Inform middle and high school-aged young women about possible STEM career paths
Nurture student interest and expand their career visions
Motivate young women to continue learning and growing in the areas of STEM education
Provide the opportunity for passionate women in STEM to connect and share journeys, pathways, interests, and experiences
WHY COME TO THIS CONFERENCE?
According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). To combat this inequity and inspire a life-long love of STEM, Adventure Science Center is hosting our 20th annual TWISTER Conference. This event is a one-day conference for middle and high school students who identify as female.
We want you to leave this conference feeling informed, motivated, and empowered to pursue the career of your dreams. We partner with inspiring, professional women working in a variety of STEM careers to share details about their careers, answer questions, steer you to the right educational pathways, words of encouragement, & much more! This conference brings middle and high school students together to embrace new challenges, ignite new career interests, and foster representation in the STEM field.
"Thank you to the coordinators of this event! My daughter had a great time and came home chatting about all the possibilities there are for her [in a STEM career]."
- Parent of a 2023 TWISTER Attendee
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION?
Four, 55-minute sessions that explore a variety of STEM topics (chosen by the participant)
Hands-on, real-life STEM activities
Connecting with like-minded middle & high school teens
Networking with professional women
HISTORY OF TWISTER
Developed in 2003, The Adventure Science Center’s TWISTER Conference has impacted more than 100 young women per year. Since 2003, more than 1,450 high school students have attended TWISTER and over 400 women have volunteered as presenters. Each year the conference continued to increase in participants until the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020; leaving TWISTER to be postponed in 2021 and again, in 2022.
We are eager to bring back this lively, STEM-based women’s conference in hopes of continuing to energize and inspire more individuals to pursue a STEM-related career path. February 2023 will be our 20th annual TWISTER Conference, and we are thrilled to expand this empowering experience to grades 8th - 12th this year.
BE A VOLUNTEER
Adventure Science Center is excited to partner with women and organizations in STEM fields who are eager to be a part of TWISTER and want to inspire, empower, and encourage young women. The success of the TWISTER Conference depends on its volunteers!
Two scholarships from Women in Technology of Tennessee will be awarded to Tennessee graduating female seniors. The winning award will be for $6,000 with the runner-up receiving $4,000. Scholarship recipients will be introduced and awards presented at the TWISTER event on February 10th by representatives of Women in Technology of Tennessee.
1st place: $6,000 2nd place: $4,000
Apply now! Application deadline: February 3rd, 2024.
Applicants must be registered for the TWISTER event by the application deadline and be present on the day of the event to receive scholarship awards.