Aug 14

Professional Development in Environmental Education Series (UW-Stevens Point)

Enhance your integration of environmental education. Connect your curriculum to standard-based activities using the outdoors. Advance your utility of place-based resources to engage learners. This summer series of one-day workshops offered by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education allows participants to select from a suite of offerings. Workshops run from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (certificates provided for 7 hours of professional development). Participants can attend one or more workshops—take as many as you’d like! The cost is $100 per workshop. University credit (1-3 credits) is available through UW-Stevens Point for those attending two or more workshops. Discounted workshop rate for people who opt for credit. Register here.

Jan 4

Dream Big at Milwaukee Public Museum

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering.

From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars, and sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels both big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Running time is 44 minutes. Click here for more information.

11:00 am11:00

K-12 Professional Development Opportunity: Water Activities & Career Workshop

Explore ways to implement hands-on water activities in the classroom and get resources and information on education paths to the water industry. This FREE event is presented by STEM ForwardThe Water Council and others.  Click here to view the flyer.

Thursday, July 27
11:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.

Zurn - New Headquarters Building
511 W. Freshwater Way
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Registration is required. To register, please contact Chantel Kuczmarski at (414) 221-7720.

10:00 am10:00

Dream Big at MPM: Family Four Pack Weekend

For one day only, gather your family and friends to join MPM for special programming in celebration of Dream Big: Engineering Our World –- the first film of its kind for giant screen theaters.

In connection with this Dome Theater film, MPM invites visitors to both see the film and harness their inner engineers as they build a tabletop structure that can withstand the forces of nature! Visitors will also learn more about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in August, look through special telescopes to view the sun (weather permitting), see our Giant Shrunken Solar System display, and do hands-on eclipse activites. Plus, you’ll get access to all permanent exhibits, too, for a savings of up to $33.

Activities will run from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- please check Dream Big: Engineering Our World for showtimes. Cost: $45 per four-pack

Sep 24

Maker Faire Milwaukee

Maker Faire Milwaukee will take place at State Fair Park’s Wisconsin Exposition Center, 8200 W Greenfield Ave in West Allis.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 – 10am-7pm
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 – 10am-5pm

Maker Faire Milwaukee is FREE to attend. Maker Faires are family-friendly events that welcome makers – tech enthusiasts, inventors, crafters, educators, tinkerers and hobbyists of all ages – to exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills with other makers and with the community. Click here for more information.

11:00 am11:00

National Manufacturing Day / Day of Design

STEMconnector® launched its new Day of Design (DofD) initiative, recurring annually on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) on Oct. 6, 2017. Currently, 2.8 million students and counting in all 50 states will participate in a design thinking challenge that will provide them with the skills they need to prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. By introducing millions of students to design thinking, this effort will encourage thousands of young men and women to pursue careers related to STEM and place them right in the center of the manufacturing revolution taking place in the US and around the world. 

Day of Design challenges will require students to use design thinking and follow a specific set of steps. They submit a video that explains their process of solving the problem as well as how they arrived at their solution. Upon completion of this challenge, participants will receive a digital badge issued by Credly that can be embedded into websites and email signatures, shared on professional and social media platforms, featured in e-portfolios, and more. This digital badge will also link to the students' video report on the challenge they have completed. 

To learn more, click here

8:00 am08:00

sySTEMnow! Conference

Mark your calendar for our 14th Annual sySTEMnow Conference! sySTEM stands for Strengthening our Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Now! means now!

Since 2004, sySTEMnow has evolved into Wisconsin's premier STEM-focused event, raising awareness about STEM programs, education and workforce development. Teachers and business professionals come together to exchange best practices in existing programs, network and potentially build an education/workforce partnership. 

Speakers to be announced soon. Stay tuned for more information on speakers. 

Nov 11

National Science Teachers Association Conference presents Making Waves: Moving Science Forward!

The NSTA Conference will be held at the Wisconsin Center, 400 Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. 

The Conference Committee has planned the conference around three strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling attendees to focus on the following areas of interest or need: 

  • Preparing all students for the voyage
  • Navigating STEM through the NGSS
  • Buoying Up Literacy with Science

Click here for details.

11:00 am11:00

STEMgirls Camp

Family and community members are invited to join campers at the STEMgirls Camp Family Day on Friday, June 23 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Campers will host a STEM exhibition to showcase what they learned during their week of exploration from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. In addition, there will be exhibitors featuring STEM careers, activities and guest speakers from local industry. Lunch will be served. For more information and to reserve your seat, click here.

Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School
522 Belvidere Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Jun 17

The 28th Annual Energy Fair

Attend the nation's longest-running sustainable living and renewable energy event in Custer, WI.

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) and the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will again be hosting the Educator Tent at The Energy Fair. The Educator Tent provides classroom resources, hands-on activities, and ways to engage students to support and promote sustainable communities.

