The Morgridge Institute is proud to co-lead Discovery Outreach, a joint partnership between the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Alumni Research foundation. Through this partnership, we support Saturday Science, the Wisconsin Science Festival, and many programs for K-12 students visiting the Discovery Building.
Discovery Building Tours
Tours take place on the first floor of the Discovery Building and include a general overview of the unique physical features of the building, the Discovery partnership, research within the institutes and information about ongoing programs.
Classrooms can register for one of several hands-on STEM experiences exploring Morgridge Institute and UW-Madison science. Offerings rotate regularly for K-12 students.
PBS Wisconsin Education
Meet The Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and is a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Morgridge Institute for Research. This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate and solve problems using science.
Bio Builders: Superpowered by Stem Cells
Meet the Bio Builders—a team of scientists in the Thomson Lab at the Morgridge Institute for Research who are using stem cells to repair damaged tissue and improve human health treatments. In the resources below, you’ll learn about these scientists and their lab, discover why their research matters in real life, and try out an activity.
Virus Investigators: Superpowered by Electron Microscopy
Scientists in the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Center for Research in Virology use tools, including cryo-electron microscopy, to understand viruses and find ways to find new antiviral treatments.
Cancer Detectives: Superpowered by Laser Microscopes
The Optical Microscopy in Medicine Lab develops new methods to understand and combat cancer. They use high-tech lasers and high-powered magnification to identify patterns in cancerous cell growth and recommend treatment options.