Online registration has ended. If you still wish to register, please arrive at Adventure Science Center before 8:30 a.m.

Adventure Science Center Presents the 15th Annual

twister-2016Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017  |  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research) is a daylong professional conference for high school girls, presented by women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) professions. Each presenter is eager to share details about her career with you, answer your questions, help steer you to the right educational pathway, and give you a little taste of daily life in the workplace. Participants attend four, 55-minute sessions that explore a variety of STEM topics.

TWISTER Mission:

To inform high school aged young women about possible science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career paths, by providing opportunities for participants to connect with positive female role models working in STEM fields and to engage in hands-on, real-life STEM activities. Since 2003, over 1,300 students have attended TWISTER and over 350 women have volunteered as presenters.


Topics included:

  • Athletic Training: Behind the Scenes of High Rewards
  • Community Immunity: Helping Us and Others to Prevent Disease
  • Ancient Ecology: Lessons Learned from the Study of Prehistoric Animals
  • DNA is Sweet!
  • How to Become a Lifelong Learner
  • A Bug’s Life: Macroinverts as Bioindicators
  • And more!


From High School Students:

  • “It really opened my eyes and reinforced my interest in engineering. I was so inspired by the amazing projects she talked about, and I loved how I could relate to the beginning of her career.” – in response to You Too Can Be a Part of NASA’s Journey to Mars session.
  • “This session made me confident. I really loved how we could draw blood from the toys and do physical checkups on animals.” – in response to The Heads and Tails of Veterinary Medicine session
  • “I learned that I am actually very interested in outer space. It scares me, but I love it. Janet is inspiring and supportive.” – in response to Rendezvous with #DearPluto: The Little Planet with Heart session.
  • “Before I was iffy about architecture, but this definitely widened my horizon!” – in response to Architecture: It’s More Than Just a Pretty Face session.

From Presenters:

  • “If I am able to inspire just one girl to consider a STEM career my goal has been reached.” – Amanda B., Jackson National Life Insurance
  • “It was especially rewarding to reach out to young female students who may feel that the STEM fields are dominated by males, and to be a part of something that shows them female role models who are actively working in STEM fields.” – Melissa F., Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Why Attend TWISTER?

  • Opportunities to meet and connect with women working in a wide array of STEM professions
  • A chance to hear first-hand how women balance careers, interests and family
  • Fun and engaging hands-on STEM activities and topics
  • To discover new career ideas, college pathways and requirements, opportunities for internships and other educational experiences
  • A chance to meet other young women with similar interests and passions

How Do I Sign Up?

Cost: $15

Day-of Information

  • See 2016’s program for an idea of the day’s schedule
  • This event is held during regular business hours in Adventure Science Center classrooms.
  • TWISTER may conflict with February ACT or SAT dates. We suggest you check with your school before registering.
  • Lunch is provided and includes a sandwich, fruit or chips, and bottled water
  • Only students, presenters and event staff are allowed in the sessions.
  • The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 3:30 p.m.
  • Participants will be emailed more details closer to the day of the event, and will receive their specific session schedule for the day at check-in the morning of the conference.

WiTT Scholarship

WiTT (Women in Technology of Tennessee) awards a $5000 scholarship and Asurion, through WiTT partnership, awards a $1000 scholarship to select TWISTER attendees. Applications have closed for the 2017 WiTT Scholarship.

2016 WiTT Scholarship Winners

$5,000 Scholarship to Lauren H., Merrol Hyde Magnet School
$1,000 Scholarship to Lillian E., Martin Luther King Junior Magnet School


STEM Topics May Include:

Aerospace Industry | Astrophysics, aerospace design and technology
Biotechnology | Genetics, diagnostics, clinical research, quality control
Communications | Digital design, fashion design, photography, game and application development, social media marketing
Engineering | Biomedical, civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, materials science
Life Sciences | Agriculture, animal science, biology, science education, food science
Medical/Biomedical | Exercise physiology, audiologist, nurse practitioner, radiology, nursing, physician
Public Health & Safety | Epidemiology, forensics, microbiology, nutrition, emergency management
STEM Education | Teaching/facilitation, science writing/blogging, informal education/museum educators
Sustainability & the Environment | Green building design, architecture, renewable energy industry
Technology | Software development, network security, web design, telecommunications, robotics



Be a Presenter:

TWISTER seeks female role-models currently working in science, technology, engineering, research, or math-related fields who would like the opportunity to positively impact high school women interested in STEM. Presenters are asked to prepare and present a 55-minute session for 20-25 participants; session should include a hands-on activity relative to your topic.

See 2016’s program for an idea of the day’s schedule and session inspiration; although, we are always looking for new and exciting topics!

Applications for TWISTER 2017 presenters have closed.

Be a Volunteer:

Volunteers are needed to be presentation assistants, assist with set-up/clean-up, help with registration, and aid in general event duties.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this TWISTER Volunteer Form.

Presenters and volunteers can contact with questions.

Be a Sponsor:

Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Tim Sears at (615) 401-5055 or for more information.

We appreciate all donations received that help provide this opportunity for high school girls of all backgrounds to engage in STEM education and explore new and exciting career paths. Your donation helps cover the cost of registration fees for TWISTER attendees, and allows us to serve a broader range of communities in middle Tennessee through TWISTER.

Click the button below and include “TWISTER Support” in the comments form to make your donation:

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Thank you for your support of TWISTER!

Presenting Sponsors:



Contributing Sponsor:

UBS Financial Services, Inc.