STEM Exploration Day for Boys

Friday, November 20, 2015 

This one day conference is catered to 7th and 8th grade boys to get fired up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event showcases STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin and faculty from UW-Stevens Point. Students engage in hands-on workshops and learn the many career paths available with an education in STEM. The conference includes exhibits, a keynote presentation, and three one-hour workshops. Attendees get a glimpse of UW-Stevens Point with workshops held throughout campus.dreamstime_m_9602273-teen boys-small.jpg


Keynote Speaker (Nov. 2014)

Manda Riehl, Associate Professor and Collaborative Research Coordinator, UW-Eau Claire

Manda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from MIT and also completed the MIT/Wellesley Teacher Education Program to become a certified high school mathematics teacher. While at MIT, Manda did a summer research project with Daniel Kleitman, Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT, which led her to a Master’s and Ph.D. in Mathematics, which she obtained from UC-San Diego.
Conference at a Glance
Registration and Exhibit Exploration (Dreyfus University Center (DUC))
​8  - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (Dreyfus University Center (DUC)) ​9 - 9:45 a.m.
Workshop A​ (Various campus buildings) ​10  - 11 a.m.
Lunch​ (Dreyfus University Center)​ 11  - 11:45 a.m.​
Workshop B​ ​(Various campus buildings) noon - 1 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (Various campus buildings) 1:15  - 2:15 p.m.​
End of Conference​ (Health Enhancement Center (HEC)) ​2:30 p.m.

Registration Fees

Student registration fee: $30
*Adult/chaperone registration fee: $30
*Adults/chaperones are assessed a $30 registration fee to cover lunch and materials. Chaperones may visit any workshop during the day but do not register for workshops online. We recommend one chaperone for groups of 25 or less and two for groups of 25-50.

Payment Options

If paying by purchase order, indicate "paying by check" when registering online. We do not ask for purchase order numbers, but you are welcome to request invoices prior to November 21, 2014. Contact Samantha Pech at to request an invoice prior to the event. Checks may be brought to the event for full payment. The following credit cards are accepted online: MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.  


This area is not yet updated for 2015.
Scholarships are available to for students only and cover the $30 registration fee. All scholarships are processed through Julie Hellweg, Program Manager, at Continuing Education and Outreach.  Scholarships will be granted upon written recommendation by a teacher or school administrator. Recommendations may be emailed to Julie Hellweg at Please include the name of your school as well as each student's name.  Scholarship Deadline is November 14, 2014.   

Liability and Photo Release Forms

Each student attending must bring a signed Liability and Photo Release Form in order to attend the conference. A student may attend the conference without a chaperone ONLY if a signed form is turned in. Download, print, and bring the parent-signed forms to the event. 


Lunch will be served from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Dreyfus University Center Laird Room.  Lunch is typcially a sandwich/sub offered with cheese, lettuce and either turkey, ham or roast beef.  We also offer a vegetarian option. Sides include a drink, a side of chips, a whole fruit, and a cookie or brownie.  One of each item is provided to each attendee.  Vending machines and other food options are available in the food court at your own expense. 

Escorts and Volunteers

Campus students and staff volunteer their time to escort students to workshops throughout the day in groups of 15-30. No student is ever left unattended/alone during the event.  


This area is not yet updated for the 2015 event. 
T-shirts are available for purchase at the event in limited numbers. Please pre-order shirts. To guarantee a t-shirt size, you may pre-order t-shirts below from October 23 to November 4, 2014. T-shirt payments are due either online by using a credit card or check or cash payments may be taken at the event. 
Cost: $5.50 for sizes Small through Extra Large and $7.00 for sizes 2XL through 3XL. 
T-shirts are a purple 4.6 oz ring spun cotton.
Click here to place a t-shirt order

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Available Workshops and Sign up Form (2014 information)

Workshop Descriptions: A complete listing of available workshops will be posted by October 10, 2014.  

Workshop Schedule:  This lists when each workshop will occur.  Some workshops are only offered one time, others are offered two or three times.   A07, B07, C07, A09 and B09 have been cancelled.
Paper Sign up Form: Use this form to keep track of student groups, workshop selections and payments.  This is not a registration form and will not be accepted as a registration for the program.  Have this form with you for online registration.

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Drop-off and Pick-up Times

Drop-off times: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Where: Dreyfus University Center (DUC) on Reserve St.
Pick-up times: 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Health Enhancement Center (HEC) on Fourth Ave. 

Bus Drop-off Location and Bus Parking

Provide bus drivers with drop-off and pick-up times and locations noted above. Buses should drop-off students on Reserve St. in front of the Dreyfus University Center (#40 on Campus Map). Buses can ONLY park in Lot Q (in yellow on the Parking Map)-the ONLY parking lot designated for buses. Students need to be picked up on Fourth Avenue in front of the Health Enhancement Center (#5 on Campus Map) by 2:30 p.m.. Students will be escorted to this location between 2:15-2:30 p.m. Please do not block the pedestrian crosswalks by the Heath Enhancement Center or by the Dreyfus University Center.  NOTE: Buses not following the above locations may interfere with the city's school busing system.   

Vehicle Parking

Chaperones driving alone may want to park in Lot R in the morning to drop off students and to check-in at the Dreyfus University Center.  Lot R (on the Campus Map) has metered parking for $0.50 per hour (nickles, dimes and quarters are accepted) for the day. You may want to move your car to Lot X at the end of the day, so you are closer to the Health Enhancement Center where the students will be escorted to at the end of the day.
Please Note: No student is without an escort for the length of the program if the program is followed. Should you choose to have your students meet you in a location not in the outlined program, we cannot guarantee their safety as escorts are being used elsewhere. 

Visitor Information and Maps

The campus map and visitor information can be found here:

Special Physical or Dietary Needs

If any participant has physical or dietary needs that require special accommodations, please notify us by November 14, 2014. Call Samantha Pech, Outreach Specialist, at 715-346-4593 or email  

Special Needs-Parking, Wheelchair Access, and Elevator Map:

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification to Continuing Education and Outreach. Substitutes may utilize the workshops of the person they are replacing. A signed Liability and Release Form for the substitute must be brought to the event for the substitute. Liability-and-Photo-Release2014.pdf
Cancellations will receive a full refund if the cancellation request is received in writing/email by November 14, 2014. No refunds will be given after November 15, 2014. No shows are responsible for the full registration fee. T-shirts are non-refundable. Continuing Education and Outreach reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or severe weather.

Continuing Education Coordination Team

Outreach Specialist:
Samantha Pech
120A Nelson Hall
Operations Program Associate:
Diana Willcott
121 Nelson Hall
Program Manager:
Julie Hellweg
128 Nelson Hall

Contact the Continuing Education and Outreach Office 

032 Old Main Building, 2100 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
800-898-9472 or 715-346-3838
Fax: 715-346-3504
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