Women in STEM

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Empowering young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Fostering confidence and inspiration.

Welcome to the 39th Annual Women in STEM!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The goal of the Women in STEM program at BGSU is to provide a rewarding experience for 6th - 8th-graders that connects STEM education to the real world and sparks an interest in pursuing STEM majors in high school and beyond and ultimately STEM careers.

Women in STEM provides young students with a positive experience at BGSU and offers them a variety of engaging hands-on activities that allows them the opportunity to learn and interact with a wide variety of successful STEM role models. 

The day will begin with a keynote presentation followed by breakout sessions that provide hands-on, fun-filled, critical thinking/learning activities. Women in STEM will help young students recognize the wide array of options available in STEM fields, inspiring them to take classes in the STEM fields throughout their educational careers. 

Keynote Speaker

Lydia Denton

Lydia Denton, from Wilson, North Carolina is our “Women in STEM” keynote speaker for November, 2022. She was featured in The 74’s 16 Under 16: Meet the 74’s 2022 Class of STEM Achievers. 

Lydia Denton is a teen inventor whose personal challenges inspire her creations. She’s on a mission to get girls interested in STEM.

Lydia has life-threatening allergies and suffers from severe anxiety, which causes her hair and nails to fall out. “So much of her life feels out of her control, but instead of letting these things overwhelm her or define her, she uses them as fuel for inventions,” said her nominator and mother, Covey Denton, K-8 STEM specialty teacher at Sallie B Howard School in Wilson.


As just one example, Lydia created what she calls a “Halcyon Bracelet” to help with body-focused repetitive behaviors, which plagued her during the COVID quarantine. The bracelet recognizes recurrent movements associated with anxiety, and delivers a warning signal when it detects the user is about to revert into those actions. She has also invented a “Beat the Heat Car Seat” that can tell when a child has been left in a car, and initiates a call to emergency services for rescue if the temperature in the vehicle becomes dangerously hot.

The teen also works to reduce e-waste, and co-founded Regame Inc., a nonprofit that collects, repairs and redistributes used gaming systems and tablets to keep them from piling up in landfills. She continues to speak to school groups and programs for girls to drum up more female interest and representation in STEM.

November 2022 Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 am - Schools arrive and Check-In
9:05 - 9:45 am - Keynote Presentation
9:55 - 10:40 am - (Session 1)
10:50 - 11:35 pm - (Session 2/Lunch A)
11:45 - 12:30 pm - (Session 3/Lunch B)
12:40 - 1:25 pm - (Session 4)
1:35 - 2:00 pm - Whole Group Session
2:00 - 2:30 pm - Adjourn

School Registration for November 2022 Women in STEM is now CLOSED!

At this time, our capacity is full. We will place schools on a waiting list and will inform those schools accordingly.  Please email Susan Stearns at: stearns@bgsu.edu if you'd like to be placed on the waiting list. Thank you.

Schools are limited to 20 students

Cost per student: $30
Cost per teacher/chaperone: $30

Payment Information:

Once a staff member from NWO contacts you with your confirmation of registration and amount owed, there are 2 ways to pay. Schools may pay online with a Credit Card Payment System. You can either pay online through this system or mail a check (made payable to BGSU) to the following address:

444 Education Bldg.
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Paying by credit card?

If you are having problems with the above link you can copy link below https://commerce.cashnet.com/BGSUCOS or you can pay onsite the day of the conference.

All who wish to attend Women in STEM are welcome regardless of their gender.


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Updated: 01/26/2023 07:02AM