STEM Career Exploration Day gives students in grades 10-12 exposure to the different career opportunities within the STEM field. Come join us for a fun, engaging event for students to learn about majors, programs, and opportunities in a variety of STEM fields.  

YES! You can have an English degree but still work in a STEM related career! The possibilities are endless.

Why should I attend? 

  • Explore STEM careers in agriculture, biology, industrial studies, criminal justice, theater, art, engineering, computer science, and sustainability and renewable energy systems 
  • Select a workshop track that pairs three interactive workshops facilitated by UW-Platteville faculty  
  • Enjoy working with college students and touring campus  

Registration

Participation in this event will be first come, first served, and is limited to 15 registered students plus 1 chaperone for up to 9 schools. Chaperones may be teachers, school counselors, or other administrators. Check back for registration information or sign up below to stay informed.

STEM Career Exploration Day

Schedule

Time Event Location
8:30–9 a.m. Check-in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall
9–10 a.m. Welcome and introduction Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall
10–10:50 a.m. Workshop 1 Various locations
11–12 p.m. Lunch Stations, Bridgeway Commons
12–12:50 p.m. Workshop 2 Various locations
1–1:50 p.m. Workshop 3 Various locations
2–2:15 p.m. Closing Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall
2:15–3:15 p.m. Optional campus tour  

Workshop Tracks

  • Our food, plants, and the environment are all connected in more than one way. For example, by water. Learn the science behind making and processing ice cream (milk is comprised of mostly water!) and have fun planting succulents. Lastly, perform the same procedures that engineers utilize to remove pollutants from drinking water.

  • Ever wonder just exactly how safe it really is to have a car drive itself? Or have you been curious what exactly the glowing light underneath your smart watch is tracking? Explore the ethics of engineering, the science of electronic sensors, and how both can affect the human body and an in-depth experience in the cadaver lab. Be prepared to have an “out-of-body” experience! 

  • Technology, engineering and biodiversity come together in this track. Get your thinking hat on to problem solve using the Engineering Design Process and use 3D and computer models that help develop pharmaceuticals. In the final session, you'll explore biodiversity around the world.

  • Humans consistently utilize a wide variety of resources that contribute to growing societies. STEM professionals are the key to assisting in providing renewable sources for decades to come. Did you know that clay can be a durable resource? Have you ever thought about the importance of plastic packaging, or how the concern for safety impacts these practices? The Earth is an amazing resource, but we must take care of those resources and create a safe space for humans.

  • With STEM the possibilities are endless! Did you know coding can help you know when to water your plants? Or that understanding the angle of a blood drop or using fingerprints can solve a crime? Lastly, experience the cadaver lab to get an in-depth view of science and the human body.

  • What do bridges, tree rings, and theatre design have in common? STEM professionals design and analyze them! In one workshop you will build a truss bridge and load test your designs. In the next workshop you will explore the science of tree rings and in the final workshop, you will look at the color mixing properties of LED stage lighting to show how the wavelengths of light are employed in theatre to dramatically change the things we create. This will be an exciting track and who knew that STEM is involved in all of these activities?

  • Wind turbines, puzzles, and Legos, oh my! You will construct a wind turbine that produces electricity. In the next session, you will avoid insanity by using logic and graphs to solve a puzzle in less than 5-minutes even though it has over 40,000 possible solutions! In the final workshop, you will use Legos to learn how to identify the bottlenecks (what’s a bottleneck? Come find out!) and brainstorm possible alternatives to improve productivity.

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