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Session Time  
Registration: 8:15-9:00  
Opening: 9:00-10:05 Keynote Address and Guest Speaker
Session 1: 10:15-11:10 Workshop 1
Session 2: 11:20-12:15 Lunch 1/Workshop 2
Session 3: 12:25-1:20 Lunch 2/Workshop 3/Expo 3
Session 4: 1:30-2:25 Workshop 4/Expo 4
Session 5: 2:35-3:30 Workshop 5/Expo 5
Session 6: 3:40-4:35 Workshop 6/Expo 6
Closing & Checkout 4:45-5:00  

Girls MUST schedule the following*: (No exceptions, please!)

  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Expo
  •  4 Workshops 
  • 1 T-shirt size

*Registrations without a lunch or expo session scheduled will be assigned a session and you may lose your favorite workshop. Please be sure to fill your schedule as listed above so you are not disappointed; changes cannot be made. Everyone filling their schedules correctly ensures that every girl has an opportunity to a full experience and that there are enough openings in sessions for all girls. Thank you!

You MUST provide a password for dismissal.

Passwords are used for the safety of your daughter; girls will not be released to any adult who does not provide the password at pick up. 
Passwords will be given to staff at check in the day of the event; please be sure to let the pick up and drop off person know your password.

When you register on-line, you will be able to see immediately if workshops have openings and know what you are enrolled in. If registering by paper, registrations and workshops will be entered on a first-come basis and you will not have the ability to see immediately what workshops are still available. For this reason, we ask that you register on-line if possible. Due to many factors such as last minute cancellations, unforeseen circumstances, etc., girls do not receive confirmations of workshops until the day of the event when they will receive their schedules.

There are many reasons why we need to add on more workshops within the first couple of weeks once registration opens. We cannot switch girls out of workshops once they have signed up for any reason; please schedule carefully.

Offered Workshop Details:

A Close-up Look at DNA

You have probably heard that DNA is the blueprint for life on Earth, but what does that mean? What does it look like? In this workshop, you will isolate some DNA from strawberries and talk about how we decode DNA with women who are engaged in molecular biology research. 
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 2, 5, 6

Budget Sense

In this workshop by the United Way of Central Massachusetts-Women's Initiative, you'll learn all about the importance of budgeting and lifestyle choices and get your Budget Sense on!In this workshop by the United Way of Central Massachusetts-Women's Initiative, you'll learn all about the importance of budgeting and lifestyle choices and get your Budget Sense on!
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2

Build a Persona of a High Schooler

Learn from Boston Scientific what user experience is and complete a couple of research deliverables as small teams-including a question guide, persona, and an empathy map. 
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 2

Build a Persona of a Middle Schooler

Learn from Boston Scientific what user experience is and complete a couple of research deliverables as a team-including "building" a middle-school aged girl and an empathy map. 
Gr 4-5
Max 20
Session 1

Campus Tour

Have you ever been on a college campus before? Wondered what it would be like to live there? Current WPI students will take you on a walking tour of the campus. You'll get to see academic buildings, classrooms, the library, a residence hall, the dining hall, our Sports & Recreation Center, and the Campus Center. Your tour guides will talk about their experiences as WPI students, and you'll be able to ask them questions about what it is really like to be a college student!
Gr 4-8
Max 30
Session TBD

Career Exploration

This is your chance to meet women in fascinating STEM fields, find out why they chose their particular field and what it takes to get there! With small groups, you'll have plenty of time for questions and answers and really find out what it takes to get where you want to go!
Gr 4-8
Max 45
Session 1, 2

Check Out Offshore Wind!

Using VR headsets and projecting on a screen, you can experience a day in the life of an offshore wind technician. Self-Reliance Corp will also have demonstrations of KidWind STEM activites!
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2

Chemistry Lab

Colorful chemical reactions spark creative scientific exploration. Discover the difference between a physical and chemical reaction while you change and monitor the pH of various household liquids.
Gr 4-5
Max 20
Session 4, 5

Cybersafety

Learn about the real-life uses of technology and keeping yourself safe online The Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr's office! Learn what information can be shared, and what needs to be kept private. Learn to be careful about who you trust online and how social media can affect your future. You can apply what you learn towards the NEW Cyberbullying Badges (not included). 
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 1, 3

Cybersecurity Career Exploration

Have you ever thought about a career in cybersecurity? Join the Center for Cyber Safety and Education in either their career exploration panel or in the Expo Hall to find out what it takes to help provide a safe, positive, and secure online experience and how YOU too can make it a safer world!
Gr 4-8
Max 25
Session 2

Design an App

Learn from Boston Scientific what user experience is and use the persona and empathy map from a prior workshop (not a prerequisite but a great addition) to design a mobile app that would help high school freshmen. 
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 5

Design a Boardgame

Learn from Boston Scientific what user experience is and use the persona and empathy map from a prior workshop (not a prerequisite but a great addition) to design a prototype of a boardgame.
Gr 4-5
Max 20
Session 4

Design a Building that Even a Nor-easter Can't Knock Down!

