News and Features
October 24-26, 2011
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students Discover Stem Cells with the MOE Team
The MOE team hosted 150 students and teachers from Cushing Elementary School in Delafield, WI at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery over three days to learn about stem cells. After a scientific presentation by Dr. Rupa Shevde, students were able to participate in a skit entitled “How to Make a Stem Cell Happy”. They also had the opportunity to observe stem cells under the microscope and learn a few scientific techniques. At the end of the session, the students used their newly gained knowledge to play review games on the SMART Board. Students were happy to take home educational materials and stickers related to stem cell science.
Pictured to the right, MOE team member, Travis Cordie, helps the little scientists don personal protective equipment in the skit “How to Make a Stem Cell Happy.”
August 2, 2011
The MOE Team Collaborates with the PEOPLE Program to Bring Science Careers in Focus for Students
Morgridge Outreach Experiences continues their relationship with the University of Wisconsin PEOPLE Program as twelve students from area high schools joined the MOE team on August 1-2. On the first day, students had the opportunity to meet with Wisconsin Institute for Discovery researchers Patricia Flatley Brennan (Director, Living Environments Laboratory) and Miron Livny (Director, Core Computational Technology) to learn about their scientific areas. Kevin Eliceiri (Director, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, College of Engineering) introduced students to the fascinating world of fluorescent microscopy and 3-D printing technology. Nathan Patterson and Michael Beall (Education Research) offered the students an opportunity to engage in the team's first digital learning game, “Virulent.” The students also participated in a presentation and discussion about the importance of a college degree and its relationship to success in life. Maureen Miner from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation made a compelling case for the importance of college education through her presentation complete with case studies and statistics. On the second day, students were able to get a taste of life in a stem cell laboratory as they learned how to passage and maintain stem cells in a sterile environment. The laboratory activities and other sessions were designed to encourage students to attend college and expose them to a variety of science careers.
Pictured to the right, students from the Careers Camp learn about microscopy from Kevin Eliceiri.
July 27, 2011
The MOE Team Hosts Students from China
Eighteen students participating in the Global Wisconsin Idea Program joined the MOE team to learn more about the science of stem cells during a hands-on workshop hosted at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The stem cell workshop included an overview of research in the field and provided an opportunity for the students to work with stem cells using laboratory techniques used in stem cell culture. The Global Wisconsin Idea Program is a cross-campus collaborative effort developed by the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, part of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and UW–Madison’s Division of International Studies. The students were joined by Xu Xiaozhou, dean of the School of Education, Zhejiang University, China.
Pictured to the right, students from China learn how to remove differentiated cells from human pluripotent stem cell cultures with MOE team member Robin Schroll.
For more information, please see the details by Jennifer Sereno here: http://discovery.wisc.edu/story.cmsx?sid=19598
July 22, 2011
Grandparents and Grandchildren Learn about Stem Cells at This Year's Grandparents University
Grandparents and grandchildren brought a burst of energy to the UW–Madison campus in July, as a record number of students young and old packed university classrooms and labs ready to learn at the 11th annual Grandparents University®. The MOE team hosted a two-day session in which live stem cells were introduced into the teaching labs at the Discovery building. Students were immersed in a laboratory experience as they learned how to pipet, passage, differentiate and count cells, as well as learn about culture medium and the cryopreservation process. After a final exam trivia game, participants left feeling like they were real scientists!
July 14, 2011
Rural Wisconsin Students Flourish at MOE’s Summer Science Camp
This year 20 students and five teachers from seven rural Wisconsin high schools met on the UW–Madison campus to learn about and experience the field of stem cells. 2011 marked the fifth year of Summer Science Camp. The camp is aimed at empowering students to pursue academic achievement and consider careers in science through hands-on activities.
