STEM Exploration Day for Girls

Next event: Friday, February 23, 2018

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

Details for the February 23, 2018 event are not yet available.    

Click here to register online!            Click here to volunteer at the event


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)

Keynote Speaker

Karin Bodensteiner, Department Chair and Professor of Biology
Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Presenting: TBD

Karin is a biology professor with expertise in reproductive physiology and behavior. She has been teaching biology for almost 17 years and is currently the chair of the biology department at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (UWSP). Karin grew up in Rhinelander, WI and attended Luther College in Decorah, IA where she received a BA in Biology and Psychology. Karin also holds an MS in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a PhD in Reproductive Physiology from Colorado State University. Karin taught for seven years at St. Lawrence University in upstate NY before returning to WI to join the faculty at UWSP in 2007. Karin has taught courses in Introductory Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology and has mentored over forty undergraduate researchers while at UWSP. 

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 27 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 January 3, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. whe registration will open.  Registration fills quickly, so register on opening day. 

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 out after 45 minutes.
  • 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 are now available and can be printed and sent home with students. 

Forms 1 and 2 should be printed back to back and Form 3 is a single sided document. 

  • A listing of 28 available workshops. 
  • This should be sent home with students and returned to the person who will register the student. The forms can then be used to register each student online beginning January 3, 2017.  The form collects the student's name, school, t-shirt size, lunch option, eight workshops they want to attend and two they do not want to attend.  Print this form back-to-back.
  • This form must accompany each student to the event.  It must be signed by a parent. Do not send this form in early with payments.

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, this is considered a seprate order from the others and will have its own confirmation and order number and you will receive the first confirmation email. 
Email #2:  
  • Sent by February 10, 2017, this email will contain the students' workshop placements for the event on February 17, 2017.

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 February 10, 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 or school administrator to Julie Hellweg, Program Manager, Continuing Education and Outreach.  Email or mail to Julie at 2100 Main St., 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:  January 13, 2017.


Each registrant will receive a t-shirt as part of the event registration (includes scholarship students). T-shirts are distributed at the event.  The event t-shirt for 2016-2017 is below in heather purple. 
T-shirts are in adult sizes with widths in inches below:

​X Large​24"

Liability and Photo Release Forms

Each attending student must bring a parent/guardian signed copy of this Liability and Photo Release Form with them to the event in order to attend.  Please provide a copy to the staff when checking into the event on February 17, 2017.  A student may attend the event without a chaperone ONLY if a signed form is turned in.  Liability forms created by individual schools will NOT be accepted. 


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.  

New for 2016-2017!  Online registration will allow registrants to indicate a vegetarian or non-vegetarian lunch option as well as include any dietary restrictions so they receive a custom lunch.  When registering online, those who indicate a custom lunch should also identify if they want vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

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

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). Available parking lots.

NOTE: Lot X near the science building is closed due to the contruction of our new science buildling. 
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 including a personal aide, please notify us by February 3, 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 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 February 20, 2017. No refunds will be given after February 10, 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:
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 Days

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