TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Tech, Engineering & Research) is a daylong event presented by Adventure Science Center aimed to inform, motivate and empower middle and high school girls in grades 7th – 12th to pursue careers in STEAM. The event returns for its 19th anniversary on Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout the day, registrants will hear from a wide variety of presenters like the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Heather Schwartz, from the Nashville Zoo and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Larisa R.G. DeSantis, from Vanderbilt. For examples of what to expect, here are a few sessions from previous years “Beautiful Insects and Deadly Pests,” “Suminagashi Paper Marbling,” and “A Day in the Life of a Software Designer.”
The cost of admission is $20 per student and includes:
- Four, 55-minute sessions chosen by the participant
- Hands-on, real-life STEAM activities
- Catered lunch
- Breakout sessions with like-minded middle & high school teens
- Networking opportunities with professional women in STEAM careers
- Two general admission tickets to Adventure Science Center for future use
WiTT, Women in Technology of Tennessee, will be rewarding two scholarships to Tennessee high school students, with preference given to those pursuing technology-related careers. The winning award will be $5,000 with the runner-up receiving $2,500. Scholarship recipients will be introduced and awarded by WITT representatives during TWISTER. More information about scholarships can be found here and submissions must be received by January 21.
For more information, visit adventuresci.org/explore/twister.