For the Girls: Tech Savvy & Girl Savvy Workshops

AM Keynote Speaker:


Allison M Fleshman
Lawrence University Chemistry Professor

“Hooray for Questions: How Curiosity Was My Motivator”


~Tech Savvy and Girl Savvy Workshops for 2020~

Workshop Start & end times:
Workshop 1  9-9:50 am
Workshop 2  10-10:50 am
Workshop 3  11-11:50 am

Check availability when you are registering.
Register early for the best chance to attend your preferred workshop!

Tech Savvy STEM Workshop Sessions – Morning

First year girls:  Choose Two STEM Morning Workshops and College Savvy

College Savvy – Required for First Year Attendees
(If you are attending with a parent, sign up for the same time slot they do.)
Investigate colleges and university programs that mesh with your STEM career goals.  Complete a mock college application and interview with a College Recruiter.  You will also go on a Scavenger Hunt to learn more about what each school has to offer.

Returning Girls: Choose Three STEM Morning Workshops

Crime Scene Investigation
Your classroom has been trashed and your classroom pet is missing. Blood and muddy shoe prints are scattered on the floor.  It’s up to you to solve the mystery. Use forensic science tools to solve the crime and identify the suspect.

Are You Part of the Solution?
Why can’t you use a hair dryer in the bathtub?  Why do we put salt on winter roads?  What happens when we dissolve things in water?  In this session we will explore the awesome properties of solutions!

Genes in a Bottle
Come capture your genetic essence in a bottle!  In this session, you will extract genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from your cheek cells and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands.  Your very own DNA will be collected and transferred to a helix-shaped necklace that you can take home.

Snack Attack Challenge!
Amcor is the world’s largest consumer packaging company–packaging plays a key role in keeping our food fresh and safe.  Come learn about the rewarding careers within Amcor and the science of packaging. You will be tasked with the job of creating an effective package for a s’more all while keeping production costs as low as possible.  Please join us for this Snack Attack challenge!

Learn Computer Coding Using Adafruit
Would you like to learn electronics, with an all-in-one board that has sensors and LEDs built in? Circuit Playground is here – and it’s the best way to practice programming on real hardware with no soldering or sewing required!

Lady Gogo – Car Build and Race
Build a car from Legos® and other supplies and race against your new friends! Then see what tweaks you can make to change the speed and get to the finish line faster.  Learn from engineers how design & test iterations are used throughout the engineering process.

Making Compound Medications
Learn how to make our very own compounded “medication” while exploring the inside secrets of the pharmacy world. We will discover how to assist our neighbors and how to influence healthcare.

Microorganisms in My Food?
Did you know the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat can be delicious?  Learn about fermentation through the making of pizza dough!

Exploration into Robotics
Work together to build a robot using VEXIQ robot kits and WonderWorkshop (WW) Robots.

Zombie Hunting
Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to reduce the number of Zombie attacks in our city!

Girl Savvy Skills Workshop Sessions – Afternoon

Workshop Start & end times:
Workshop 1  12:40-1:10 pm
Workshop 2  1:15-1:45 pm
Workshop 3  1:50-2:25 pm

First year girls:  Must choose It All Adds Up! and Are You Ready for a Stem Career? and a third session of your choice

Returning girls:  Must choose How Do I Get Ready? and two sessions of your choice

It All Adds Up! For students who are NEW to Tech Savvy  (available all 3 sessions)
Learn how to budget based on income.  As a student, thinking about how money is earned and where it is spent may not always be a priority.  Once a job is secured and work in a profession begins, we need to know how to plan for an income and how to reasonably spend the money earned.  During this session, you will find out how “It All Adds Up!”

Are You Ready for a STEM Career? For students who are NEW to Tech Savvy
Sessions 12:40-1:10 and 1:15-1:45 only

How Do I Get Ready? – Preparing for College and Picking the Right One – For students who have been to Tech Savvy before – 1:50-2:25 session only

Choosing a Mentor (available all 3 sessions)
Knowing your personality will help you choose someone who has taken a similar path to you.  In this session we will identify your personality and set goals for getting a mentor.

Seeing Yourself in the Future (available all 3 sessions)
This is a panel discussion with women working in STEM careers.

Girl Up!  Empowering Girls to Change the World (available all 3 sessions)
Appleton North’s Girl Up! is an organization that is an extension of UN Women. Our main goal is to empower girls around the world by providing them with education, access to healthcare, and providing them with the resources they need to achieve their dreams. Our Tech Savvy presentation will discuss the various gaps that exist within our society like the gender gap, wage gap, dream gap, etc. Inequality is a raging force, and it is our goal to show girls that they can make a difference and stop this trend. Within our presentation the girls will engage in various activities, and we will describe how STEM fits into the different gaps expressed above.

Confidence Code Part 1 – Nuts and Bolts of Confidence (available all 3 sessions)
What is Confidence? Confidence is what turns our thoughts into action. It allows us to do things that seem hard, scary, or impossible.  Join us to move toward a more confident and empowered YOU.

Confidence Code Part 2 – Cracking the Code (available all 3 sessions)
You already explored the Nuts and Bolts of Confidence last year and you have the book. This session introduces cracking the code by learning to risk more, think less, and be your amazingly imperfect and totally powerful self.

PM Keynote Speaker:

Megan Pickett, Lawrence University Physics Professor

Girls’ Program

7:30 am-8:30 am Check-in and Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Welcome & AM Keynote Speaker w/adults
9:00-9:50 Workshop 1 or College Savvy
10:00-10:50 Workshop 2 or College Savvy
11:00-11:50 Workshop 3 or College Savvy
12:00-12:40 pm Lunch w/adults
12:40 – 1:10 Girl Savvy Skills Workshops
1:15 – 1:45 Girl Savvy Skills Workshops
1:50 – 2:25 Girl Savvy Skills Workshops
2:30-3:00 Keynote Speaker w/adults
3:00-3:30 Closing Ceremony w/adults