Mark Your Calendar for The TWISTER Conference at Adventure Science Center in February

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TWISTER is an acronym for Tennessee Women In Science, Technology, Engineering, & Research! The TWISTER Conference is a daylong event that aims to inform, motivate, and empower middle and high school individuals who identify as female in grades 7th -12th to pursue a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) career.

Adventure Science Center partners with inspiring professional women in STEAM fields who are eager to share career details, provide mentorship, and foster better representation. The TWISTER Conference will include four, 55-minute STEAM sessions, catered lunch, hands-on activities, and a day full of encouragement, education, and excitement.

Registration is limited and open now. Click HERE to register.

DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2023
TIME: 8:00-4:00 pm Check-in begins at 8:00 am
LOCATION: Adventure Science Center
PRICE: $20 per student
GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th grade

*Registration closes January 29, 2023

Inform middle and high school-aged young women about possible STEAM career paths
Nurture student interest in STEAM and expand their career visions
Motivate young women to continue learning and growing in the areas of STEAM education
Provide the opportunity for passionate women in STEAM to connect and share journeys, pathways, interests, and experiences

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). To combat this inequity and inspire a life-long love of STEAM, Adventure Science Center is hosting our 19th annual TWISTER Conference. This event is a one-day STEAM conference for middle and high school students who identify as female.

We want you to leave this conference feeling informed, motivated, and empowered to pursue the STEAM career of your dreams. We partner with inspiring, professional women working in a variety of STEAM careers to share details about their careers, answer questions, steer you to the right educational pathways, words of encouragement, & much more! This conference brings middle and high school students together to embrace new challenges, ignite new career interests, and foster representation in the STEAM field.

Four, 55-minute sessions that explore a variety of STEAM topics (chosen by the participant)
Hands-on, real-life STEAM activities
Catered Lunch
Connecting with like-minded middle & high school teens
Networking with professional women in STEAM careers
2 Adventure Science Center admission tickets for future use

8:00 to 8:25 Check-in
8:30 to 9:00 Welcome/Keynote
9:15 to 10:15 Session 1
10:25 to 11:25 Session 2
11:30 to 12:30 Lunch
12:45 to 1:45 Session 3
2:00 to 3:00 Session 4
3:15 to 3:45 Closing

Developed in 2003, The Adventure Science Center’s TWISTER Conference has impacted more than 100 young women per year. Since 2003, more than 1,450 high school students have attended TWISTER and over 400 women have volunteered as presenters. Each year the conference continued to increase in participants until the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020; leaving TWISTER to be postponed in 2021 and again, in 2022.

We are eager to bring back this lively, STEAM-based women’s conference in hopes of continuing to energize and inspire more individuals to pursue a STEAM-related career path. February 2023 will be our 19th annual TWISTER Conference, and we are thrilled to expand this empowering experience to grades 7th – 12th this year.

Adventure Science Center is excited to partner with women and organizations in STEAM fields who are eager to be a part of TWISTER and want to inspire, empower, and encourage young women. The success of the TWISTER Conference depends on its volunteers!

Presenter assistants
Set up and/tear down clean-up crews
Welcome committee
Check-in/floor assistants
Survey Assistants
Other general event duties
Sign up HERE!

Adventure Science Center is currently recruiting inspiring, professional women in STEAM fields who are eager to share career details and provide mentorship for middle and high school young women.

Presenters will be asked to prepare and present a 55-minute session for 20-25 participants that include a relevant and engaging hands-on activity to inspire curiosity.

Presenter Application HERE.

Email Robyn Sellers, Learning and Outreach Manager, [email protected]

Two scholarships will be awarded to Tennessee graduating female seniors. The winning award will be for $5,000 with the runner-up receiving $2,500. Scholarship recipients will be introduced and awards presented at the TWISTER event on February 4th by representatives of Women in Technology of Tennessee.

1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $2,500

Application Due Date: January 28, 2023
Applicants must be registered for the TWISTER event by the application deadline and plan to attend. Click HERE for more information and to apply.


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