Each year, The Energy Fair offers more than 250 workshops related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living. Click here for details.
Interested in attending The Energy Fair and earning a credit? The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is offering an undergraduate/graduate level course at The Energy Fair. This course provides educators with a unique opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and sustainable living technologies and applications, and receive hands-on activities, project ideas, and information on sustainability while networking with other educators. Learn more and to register here.

Ride a bus to the Energy from Madison or Milwaukee! Have you always wanted to attend The Energy Fair but haven't wanted to make the drive? Now's your chance to attend this event by riding a bus to and from the Fair on Saturday, June 17! Learn more here.

6:00 pm18:00

Maker Space Tour at Briggs & Stratton for K-12 Educators

Briggs & Stratton’s innovation team supports the corporation and its subsidiaries by focusing on the future. They create revolutionary product concepts by identifying and developing new technologies combined with impactful and thoughtful design.  We are thrilled to have the innovation team open their doors and support area educators that want to do great things for their students.
The innovation team will provide a tour of the facility, run attendees through a hands-on innovation workshop, and field your questions.
This event is free and open to K12 educators in the Milwaukee area, but space is limited.  For details and registration, click here.

10:00 am10:00

STEMke Career Day

The Department of Public Works (DPW), the Department of Employee Relations (DER) and other city departments are hosting the first-ever city of Milwaukee STEMke Career Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Fun for the whole family will take place at Discovery World Museum on Milwaukee's lakefront. Students and parents alike can gather city job-related information, while younger kids stay busy with the many hands-on STEM activities planned for inside and out.

View the flyer here. 

8:30 am08:30

The EgGS Initiative (Engaging Girls in STEM) Workshop for High School Girls

The EgGS Initiative (Engaging Girls in STEM) is offering high school girls a unique opportunity to work with STEM professional women from a variety of companies on strategies and business skills to help them thrive in fields traditionally dominated by men. The half-day workshop encourages girls to think like a professional while working on competencies key to their long-term success. It is designed for sophomore, junior and senior students.

There is no cost to participate, but seating is limited. Schools should register their students as soon as possible.

•    May 13 at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa

For details, including a link to register students, click here.
Questions? Contact the EgGS Initiative at eggsinitiative@gmail.com.

8:00 am08:00

WITESOL Regional Conference: English Language & STEM Literacy Convergent Zones

STEM teachers and students are invited to attend the Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WITESOL) Regional Conference: English Language & STEM Literacy Convergent Zones.

TIME: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
DATE: Saturday, May 13
WHERE: Todd Wehr Conference Center
, 1047 N Broadway, Milwaukee

Click here for details and to register.

The conference is hosted by MSOE's ESL Program and sponsored by WITESOL.

May 12

Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference

The Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference brings together federal agencies, industry and academia for technical discussions to advance the nation’s research enterprise. The event, led by Adel Nasiri, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, includes two days of research presentations with focus on what’s important to you: discovery, innovation and collaboration to expand the boundaries of knowledge. Learn more.

11:00 am11:00

10th Annual Spring STEM Partners Showcase

Each spring, the MPS STEM Partners join together to celebrate Milwaukee Public Schools’ student-focused STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. The event showcases multiple STEM programs offered at MPS, including Project Lead The Way (PLTW), FIRST and FLL Robotics, IT education, Construction, Transportation, LAUNCH (PLTW) Elementary Engineering program and much more. More than 30 student displays featuring a variety of projects will be available. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk directly with students and teachers about their work as well as network.
Click here to view the flyer.

RSVP on or before Friday, April 28, 2017 to Terri Salzer at salzertj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

* Due to a permanent road closure in the middle of Direct Supply's campus, guests will need to access Industrial Road off of Mill Road.  Feel free to park in lot “P8” and enter door ‘G.’ Click here to view the map.

12:30 am00:30

2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge - FIRST® Scholarship Deadline

In support of the FIRST® mission, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is offering one merit-based scholarship, for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years), to high school seniors who have participated on a 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team. This scholarship may be utilized for an Engineering course of study at any United States tech school/college or university that holds accredited status.Three (3) finalists will be chosen from essay entries. Phone interview with the finalists will determine the ultimate scholarship winner. Click here for details. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Beyer at lbeyer@nfpa.com.

5:00 pm17:00

ASCE/SWE/STEM Forward's Dream Big Movie Night

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Join members of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and STEM Forward for an hour of cocktails and networking at Discovery World, followed by the movie and a short discussion. Register here.

  •  5 p.m. Tuesday, April 11
  •  Discovery World, 500 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
Apr 15

Discovery World Hosts Robotics Week

Robotics enthusiasts are invited to attend Discovery World's annual event, Robotics Week, from Monday, April 10 to Saturday, April 15. This is a week-long showcase of robots, programs, teams, activities and organization during Milwaukee Public School's spring break at Discovery World.

10:00 am10:00

STEM Workshop: "How Does My Brain Work?"

Sponsors are needed to support an interactive and hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshop, themed "How Does My Brain Work?