Students and teachers participating in this year’s summer science camp were from: Crandon High School, Edgar High School, Mukwonago High School, Rhinelander High School, Ripon High School, Wabeno High School, and Winneconne High School. The four-day program, developed in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides an enrichment experience in an advanced scientific discipline while establishing long-term relationships with high school science teachers.
In addition to science, students also got a taste of campus life. After listening to lectures and participating in labs led by top UW–Madison stem cell researchers, students participated in UW–themed evening activities, complete with a Babcock Hall Ice Cream Social, visit from Bucky Badger and behind-the-scenes tour of the Kohl Center.
June 27, 2011
Morgridge Outreach Experiences Partners with the University of Wisconsin PEOPLE Program
Morgridge Outreach Experiences continues their relationship with the University of Wisconsin PEOPLE Program as students from the Girls in STEM program joined the MOE team on June 27. 11 middle school students and four teachers spent their morning learning about the maintenance of human pluripotent stem cells through a lecture and hands-on lab activities. The students removed differentiated cells from stem cell cultures as well as passaged cells in the lab.
Pictured to the right, Travis Cordie, Morgridge Outreach Experiences team member, helps a student from the Girls in STEM program passage human pluripotent stem cells.
Click here to see our previous partnership with the University of Wisconsin PEOPLE Program: Generation Acceleration.
June 7, 2011
Stem Cells 101 at UW-Extension’s College Days
Morgridge Outreach Experiences hosted 20 life-long learners at the 2011 College Days program hosted by UW–Extension. College Days is an annual event held on the UW–Madison campus that brings participants from across the state for three days of lectures, tours and activities. The students engaged in a lecture about human pluripotent stem cells with Dr. Shevde before observing key laboratory techniques in the teaching lab.
Pictured on right, College Days participants stand with Morgridge Outreach Experiences team member Travis Cordie in the teaching lab.
May 19, 2011
Stem Cells 101 at the 2011 National Science Olympiad Tournament
The 2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament was hosted on May 19-21, 2011, by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. An after-school team activity, Science Olympiad is one of the nation's most prestigious and rigorous competitions of science, technology, engineering and math. The national tournament in Wisconsin drew 3,000 students on 120 winning middle- and high-school teams from 47 U.S. states. The Morgridge Outreach Experiences team held two sessions for 28 students from 11 states. In a lecture, students learned about the characteristics of human pluripotent stem cells, their role in science and their contributions to human health. They also had the opportunity to work closely with scientists, learning how to carry out two routine laboratory activities involving the passaging and maintenance of stem cells.
Pictured on the top right, a student from North Dakota learns to remove differentiated cells from human pluripotent cell cultures.
Pictured on the bottom right, Robin Schroll, Morgridge Outreach Experiences team member, explains how stem cell cultures are maintained to students from North Dakota and Massachusetts.
April 27, 2011
Morgridge Outreach Experiences travels to Arcadia, Wisconsin
Members of the Morgridge Outreach Experiences team traveled to Arcadia, Wis., on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, to visit 85 high school students. Through a lecture and hands-on lab activities, students learned about maintaining and nourishing colonies of stem cells. Students were able to learn three lab techniques and use what they learned to answer trivia questions.
To learn more about the programs available to schools, please visit our website at:
November 15, 2010
Morgridge Outreach Experiences Team Thanks WID-MIR Building Planners and Construction Workers
The Morgridge Outreach Experiences Team had the opportunity to meet and show their appreciation to the many people involved with the construction of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building, during a special preview event on Sunday, November 14.
Construction workers and others involved in the institutes’ planning and building process were invited, along with their families, to get a first-hand look at the science and other activities planned for the facility. The MOE team hosted hundreds of guests who toured the teaching lab and participated in a variety of hands-on science activities related to virology and regenerative biology.
The event was the first in a series of grand opening events for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. To learn more about the Grand Opening Celebration, which is happening December 2-11, please click here.
Pictured at the top right, a future scientist learns the basics of pipetting at the November 14 preview event.
