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Be Part of the 10th Festival!

In the midst of our current uncertainty, we have been inspired by the public’s heightened dialog on the role of science in society, the value of curiosity and the importance of diversity among those who participate. It is in that spirit of inspiration that we are committed to celebrating the Wisconsin Science Festival with everyone again this year!

Join hundreds of organizers around Wisconsin that connect people with science, technology, engineering, art and math. Last year, more than 30,000 people participated in events throughout 90+ cities in Wisconsin. To learn more, contact Sam Mulrooney at 608-316-4390 or (And don’t forget to check out last year’s annual report!)

We are preparing for a physical-distanced #WiSciFest

Many of you have found ways to create engaging programming that happens in other ways (online, on paper, on television), and our goal this year is to raise the profile of these programs so the public has a diverse set of offerings to choose from at #WiSciFest.

If you are hosting or promoting an activity that involves 10 or fewer in-person participants, you are encouraged to sign up! We are especially encouraging outdoor and online events.

Examples include:

  • Live online panels or community discussions
  • Drive-in movies
  • Prerecorded activities for participants to do at home
  • Virtual stargazing events
  • Self-guided nature walks
  • The limit is your creativity!

Special opportunities for 2020

Badger Talks

Bring a UW-Madison expert speaker to your audience! We once again will be partnering with UW-Madison’s Badger Talks to bring the university to you. Whether you want to hear about the history of the Ice Age Trail, discuss changes in the dairy industry or get updated on the latest groundbreaking health care research being done on campus, we can find a speaker for you!

What’s alive in Wisconsin?

Have you ever wondered how many species exist in our environment? From the shores of Lake Michigan to the forests of the Northwoods or the soil in your backyard, Wisconsin is teeming with life – and we’re launching a statewide BioBlitz project to learn more! We’ll provide an online portal for individuals or organizations to participate, including incentives and a series of related online events.

Science behind the scenes

Do you have a space that the public doesn’t usually get to see? Take us on a virtual prerecorded or live behind-the-scenes tour and give your neighbors a glimpse at how zookeepers care for their animals, how cheese is made, how materials in Wisconsin are manufactured and so much more!

Did ya know?

Calling all science enthusiasts, including youth, science classrooms and adults! Prerecord a science phenomenon, demonstration or cool science fact and we’ll help share it with Wisconsin.

Try this at home

Using simple materials that most people have available, lead families through the steps of how to do hands-on science from the safety of their homes through a prerecorded video.

Ask me anything

Tap into the curiosity of your Wisconsin neighbors and give them a chance to ask you about science! After a brief intro of yourself and your work, we’ll open it up to live Q&A from the audience.

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