Participate in hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits designed to inspire girls to discover more about biology, chemistry, engineering, manufacturing, computer coding, technology and more. Engineer and build a towering structure. Get hands-on with chemistry experiments. Operate a robot and program a computer. Design a computer game, walk in virtual reality and discover what you need to live on Mars. Build a rocket balloon or create a circuit. See tornado tubes, 3D printers, insects, DNA and so much more!
Talk with female experts and professionals working in the hi-tech field at Indiana-based companies. Discover how you can transform your curiosity into reality as representatives from Indiana's colleges and universities show you programs and activities that can help you train and prepare for the future.
Check out these Videos
See videos of some of our talented professionals in action:
Takia Easley & LaTisha Englehof, Rolls-Royce
Tiffany White, Rolls-Royce
Robin Fleming, Angie's List
Audrea DiLiberto, Interactive Intelligence
Maria Hult & Karem Montenegro, Roche Diabetes Care
Grab a Seat for Fun and Informal Presentations
Get Inspired by Our Technology Hosts
- Chemistry is a Blast (11am, 1 & 3pm), presented by Guy Hansen, Eli Lilly & Company.
- Living on 'Mars' in Hawaii (12:45pm), presented by Jocelyn Dunn, PhD candidate, Purdue University. From a young age and still today, Dunn finds herself dreaming about being one of the astronauts buckled in for a launch to the International Space Station (ISS), or beyond to an asteroid or the planet Mars. Dunn is an engineer and science enthusiast, currently pursuing PhD studies at Purdue University. Recently, Dunn took on the adventure of living in a dome habitat on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii for a simulated Mars mission called HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation), in isolation and confinement along with five others, for eight months, for NASA-funded research.
- How to be a Doer (10:45am), presented by Mikaela Gilbert, Student, IU Kelley School of Business. As a high school senior Gilbert wanted to start her own business to launch a product called Chatter Eggs. Through this experience, she was able to make many business connections and learn about the business world firsthand. This led her to her current studies of entrepreneurship and marketing. She continues to work toward getting Chatter Eggs on the market.
- You Go Green Girl! (2:45pm), presented by Lisa Laughner, Founder, President & CEO, Go Electric Inc. A green-tech startup, Go Electric developes energy services solutions that accelerate a renewable energy future. A veteran at creating technology startups, Laughner was formerly vice president of Rolls Royce Corporate Ventures, and with her colleagues launched six technology companies. Go Electric is her ninth startup.
Meet female professionals representing our talented technology hosts and see what their careers are all about: Roche (Chemistry), Rolls-Royce (Aerospace), Eleven Fifty Academy (Computer Coding), CIM System Robotics (Robots), Angie's List (Ecommerce), Garrity Tool (Manufacturing), Cummins (Industrial Engineering) Dow AgroSciences (Agricultural Sciences), Go Electric (Energy), CE Solutions (Engineering), and Eli Lilly & Company with American Chemical Society (Pharmaceutical Chemistry).
Meet the Education Hosts
Representatives from area colleges and universities will show you programs and activities to help you train and prepare for the future: Purdue University, Butler University, IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI School of Infomatics and Computing, Indiana State University, Anderson University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Connect with the Program Providers
Program providers will teach you how to develop your skills through interaction with their organizations, clubs and workshops: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, IndianaFirst Robotics, 1st Maker Space at 3D Parts Manufacturing, STEM Scouts, MicroSoft Store, Video Game Palooza, Starbase Indiana and Link Observatory
Get Your Passport Stamped
Visit with all technology hosts and get a special stamp on every page of your passport. Your fully stamped passport gets you an awesome goody bag and enters you for a chance to win some great raffle prizes. Continue learning more about careers in the hi-tech industry after you leave by checking out the helpful information and fun activities on each page of your passport.
Activities to do at Home
Would you like to explore STEM careers and opportunities further, or just have more fun with science? Click here to find a variety of resources we've pulled together for your enjoyment
Passport to Hi-Tech is a joint effort between Conner Prairie and Women & Hi Tech with financial support from Roche.