​STEM Exploration Day at Treehaven

Friday, May 6, 2016

This one day conference is catered to 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and 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 a keynote presentation and three one-hour workshops. The event is held at the Treehaven Facility in Tomahawk, Wisconsin with workshops held inside and out of doors.    

Registration will open April 21 and will close on April 29, 2015.

Click here to present at the event​ 

About Treehaven 

Treehaven CampusTreehaven's mission is guided by the Treehaven Board of Advisors with support from the Friends of Treehaven, a group of volunteers who raise funds to support programs, land management and buildings of the center. Treehaven hosts a wide variety of year 'round programming in environmental and natural resource education. Programs range in scope from working with school aged children in environmental lessons to adult weekend workshops in topics such as snowshoe construction or wolf ecology. With our 1,400 acres of "north country" forest and wild lands, Treehaven is a great place to work and meet new people.

Keynote Speaker - TBD

Conference at a Glance (confirmed by February 29)
​8 - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (Auditorium) ​9 - 9:40 a.m.
Workshop A​ (various rooms and locations) ​9:50 - 10:50 a.m.
Lunch​ 1 (Cafeteria)​ 10:55 - 11:20 a.m.​
​Mini Session 1 - Health Careers 10:55 - 11:20 a.m.​
​Mini Demo 2 - Robotics 10:55 - 11:20 a.m.​
​Lunch 2 (Cafeteria) 11:30 - 11:55 a.m.​
​Mini Session 3 - Health Careers 11:30 - 11:55 a.m.​
​Mini Demo 4 - Robotics 11:30 - 11:55 a.m.​​
Workshop B​ ​(various rooms and locations) 12:05 - 1:05 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (various rooms and locations) 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.​
​End of Conference (Evaluations and Dismissal - Auditorium)
2:15-2:30 p.m.​

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Program Information

Students attend workshops based on their personal interests.  Up to 26 workshops will be available for students to choose from and students will have the opportunity to rank eight of interest to them and two that they do not want to attend.  Using a mathematical model, students are placed into workshops of interest to them.  No student is placed into the workshops they chose not to attend.  Available workshops will be posted on this site by April 1.

Available workshops and how to register

Teachers sending student groups will need to send home three documents: 

1) Available Workshop List-posted here on April 8
2) Workshop Selection Form-posted soon 
3) Liability and Photo Release Form 

Teachers will then collect completed Workshop Selection Forms from each student and use the information on the forms to register each student online on April 21 (opening registration date).  Teachers should register students as a group, so your school is together in our registration system.  You do not need to register everyone all at once and students may be added to your school group at anytime. We advise you to enter students as close to opening registration as possible as the event fills quickly.

Chaperones should register themselves with the group, but if students are added to your school group at different times it is not necessary to add yourself again-just make sure your school name is entered the same way each time you add more registrants.  Individual students may complete the signup form so online registration is easier for parents.

Confirmation Email (email #1) and Workshop Placement Email (email #2)

Once registrations are entered through the online registration link, confirmation emails will be sent to the email address provided on the registration.  If you register a group at one time, you will get a group confirmation. 

Please verify that the selections your students wanted (and didn't want) match what you entered and make sure the workshops they wanted do not duplicate any that they didn't want.
The assignment of students to workshops is accomplished using mathematical optimization. In the model, the objective is to place students in as many high-interest workshops as possible, while minimizing assignments to unwanted workshops.  The mathematical model was written by Dr. Andy Felt, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, UW-Stevens Point. 
Chaperones will receive a second email at least one week prior to the event indicating the workshops each student will attend.

