What Can Educators Do at the Wisconsin Science Festival?

Field Trips & Teacher Workshops

You will not want to miss the 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival field trips and teacher workshops. The festival is a wonderful time to connect elementary, middle and high school classes with the incredible science that is happening across Wisconsin.

Registration opens in mid-August.

Take Your Class on a Field Trip to the Discovery
Building at UW–Madison

Discovery Expo

When: Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3, 2017
Where: The Discovery Building on the UW–Madison campus, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison, Wis.
What: A Discovery Expo featuring dozens of interactive, hands-on exploration stations for K-12 students. The activities will draw from past favorites and new hits like origami microscope foldscope workshops for you and your students and workshops to investigate the living soil under your feet.
Cost: Field trips are free and limited transportation assistance is available upon request.
How: Online registration will be available in August. Sign up to be notified when registration is open.
Buses: Buses may pick up and drop off students at the Orchard Street entrance; a map of available off-site bus parking options will be provided.
Lunches: Lunches may be stored in the Discovery Building; students may eat at a nearby outdoor green space location.

Other UW–Madison Destinations

November 2–3
Several other UW–Madison campus groups provide unique field trip stops. A new UW–Madison campus Science Festival Loop will include sites like the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Union South and the Geology Museum.

Statewide Activities

The Wisconsin Science Festival will include field trip options across the state. Several UW campuses, museums and more have hosted field trips in the past.

Transportation Reimbursement

Limited funds will be available to reimburse transportation costs associated with bringing your group to UW–Madison for the Wisconsin Science Festival. Once registration is open, the funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Showcase Science in Your Local Community

If you can't make it to a science festival site, you can participate in or host an event right in your community. From family science nights to collecting soil as part of the Small World Initiative, we can help you bring the science festival to your location.

Teacher Workshops

November 4
Interested in connecting with educators and researchers who are leaders in the field? Workshops featuring the foldscope in your classrooms as well as investigating your local soils with the Small World Initiative will be part of this year's workshops. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.



"I absolutely LOVED the teacher workshops! Very engaging, with presenters who were obviously interested in sharing their knowledge and resources with teachers."

A 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival teacher workshop participant






Download a printable PDF