A Statewide Celebration


Wisconsin Science Festival: October 16-19, 2014


Big Ideas for Busy People

Thursday, October 16, 8 p.m.
Discovery Building


We’re looking forward to the Wisconsin debut of this unique event that is a centerpiece of the Cambridge (MA) Science Festival. It’s five-minute presentations from some of the best and brightest minds in their fields, including:

  • Lynda Barry
  • Irwin Goldman
  • Laura Kiessling
  • David Krakauer
  • T. Rock Mackie
  • Li Chiao Ping
  • Constance Steinkuehler Squire


The event will be moderated by John Durant, director of the MIT museum and founder of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Field Trips & Teacher Workshops


Once again, the festival will welcome hundreds of K-12 students on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, as well as offer teacher training workshops. Learn more about these opportunities on the Teachers tab.


"The Wisconsin Science Festival is one of the best field trip experiences I have ever done with my class, and I have been teaching for three decades!" – 2013 WSF Attendee


Did you want to participate in the 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival?


If you are interested leading an activity station during the Discovery Expo at the Discovery Building, you can still sign up online. If you were hoping to present a talk or host an event at your location for the 2014 festival, applications are now closed. It’s never too early to start thinking about the 2015 festival though. You can join our call for proposals email list and we’ll send you details early next year.

There are still countless opportunities to volunteer during 2014! We’re searching for:

  • Festival Prep Assistants
  • Information Guides
  • Discovery Expo Assistants
  • Festival Archivists
  • Volunteer Captains


Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Discovery Building and locations around Madison.