Reaching for the Sky

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

November 14-16, 2014

Do you want to Enjoy a Career that:

  • Makes a difference in society?
  • Requires creative problem solving?
  • Provides an enjoyable and flexible work environment?
  • Encourages forward thinking?
  • Uses all of your skills?
  • Secures your future?

If so, please join us as we explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive, hands-on activities at Reaching for 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 matematics 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.

Reaching for 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.   Introductions and Ice Breaker Games
  • 6 p.m.   Dinner and Professional Panel
  • 8 p.m.   Social Activities


  • 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 Student Panel
  • 6 p.m.          Ropes Course
  • 9 p.m.          Social Activites


  • 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)

Who Should Attend

Reaching for the Sky is intended for young women in grades 11 and 12 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 or call 608.342.7158 as far in advance as possible.


Space is limited to 30 girls and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending should download, complete, and submit the Request to Participate form. 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 Reaching for 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 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


Reaching for the Sky will be held on the UW-Platteville campus in Platteville, Wis. Participants should arrive at Ullsvik Hall (building #36 on the campus map) between 4 and 5 p.m. on Friday for check-in. The pick-up location will be Engineering Hall (building #11). The program concludes after the project exposition for parents and/or chaperones between 1 and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For driving directions to Ullsvik Hall, use the address 30 S. Hickory Street, Platteville, WI  53818. For driving directions to Engineering Hall, use the address 1000 Southwest Road, Platteville, WI  53818.


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