Students learn how to engineer their own electric circuits to make a small light bulb glow.

Middle schoolers explore the wide world of STEM at summer camp

From July 17-21, around 50 middle schoolers from the Madison Metropolitan School District participated in the WI STEM Explorations Camp on the UW–Madison campus.

The 7th grade students were nominated by their science teachers to attend the week-long day camp offered through the Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) program.

This unique camp, organized by the Morgridge Community Engagement Team, allowed them to experience a variety of hands-on activities in different labs at different sites across the UW campus. Through speaking with a diverse group of scientists and researchers, they learned that science is more than just lab coats and pipettes — though they had plenty of opportunity to do that, too — and there are many avenues to a STEM career.

From stem cells to dairy cows, the students gained exposure to the many flavors of science and developed a bit of their own science identity along the way. Check out some of the students in action in the photos below.