Click here to register-opens April 21, 2016  

Previously offered workshops

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Registration Fee

New!  T-shirts will no longer need to be purchased separately.  Each registration (including those awarded scholarship) will receive a t-shirt as part of the program registration fee.  T-shirts will be distributed at the event; students are not required to wear the shirt at the event.  
Student registration fee: $40
Adult/Chaperone registration fee: $40
The $40 registration fee includes exhibit exploration, a keynote presentation, three one hour workshops, event materials, a t-shirt and a lunch.
Adults/chaperones are assessed a registration fee to cover lunch and materials. Chaperones are able to move in and out of any workshop throughout the day, so they are not specifically placed in any workshops. Chaperones still need to register with their school group or child.  UW-Stevens Point recommends one chaperone for groups of 25 or less and two chaperones for groups of 25-50.


The t-shirt for the 2015-2016 STEM Exploration Day events will be posted soon.

Payment Options

Payments must be made by February 19, 2016.  Please make checks payable to UW-Stevens Point.  Mail payments to: 2100 Main St. Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Contact Samantha Pech at spech@uwsp.edu to request an invoice prior to the event.  The following credit cards are accepted online: MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.


Registration scholarships are available only to students.   Scholarships will be granted upon written recommendation by a teacher or school administrator.  Recommendations may be emailed to Julie Hellweg, Program Manager, at Julie.Hellweg@uwsp.edu.  Please include your name and position, your school's name, and the name of each student in need of scholarship.  Scholarship requests must be received in writing prior to online registration.  Scholarship request deadline:  April 19, 2016.     


Each registrant will receive a t-shirt with event registration.  

T-shirts are in adult sizes with widths in inches below:

​Size ​Width
​Small ​18"
Medium 20"​
​Large 22"​
​X Large ​24"
​2XL ​26"
​3XL ​28"

Liability and Photo Release Forms

Each student attending must bring this Liability and Photo Release Form, signed by a parent or guardian, with them to the event 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 for each student.
This form will be posted soon.


Students will attend a mini session/demo of their choice on the flip side of each lunch rotation. Students will need to be registered for one Lunch Rotation and one Mini Session. 60 students in each lunch rotation will be allowed. Each Mini Session will have space for 30 students (2 Mini Sessions per Lunch Rotation).  If you require a special dietary lunch, please contact Samantha Pech at spech@uwsp.edu by April 29.   

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Driving Directions
From North: Take I-39/Hwy 51 to Hwy A Exit.  Left off Ramp.  Continue on Hwy A (east).  Hwy A will intersect with Hwy H (Stay on Hwy A, left at stop sign).  Go about 2 miles and take a Right on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.
Take Hwy 17 to Hwy A.  You will take a Right onto Hwy A.  Continue on Hwy A (west) and take a Left on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.
From South: Take I-39/Hwy 51 to Hwy A Exit.  Right Off Ramp. Continue on Hwy A (east).  Hwy A will intersect with Hwy H (Stay on Hwy A, left at stop sign).  Go about 2 miles and take a Right on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.
Take Hwy 17 to Hwy A.  You will take a Left onto Hwy A.  Continue on Hwy A (west) and take a Left on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.

Drop-off and Pick-up Times-TBA

This information will be posted soon.

Bus Drop-off Location and Bus Parking-TBA

This information will be posted soon.

Vehicle Parking-TBA

This information will be posted soon.

Special Needs Accommodations 

If any participant has special needs that require accommodations, including a personal aide, please notify us by April 19, 2016. Call Samantha Pech, Outreach Specialist, at 715-346-4593 or email spech@uwsp.edu.  

Substitution and Cancellation Policy 

Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification to Continuing Education and Outreach. Substitutes will utilize the workshops of the person they are replacing. A signed Liability and Release Form must accompany the substitute to the event. 
Cancellations will receive a full refund if the cancellation request is received in writing or email by April 29, 2016. No refunds will be given after April 29, 2016.  No shows are responsible for the full registration fee. 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 Wilcott
121 Nelson Hall
Program Manager:
Julie Hellweg
128 Nelson Hall

Continuing Education and Outreach Office (Customer Service)

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

STEM Exploration Day for Boys website

STEM Exploration Day at Treehaven website

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.