Students gain hands on experience and develop their own science identities at Summer Science Camp.

Broad representation of students and science at Summer Science Camp

Over two week-long camps in July, 50 students and 10 educators spent their days experiencing science firsthand for the 17th annual Summer Science Camp

The participants came from rural high schools in 14 towns across Wisconsin, with about half of them represented through the Upward Bound program. During the week, they stayed in a dorm onsite at the UW–Madison campus to further their experience away from their hometowns.

“The students were among the broadest representation of high schoolers from rural communities across Wisconsin that we’ve had at the camps,” says Dan Murphy, outreach and lab manager at Morgridge. “They were the most passionate group of young scientists — fearless science at its best.”

Volunteer scientists and researchers from the Morgridge Institute and UW–Madison led activities and discussions on topics ranging from AI and virtual reality, stem cell differentiation, fluorescent microscopy, gene editing, and more.

“I cannot thank you enough. The experience you provided for my students and myself was more than I imagined,” says a teacher who participated as a first-time camp chaperone. “The breadth of science expertise and variety of research we were exposed to was inspiring.”

The students concluded their camp week by participating in a Science Showcase, where they became the presenters and shared what they learned during their experience with the Morgridge community.

Check out some photos from the Summer Science Camps below.