Exploring the Sky

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

April 17-19, 2015

Do you want to explore 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 investigate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive, hands-on activities at Exploring 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from the ground up. Learn about 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.

Exploring the Sky is an overnight weekend experience. All activities will take place on the UW-Platteville campus. Participants will stay at the Cooper Living Learning Center on the Pioneer Farm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sample Weekend Schedule


  • 4 p.m.       Check-In (UW-Platteville Engineering Hall)
  • 5 p.m.       Dinner 
  • 6 p.m.       Ropes Course
  • 9 p.m.       Social Activities and Games


  • 8 a.m.        Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.        Hands-on Activity 1
  • 11:30 a.m.  Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m.  Hands-on Activity 2
  • 2 p.m.        Hands-on Activity 3
  • 3 p.m.        Break
  • 3:30 p.m.   Hands-on Activity 4
  • 5 p.m.        Dinner and College Student Panel
  • 7:30 p.m.   Social Activites and Movie


  • 8 a.m.        Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.        Hands-on Activity 5
  • 11 a.m.      Project Poster Design
  • Noon          Lunch
  • 1 p.m.        Project Exposition
  • 2 p.m.        Campus Tour (Optional)

(Please note: Schedule is subject to change.)

Who Should Attend

Exploring the Sky is intended for young women in grades 9 and 10 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 form (or download the mail-in version). The preferred deadline to submit your Request to Participate is April 3, 2015. 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 Exploring 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.


Exploring the Sky will be held on the UW-Platteville campus in Platteville, Wis. Participants should arrive at Engineering Hall (building #11 on the campus map) between 4 and 5 p.m. on Friday for check-in. The program concludes after the project exposition for parents and/or chaperones between 1 and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The pick-up location will also be Engineering Hall. For driving directions to Engineering Hall, use the address 1000 Southwest Road, Platteville, WI  53818.

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