STEM Exploration Day for Boys

Friday, November 10, 2017 Completed

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.The 2018 Date is TBD

This one-day conference is catered to 7th and 8th grade boys to get them fired up and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The event showcases STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin and faculty from UW-System. Students will engage in hands-on workshops and learn the many career paths available with an education in STEM.
A $40 registration fee includes exhibit exploration, a keynote presentation, three one-hour workshops, event materials, a t-shirt and a lunch.  
Attendees see UW-Stevens Point with workshops held throughout campus. Schools are encouraged to bring student groups, but individuals are welcome to attend the program. 

Keynote Speaker

Joe Bodewes, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, Minocqua, WI

Dr. Joe Bodewes has over 25 years of veterinary experience. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1991. Dr. Joe and his wife Molly have lived in Hazelhurst since 1997. In his 25 years of practice, Dr. Joe has worked in a variety of different jobs, including livestock, dairy, small animal practice, as well as in the corporate retail and fish industry and as a dog sledding guide. He has worked on everything from tigers to sugar gliders and all forms of wild animals. He has also done veterinary work in Tanzania, Belize, Nicaragua and Haiti.

The last 14 years he has worked full time as a small animal Veterinarian in Minocqua and in 2012 moved into his current 5000 square foot facility. Dr. Joe and Molly have five children, and spend all of their free time with them enjoying the outdoors and coaching a variety of youth sports. Dr. Joe's wide breadth of experience has led him to create a practice that truly caters to "All Creatures". 

Presents: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Saving the Lives of Humans and Animals Around the World

The speaker will talk about how he uses science and technology every day as a veterinarian and how stem can be used to positively impact the lives of millions of impoverished people around the globe.

Conference at a Glance
Registration and Exhibit Exploration (DUC)
​8  - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (DUC) ​9 - 9:45 a.m.
Workshop A​ (Various locations) ​10  - 11 a.m.
Lunch​ (DUC)​ 11  - 11:45 a.m.​
Workshop B​ ​(Various locations) noon - 1 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (Various locations) 1:15  - 2:15 p.m.​
​End of Conference (HEC)2:30 p.m.​

DUC (Dreyfus University Center)
HEC (Health Enhancement Center)

Program Information

Each student will attend morning exhibits, a keynote presentation, and three one-hour workshops with lunch scheduled after the first workshop.  

Up to 25 workshops will be available for students to choose from.  Students will rank eight workshops they want to attend and then select two workshops they do not want to attend.  Using a mathematical model, students will be placed into workshops of interest to them and will not be placed into the workshops they chose not to attend.  

Registration information 

Registration is only available online and a link will be posted on September 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. when registration will open.  Registration fills quickly, so register on opening day. 

Registration opens on Monday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m.  
Registration on opening day is encouraged.  
Click here to register

Online Registration Information

Registrant Types:  

  • Chaperones who do not register will not be provided lunch or materials.  
  • Chaperones do not select workshops, but instead may move from workshop to workshop throughout the day as needed.  Available seating is based on student registrations to the workshops.
  • Only students select workshops. 
  • Students need to rank eight workshops they want to attend (1st through 8th choices)
  • Select two workshops they do not want to attend
  • Students may register with or without a chaperone as long as a Liability Release Form accompanies the student.  
  • Individual students who are registered by a parent but want their child to attend with their school should notify the attending school chaperone.  That person should contact us to let us know if the student’s materials and payment will be grouped with the school or if it will be separate.  
School Groups
  • Schools with 10+ students should register in batches of 10 people. 
  • The online registration system will time you out after 30-45 minutes within the system.
  • Select one email address to be associated with your school group.  A good choice is the attending chaperone.  The email address used will receive all communication for the program (registration confirmation, payment information, and workshop placement emails for each student).   

Other items to note:

  • You may register multiple times as students turn in registration information to you. Please make sure you use the same email address (for communication purposes) and the same school name and address information.   
  • We prefer that students do not register themselves. 

If you make a mistake in the registration system, please contact our office rather than try to renter an individual again at 715-346-3838.

Collecting Registration Information from Students

Registration is only online and for large school groups a lot of data will need to be entered.  Teachers may want to use the forms below to collect information from students. 

The following forms will be available by September 8.  

1) Workshop Titles and Descriptions (A complete listing of available workshops.) 

2) Registration Selection Form (This form can be printed and sent home. You need it to collect the following information: workshop selections, T-shirt size, lunch option or dietary restrictions, and special needs accommodations. Then, once the form is collected it can be used to complete the online registration.)

