STEM Exploration Day at Treehaven

Friday, May 1, 2015

This one day conference is catered to 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 workshops. This event is catered to the districts living in the Wisconsin Northwoods and is held at the UW-Stevens Point Treehaven facility located in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.  This event has a capacity of around 110 students.
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Registration opens on Thursday,
March 26, 2015at 3:45 p.m.


Available workshops are posted below!

Click here to present at the event

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Workshops are first come, first served and pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available and must be granted prior to registering for the program.  
 

Keynote Speaker-TBD  

About Treehaven

Treehaven Campus
Treehaven's facilities rest on an ancient glacial ridge that overlooks 1,400 acres of forest and wetland habitat that hosts an abundance of wildlife species including osprey, deer, black bear, wolf, coyote, and fisher. Facilities include a large classroom/conference center, two residential dormitory buildings that provide overnight accommodations for up to 125 people, and full food service capability. Of course, the featured "facility" is natures own handiwork 1,400 acres of outdoor classroom space with rustic trails.

Eight permanent employees and over 20 affiliated staff - mostly teachers and educators - help Treehaven serve over 25,000 people each year with courses, seminars, workshops, Elderhostel's, school and youth programs, and business gatherings. A public, non-profit facility operated by the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources - the nation's largest undergraduate natural resources program - Treehaven relies on usage fees and donations for much of its operating budget with limited support from state tax dollars.

Treehaven'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.
 
 
Conference at a Glance
Registration (Dreyfus University Center (DUC))
​8 - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (Auditorium) ​9 - 9:45 a.m.
Workshop A​ (various rooms and outside locations) ​9:50 - 10:55 a.m.
Lunch​ (Dreyfus University Center)​ 11 - 11:30 a.m.​
Workshop B​ ​(various rooms and outside locations) 11:40 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (various rooms and outside locations) 12:55 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.​
​Evaluations​/End of Conference (Auditorium) 2:00-2:30 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 Jody Bognar at jbognar@uwsp.edu 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.  

Scholarships

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 Julie.Hellweg@uwsp.edu. Please include the name of your school as well as each student's name. Scholarship Deadline is April 17, 2015.    DSC_8832.jpg

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

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

Chaperones will be asked to help escort students to each workshop location.  

T-shirts

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 from March 10-April 10, 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 (Orders may be placed from October 23 to November 4)
 

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Available Workshops and Sign up Form

Workshop Descriptions: a complete listing of available workshops will be posted by March 20, 2015.

Workshop Schedule: this lists when each workshop will occur. Some workshops are only offered one time, others are offered two or three times.
 
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: TBD at Treehaven facility
 
Pick-up times: 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Treehaven Entrance  

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 and then park in the lot designated for buses

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: http://www.uwsp.edu/landing/Pages/visit.aspx

Special Physical or Dietary Needs

If any participant has physical or dietary needs that require special accommodations, please notify us by April 24, 2015. Call Jody Bognar, Outreach Specialist, at 715-604-2084 or email jbognar@uwsp.edu.

Special Needs and Wheelchair Access Information

Please contact Jody Bognar, Outreach Specialist, at 715-604-2084 or email jbognar@uwsp.edu wtih any handicap accessibility requests or questions.
 
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 April 24, 2015. No refunds will be given after April 24, 2015. 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:
Jody Bognar
Northwoods Building, Room 125
Nicolet Area Technical College
Rhinelander, WI 54501
800-544-3039 ext. 4903
Cell: 715-604-2084
jbognar@uwsp.edu
   
Program Manager:
Julie Hellweg
128 Nelson Hall
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Stevents Point, WI 54481
715-346-3730

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
  

STEM Exploration Day for Girls website

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Registration Information 

Registration for this event is only available online.  Workshop availability is first-come, first-served.  All attendees must pre-register by April 14. On-site registration will not be accepted. 
 
For the best availability of workshops, register on opening day, beginning at 8 a.m. Prior to registration, students need to choose 3 workshops to attend at the event. A list of available workshops will be in the Available Workshops section below. There will be variety of 65 minute workshops to chose from.  