The mission of this workshop is to promote STEM among young girls and to demonstrate how creativity and interest in STEM will lead to exciting careers, life-changing, and often life-saving, accomplishments with a global impact. The event will take place at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. April 7. Participants include middle and high school girls from the Mequon-Thiensville School District. The following organizations are supporting this event: IEEE, IEEE Women in Engineering, GE Healthcare, MSOE, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, STEM Forward.

If interested in this sponsorship opportunity, please contact Olga Imas at imas@msoe.org. Click here for more information.

10:00 am10:00

PLTW's Day at the Capitol

Students from Project Lead The Way schools throughout Wisconsin will be showcasing some of their work at the Capitol in Madison, WI. A short program will take place at noon.

11:30 am11:30

NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge Competition at Waukesha County Technical College

The NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge is a competition that challenges middle school students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. Students work in teams to design and build a fluid power machine,  and then compete with other teams in a timed competition! The Challengegives kids experience in hands-on learning, teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance. It introduces them to careers in the fluid power industry and creates an environment where failing is ok, because it's the best way to learn and succeed.

The NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge is an educational competition designed to introduce science and engineering to middle school students in a fun and friendly environment. Students learn about the basics of fluid power, teamwork, coordination, and organization, as they experiment and design their own unique machine. The Action Challenge allows kids to get hands-on exposure to scientific concepts in a competition format that makes learning and problem-solving both fun and engaging! We have several challenges each and every school year. Click here for details.

Any middle school willing to participate and take one or more teams, can contact Sarah Meekma at smeekma@priceeng.com. She will be able to provide more information regarding the event. Teams may be eligible for a $500 grant to cover transportation and any other costs associated with attending the challenge. This is a free event.

Mar 25

Wisconsin Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition at UW Panther Arena, Milwaukee

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals. Times are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  Click here for details.

May 31

BEST (Biochemical Excellence in Science and Technology) Summer High School Workshop

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is hosting a FREE summer workshop for high school students, introducing them to chemical technology and biotechnology.

This two-week course meets from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students can participate from June 19-29, 2017 or July 10-20, 2017.

Click here for details and to register. Registration is from now until May 31, 2017!

The Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP) and the Biochemical Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) grant are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

During this two-week workshop, students will be exposed to scientific inquiry of conducting experiments, recording data and analyzing results. Students will earn one college credit for completing the workshop. Lunch vouchers and free bus fare are included.

Mar 18

WSST Annual Conference

The Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) Annual Conference will be held March 16-18, 2017 at the Olympia Resort, in Oconomowoc. The theme for the conference: Going for Gold, is a play off the name of the resort as well as our goal to help you become the best science educator possible. We want you to go for gold!  Make sure to reserve your room at Olympia Resort early. Click here for details.

10:00 am10:00

WI Regional Rube Goldberg High School Competition

Attention High School Teachers: Sign up now for the WI Regional Rube Goldberg High School Competition!

STEM Forward is hosting three Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for southeastern Wisconsin students in 2017. STEM Forward is hosting the Wisconsin Regional High School Competition on Friday, March 3 at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Pewaukee. Teams work together to build a complicated machine that can do a simple task. This year's challenge is to apply a Band-Aid in 20 or more steps. For more details and to register, click here.


Apr 17

Apply for STEM Forward's $2,000 Scholarship before April 17, 2017

STEM Forward is awarding one, deserving high school senior, enrolled in a southeastern Wisconsin school with a $2,000 scholarship to pursue a college degree inSTEM at a two- or four-year Wisconsin technical college or university.

Applications and eligibility requirements are online at: http://www.stemforward.org/scholarship

To be eligible, your school and/or school district must participate in at least one STEM Forward program (Ex: Future City Competition, Day of Engineering, Rube Goldberg Machine Contest) or you must have participated in one STEM Forward program in the past.

The last day to apply is April 17, 2017. The winner will be announced before May 31, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Chantel Kuczmarski at 414.221.7720.

11:00 am11:00

2017 "Wonders of Plastics" Essay Contest Deadline

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) presents its 22nd annual "Wonders of Plastics" essay contest open to all middle and high school students. The essay must be sponsored by a teacher and must meet certain requirements. Students have an opportunity to write an essay about the wonders plastics for your chance to win up to $250. Essay submissions must be mailed by Feb. 28, 2017.
Click here for all the details.

6:30 pm18:30

Milwaukee Robotics Coalition Launch Party

A newly established nonprofit organization, the Milwaukee Robotics Coalition (MRC), is hosting an event aimed at raising awareness and support for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education in Southeastern Wisconsin. The MRC Launch Party will take place at 42 Lounge, 326 E. Mason St., Milwaukee on Saturday, February 25 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  More information about the event, which is free and open to the public, is at www.mkeroboco.org.

Apr 15

2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition for High School Students

The Central States Water and Environment Association is hosting the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition for high school students in Wisconsin.

Each year, high school students from across the country make new discoveries and solve complex problems by conducting science experiments. Students with water-related projects are eligible to enter the state Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. To enter, students must submit their research papers online at www.sjwp.org by April 15, 2017.

The winner of Wisconsin will receive a scholarship to attend the national competition in Charlotte, NC. Click for details.