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Passport to Hi-Tech

Thank you for attending this year's Passport to Hi-Tech. We look forward to seeing you next year. In the meantime, check out these great STEM activities and resources.

Passport to Hi-Tech THE place for girls and boys to learn about careers in science, engineering, biology, chemistry, computers, and other STEM disciplines. It’s your ticket for a journey around our increasingly technological world!

Passport to Hi-Tech


  • Participate in hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits.
  • Meet experts and professionals working with Indiana-based hi-tech companies.
  • Plan for your future as you talk with representatives from Indiana’s colleges and universities.
  • Watch our special presentations throughout the day.
  • Discover how you can continue developing your skills with the help of area companies, organizations and workshops.


Inspiring STEM at Home

10:45 am
Presented by Natalie Workman
Hear how this seventh-grader’s love of science led her to build her robot, Wango. Workman is a student at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, and uses her interest in STEM to explore the world, protect the environment, and try different experiments.

Chemistry is a Blast
11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
Presented by Eli Lilly & Company
Presenters execute exciting chemistry experiments where audience members are invited to participate.
Living on “Mars” in Hawaii
12:45 pm
Presented by Jocelyn Dunn, HI-SEAS Chief Scientist
Jocelyn Dunn was part of a team that simulated an eight-month visit to Mars. Dunn lived in a dome habitat on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii for a mission called HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation), in isolation and confinement along with five others.
Read this Time.com article about the endeavor.
NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge – Design, Build and Race

Presented by Miranda Shook, Greenfield Central High School Rover Team
2:45 pm
This rover team is the only high school team in Indiana to go to NASA's rover challenge. After the team designs, builds and tests their rovers, they compete against other builders by riding their creations over rough terrian similar to Mars. Visit the rover team’s website.

Join our balloon pilots as they take you behind the scenes to see the Conner Prairie balloon up close. Discover the interior workings of the balloon, the technology behind its flight, and how weather impacts its performance. Visit our balloon webpage.

Visit our booths, ask experts questions, assist them with hands-on experiments, and learn more about what it takes to work in these fields. Then, get a stamp or sticker in your passport! After you fill your passport, turn it in to receive a goody bag and a chance to win raffle prizes.

rolls-royce thrust activity

Meet and talk to experts and professionals working with Indiana-based companies. Participate in activities that let you explore what it’s like to work in a hi-tech field.
  • Chromatography is Art!
    Watch how the colors of your own drawing separate by this science technique.
    Roche Diagnostics
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Hour of Code and Coding Maze
    Eleven Fifty Academy
  • Structural Engineering
    Learn about structural engineering, and do a structural engineering project.
    CE Solutions
  • Thrust and Engines
    Learn about how thrust works and get your hands on different parts and aerospace materials from Rolls-Royce Turbine engines.
  • LEGO assembly activity
  • Dress Like a Chemist, Be a Chemist
    Eli Lilly & Company with The American Chemical Society
  • Helping People Help the Land through Soil, Water, Air and Wildlife Conservation
    Come see ways you too can protect valuable natural resources and the many careers the agency has to offer.
    USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Water Quality and Conservation
    Learn how we impact water quality and conservation every day. Activities will include using a pH meter to test different liquids that we consume every day, showing what is safe for people and the environment, a groundwater model showing how water flows underground, and a tooth brushing race to see how much water we use each day.
    Citizens Energy Group
  • Indesign
  • Manufacturing and Logistics Quiz Game
    The Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics industry is high-tech and high-paying. An interactive quiz game will test participants knowledge about this industry.
    Conexus Indiana
  • Making Aircraft Engines Stronger, Faster, Lighter, Safer
    Praxair Surface Technologies
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent
  • Angie’s List
gum drop bridge activity


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.
  • Hands-on Engineering
    The Women in Engineering booth will have students leading a hands-on engineering activity.
    Purdue Women in Engineering Program
  • Gumdrop Bridges
    Attendees will learn how to build complex bridges using gumdrops and toothpicks.
    Purdue Construction Engineering and Management
  • Earthquake Activity
    See how earthquakes affect buildings with our interactive shake table and learn how your home can be more energy efficient.
    Purdue Lyles School of Civil Engineering
  • Indiana University Creativity Labs
  • Make Your Own Racecar out of a Clothespin
    IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology
  • Hands-on tech activities including Makey Makey, littleBits and Ozobots
    IU School of Informatics and Computing
  • Engineering Activity
    Butler University
  • Participate in hands-on STEM activities such as Handmade Spinners
    Marian University
  • Ivy Tech School of Technology
  • Indiana State University Females in Technology
  • Anderson University
  • I-STEM
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
circuit activity


Discover how you can continue developing your skills with these great organizations, clubs and workshops.
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Vortex (mobile lab)
    Outside games and activities related to STEM
    STEM Scouts
  • 3D Printing
    3D printing demonstrations and hands-on making activities
    1st Maker Space
  • Video Game Development and Coding
    Video Game Palooza
  • Explore Engineering
    Explore many fields of engineering including Aerospace, Mechanical, and Robotics Engineering.
    Engineering for Kids
  • Hands-on Science
    Several hands on activities will demonstrate the properties of air and density
    Starbase Indiana
  • The STEM Connection
  • Circuit Building and Logic Activities
    Explore the world of coding and technology with circuit building challenges and a hands-on coding logic acitivity.
  • Lasers and Circuits
    Health and Science Innovations
  • Coding
    TechPoint Foundation for Youth CoderDojo Indiana
  • VEX IQ Robotics
    Prepare to see a full field (8' x 4') with 2-4 robots. Attendees will be able to drive the robot.
    TechPoint Foundation for Youth VEX IQ Robotics
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
Renuka Sugumar, Roche Diagnostics
Rona Howenstine, OneAmerica

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 Diagnostics.

Members: Free
Non-members: Free with paid general admission: $8
Girl Scouts discount: $6
Ages: 7 - 12


  • March 18, 2017 - March 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Price included with general admission 

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