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Agency: CESA 12
Agency Contact: Mary Maderich
Agency Assistant: Nancy Harrison 715-682-2363 Ext. 160
Location: WITC Ashland Campus
2100 Beaser Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
Facility: Conference Center
4/9/2019 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

 A unique opportunity for  6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students

On April 9, 2019 CESA #12, in conjunction with WITC, Northland College and Bayfield County UW Extension Services, will hold a conference in Ashland relating to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. This conference will introduce students to careers in those areas as they prepare for their high school class choices and future educational choices.


8:45 AM Registration at WITC Conference Center

9:15 AM Opening Session-Keynote  

9:45 AM - 11:20 AM Morning Sessions

11:20 - 11:50 AM Lunch (Pizza will be served at CESA #12)

12:00 PM – 1:35 PM Afternoon Sessions

1:45 PM Depart for Home


Build a Wind Turbine: Design and build a simple windmill and test to see which design generates the most electricity.  Learn about career in energy conservation. Presented by Ian Meeker, UW- Extension AM & PM Sessions @ WITC

Machine Tools: Students will be walked through the steps of a part creation from idea to reality.  A breakdown of processes: creating a program, machining simulation, post processing, saving, machine and tooling set-up then finally machining a brass key chain.  Students should have a phone number in mind to engrave on the back of the key chain. Presented by Carl Anderson, Machine Tool Instructor, WITC AM & PM Sessions @ WITC

Simulation in Nursing: This session will demonstrate how nursing is now able to utilize classroom simulation to better prepare for their hands on clinical experiences.  This session will talk about the uses of simulation and give a hands-on demonstration. Presented by Mila Halvorson, ADN Instructor WITC AM & PM Sessions @ WITC

Hydration Survival: You have been stranded on a tropical island. Your only water source is polluted. In order to survive you will have to use materials at hand (found on the island) to build an activated carbon water filter. Hands-on, discovery based activity. Presented by Doug Lipart, UW Extension AM & PM Sessions @ WITC

Renewable Energy: This activity presents options for meeting the world’s energy demands through renewable energy sources. Students will investigate the operation of solar, wind, and hydroelectric systems and have the opportunity to use small generators to power electrical devices. Presented by Scott Grinnell, Professor of Physics AM Session @ Northland College

Hands on Introduction to Guitar: Students will learn how to tune a guitar, explore the basic notes on the top three strings, review note reading, and receive instruction on a basic chord chart to be able to continue practice on their own.  Only twelve guitars are available for use Presented by Christine Hulmer and Tom Draughon, Adjunct faculty of Music AM Session @ Northland College

What are genetically modified foods? : We will discuss DNA and genes, and learn how genetically modified organisms are made. Students will predict whether everyday foods are made using GMOs and learn how to test them. We will practice using molecular biology lab techniques and analyze results using DNA from real foods. Presented by Alissa Hulstrand, Assistant Professor of Biology.   AM Session @ Northland College

Are you Curious about Forensic Chemistry? : Any time you flip through the channels on your televisions, you are likely to encounter at least one forensic show (CSI, NCIS, Law and Order etc.) if not many. Today we will be learning some of the techniques that detectives actually use in the field, and learning the chemistry associated with these techniques.  A few of the things we will cover are invisible ink, identification of unknown compounds, and how to distinguish inks. Presented by Michaela Carlson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. PM Session @ Northland College

Exploring Graphic Design: We’ll take a quick look at the Adobe Software Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign using the overhead projector. We’ll look at the five steps of the design process and do a group or small group exercise in brainstorming a problem. Presented by Pete Skoro, Assistant Professor of Art in Graphic Design. PM Session @ Northland College

What is in a Forest?: We need healthy forests for producing lumber for homes and fiber for paper. Forests store lots of carbon that can help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We will learn how trees grow, and we will figure out how much stuff (like boards for homes and furniture, pieces of paper, and pounds of carbon) is contained in a forest.  Presented by Jonathan Martin, Associate Professor of Forestry. PM Session @ Northland College

Registration Fees:

$0 CESA #12 Vocational Equity & STEAM Consortium Districts (Chequamegon, Drummond, Hurley, Mellen, Solon Springs, Washburn) Limit 25 students per district

$25 per participant (student or chaperone) all other registrations



Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received three days prior to the event date for a refund to be issued. Persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee (substitution are accepted). CESA 12 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.

Weather conditions:

If a workshop has been cancelled due to weather conditions, every effort will be made to reschedule the workshop. Participants will be notified via email through if a cancellation occurs. Please make sure all your contact information is correct on

Dietary Disclaimer:

CESA 12 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. CESA 12 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 12 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made at the time of your registration.

Media Disclaimer:

By registering for an event with CESA 12, participants agree to grant to CESA 12 and its authorized representatives permission to record digital photos and/or video, of their participation. Participants further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote CESA 12, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation. If you do not wish to have your photo or image used, please contact the agency assistant listed for the event.

Other Helpful Hints: Room temperatures vary from one workshop location to another, so bring a jacket or sweater for maximum comfort. All workshop registrations begin a 1/2 hour prior to the event start time.