Science Expeditions 2016 By the Numbers

Exploration Stations: 79

Destinations for Exploration: 25

Science Spectaculars: 12

Volunteers/Presenters: 600 (number calculated according to t-shirts)

Visitors/Participants (estimates):

Friday: 260


Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery: 2305

Washburn Observatory: 60


School of Nursing: 300  

Health Sciences Learning Center: 500

A HUGE thank-you from the Science Expeditions 2016 planning committee for a memorable weekend filled with discovery, hospitality, new experiences, joy...and weather. Pictures from the event are available via the UW-Madison Science Outreach Facebook page and the UWScienceAlliance Instagram account.

The UW-Madison Science Alliance received an e-mail that needed to be shared:

"I spent a wonderful day in Madison at UW Science Expeditions. I visited the activities at WID, the DC Smith and Birge Greenhouses, learned about insects at Russell Lab, and toured the dairy facilities.  At every station, I saw enthusiastic volunteers and visitors. I witnessed children, parents, and grandparents learning together. As a grade school teacher, it was a wonderful opportunity for me to get ideas for classroom activities and lessons.Today I saw the Wisconsin Idea!"

-Boyd Roessler, teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy

Pencil in 3/31 - 4/2, 2017 for the 15th annual Science Expeditions...we already have some exciting ideas brewing...

2016 Guide and Timetable/Map

Get to know the people and places of your land-grant university as you explore 20+ Destinations for Exploration on campus!


Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery: Discovery Building

DC Smith Greenhouse

Birge Hall Greenhouses

Chemistry Building (Scientific Glassblowing Tour)

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Washburn Observatory

Biomechanics Lab (in Natatorium)

The Epidemiology Lab (in Natatorium)

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Building (AOSS)

Microbial Sciences Building (Leafcutter Ant Display Colony)

Dairy Cattle Center

Rooftop greenhouse in Leopold Hall

UW Geology Museum

Allen Centennial Gardens

Russell Labs (Wisconsin Insect Research Collection)

Room 2130, Chamberlin Hall (L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum)

Sterling Hall Planetarium

Steenbock Library

Babcock Hall


Signe Skott Copper Hall (School of Nursing)

Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)

UW Health Clinical Simulation Program Facility

UW-Madison Arboretum

Picnic Point  

Talk with scientists about their on-going research and develop/refine your science literacy as you interact with 70+ Exploration stations!

Click on the compass below for a list of current Exploration Stations

(Note: Exploration Stations are subject to change)

Satisfy your inquisitive side while watching science spectaculars and touring Madison science landmarks with field experts!


The Physics of Plasma - Wonders of Physics (WoP) Show (10AM, 12PM, 2PM), Chamberlin Hall (1150 University Avenue)

SPICE Chemistry Demonstration Show (11AM & 2PM), Chemistry Building, Room 1351 (1101 University Ave)

“Chasing the Ghost Particle” Planetarium Show (10AM-2PM), Sterling Hall Planetarium (475 N. Charter St.)


The Truly Remarkable Loon (Juggling Spectacular) (2PM-3PM), Signe Skott Cooper Hall (701 Highland Ave.)

Guided Exploration of Picnic Point  (2PM-3:30PM), Lot 129 (2004 University Bay Drive)

Tour of the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program Facility (10AM-2PM), Health Sciences Learning Center (750 Highland Ave.)

Spring Transitions Arboretum Walk (1PM-2:30), Arboretum Visitor Center (1207 Seminole Highway)

The free Science Expeditions Trolley will be available for transportation between venues on Saturday, April 2nd

Click on map for trolley map/route for Saturday, April 2nd
This weekend is just the tip of the iceberg; learn about science opportunities taking place all year long - come back often!


Science Expeditions is made possible through these partners and participating centers, departments and organizations.

2016 Timetable & Map

2016 Guidebook

2016 Poster (pdf)

2016 Handout (pdf)

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