TWIST - Today's Women in STEM Tomorrow

Experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at TWIST--Today’s Women In STEM Tomorrow. TWIST, for girls in 6th – 9th grade, on April 12-13, 2013. This overnight program is filled with hands-on workshops presented by successful, professional women in the STEM areas. Girls will broaden their awareness of career possibilities in STEM.

TWIST is made possible by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Duke Energy.Duke-Energy-Logo-4c.jpg

“Research has shown that an interest in science needs to be nurtured and encouraged during the elementary and middle school years in order for students to choose advance science and mathematics courses at the high school and college level.”

Anneliese Payne, Ph.D., associate professor of education at SMWC.

WTWO meteorologist Anne Elise Parks

WTWO meteorologist Anne Elise Parks is the keynote speaker. Her story of watching storms brew on her family farm as a child as well as a thrilling stint with the Great Plains Storm Chase team in college will inspire and challenge girls. Parks, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience at Mississippi State University, wants to encourage girls to believe they have what it takes.

Each girl will select two out of the five workshops available, and each highlights a component of STEM. In addition to the workshops, the girls will examine moon rocks, take a field trip to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Oakley Observatory, and learn why SMWC students chose to major in STEM areas.  A overnight in the ballroom will allow fun time for the girls to socialize.

Registration for the event is limited to the first 50 girls. The cost is $45 and includes meals and a T-shirt. Parents who wish to stay for the keynote/dinner may purchase tickets for $10. Parents may also attend the “STEMsational Showcase” on Saturday to view the workshop projects.


Friday, April 12

5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner/Keynote Anne Elise Parks, WTWO Meteorologist (Optional: Parents welcome-tickets: $10.00)

7:15 - 8 p.m. Introduction to the stars: Diedre Adams, Science Teacher, West Vigo Middle School,  
 NASA experience and moon rocks exhibit

8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Oakley Observatory 

10:45 - 11 p.m. Snacks

11 p.m. Overnight, Le Fer Hall, Ballroom

Saturday, April 13

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m. Overview – Hulman Hall, Hayes Auditorium

9:15 - 10:20 a.m. Workshop I

10:30 - 11:40 a.m. Workshop II

11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch in O’Shaughnessy Dining Hall

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Careers in STEM, Hulman Hall, Hayes Auditorium

1:40 - 2:30 p.m. STEMsational Showcase – Hulman Hall, Hayes Auditorium (Open to parents)

2:30 - 3 p.m. Closing remarks, door prizes


The Wright Stuff

Ever wondered what makes a plane fly? Learn the basics of flight, pitch, yaw and roll while you build and modify your paper airplane design to make it perform the way you want it to.  A basic design will be provided and guided instructions will be given. Then, experiments will be performed to help each participant decide what modifications to make to “be the best that she can be”. 

Deidra Adams, Science Teacher, West Vigo Middle School

Truss me!

Create your own bridge (or truss) from balsa wood. Use your engineering skills to stay within budget, weight and height restrictions. Bridge breaking contest will be held to see which design is the strongest.

Susanne Wassil, Math Teacher, West Vigo Middle School

Extraction Faction

DNA is the blueprint of life.  Every one assumes that it takes fancy equipment and years of training to isolate DNA.  However you can do it yourself right at home.  Come explore how to extract the DNA of fruit using simple household products.  See how long of a spool you can obtain!

Heidi McDonald, 21st Century Community Learning Center, Vigo County School Corporation

Would you like to meet Alice?

Alice is an innovative 3D program that makes it easy to create animations or games.  The Alice project provides tools and materials for a conceptual core of computational thinking, problem solving and computer programming.  You will be able to learn to use the software and will be able to take Alice home with you to continue the fun.

Deborah Gaff, Educational Liaison, Portal Resources for Indiana Science and Mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Let the sun shine!

The amount of Ultra Violet radiation reaching the earth’s surface at a particular time depends on many factors.  Learn about the presence of UV light, how to actually see it, and how to protect yourself from it.  You will also experience the effect of UV light on beads and nail polish.

Monique Bate Akoachere, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College