Dreaming of the Sky

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Description | Schedule | Who Should Attend | Registration | Cost | Cancellation | Location

Do you Dream about Having a career that:

  • Makes a difference in society?
  • Uses creative problem solving?
  • Incorporates all of your skills?
  • Encourages teamwork and collaboration?

If so, please join us as we explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive, hands-on activities at Dreaming of the Sky.

Program Description

Have you ever looked around and marveled at human ingenuity? Considered the world from an engineer's perspective? Asked how it could be better? If so, join us for a weekend adventure as we build your knowledge of infrastructure and engineering from the ground up. Learn about the built environment and the cool ways engineers, scientists, and mathematicians help our society. Along the way, you'll meet some inspiring students and professionals, interact and work in teams with other girls who share your interests, and begin to discover new career paths.

Dreaming of the Sky is an overnight experience. 2015 event dates are still to be determined.

Dreaming of the Sky is held in conjunction with the Pioneering Your Future (PYF) event. PYF provides a one-day STEM exploration experience for girls who prefer a non-overnight option. For more information, visit the PYF page.

Sample Weekend Schedule


  • 4 p.m.       Check-In
  • 5 p.m.       Introductions and Ice Breaker Games
  • 6 p.m.       Dinner and Panel Discussion
  • 9 p.m.       Social Activities and Movie


  • 8 a.m.        Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.        Pioneering Your Future Activities*
  • 12 noon      Lunch*
  • 1 p.m.        Pioneering Your Future Activities*
  • 3 p.m.        Hands-on Activity 
  • 5 p.m.        Dinner
  • 6 p.m.        Ropes Course
  • 9 p.m.        Social Activites and Games


  • 8 a.m.        Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.        Ropes Course Physics Activity
  • 11 a.m.      Project Poster Design
  • Noon          Lunch
  • 1 p.m.        Project Exposition
  • 2 p.m.        Campus Tour (Optional)

*All students who participate in Dreaming of the Sky will be included in Pioneering Your Future activities at no additional cost.

(Please note: Schedule is subject to change.)

Who Should Attend

Dreaming of the Sky is intended for young women in grades 7 and 8 who are interested in learning more about how they can use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to impact our world in a positive manner.

Women from African-American, Native American, Latina, Laotian, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Cambodian communities are especially encouraged to attend.

If you have a disability and need accommodations, please e-mail skysthelimit@uwplatt.edu or call 608.342.7158 as far in advance as possible.


Space is limited to 30 girls. Those interested in attending should submit the online Request to Participate (or download the mail-in version). The preferred deadline to submit your Request to Participate is two weeks prior to the program. Requests may be accommodated after the deadline if space is available. Requests will be reviewed and confirmed participants will receive additional registration and payment instructions via email.


The cost for Dreaming of the Sky is $75.00 per participant and includes housing, food, and all project supplies. The $75.00 fee will be due after the Request to Participate form is received and confirmed.

Scholarships and outreach are available to underrepresented minority students through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. For information on scholarship assistance, please e-mail skysthelimit@uwplatt.edu or call 608.342.7158.

Cancellation Policy

Participants who cancel at least one week prior to the event will receive a refund of the registration fee less a $20.00 administrative charge. Refunds must be requested during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) by calling 608.342.1314 or e-mailing cont_ed@uwplatt.edu.


Dreaming of the Sky will be held on the UW-Platteville campus in Platteville, Wis. Participants should arrive at Engineering Hall between 4 and 5 p.m. on Friday for check-in. The pick-up location is also Engineering Hall. The program concludes after the project exposition for parents and/or chaperones between 1 and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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