Pictured at the bottom right, a young scientist builds a virus at the November 14 preview event.
November 5, 2010
Stem Cell Lessons at the National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference
Over 50 educators had access to a “one-stop shop” for stem cell related information and teaching resources during a Morgridge Outreach Experiences workshop at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Annual Conference on Thursday, November 4. After an introductory presentation by Dr. Rupa Shevde, Morgridge Institute for Research Senior Scientist and Education Outreach Director, participants had the opportunity to explore various breakout stations. Activities included the viewing of stem cells under a microscope, a cell counting activity, and a SMART Board demonstration. Participants also received a variety of instructional materials related to stem cells.
On Friday, November 5, an audience of over 300 got a lesson in Stem Cells 101 from Dr. Shevde who presented at the morning’s general session. Her lecture focused on the current research advances in the field of stem cell science and covered the scientific techniques used for derivation of both embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Attendees also learned about current research applications as well as the therapeutic potential of pluripotent stem cells.
October 11, 2010
Morgridge Outreach Experiences Announcing Medical Devices Competition Winners
The Morgridge Outreach Experiences team along with T. Rock Mackie, Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research’s Medical Devices Challenge Area, recently announced the winners of the inaugural “What Are Medical Devices” Education Contest. Laura Zeitler and Kim Kamer won the competition with the development of a hands-on teaching tool that models the process of DNA sequencing. As winners of the competition, Laura and Kim won a $500 cash prize.
Zeitler and Kamer are senior biomedical engineering students at UW-Madison. Both discovered the contest through the Biomedical Engineering Society, a campus student organization. After graduation, Zeitler is going on to pursue a career in the biotechnology industry and Kamer will be attending graduate school. We wish them the best in their future educational and professional endeavors!
The second annual “What Are Medical Devices” Education Contest will be held in spring 2011. Watch for more information and contest details on the Morgridge Outreach Experiences website.
October 3, 2010
MOE Participates in Public Education Day as part of 2010 World Stem Cell Summit
Members of the Morgridge Outreach Experiences team traveled to Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, October 4, 2010, to participate in the World Stem Cell Summit’s Public Education Day. The event, which was hosted at the Detroit Science Center, was a chance for families and community members to learn more about stem cell science and regenerative medicine.
About 200 attendees took part in the MOE Stem Cell Workshop sessions, which included lab stations, microscope viewings, art activities, SMART Board games, and teaching resources. The University of Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and Science Education Partnership Awards division of the National Center for Research Resource s also collaborated with the Morgridge Institute for Research to host the Stem Cell Workshop sessions.
In the News: World Stem Cell Summit Public Education Day
World Stem Cell Summit Public Education Day Website
Stem Cell Summit Opens with Public Education Day
The Detroit News: October 3, 2010
Stem Cell Summit Starts at Detroit Science Center
The Associated Press: October 3, 2010
Granholm Announces Stem Cell Public Education Day
Michigan.gov: May 4, 2010
August 16, 2010
Rural Students Tackle on Cutting-Edge Science
Students and teachers from five rural Wisconsin high schools recently came together to gain knowledge and experience in the field of stem cells. Summer Science Camp, which is in its fourth year, aims at empowering students’ through hands-on activities to pursue academic achievement and consider careers in science.
Students and teachers participating in this year’s summer science camp are from: Kewaunee High School; Ladysmith High School; Blackhawk High School; Oshkosh North High School; and Mayville High School. The four-day program, developed in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, aims to provide an enrichment experience in an advanced scientific discipline while establishing long-term relationships with high school science teachers.
In addition to science, students also got a taste of campus life. After listening to lectures and participating in labs led by top UW-Madison stem cell researchers, students participated in UW-themed evening activities, complete with a Babcock Hall Ice Cream Social, visit from Bucky Badger, and ‘behinds the scenes’ tour of the Kohl Center.
To learn more about this year’s Summer Science Camp, click here.
