STEM Exploration Day for Girls 

Friday, February 26, 2016

This one day conference is catered to 7th and 8th grade girls 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

Online registration has closed. 
Spots are still available.  Please call us. 

Available workshops are posted below. 

Click here to volunteer at the event
Click here to exhibit at the event

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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jodi Olmsted, RDH, BS, MS, Ed. S, Ph.D; FAADH


Jodi is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin~ Stevens Point (UWSP) in the College of Professional Studies, School of Health Care Professions-Health Sciences Program. Jodi has taught dental hygiene, leadership, health sciences, education, and teaching certification courses.  With three statewide team members, she wrote Wisconsin’s local anesthetic & pain management curriculum in 1999.  Jodi received the ADHA Irene Newman Professional Development Award in 2008 and an “Excellence in Teaching” Award in 2013 from the UWSP Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of the National Society of Leadership & Success.  Jodi currently serves on ADHA’s Council of Research and as an Editorial Peer Reviewer for both the Journal of Dental Hygiene and Journal of Dental Education. She is also the owner, president and distance education consultant for Kaleidoscope Consulting, LLC.  


Presents "Wordoku" 

STEM: What else does, or can it mean? We all know the acronym for STEM refers to “Science, Technology, Engineering & Math”, BUT, what else could the letters represent? If you have ever played “Sudoku” or “Wordoku” we will be considering “alternative meanings” to each of these letters and how they could apply to YOU as young women exploring career pathways in the Sciences.  Dr. Jodi will share her alternatives and how she sees the meaning of the acronym today.

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

Payment options online include check, purchase order or credit card.  The following credit cards are accepted online: MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.     

NEW!  We ask that all attendees prepay by Febraury 20, 2015. If you need to make other arrangments please contact Samantha Pech at or 715-346-4593.


Scholarships are available to students and cover the $30 registration fee.  Scholarships are granted upon written recommendation from a parent, teacher, or school administrator and processed through Julie Hellweg, Program Manager, at Continuing Education and Outreach.  Recommendations may be emailed to and should include the names of each student along with the school name.  Scholarship deadline is January 20, 2015.

Liability and Photo Release Form with Parent Letter

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 event. 
This is a two page document that can be printed front to back. 


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.



T-shirts are available for purchase at the event. A limited number of t-shirt sizes are available. Please pre-order shirts. To guarantee a t-shirt size, you may pre-order t-shirts below from January 22 to February 10, 2015. 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

purple image on t-shirt --FINAL.jpg

Available Workshops

DSC_8857.jpg DSC_8699.jpg

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 (nickels, 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 February 20, 2015. 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 must be brought to the event for the substitute. Liability and Photo Release Form and Parent Letter
Cancellations will receive a full refund if the cancellation request is received in writing/email by February 20, 2015. No refunds will be given after February 21, 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: 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
UW-Stevens Point provides equal opportunities in employment and programming