr building.

·  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville STEM Center Starlab Planetarium
Capable of projecting the night sky, showing the movement of stars and planets, and demonstrating moon phases.