Summer Science Camp was recently featured in the Oshkosh Northwestern. The article can be found here.
August 12, 2010
Reaching the Next Generation of Scientists
The Morgridge Institute for Research hosted the first-ever Generation Acceleration: Future Scientists’ Stem Cell Camp, July 12-15, 2010. Over the course of a week, students and teachers from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA, and the University of Wisconsin PEOPLE Program learned about the science of stem cells from top UW-Madison researchers. Through lectures and hands-on lab activities, participants learned about maintaining and nourishing colonies of stem cells; practicing techniques for cryopreservation; and introducing genetic factors that direct the cells to grow into heart, nerve and other specialized cells.
Outside the lab, students also had the chance to explore other science topics at UW-Madison, including evening activities hosted by the UW-Madison Food Science Department and the Wonders of Physics Program. During their closing ceremony, campers had the chance to hear from Cecil Martin, a former team captain of the University of Wisconsin Football team and NFL player. Martin now shares his life experiences (both on and off the field) as a motivational speaker for youth audiences. He encouraged Generation Acceleration participants to continue to excel in both academics and leadership, areas that will help them accomplish any goal they set.
Through interacting with scientists, students, and leaders from the campus and community, the Generation Acceleration Camp gave participants a chance to see science in action. Jordan Jones-Wright, a participant from the Ron Clark Academy, summed up camp quite simply: “I learned so much about stem cells. This camp has made me look at the world in a new and positive way.”
In the News: Generation Acceleration: Future Scientists’ Stem Cell Camp
Atlanta Middle-School Students Join Wisconsin Peers at Science Camp
University of Wisconsin-Madison: July 14, 2010
At This Camp, Science Rules
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: July 17, 2010
Stem Cell Camp Whets Appetite of Future Scientists
Capital Times: July 23, 2010
Q&A with Jacqueline DeWalt (PEOPLE Program Executive Director)
Madison Times: August 5, 2010
Lucas: Martin clears path off the field
Madison.com - Jul 18, 2010
July 12, 2010
School’s out, so students head to the lab
For students who are serious about science, there’s no cooler spot in summer than the lab.
That’s the thinking behind Generation Acceleration, a stem cell science camp that brought together middle school students from the innovative Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Ga., and the University of Wisconsin─Madison PEOPLE program.
Both programs worked to increase academic achievement and long-term career potential among students of color and from families with low incomes. During the week of July 12, the 24 rising and seventh and eighth graders honed their scientific skills as they worked side by side with world-class researchers to gain an understanding of how human pluripotent cells can be directed to form any of the more than 200 cell types in the human body.
The camp was be held on the UW─Madison campus and at the University Research Park. For more, visit
April 6, 2010
Learn about Stem Cells at Science Expeditions 2010
Morgridge Outreach Experiences will be participating in the 2010 Science Expeditions program Saturday, April 10, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. This event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., allows campus departments and laboratories to share their science with the public. In addition to exploration stations throughout several buildings, science shows, food and other events will be taking place around campus.
The Morgridge Outreach Experiences booth will be in the Genetics Biotechnology Building on 425 Henry Mall (click here for a map). We will have several stations set up, including a SMART Board™ trivia game, a pipetting activity, viewing of stem cells under the microscope, informational posters and a prize drawing. Stop by and see us!
Visit the Science Expeditions 2010 home page for more information on events and programs happening throughout the day.
March 29, 2010
Summer Science Camp Featured on Wisconsin Public TelevisionSummer Science Camp, a unique scientific adventure for rural Wisconsin high school students and teachers, was recently featured in two episodes of Wisconsin Public Television’s (WHA-TV) weekly show “In Wisconsin.” The segments include interviews and footage from students, staff and faculty who took part in the camp last July, as well as a feature story on Cody Gensen, one of the highly motivated future scientists who attended the camp in 2009.
Miss the original airings? Both episodes can be viewed on the "In Wisconsin" website: