Breakout Sessions

Sessions feature STEM learning activities as well as networking with professional women and EMU students who lead hands-on workshops.

Charging your social media: creating a USB charger

In this session, we will learn about basic electronics, soldering and design as we create a USB backup battery for cell phones. Participants will leave this session knowing basic electronics principles, soldering techniques, and design concepts. Participants will keep third completed charger.

Be a Cosmetics Chemist with Green Ingredients

You will use green (non toxic ingredients) to prepare cosmetic formulations like a hand cream and mood lipstick from scratch. You will learn about how molecular structure and function determines the physical and chemical properties of your product, which you can take home.  You will develop a business plan to market your formulations, and design a label that will be used on bottles containing your formulation. Among the topics discussed will be green chemistry, emulsification, and pH indicators. The grand finale to the event will be a series of explosive demonstrations.

Create Your own Mobile App

When you think finance, you think money-right? Did you know that Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is on the leading edge of using new technology and trends to appeal to their customers? Join us as we tell you about how to create your own leading edge mobile phone application!

Digital Decisions: A Cyber Safety Choose Your Own

Students will choose their own digital adventure story—helping the main character, Jess, a 9th grade students, make decisions as she navigates a digital connected social life on social media. To help Jess, students will be faced with predicaments and opportunities that could occur in real life due to our technology based connectivity. The game feature some of the most pressing problems teenagers face in their digital lives- cyber bullying, sexting, online predators, and more. The session will conclude with a discussion about the decisions students made, and real-life resources that can be used if they encounter similar situations.

EMU Campus Tour

Every campus tour provides an opportunity to meet with and hear from our Admissions staff and take a 90-min walking tour of campus. Your tour will include visits to the Student Center, residence halls and room, main classroom building and other campus areas that interest you.

Experimental Game Lab

Design, test, and play computer games with a twist. Join a hands-on workshop where you will turn ordinary objects like marshmallows and pool noodles into a game controllers.


This is a hands on workshop will involve using patterns from the pattern design software (CAD) used for the fashion industry. Students will develop a simple 3-D garment design to take home with them using design technology and creativity. Faculty with industrial experience in the FASHION field will lead the group explaining the many facets of the business of fashion. All the technology that is involved in design develop, manufacturing and into the new virtual merchandising realm.

Gone Phishing

I want to facilitate a session which dissects the difference between phishing, spear phishing and whaling. I'd like to wrap up with the girls crafting Spear Phish attacks against one another based on simple Google searches.

How the Web is Made Atomic Object

How much time do you spend browsing the internet? How much do you know about what goes into making the websites you're on? In this workshop, you'll learn all about the web, from how websites are created to what goes on behind the scenes. Design and develop your own website about anything you want: yourself, your dog, or your favorite TV show while learning the ins and outs of being a software developer.

Interior Design

Students will use Computer software - Sketchup and Photoshop - to build 3D models of residential houses and render the images. Students will receive their 3D models’ images.

Introduction to Programming with Ozobot

We plan to use Ozobots to introduce participants to robotics and programming. We will be using Ozobots to do simple activities such as making a multiplication algorithm to help building a good foundation needed in computer science. Ozobot uses drag-and-drop interface which is very easy to use for beginners without any previous knowledge in programming, which is suitable for first time participants.

Let’s do DIVA Idol!

Ever wondered what it takes to put on the American Idol show?  Want to try out for our DIVA Idol-for-a Day? Let’s learn about all the AV Technology in an auditorium – lights, mics, audio, projection – and put on our version of an Idol show.  Work behind the scenes or perform on stage and learn to make it happen!

Lightning Strikes STEM

We'll discuss how FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) operates, demo one of our robots and teach you how to drive it.

Made With Code: Learn About Code with Google

Spend time learning about a day in the life of a Google employee and explore how coding is part of everyday lives.

Orthotics and Prosthetics

Learn about orthotics and prosthetics, including setting a prosthesis, 3D printing and mold making.

Scratch”ing the Surface of Software Development

Have you ever wondered how software is built, or what careers in technology there are besides being a “coder”? Join female technologists from Duo Security to learn about the software development cycle and the roles that play into it. Students will take on those roles as they build a project which takes requirements, development, and a security review into account. At the end of the lab, students will be able to share their projects made using Scratch with friends and family. Come explore a wide variety of roles in tech!

Train to be a ZooKeeper for the GE Zoo

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Come help us train our animals at the GE Zoo. You will work in groups to train your selected animal by programming it to do complete a set of tasks. At the end of each session, each group will showcase their exhibit to the other trainers in the room.

Unmanned Aerial System (Drone) Sector

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with several drone models while learning about STEM opportunities within the sector. I have a drone product specifically designed for these presentations. I would love to speak with Divas about possible financial sponsorship of these activity sets.

YouTube: Digital Production: Safety, Creation and Empower

This session is broken down into three parts. Students will learn online safety and laws that are related to producing content on YouTube, while learning how they can benefit from the technology. The students will have a overview of free software and products to help them create their own example videos or content for their personal channel. Students will then put what they have learned into practice and create a video with a group.

Women in IA

Join us to learn some basic security skills as we go into how to be safe on the web, dive into what a phishing email is, go through basic digital forensics practices and even learn a bit about hacking!

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