Learn about severe weather in the Boston area, with a specific focus on nor'easters and hurricanes with STEAMsational. Learn how to design structures that will stand up to high winds and sudden floods, just like real structural engineers have to do!
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 1, 6

Expo Hall

Hands-on, interactive, informative and yes- SUPER FUN -  Expo Hall is wall-to-wall STEM excitement! The hall has robots, Giant Games, experiments, demonstrations, raffles and so much more! 
All girls MUST pick only one Expo session; we will need to assign one for you if you do not pick a session.
Gr 4-8
Max 150
Session 3, 4, 5, 6 

Evidence Response Crime Scene and Collection

Find out how STEM is involved with cases within the FBI with their evidence response crime scene and collection workshop! 
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 2, 3

Flower Power

Meet a garden educator and learn about what it's like to work at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill. Participate in a flower dissection activity, get up close and personal with flowers as you investigate the process of pollination, and hear about our different program offerings. You can apply what you learn toward your Flowers Badge!Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2

Know the Skin You're In!

Join UMass Medical School Dermatology Association as we learn more about skin care and being a doctor through arts and crafts. Learn about the layers of your skin, what makes a pimple, and what to do when you tough poison ivy through painting and more!
Gr 4-5
Max 20
Session 2, 4

LEEPing into a Science Career

What do you want to be when you grow up? Do your future plans require knowledge in STEM? Have a fun and informative discussion with Clark University on positive ways and general life lessons on how to become a life-long learner in science.
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2, 4, 5

Lunch

An all-you-can eat lunch in the college dining hall with more choices than you will ever imagine! Options available for all diets, diet restrictions and likes! "Clean" kitchen and seating area also available.
All girls MUST pick EITHER Lunch in Session 2 or Session 3
Gr 4-8
Max 250
Session 2, 3

Mind Games with Science: Think, Learn & Have Fun!!!

Learn more about how you think so that you can be safer, a better student, and a better communicator. You'll participate in 20-25 games which illustrate your strengths and weaknesses as you sense, perceive, think, learn, remember, make decisions, respond, and multi-task. We'll also discuss careers in human factors/ergonomics, which combines knowledge of engineering and psychology to design products which are safe, easy, and fun to use. Everyone participates in some activities and some adventuresome participants will participate "on stage". You may even win a prize with Education by Entertainment! IMPORTANT: this workshop is photographed for a slideshow during the program which is then shared with the participants following the program; by registering for this workshop all participants agree to have their photo taken for the purpose of the slideshow only. 
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2, 5, 6

Physical Changes of Matter 

Experiment with dry ice and liquid nitrogen with The Discover Museum as we investigate the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Shatter flowers and rubber bands, use a banana as a hammer, and shrink a metal ball in just seconds. You will work in stations that will allow you to work directly with dry ice and discover just how amazing science can be!
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2

Prosthetic Party

Come help Gunner, the Jack Russell Terrier, walk again!! In this interactive session with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, you will have to think like an engineer to design a prosthetic leg for a dog that has lost his leg from bone cancer.
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2, 4, 5

Rhythm in Music

Play plastic buckets to demonstrate how computers and synthesizers play a big part in today's modern music. You'll have plenty of hands-on playing and demonstrations with The Rhythm Room!
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2, 3

Suit Up for Space

It's all about space in David Clark Co., Inc.'s workshop! Try on a spacesuit, sample space food that astronauts would eat, play space games and even build a land rover.
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

The Digital Landscape: Social Media and the Art of Storytelling

Learn through hands-on techniques how you can improve the way you tell stories through digital media. Video editing, mixed with social media can bring projects to life, entrepreneurs' dreams to realization, and of course, create some really cool content. Learn from HEARD Strategy & Storytelling some helpful tips and tricks to make your video and social media pop!
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Trivia! UX Principles Edition

Learn about what user experience is and have your knowledge (or best guesses) of guiding research and design principles put to the test!
Gr 4-8
Max 20
Session 6

U CAN

Learn ways to build your inner strength and power by using creative outlets like journaling, arts and crafts, and much more with U CAN! Learn how to create your future plans with a positive outlook and new ways of thinking. We'll also explore concepts on fixed mindset versus growth mindset and how to turn our fears into strength!
Gr 6-8
Max 20
Session 4, 6