Jan
26
to Feb 28

"Wonders of Plastics" Essay Contest

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) presents its 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 a chance to win up to $250.

Click here for details. Essay submissions must be mailed by Feb. 28, 2018.

 

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Jan
26
to Apr 3

'Wisconsin YES!' Student Business Plan Contest

Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the Governor's Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students from now until 5 p.m. April 3.

Public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin are eligible to turn their science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and prizes. The contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through www.WisconsinYES.com. Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges. For more information, click here.

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Feb
28
4:30 PM16:30

Be a Maker Teacher Studio

Be a Maker Teacher Studio is presented by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in partnership with the UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Teacher Studio, and sponsored by Rockwell Automation. This is a free professional development program for K-12 educators implementing making, makerspaces and (science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning.

DATE: February 28, 2018
TIME: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Brinn Labs, 433 E. Stewart St., Milwaukee

To register, visit wisconsinteacherstudio.org/beamaker

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Mar
1
to Apr 16

Accepting Applications for STEM Forward's $2,000 High School Scholarship

STEM Forward is accepting applications from senior high school students residing in southeastern Wisconsin for a $2,000 scholarship award. Applicants must be enrolled at a two- or four-year technical college or university, and pursue a STEM degree. 

Qualified applicants MUST meet the following criteria: 

  • Be a graduating high school senior, residing in the Milwaukee 7. (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Kenosha or Walworth counties)
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Attend a Wisconsin two-year or four-year technical college or university in the fall of 2018, and pursue a STEM program.
  • 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) for the past two years OR you must have participated in one STEM Forward program in the past. A complete list of eligible districts and/or schools will be posted soon. 
  • You cannot be a child of a STEM Forward board member and/or staff member.

The winner will be honored at STEM Forward’s Golf Outing Scholarship & Programs Fundraiser at Morningstar Golfers Club on Aug. 16, 2018. 

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Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

NFPA Fluid Power Action Workshop Day

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Fluid Power Action Challenge is a competition that instructs 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. 

This two-day competition provides middle school students with hands-on learning, teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance. Day one is Workshop Day, where students learn more about the competition and Fluid Power. They will be given a simple mechanism to build, and instructions and materials to work on their own design for the following five or more weeks. Then, they come back for Challenge Day, where they rebuild their mechanism and compete against teams.

NFPA Fluid Power Action Workshop Day
WHEN: March 2, 2018

WHERE: Waukesha County Technical College
               800 Main St., Pewaukee

For more information, click here

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Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

The Boy Scouts Three Harbors Council & MSOE STEM Fair

The Boy Scouts Three Harbors Council is hosting a STEM Fair for children in grades 2 through 5 at MSOE from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. 

MSOE is currently seeking community partners interested in the following:

  • Hosting an activity during the day (full day or half day)
  • Setting up an interactive booth over the lunch STEM Expo
  • Volunteering

MSOE & the Boy Scouts will cover costs for all required supplies for the activity. An activity will serve 15 students in 45-minute intervals, or 30 students in 90-minute intervals, depending on your group’s preference.

Lunch expo exhibitors will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will have a STEM-related object, activity, or task for students. Examples from last year include race cars, robots, robotic arms, circuits, etc. A table will be provided in our Todd Wehr Auditorium for each group.

All partners will have their logo included on advertising materials and event promotional materials. Additionally, partners will be included in any press releases or similar media for this event.

For more information or to register, click the link below:https://goo.gl/forms/hUjNoCtdLzOY75c93

Thanks for supporting STEM for K-12 students in Wisconsin!

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Mar
9
8:00 AM08:00

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest - High School Level

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest challenges students to compete to see who can make the most creative and complicated machine that performs a simple task in 20 or more steps.

The event will be held at Waukesha County Technical College. The goal of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in a non-traditional learning environment.

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Mar
10
7:00 AM07:00

The Milwaukee Business Journal: STEM Girl's Summit

The Milwaukee Business Journal is hosting an event for girls (middle school and high school) and their parents and teachers to help close the STEM gender gap and engage more women in male-dominated fields. The event will feature inspirational speakers of all ages, breakout sessions, hands-on activities and a scholarship award. It will be held at the Italian Community Center.

For more information, click here.

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

SWENext DesignLab Milwaukee

SWENext DesignLab encourages girls to choose a career in engineering. During the half-day program, middle school students work with local SWE members to complete hands-on engineering activities. While the girls are busy having fun and inventing new ideas, parents and educators learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources. Participants also see how engineering can directly impact their community through presentations by award winning high school students.

    •    Middle school students who are or totally new to engineering or looking for a community of girls and women interested in STEM. Registration is open now: https://swenextdesignlabmilwaukee.eventbrite.com

    •    High school students who are interested in building their engineering resumes and inspiring younger girls in engineering. Applications are open for two high school awards:

    ◦    SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award - Milwaukee: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/45609-Society-Of-Women-Engineers

    ◦    SWENext Local Innovator Awards: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/44877-Society-Of-Women-Engineers

    •    Parents and educators who are looking for ways to support their girls’ interest in engineering. Registration is open now: https://swenextdesignlabmilwaukee.eventbrite.com

 Access the event flyer here: https://welocal.swe.org/milwaukee/designlab/register/

 

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Mar
14
4:30 PM16:30

Be a Maker Teacher Studio

Be a Maker Teacher Studio is presented by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in partnership with the UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Teacher Studio, and sponsored by Rockwell Automation. This is a free professional development program for K-12 educators implementing making, makerspaces and (science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning.

DATE: March 14, 2018
TIME: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Brinn Labs, 433 E. Stewart St., Milwaukee

To register, visit wisconsinteacherstudio.org/beamaker

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

The Big Impact (Newaukee Event)

The Big Impact is a new program meant to change the way people engage with philanthropy by creating an engaging, crowdfunded pitch event. What is it? A micro-granting event supporting community, place-based, and entrepreneurial projects that shape our city. Five pre-selected project submissions will be pitched to the audience by individuals, non-profits, and community organizations interested in utilizing the funding to carry out their project.

Attendees pay a fee of $25 to attend the event and vote for their favorite project. The winning pitch will go home with all of the money raised through ticket sales. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

TIME: 6-9 p.m.
DATE: March 21, 2018
WHERE: University Club of Milwaukee

Do you have a project you want to submit? Find the submission form here! Applications are due by February 7, 2018. 

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Mar
28
to Mar 31

Robotics Weeks at Discovery World, sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Discovery World, in partnership with Rockwell Automation, will host a robot invasion on the promenade as part of Robotics Week. See robots of all shapes, sizes, and uses, and meet the makers behind them. Local FIRST Robotics Teams of all levels, universities, and Rockwell Automation professionals will showcase their engineering skills along with robots built for competition, used in industry, and developed for entertainment.

WHEN: March 28-31, 2018
WHERE: Discovery World
               500 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee

For more information, click here. 

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Apr
12
8:30 AM08:30

MPS STEM Fair

Milwaukee Public Schools' STEM Fair will showcase K-12 students who have worked on STEM projects that put their creativity and innovation to the test to solve everyday problems. The 11th Annual Milwaukee Public Schools’ STEM Fair will take place at Miller Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12. The awards ceremony will be from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Click here for details and to register to be a judge or volunteer. For more information, please contact Lisa Martin, MPS science teacher leader, at martinL3@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or (414) 777-7831.

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge Day

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Fluid Power Action Challenge is a competition that instructs 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. 

This two-day competition provides middle school students with hands-on learning, teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance. Day one is Workshop Day, where students learn more about the competition and Fluid Power. They will be given a simple mechanism to build, and instructions and materials to work on their own design for the following five or more weeks. Then, they come back for Challenge Day, where they rebuild their mechanism and compete against teams.

NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge Day
WHEN: April 13, 2018
WHERE: Waukesha County Technical College

For more information, click here

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Apr
20
8:00 AM08:00

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest - Middle School Level

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest challenges students to compete to see who can make the most creative and complicated machine that performs a simple task in eight or more steps.

The event will be held at Waukesha County Technical College. The goal of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in a non-traditional learning environment.

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Apr
25
4:30 PM16:30

Be a Maker Teacher Studio

Be a Maker Teacher Studio is presented by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in partnership with the UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Teacher Studio, and sponsored by Rockwell Automation. This is a free professional development program for K-12 educators implementing making, makerspaces and (science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning.

DATE: April 25, 2018
TIME: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Brinn Labs, 433 E. Stewart St., Milwaukee

To register, visit wisconsinteacherstudio.org/beamaker

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May
11
8:00 AM08:00

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest - Middle School Level

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest challenges students to compete to see who can make the most creative and complicated machine that performs a simple task in eight or more steps.

The event will be held at MSOE's Kern Center. The goal of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in a non-traditional learning environment.

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Aug
16
8:00 AM08:00

STEM Forward's Golf Outing Scholarship & Programs Fundraiser

STEM Forward's 13th Annual Golf Outing Scholarship & Programs Fundraiser is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors and STEM education supporters.

Proceeds support five, $2,000 scholarships totaling $10,000 for students pursuing STEM degrees at area technical colleges or universities as well as STEM programming. For details, visit http://www.stemforward.org/invitational-golf-outing/

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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

UWM's Science Bag Program, "Lightening & Electricity: Shocking Truths"

Are you ready for a shock? This program is charged up with facts about one of nature’s most dazzling displays of power. Sparks will be flying as you learn about the principles of static electricity. Become acquainted with Volta, Ampere, and Ohm—three scientists whose names are immortalized in one law of physics. Then audience volunteers will demonstrate how electrons cooperate in building the world’s most incredible ladder, resulting in a single flash of lightning. Look out, as heat and the sound of thunder follow! For more information, visit http://uwm.edu/science-bag/

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Feb
20
1:00 PM13:00

Ronald Reagan High School Health Sciences and Technology Opportunity Fair

Is your organization seeking diverse, innovative high school students for volunteer, internship, job or other work-based learning opportunities? If so, plan to attend the Ronald Reagan High School Opportunity Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20, and recruit high-achieving STEM students. Attendees will include more than 100 upperclassmen from Reagan's International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, who are aspiring to pursue careers in technology and health sciences.

These students have been prepared with content knowledge, professional skills, resume development and interview training, and are ready for real-world experience.  They need you to invest in their futures by interviewing them on-the-spot for various spring and/or summer opportunities. For more information, click here. Please reserve your seat before Feb. 6, 2018. For questions, contact Molly Schuld at schuldm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

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Feb
11
to Feb 12

PLTW WI State Conference

Project Lead the Way’s State Conference will be held at The Wilderness is Wisconsin Dells from Feb. 11-12, 2018. The conference includes workshops for all PLTW groups - Launch, Gateway, Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Science - along with an administrators track for both current and prospective PLTW schools.

Registration closes Friday, Feb. 2, so be sure to sign up today! Click here for more information. 

 

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Einstein Expo in Green Bay

Come experience STEM activities and a day of family fun at the 16th annual Einstein Expo, presented by the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. This event is expected to bring in more than 4,000 guests to fill Shopko Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018. Admission to the Expo is $4 and children 2 and under are free. Food is available for purchase in Shopko Hall. For more information, click here.

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Jan
13
8:00 AM08:00

Future City Competition

Join us on January 13, 2018 for the Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition at MSOE's Kern Center.  Students from across Wisconsin will be competing for the state title as well as the opportunity to compete at the National Competition in Washington D.C. where the winning team receives an all expenses paid trip to Space Camp! 

The event is free and open to the public, feel free to stop by and discover what today's generation envisions for our future!

What is Future City?

The competition introduces middle school students to engineering while they create a city of the future.  With the help of an engineering mentor and a teacher, teams of middle school students create a virtual city using SimCity software, write a 1,500 word city description on this year's challenge: The Age-Friendly City. Students must identify an age-related challenge that exists in today's urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow your future city's senior citizens to be as active and dependent as they want to be. Students also build a to-scale model of their city using recycled materials and give a 5-7 minute presentation to a panel of STEM professionals.

Please contact Kelly Wesolowski at kwesolowski@stemforward.org or 414.810.7836 with any questions.

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Dec
13
4:30 PM16:30

Be a Maker Teacher Studio

Be a Maker Teacher Studio is presented by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in partnership with the UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Teacher Studio, and sponsored by Rockwell Automation. This is a free professional development program for K-12 educators implementing making, makerspaces and (science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning.

Join us as we make electrical circuits on flat pieces of cardboard! We will be using conductive tapes and LEDS to make one of kind artwork, greeting cards and signs. This process will introduce your classroom to safe electrical design using low cost parts.

DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
TIME: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Brinn Labs, 433 E. Stewart St., Milwaukee

To register, visit wisconsinteacherstudio.org/beamaker

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Dec
13
11:45 AM11:45

STEM Forward/ASCE December Luncheon

Carolynn Gellings Presents Milwaukee’s Streetcar Project

Construction began on Milwaukee’s streetcar project in March 2017. Once completed, the city will have a streetcar with modern technology that circulates people around downtown, links activity centers and neighborhoods, and supports planned development. The initial two-mile starter system will connect the Milwaukee Intermodal Station and housing on the lower East Side, providing service to many residential, commercial, employment, parking and hotel destinations.

Carolynn Gellings, Project Engineer at DAAR Engineering, will provide a brief background on Milwaukee’s streetcar, its purpose and need, and location. The construction phase will be discussed in detail, including the planning and coordination needed to implement major construction work zones on six key roadways downtown, challenges encountered during construction, an update on progress and what can be expected when the streetcar opens for service.

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Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

FLAME: Female Leaders Advocating for Mechanical Engineering

Join female middle school students and professionals for a day of hands-on exploration in mechanical engineering at MSOE Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

Participants will complete a team-based engineering challenge and learn more about the diverse opportunities within the field of mechanical engineering. Exclusive tours to ME labs and spaces on campus will be a highlight for all attending. For more information, click here.

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Dec
6
8:00 AM08:00

MPS Youth Apprenticeship and Internship Employer Information Session

The Career and Technical Education team at Milwaukee Public Schools is holding a second Youth Apprenticeship and Internship Employer Information Session for those interested in hiring MPS high school students and preparing them for future careers.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 8 - 10 a.m
Location: Goodwill Workforce Connection Center
               6055 North 91st Street
               Milwaukee, WI 53225

Attendees will leave with next steps on how to bring interested high school students to their organization.  We are excited to share this opportunity with you that may help address talent pipeline concerns, while also providing career exploration, work experience, and skill-building for local youth. Click here to register by Dec. 4.

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Nov
20
to Dec 15

Accepting Nominations: Engineer of the Year & Young Engineer of the Year Awards

Do you know a phenomenal engineer who's helped raise the visibility of the profession while also serving as a role model to others? If so, click here to nominate him or her for the 2017 Engineer of the Year & Young Engineer of the Year awards

Since 1953, STEM Forward has annually recognized an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession in the Milwaukee area with the Engineer of the Year award.  In 2001, the Young Engineer of the Year award was added for engineers under the age of 40. Nominees must be from the Milwaukee 7 region and/or have worked in the area for at least five years. Additional eligibility criteria can be found in the nomination form.

Winners will be recognized at the Engineers Week Banquet on Feb. 15, 2018. The Engineers Week Banquet is a celebration that honors Milwaukee's engineering community.

Nominations are due by December 15, 2017. For more information, contact Chantel Kuczmarski at ckuczmarski@stemforward.org or (414) 810-7836.

 

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Nov
16
to Nov 29

Collab Lab 14: Effective Partnerships for Career-Based Learning

Learn Deep, in partnership with the Milwaukee 7 Regional Talent Partnership, will facilitate a discussion focused on goals for, and barriers to, effective career-based learning experiences for K-12 students. Find out what makes an effective career-based learning experience. We'll also explore where collaborative efforts can make a difference. Share your perspective from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Ward 4, 333 Plankinton Ave. in Milwaukee. Click here for details and registration.

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Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

MSOE Middle School Mathematics Roundtable

Join MSOE and Milwaukee-area middle school math educators for an evening discussing hands on curriculum implementation in middle school mathematics from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Whether you’re integrating project based learning in your classroom currently or are looking to get started, this event will facilitate idea generation and sharing of best practices to provide resources for all educators! The event is free and includes dinner. For more information, click here.

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Nov
13
8:00 AM08:00

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

Students come together and use the same tools and an identical kit of supplies to recreate their own unique mechanisms, which they use in the competition to pick up weight objects, and place them on a platform. Volunteers are needed to set-up and tear down. If you have experience with fluid power and would like to be a judge for the event, please contact MSOE's STEM Department at stem@msoe.edu.

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Nov
9
to 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.

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Oct
31
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. 

For more information, visit www.stemforward.org/systemnow. 

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