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 April 25, 2014 if your school pays by purchase order. Contact Julie Hellweg at jhellweg@uwsp.edu 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, Discover and American Express.     

Student Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for students upon written recommendation by a teacher or school administrator. Scholarships are not granted to chaperones. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Form and email jhellweg@uwsp.edu or fax, 715-346-3504 scholarship recommendations to Julie Hellweg by April 14, 2014.

If you plan to apply for a scholarship, indicate that you are paying with a check when registering online. Scholarship requests are granted as they come in and entered into the registration system by the Continuing Education registrar. If only part of your group is granted a scholarship, you are then invoiced for the remaining registrants. 

Credit card payments (at the time of registration) are not accepted for potential scholarship recipients.   

Sign up Form

STEM Paper Sign-up Form
Use this form to collect student names, workshop choices, and to confirm payment. Then have this form with you on April 1, 2014 at 8 a.m. to register your students online. See the Choosing Workshops area below to get a comprehensive list of workshops for each student.

Liability/Photo Release Form

Every student attending must bring a signed Liability/Photo Release Form in order to attend. Download, print, and bring the parent-signed forms to the event. 

Available Workshops 

This is a complete listing of all available workshops. 
  
The document indicates when each workshop will be offered. Some workshops will be offered at all three time slots and others only once or twice.
 
Workshop Presenters 

Choosing Workshops

Students may want to attend a particular workshop at any of the available time slots. There will be workshops that every student will want to attend, and you will see that these will fill fast.  We recommend you have a very good idea of alternate workshops for each student. An example is below.

For example, your student may give you the following choices: First choice: A01, B03 and C10
Second choice: A10, B01, and C03; Third choice: A03, B10 and C01.
 
Our STEM Paper Sign-up Form is a tool to help students indicate what they want to attend and also provide you (the chaperone) with alternative workshops your student would find interesting.

Chaperone Preparation Checklist  

  • Recruit students: the STEM Exploration Day Postcard will help get the word out
  • Record students' information: STEM Paper Sign-up Form
  • Read the Registration Information area COMPLETELY.
  • Register at 8 a.m. on April 1, 2014 (the later you register the less workshops will be available).
  • Register yourself and all your students together. Do not let students register themselves.
  • Collect registration payments and liability forms from each student.
  • Request an invoice prior to the event if paying with a purchase order (see Payment Options above)
  • Send in payments prior to the event. Payment in the form of a check or cash is accepted at the event.
  • Provide your driver with the parking information. 
  • Thoroughly read the confirmation letter and go to the links within the letter.
  • Encourage each students to wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing suitable for Wisconsin weather.
  • Tell students to keep extra items at home. Everything they bring with them will need to be carried throughout the day. 
  • No cell phone usage during the event.  

Student Preparation Checklist  

  • Do not register yourself, have a parent or guardian register you by April 14, 2014
  • Turn into your chaperone, a signed Liability/Photo Release Form prior to the event.
  • Wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing suitable for Wisconsin weather, including rain gear.
  • Keep extra items at home. Everything you bring will need to be carried with you throughout the day. 
  • No cell phone usage during the event.  

​Cancellation Policy  

Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification to Continuing Education. 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. 
 
A full refund will be provided if the cancellation request is received in writing/email by April 17, 2014. No refunds will be given after April 18, 2014. No shows are responsible for the full registration fee.  Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or severe weather.

​Special Needs

If any participant has physical or dietary needs that require special accommodations, please notify us by April 14, 2014. Call Jody Bognar at 800-544-3039 ext 4903 or 715-604-2084 or email jbognar@uwsp.edu.   
 

Continuing Education Coordination Team

Jody Bognar, Associate Outreach Specialist:  800-544-3039, ext 4903 or 715-604-2084 jbognar@uwsp.edu
Julie Hellweg, Program Manager:  715-346-3730, jhellweg@uwsp.edu



UW-Stevens Point provides equal opportunities in employment and programming