3) Liability and Photo Release Form - NEW PROCESS THIS YEAR 

Instead of bringing this to the event, this form is REQUIRED PRIOR TO the event.  Send the forms in with your payment by November 3, 2017. Parents and guardians may complete the online version at the following link:  Online Liability Release Form.

Confirmation Emails (two are sent)

Email #1: 

  • Confirms registration information you provided and amount due (if any).  Changes can be made at this point. 
  • Each time you register completely through the payment screen, if registering one person or a group of people, each is considered a seprate order.  Each will have its own confirmation and order number. 

Email #2:  

  • Sent by Friday, November 3, 2017.  This email will contain the students' workshop placements for the event on Friday, November 10, 2017.
Registration opens on Monday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m.  
Registration on opening day is encouraged.  
Click here to register

Exhibit Photos

Workshop Photos




Registration Fee

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. 
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 and therefore do not register to attend workshops. One chaperone for a groups of 25 or less and two chaperones for groups of 25-50 is recommended. 

Payment Options

The following credit cards are accepted online: MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.  Payments must be made by November 3, 2017.  Please make checks payable to UW-Stevens Point and mail payments to: Continuing Education and Outreach, 2100 Main St. Stevens Point, WI 54481. Contact Samantha Pech at to request an invoice prior to the event.  


Registration scholarships are available only to students.   Scholarships will be granted upon written recommendation by a teacher, school administrator, or parent to Anne Rogalski, Program Manager, Continuing Education and Outreach.  Email or mail to Anne at Continuing Education and Outreach, 2100 Main Street, Room 032, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  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:  October 6, 2017. 


Each registrant will receive a t-shirt as part of the event registration (includes scholarship students) and are provided at check-in.  The event t-shirt for 2017-2018 is below in smoke gray. 
T-shirts are in adult sizes with widths in inches below:

​X Large​24"

Liability and Photo Release Forms - NEW PROCESS THIS YEAR

Each attending student must have a parent/guardian signed Liability and Photo Release Form on file with us PRIOR TO THE EVENT.  Do not bring forms with you to the event this year, please send them in early. Forms from substitutes will be accepted at the event. Parents and guardians may complete the online version at the following link:  Online Liability Release Form.


Lunch will be served from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Dreyfus University Center Laird Room.  Lunch is typically a sub sandwich, a side of chips, whole fruit, a cookie or brownie, and a drink.  One of each item is provided to each attendee.  Vending machines and other food options are available in close proximity to the lunch room, but are at your own expense.  

Online registration allows registrants to indicate a vegetarian or non-vegetarian lunch option as well as include any dietary restrictions so they can receive a custom lunch.   

Escorts and Volunteers

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

Maps and Visitor Information

Campus Map     Visitor Information   Parking Website

Drop-off and Pick-up Times

Drop-off time: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Where: Dreyfus University Center (DUC) on Reserve St. (#40 on the campus map)
Pick-up time: 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Health Enhancement Center (HEC) on Fourth Ave. (#5 on campus map)

Bus Drop-off Location and Bus Parking

Provide bus drivers with drop-off and pick-up times and locations and the campus map 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 parking and dropping off at the above locations will interfere with the city's school busing system near campus.

Vehicle Parking

Chaperones driving alone can park in Lot R, in the morning, which is close to the Dreyfus University Center check-in location.  By 2:30 p.m., chaperones may want to move vehicles closer to the Health Enhancement Center where the students will be escorted to at the end of the day.  University meters are $0.75 per hour ($0.25 for 20 minutes).  Parking Lot Map   Parking Website
NOTE: Students are never without an escort for the duration of the event.  Should you choose to have your students meet you in a location not indicated in the program outlined above, we cannot guarantee their safety as escorts are being used elsewhere, so you need to get them from their locations.   Please do not ask your students to navigate campus to find you.  

Special Needs Accommodations

If any participant has special needs that require accommodations such as a personal aide, please notify us by October 27, 2017. Call Samantha Pech, Outreach Specialist, at 715-346-4593 or email Special Needs Parking, Wheelchair Access and Elevator Map  

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 Photo 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 November 3, 2017. No refunds will be given after November 3, 2017. 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
Program Manager:
Anne Rogalski
324 Communications Arts Center

Continuing Education and Outreach Office (Customer Service)
032 Old Main Building, 2100 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
Fax: 715-346-3504

STEM Exploration Days

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