Camps and Conferences

Tech Savvy

Tech Savvy is a one-day conference tailored for girls in grades 6 to 9 and their parent(s), designed to inspire and encourage them in STEM fields. Registration is also open to interested boys. The students who attend Tech Savvy will experience exciting hands-on activities led by professional women in STEM fields. There will be a program for adults to learn more about working in the STEM fields, encouraging their children in STEM, and helping them to prepare for college or technical school.

Limited to the first 117 students and 75 parents/mentors.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

To register for this event and secure your spot, click the link below and complete the online registration form before Thursday, February 29, 2024. Our events tend to sell out quickly, so it's recommended to register as soon as possible. If the event is already sold out, you can choose to register for the waitlist at no charge. If a spot becomes available and you are next on the waitlist, you will receive an email notification. You will have three days (or less, as indicated in the email) to respond and accept the open spot.

We do NOT accept walk-up registrations at event check-in.

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Registrants will be asked the following questions in the registration. Please have the information prior to registering:

Participant details: Legal first & last name, preferred first name, country, address, city, state, postal code, county, email, phone, pronouns, birth date, age at the time of the event, current grade, school attending, group/team you belong to, years of experience, how did you hear about this event, accommodations/comments

Health details: Health insurance carrier, will the registrant be taking any medication while attending, does the registrant have any conditions, other health issues/additional information, medication allergies (list), non-medication, dietary or other allergies (list), describe any limitations or restrictions, dietary preferences

Acknowledgments: I agree to the terms and conditions, I understand the refund/cancelation policy, I agree the deposit is non-refundable, minor  arriving to campus via, I have reviewed the event Code of Conduct with my camper, I agree to the code of conduct, I agree to the field trip policy

Custodial guardian details (max 2, min 1):  First & last name, phone number, email, can drop off, can pick up, is emergency contact, and relationship to the participant

Emergency/Authorized pick-up contacts (max 5, min 1):  First & last name, phone number, email, can drop off, can pick up, is emergency contact, and relationship to the participant

Event Specific: Student t-shirt size, interested in a campus tour after the event, parent name, parent/mentor lunch, and student lunch

T-Shirt Size:  Adult - Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL or 3XL  Click to View Adult T-shirt Size Chart

Type of registrant: Student and parent attending, Student only attending, Parent/mentor only attending.

Boxed Lunch Options: Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or Vegetarian. All sandwiches are offered on rustic ciabatta bread and include bottled water, chips, whole fruit, condiment packets, napkins, and disposable cutlery. Gluten-free option available.

No refunds are available for this event. All cancellation requests must be submitted to

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in this case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Cost Information


  • Student - $15
  • Parent/Mentor - $15

Included in the Fee: The student fee includes access to the workshop, lunch, a drawstring bag, and a t-shirt. The parent/mentor registration includes access to a workshop and lunch. Additionally, if a participant registers for the camp by Saturday, February 17, 2024, they are guaranteed a t-shirt in their preferred size.

No refunds are available for this event. All cancellation requests must be submitted to

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in this case, all fees paid will be refunded.

For participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event, please follow these steps to redeem your sponsorship:

  • Register for the event and use the promo code provided by your sponsor during checkout.
  • The sponsorship amount will be deducted from your invoice. Any remaining balance will be the participant's responsibility.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, please note that the sponsorship funds will be returned to the supporting organization.

Please note that any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code during checkout to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for the requested discount at the start of the event.

If a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account, a processing fee will be assessed.

If you have received an award or scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes, please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?
If you would like to sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees, you can request a promo code to give to your chosen registrant. Get more information about sponsoring a registrant.



Mindy Becker

Operations Manager for SHINE Therapeutics, a division of SHINE Technologies, Janesville, Wisconsin
Keynote | From Beams to Bodybuilding: Breaking the Boundaries of Your Own Mind
A story of taking chances and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Mindy will describe her story of breaking boundaries and stepping out of her comfort zone that took her from a small Wisconsin town to a career in nuclear engineering and stepping on stage. Those first steps pushed the boundaries of what she thought was possible and created opportunities beyond her imagination.

Mindy Becker oversees the commercialization and manufacture of lutetium chloride (Lu-177) a medical isotope primarily used for treatment of late-stage prostate cancer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UW–Madison. Her interest in plasma physics began in the final year of her undergraduate studies when she joined a team within the UW Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics group working on a diagnostic neutral beam.

Mindy has held several positions within SHINE since starting as a test engineer working on neutron generators in 2017. In 2021, she joined the SHINE Therapeutics team as an engineer to support the start-up of the largest clinical medical isotope manufacturing facility in North America and aided in the design of the commercial facility that opened in August of 2023.

This was the perfect opportunity to combine her background in chemistry and nuclear engineering to solve complex systems and process problems to successfully produce Lu-177.


Each workshop is available at each session. Max of 12 in each student session and max of 15 in each parent/mentor session. We are requiring registrants to pick one session for each timeframe. They will not be able to select multiple workshops in a given session. Please be sure to pick a different workshop for each of the 3 student sessions and 3 parent/mentor sessions. Parents/mentors will attend session one with the student.

Click here to view workshop descriptions

 Student Hands-on Workshops | Select Three | One for each session | Limited to the first 12 students per session

  • Bath Bomb Science| Chemistry
  • Bust Crimes with Technology | Forensic Science
  • Chemistry Science of Tie-Dye Fashion
  • DNA | Wear Your Genes! |Biology: Genetics
  • Engineering The Dam Challenge
  • Fetal Calf: Gender Reveal | Biology: Veterinary Medicine
  • Flash and Buzz Circuitry | Technology: Electronics
  • Powered by Intermolecular Forces | Chemistry
  • Surgical Intern for a Day | Biology: Medicine

Parent  Workshops | Select Three | One for each session | Limited to the first 15 parents in each session

  • Career Opportunities in Mathematics
  • Career Opportunities in Science
  • The Value of STEM Careers
  • What Are the Differences Among Engineering Specialties?
  • What's All the Chatter about Students Using AI?

Click here to view workshop descriptions

Additional Information

Check-in will take place at the University Center in the Heide Hall.

Driving Directions

You will NOT need a permit to attend this event. More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event. Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund. Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice. For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants. Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

We receive many questions from registrants. We have prepared a page with answers to our frequently asked questions about registering and attending an event.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and/or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and/or videos relating to the promotion of future events. You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to the use of said photographs and/or videos. Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use of media for any purpose.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Morning Schedule
8:00-8:15 Registration (Heide Hall)
8:15-8:30 Light Breakfast (Heide Hall)
8:30-8:40 Welcome (Heide Hall)
8:50-9:15 Keynote Address- Mindy Becker, Operations Manager, SHINE Therapeutics (Heide Hall room 100)
9:15-9:20 Transition to first workshop session
Parent and Student Schedule Split
Student Schedule
9:20-10:15 Students: Session #1
10:20-11:15 Students: Session #2
11:20-12:15 Students: Session #3
Parent Schedule
9:20-10:15 Parents attend workshop session #1 with their student
10:20-10:55 Parent choice #1
11:00-11:35 Parent choice #2
11:40-12:15 Parent choice #3
Afternoon Schedule
12:15-12:20 Walk to University Center
12:20-12:50 Lunch (Heide Hall)
12:50-1:00 Closing Remarks, Evaluations, and Door Prizes
1:10-2:00 Campus Tour (optional)

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