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For 20 years, the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa has been committed to improving safety by researching the connection between drivers, motor vehicles, and road users. Research conducted in our simulators, with our on-road vehicles, and as a part of our Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds is helping to transform the future of driving.

We invite you to celebrate the past 20 years and join us as we look forward to the future of our center and driving research at the UI! On this page you’ll find activities to participate in, calendars of our upcoming events, and links to our partners. As we near the end of summer, we’ll post more on our upcoming open houses and various events we’re hosting to celebrate this milestone.

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20th Anniversary Calendar of Events

Below you’ll find outreach and STEM events NADS is participating in throughout our 20th anniversary year! Coloring contest forms can be picked up or submitted at any of these events.

20th Anniversary Open House
October 10, 2018
Celebrate with us at our open house!
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 4-7pm
Location: National Advanced Driving Simulator (2401 Oakdale Boulevard, Iowa City 52242)

View demonstrations of our automated vehicles (weather permitting) and the NADS-1 simulator. Participate in interactive exhibits. Learn more about our driving safety efforts. Everyone is welcome!

Being held in conjunction with the Johnson County STEM Festival at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa.
Questions? Call 319-335-4680
Rollin Rally
June 23, 2018
On June 23, 2018 come experience the first annual “Rollin’ Rally” at Kirkwood’s Continuing Education Training Center. Children and their families will have the opportunity see various types of transportation vehicles and learn more about Transportation and Logistics industry careers and employment opportunities. This event is a collaboration of the Transportation Sector Board and coincides with the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. The even runs from 10:00am - 2:00pm. See link for more details.
Barnyard Bash
June 22, 2018
The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will be holding a family-friendly agriculture appreciation event on Friday, June 22nd at the Maasdam Barns. Booths will be open from 5:00-8:00pm.
African American Museum of Iowa Juneteenth Celebration STEM Event
June 16, 2018
NADS will provide hands-on STEM activities at the African American Museum of Iowa's 2018 Juneteenth Celebration. The celebration will be held at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids (see link for address and details). The event will run from 12:00-4:00pm.
STEM Night at Anamosa Middle School
April 26, 2018
If you're an Anamosa student, visit us during your STEM Night on Thursday, April 26th from 6-8pm
Mark Twain Elementary STEAM Night
March 22, 2018
If you're a Mark Twain Elementary School student, visit us during your STEAM Night from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, March 22nd.
Linn County STEM Festival
February 20, 2018
We'll be participating in the Linn County STEM Festival! Click the link for more information on this event taking place from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, February 20th.
Southeast Iowa STEM Festival
February 10, 2018
We'll be participating in the Southeast Iowa STEM Festival! Click the link for more information on this event taking place from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, February 10th.





Download our coloring contest PDF

  • Winners receive a tour of NADS and experience our on-road research vehicles and simulator

  • Contest entries must be received by
    September 1, 2018

  • Entries can be mailed or delivered to NADS, or submitted at any one of our public events (see calendar on this page for upcoming events).

Submit Ideas and Cast Your Vote to Name the NADS-1:

Click here to learn more about NADS-1
  • Entries will be posted for voting after vetting

  • Contest ends at 5pm on
    September 1, 2018
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