For Teachers: Field Trips & Professional Development Workshops


Wow your students, learn from leaders and share with peers.

Why come to a field trip or teacher workshop?

Check out this sneak peek on how you will connect elementary, middle and high school classes with incredible science innovations happening across Wisconsin.


2017 Field Trips

Discovery Building, UW–Madison Campus, November 2 – 3, 2017

The renowned Discovery Expo will once again feature dozens of interactive, hands-on exploration stations for K-12 students. Activities will include past favorites and exciting new experiences.

Other UW–Madison Destinations, November 2 – 3, 2017

Several other UW–Madison groups will provide unique field trip stops. Many are within walking distance of the Discovery Building.

Statewide Field Trips

Field trip options will spread across the state. Several UW campuses, museums and more have hosted field trips in the past.

View field trip descriptions.


2017 Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops, November 4, 2017

Interested in connecting with leaders in science fields? These workshops are a rare opportunity for professional development, networking and learning from experts and peers. Highlights for this year include:

  • Class sets of origami foldscope microscopes developed out of Stanford University
  • The first 20 to register for the Cosmic Watch session will get your own detector to measure particles from outer space in the classroom developed by MIT researcher Spencer Axani
  • A crowdsourced project connected to the Small World Initiative to find new antibiotics in soils across the world and certainly soils in your neighborhood
  • Connections to learning about evolution with well designed interactive modeling activities by the J.F. Crow Institute

View workshop descriptions.


Transportation Reimbursement

Limited funds will be available to reimburse transportation costs associated with bringing your group to UW–Madison for the Wisconsin Science Festival. Once registration is open, the funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Showcase Science in Your Local Community

If you can’t make it to a science festival site, you can participate in or host an event in your community. From family science nights to collecting soil as part of the Small World Initiative, we can help you bring the science festival to your location.

Contact Travis Tangen at or 608-316-4385 if you have questions.

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“I absolutely LOVED the teacher workshops! Very engaging, with presenters who were obviously interested in sharing their knowledge and resources with teachers.”

A 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival Teacher Workshop Participant

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