First Annual Girls STEM Conference at UW-Sheboygan

For Girls in 6th through 9th Grade
By UW-Sheboygan

STEM conference logoThe first annual STEM conference for girls in grades six to nine is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan on Saturday, November 4 (8am-12:15pm). Designed to encourage careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the all-girls’ conference is presented by UW-Sheboygan’s Continuing Education Department and the American Association of University Women, Sheboygan (AAUW). “Women benefit from highly stable, well-paying jobs, while the STEM industry gains diverse perspectives. It is a win-win for the American economy, according to AAUW’s former CEO, Linda D. Hallman.  

Participants can choose three 45-minute hands-on workshops from an offering of ten sessions:

  • Color by Numbers (Learn about science behind color and appearance)
  • Squishy Circuits (Create a simple circuit to light up an LED bulb)
  • Got Heart (Learn how heart functions, basics of CPR and AED)
  • Best Cheese for Bratwurst (Using food science to blend, cook and taste)
  • DNA Extraction (Hold strands of DNA in your fingers!)
  • Chem Demons (Learn how lab chemicals give off light, heat, color.)
  • Future Engineers (Have fun with LEGO EV3 programmable brain.)
  • Inside the Bovine Hide (Learn why cows produce milk and feel real organs!)
  • Here Comes the Sun (How solar energy changes lives.)
  • Basics of Computer Games (Learn about computer programming.)

Anne Troka, Workforce Development Liaison at Sargento Foods in Sheboygan is the keynote speaker. A graduate of Marquette University, Troka is passionate about making a difference and helping all students prepare themselves to be successful. Optional sessions for parents including online safety presented by the Sheboygan police, higher education options, timelines for college preparation, and how to help prepare your child for a STEM career are also available.

Registration is $5, which includes a backpack of donated items. To engage this age group in the STEM fields, professional specialists have volunteered their services. In addition, many generous donations were received to make this event possible. A partial listing includes: American Orthodontics, Aurora Healthcare, Johnsonville Foods, Masters Gallery Foods, Plenco, and Rockline Industries. AAUW Members, Lucy DallaValle, Judy Hangartner and Dolcye Johnson as well as other individuals have also made contributions. The conference logo, which consists of a microscope with a flower in the scope, was designed by Grace Gagnon, a student at UW-Sheboygan.

Early registration is recommended, as enrollment is limited to 100 participants. For more information or to register, visit or phone (920) 459-6617.

UW-Sheboygan is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. The campus is part of the University of Wisconsin System, offering freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors. For more information about the campus, visit the website,


Image: The STEM conference logo was designed by Grace Gagnon, a student at UW-Sheboygan. 







Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications