Share Your Ideas for STEM Forward's
 SySTEMnow Conference

sySTEMnow is Milwaukee's premier STEM conference for educators, businesses and community leaders. We want to make our 14th Annual sySTEMnow Conference better than ever - and we need your help to accomplish it! 

Submit your ideas on speakers and breakouts sessions that you'd find interesting and valuable here by July 21, 2017.  We rely on educators and employers to help us share best practices, expertise and exchange information. We welcome diverse and innovative topics that can speak to a wide variety of audiences (e.g. K-12 educators, STEM employers, general public, community organizations, higher education).

Thank you for your participation!

Save the Date!

STEM Forward's 14th Annual sySTEMnow Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, October, 31, 2017
TIME: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Keynote presentation is during lunch.)
WHERE: Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

We've recently secured a keynote speaker for Milwaukee's premier STEM conference for educators, businesses and community leaders. Our keynote speaker will be announced in July's newsletter, so stay tuned for more information to come!

Now Calling Nominations: The Stemmy Awards

STEM Forward is seeking nominations for the 2017 Excellence in STEM Awards -- The Stemmys! This prestigious award will be presented at the 14th Annual sySTEMnow Conference.

Candidates for The Stemmys may be nominated by a colleague or self-nominated. Nominations may only be considered for one of the three award categories: Education, Partnership or Individual.

Click here for details and to download the nomination form. Forms are due by Sept. 29, 2017. 

SySTEMnow Conference Keynote Speaker:
Donald Bossi

STEM Forward is pleased to present Donald Bossi, president of FIRST®, as this year's keynote speaker of the 14th Annual SySTEMnow Conference.

"The sySTEMnow Conference is Milwaukee's premier STEM conference, focusing on STEM talent development and education, said Rich Merkel, STEM Forward Executive Director.

Bossi joined FIRST in 2013, following more than 25 years of technical leadership and management roles with a variety of high-tech companies.

Bossi holds four U.S. patents and is the author of numerous technical presentations. Bossi holds B.S., M.S. and PH.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Click here to read more about Bossi


More than 200 business, K-12, higher education and government representatives joined us for the 13th Annual sySTEMnow Conference on Oct. 25, 2016 to focus on STEM talent development and education.

Breakfast keynote speaker Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Education Foundation, spoke about how SVEF has become the leading educational not-for-profit resource preparing students for college and careers in Silicon Valley. Click here to view Muhammed's Powerpoint.

Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), discussed the top 10 things to know about girls, women and computing. Analysts project more than 70 percent of new, high-paying jobs to be in STEM. Sanders discussed the importance of creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for women in STEM classrooms. Click here to view Lucy's Powerpoint.

The day also featured a number of engaging breakouts sessions. In case you missed it, we have most of the Powerpoint presentations here:
Creating a Talent Pipeline in Biomedical Engineering
Starting a Girls Who Code Club!
Real is Relevant: How "Uncanned" Design Thinking Makes STEM Powerful
Developing Quality Career Pathways in STEM
TEALS High School Teachers Team Teaching Computer Science with Tech Industry Professionals
The sySTEMic Need for Business Partnerships in K-8
The Positive Impact of Academic Career Planning on the STEM Talent Pipeline

Attendees also enjoyed the Generation STEM exhibits, where a handful of local STEM students displayed their innovative projects.

Awarded at this year's Excellence in STEM Awards, The Stemmys, presented by Time Warner Cable were:
*    Education – Catholic Memorial High School's "PROPEL" program and University of Wisconsin-Stout's KEEPS Program
*    Individual – Tina Gleason from Golda Meir School
*    Partnership – Starbase Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools


Thank You To Our 2016 Sponsors!




What is “sySTEMnow”?

  • sySTEM is an acronym for Strengthening our Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Now! means now!

Since 2004, the annual sySTEMnow conference has become a cornerstone of STEM-related awareness in our region:

  • Raising awareness of STEM-related issues.
  • Exchanging best practices from existing STEM programs.
  • Developing, promoting and implementing education-workforce partnerships.
  • Providing networking opportunities for STEM stakeholders.


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