Through Discovery Outreach, we spark a curiosity in science for thousands of children, families and educators across Wisconsin. Our cutting-edge, hands-on science programs and events – many of them free – introduce vibrant UW-Madison science to an eager public looking to expand their creativity and imagination.

Our programs include the signature, annual Wisconsin Science Festival that celebrates science across the state of Wisconsin, as well as weekly and monthly programs that bring science to economically disadvantaged elementary, middle and high school students.

Discovery Outreach is a partnership effort of the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Discovery Outreach Programs

For K-12 Students

  • Field Trips

    The Town Center at the Discovery Building is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. We offer several field trip workshops for students in elementary, middle and high school.

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  • Afterschool Expeditions

    Afterschool Expeditions is a free program for students in grades K-8 to explore, engage and discover science from UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities. This program takes place during the fall and spring semesters.

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  • Summer Expeditions

    Summer Expeditions is a free program for students in grades K-8 to explore, engage and discover science at UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

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  • Wisconsin Science Festival

    A statewide festival celebrating curiosity and creativity! Science festivals can introduce you to people, places and programs you can tap into year-round to discover how science is changing the way we look at and lead our lives.

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For the Community

  • Saturday Science

    Saturday Science at Discovery is a monthly series that features interactive exploration stations centered around a particular topic.

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  • DIY Science

    Hands-on laboratory experiences are not just for kids! Most months, a different topic encourages adult audiences to put on lab coats, goggles and gloves and get a firsthand sense of cutting-edge research. This program is designed for participants ages 18 and older.

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  • Wisconsin Science Festival

    A statewide festival celebrating curiosity and creativity! Science festivals can introduce you to people, places and programs you can tap into year-round to discover how science is changing the way we look at and lead our lives.

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  • SoundWaves

    SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music. The program concludes with a live performance of music related to the evening’s theme.

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  • Town Center Group Tours

    Town Center group tours are designed for groups of 10 or more and a three-week advance notice is appreciated. Tours take place on the first floor of the Discovery Building (Town Center) 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.

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For Innovators

  • WARF Entrepreneurons Series

    Entrepreneurons is a WARF series focused on bringing the fundamentals of getting a new venture started to the UW–Madison community.

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  • WARF Discovery Challenge

    The WARF Discovery Challenge is a two-part research competition open to UW–Madison graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all departments.

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  • Shared Research Equipment

    Our teaching labs located on the upper research floors of the Discovery Building offer many opportunities for researchers, the public and industry to explore science and try out scientific tools up close and hands on. Among these opportunities is a new equipment use program developed by WARF and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

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For Teachers

  • Teaching Resources

    It can be challenging for educators to find reliable, relevant and accurate instructional materials in scientific areas that are innovative and dynamic. Our team has developed easy-to-access information guides and resources that allow teachers to introduce rapidly-advancing biomedical topics into their existing science curriculum.

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  • Field Trips

    The Town Center at the Discovery Building is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. We offer several field trip workshops for students in elementary, middle and high school.

    Learn more >