2019 Women in Science Conference @ Science Museum Oklahoma

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

The 2019 Women in Science Conference will be held Tuesday, October 22, at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City! The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with school check-in starting at 8 a.m. The event is free, but registration is required; as of 4/2/19 student/teacher registration for the event is closed/maximum occupancy has been reached. We are still accepting vendor registrations at this time--see below for details. 

Student/teacher participants will receive the following free with their registration: entrance to Science Museum Oklahoma for the day, a conference t-shirt, a light breakfast snack item, box lunch & beverage.

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There is not a waiting list available for this event.

Conference files, including agendas, parking, and session information, may be accessed at the bottom of this webpage.

 


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The free, one-day conference will immerse more than 1,500 students (grades 6-12) in numerous fun and exciting hands-on science activities designed just for this event. They will also have access to the many amazing experiences that Science Museum Oklahoma offers. College and university representatives from Oklahoma institutions will host dozens of interactive hands-on science and recruitment booths, as well. During an interactive panel session, students will learn firsthand about the many science-related professions available. Women in STEM-related fields such as engineering, zoology, and medicine will talk to students about their respective careers. These role models will answer questions like:

  • What do you really do every day, and what is the best part of your job?
  • Can an average math student be successful in your field?
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were 13?
  • Does it really matter if I take that science class?

Fun and engaging sessions designed especially for this event by Science Museum Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Museum Network will engage students in interactive science and engineering experiences designed to promote critical thinking skills, science exploration, and self-confidence. 

During a special session for educators, teachers will learn four hands-on science activities that can be easily scaled to their grade level. Attendees will receive curriculum and science kits to implement the activities in their classrooms.

The 2019 Women in Science Conference is made possible due to support from the National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation's Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK NSF EPSCoR), Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma Museum Network, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education,  and Oklahoma INBRE. 

Questions? Email Gina Miller at gmiller@okepscor.org or call 405-744-9964. 

 

 

BOOTH HOST INFORMATION:
OUTREACH & RECRUITMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ORGANIZATIONS & BUSINESSES 

Booth registration is closed, maximum occupancy has been reached. -7/29/19

The Women in Science Conference offers an opportunity for organizations and businesses to share information about college and career opportunities with conference participants and museum guests via the Hands-on Science and Recruitment Fair session. Booths must include a hands-on science experience to further engage students. The session runs all day, with setup by 8 a.m. and take-down at 2 p.m. (see detailed schedule below). There is no cost to participate, but an application and approval process is required. As of 7/29/19 booth space is full and no more applications are being accepted. Detailed booth information is as follows:

Hands-on STEM Activity Required 

  • Every booth must include a ~ 3-minute hands-on STEM activity.
  • The activity must be engaging, safe and appropriate for 6th-12th grade students. 

Career, Recruitment and/or Educational Information for Students 

  • Career or educational information should be provided orally and via promotional/take-home materials to students.
  • Let students know how your activity relates to a career/life in the "real world" or how they can learn more (i.e. high school summer program, university degree, etc.).

Booth Attendants 

  • Your group’s individual booth attendants must register online after your booth has been confirmed. (A group code will be provided after your booth is confirmed, which they will use via the individual registration link/bottom of page.) Registration is free, but required.
  • A minimum of two attendants is suggested, due to students accessing the session continually throughout the day.

Event Time Frame for Approved/Pre-Registered Vendors/Booth Hosts

  • Vendor set-up: Day before the event (10/21) 4-6 p.m. OR morning of the event (10/22) 7-8 a.m.
  • All vendors must be checked in and booths setup no later than 8 a.m. on 10/22
  • Schools will arrive at the museum @ 8-9 a.m. 
  • The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    (Students & museum guests will visit Hands-on Science & Recruitment Fair booths throughout this time.)
  • Booths may be taken down at 2 p.m. (No early take-downs allowed!)

Individual Vendor/Volunteer Individual Registration
Online registration is closed. Booth attendants who have not pre-registered may register on-site the day of the event. However, a limited number of meal tickets will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis to late registrants; vendor check-in begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event.

CONFERENCE T-SHIRT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA PRE-ORDER

Event vendors may purchase a conference t-shirt by preordering online at http://www.okepscor.org/pre-order-form-2019-women-science-conference-t-shirt; payment will be made the day of the event. The deadline to pre-order is Sept. 23. (8 a.m.).  

Pre-Order FAQ  

  • Shirts are $14/each plus tax
  • Payment must be made the day of the conference (10/22) in the Science Museum Oklahoma gift shop; you will receive your shirt at that time. Shirt pickup times are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 10/22.
  • Unisex sizing: small, medium, large, extra-large, 2XL, 3XL 
  • Order yours now, as only the amount of sizes that are pre-ordered will be printed (deadline Sept. 23, 8 a.m.)
  • All shirts are aquatic blue/teal in color
  • Click here to see the conference t-shirt

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HOTEL INFORMATION
There is not a designated conference hotel, but there are numerous high-quality/high-value hotels in close proximity to the venue. 

QUESTIONS
Contact Gina Miller, outreach coordinator, at gmiller@okepscor.org or 405.744.9964.