Afterschool Expeditions

The Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. Please join us for Afterschool Expeditions, a weekly program that offers opportunities for elementary and middle school students to explore, engage and discover science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Mondays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. beginning October 7, 2013.


Activities are 45 minutes long and will begin at 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Presented activities each week may include those below as well as other selections offered by UW–Madison affiliates. Please check the website for updates on offerings each week.

Adult supervision is always required. Drop-ins are welcome; registration is requested for groups of 10 or more youths.

Amazing Fibonacci Sequence
Learn about the amazing Fibonacci sequence (0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5) that is found in nature and featured in five art installations in the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Children of all ages will make a bead spiral and discover the secrets of the Fibonacci sequence. Students also will use music, light and art to explore the intersection of art and science.

Fossil Explorations
Explore the worlds of paleontology and archaeology, focusing on the formation, excavation and examination of fossils. Students will make their own fossils, “dig” for fossils and examine the fossils contained in the limestone floor of the Town Center. In addition, students will explore and discover basic concepts and examples of fossils from a variety of locations and time periods.

Journey to the Mesozoic
Explore the history, evolution and composition of plants that existed 65-250 million years ago during the time period known as the Mesozoic Era. Activities will be based out of the Mesozoic garden in the Town Center. In addition to the plants themselves, students will learn about scientific inquiry and how scientists work in real life.

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2013-2014 Schedule

Programming will begin on Monday, October 7, and will continue until Monday, May 19. Afterschool Expeditions programming will break for winter vacation—please see the dates below for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 Afterschool Expeditions schedule.

Fall Session:
October 7, 2013 – December 9, 2013

Spring Session:
February 10, 2014 – May 19, 2014

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