Celebrate girls and women passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

Girls' STEM Roundup


Join us Saturday, February 23rd for the 7th Annual ExplorationWorks Girls’ STEM Round-up! This fun-filled day of learning is sure to inspire 5th-8th grade girls to become our next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math career women.

The full-day program consists of interactive workshops and fun opportunities for girls to meet leading women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) areas of expertise. Participants move through three workshops of their choosing learning a variety of STEM concepts coupled with entertaining and interactive challenges.

To register, complete the registration form and mail or deliver with payment to:

ExplorationWorks / Girls’ STEM Round-up
995 Carousel Way, Helena, MT 59601

OR, email workshop selections and payment information to: paiget@explorationworks.org.

For scholarship inquires, or to register by phone, call 406-457-1800 ext. 1. Registration will be open until February 21, 2019.

Interested in volunteering at this event? Email us at: karig@explorationworks.org!

Keynote Speaker

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This year’s keynote speaker is Marissa Goerke, a Research Associate with the National Science Foundation. A Mechanical Engineer, Marissa is currently based at Palmer Station in Antarctica. She will share her experiences living and working on the ice via a live Skype presentation!

Check out this video from Marissa! It shows you what life is like at the bottom of the earth. She will be answering questions LIVE from Antarctica the day of the Round-up. Submit your question(s) by February 12th via the form below!

Agenda At-a-glance

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Check in at Carroll College Cube, Passport Activity with Sponsors, Snacks

9:15-9:30 a.m.: Group Photo

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Welcome and Keynote Presentation

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Workshop #1

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch in Cafeteria

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Workshop #2

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Workshop #3

2:30-3:15 p.m.: Science Demos, Snacks, Door Prizes, and Pickup (Carroll Cube)


Candy Bridge Building
Stacey Bradley, Budget Analyst, State of Montana
Can you use candy to build the tallest, longest or strongest bridge? The key to this challenge is staying within a budget and not wasting resources!

On the Fly – Build and Launch a Rocket
Caitlyn Burda, Project Manager and Colleagues, Boeing
Have you ever wondered about the science behind flight and what it would be like to have a career in aerospace?  Join this hands-on workshop where you will build & launch a rocket! Compete against your classmates to launch your rocket the highest and hit a target.

Everyday Heroes: Nurses
Lea Chiavaras, RN Lab Facilitator & Janet Johnson, Nursing Instructor, Carroll College
What are the best ways to help someone who is hurt? How do you get them breathing again? In the Carroll College Nursing Laboratory, you’ll practice helping someone breathe again using automated simulators, and try your hand at bandaging and splinting.

What’s Growing On, Montana?
Mae Clark, Horticulturist, Gardenwerks
If you think you know how plants grow, think again! Explore the mysteries under the soil, connect seed to plant, and see some of the amazing flora living right here in Montana.

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles
Tana Dearborn, Chemistry Teacher
What makes some cookies soft and others crunchy? Why are some flat and others fluffy? And what do salt, baking soda and heat have to do with it? Sample some delicious kitchen science experiments and find out!

What does a Chemist Do?
Tana Dearborn, Chemistry Teacher
What on earth do chemists DO all day? You’d be surprised! Explore the endless options for chemistry careers, from research and education, to marketing and the arts. Plus you’ll play a quality-control chemist by analyzing (clean) diapers!

3D Printing
Sara Feilzer, Education Director, ExplorationWorks!
Come delve into the world of 3D design! Learn about the 3D design process, how 3D printers work, and what the future holds. Practice designing a 3D creation using computer-aided design (CAD).

Mission to Mars
Jennifer Fowler, Assistant Director,  Montana Space Grant Consortium
Should we plan to travel to Mars? If so, what should we take on the mission? Learn about Montanans who are working with NASA to answer these very questions, and use helium balloons to simulate your own Mission to Mars!

Bling Animation
Liz Gundersen, MD, ExplorationWorks
Everyone talks about computer coding – but what is it good for? For animating computer graphics, that’s what! Create your own animated “brand” featuring the letters in your name – make them flip, twirl and sparkle to music, and express the real YOU!

The Human Brain
Dr. Nikki Honzel, Associate Professor of Psychology, Carroll College
What does a human brain look like? What does it FEEL like? Find out in this fascinating workshop and discuss how our brains are affected by injury, disease and more. Plus, touch a real human brain!

Origami Math
Amy Kong, Director of eLearning, Helena College University of Montana
Have you ever tried folding paper into intricate works of origami art? Did you notice all the shapes and angles the paper created? Learn more about this ancient art form and the math secrets it holds.

Who Wants to be an Architect
Becky Lawson, Architect in Training, SMA Architects
Want to try your hand at being an architect? See how buildings come together - bring your creativity and learn what designing spaces is all about!

A Look Inside the Eye
Dr. Darah Newell, Doctor of Optometry, Mountain View Eyecare
Cows, unlike humans, can see all around them at all times. By dissecting a cow eye, you’ll learn more about our own anatomy and how we see.

What are Electrons Up To
Dr. Caroline Pharr, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Carroll College
Which metals catch on fire when you put them in water?  Why do silver crystals grow on a piece of copper metal in a silver nitrate solution?  Why do some molecules glow in the dark? Set up some truly impressive chemical reactions and find out!

Get Set to be a Vet
Dr. Marie Suthers, Professor of Anthrozoology, Carroll College
How fun is it to be an animal doctor? Explore the basics of veterinary medicine and learn how to examine a dog, with help from the Carroll College Anthrozoology students and their dogs.

Microscopy: The World Up Close
Emily Weiler, Research Specialist, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana
What do everyday objects look like, extremely close up? Start with unique pollen grains and explore a tiny, beautiful world. Create your own slides with natural and man-made specimens and learn how to look at them under the ‘scope.

Shapes of Strength
Aubrey Yerger, Structural Engineer and Elly Schmeltzer, Water/Wastewater Engineer Intern, Morrison-Maierle
Be a structural engineer! Using basic engineering principles, your creativity, and only limited supplies, who can create the structure that can support the heaviest object?

Food-Borne Outbreak Investigation
Heather Zimmerman, Epidemiologist, MT Dept. of Health and Human Services
There’s been an outbreak! We need epidemiologists to determine the origin before more victims fall ill. Join this workshop to solve the case and stop the disease … before it’s too late!

What’s in Your Genes?
Katherine Berry, Genetic Counselor, Shodair Hospital
What is genetic counseling? We’ll discuss human genetic services, do DNA extractions, inventory your own genetic traits, discuss hot topics in genetics, and talk about career opportunities.

The Art & Science of Surgery
Alissa Abentroth, MD, General Surgeon, and Colleagues, St. Peter’s Health
What would it be like to be a surgeon?  Find out how to become one while learning the art and science of suturing a banana!

Physical Therapy: Movement, Science and Fun
Johnanna Sullivan, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Kailey Edgar, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Optimal Sports Physical Therapy
Curious about Physical Therapy? You will be up and moving while you learn about the science of Physical Therapy, how Physical Therapists help their patients, and what it takes to become one!

Acid Rain and the Air We Breathe
Kelly Dorsi, Atmospheric Scientist, Bison Engineering, Inc.

Just because we can’t always see pollution doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful to our bodies and the environment. Find out what it means to be an atmospheric scientist as you make your own acid rain cloud in a beaker. Learn about how scientists, engineers, and regulators are working together to keep Montana’s air clean.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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for more information:

406.457.1800 ext. 1