Summer Science Program

Learners of all ages also are invited to join us.




The Town Center of the Discovery Building is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. Please join us this summer for our free summer science program, which offers opportunities for elementary and middle school students to explore, engage and discover science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learners of all ages also are invited to join us year-round for Saturday Science at Discovery on the first Saturday of each month.

The summer science program runs from June 26 until August 21. There will not be programming on July 3.

Adult supervision is always required, with at least one adult (18 years or older) chaperone per 10 youth. Registration is requested; drop-ins are accepted.

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Summer Science Camps

In addition to the free, drop-in summer science program, several science camps take place at the Discovery Building:

Upward Bound 1 Science Summer Camp
June 16-19 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students from low-income families where neither parent has graduated from college. It provides academic tutoring, counseling and skill development for students in areas of reading, writing, mathematics and science. Programs are designed to foster the skills and motivation needed to succeed in college.

Upward Bound 2 Science Summer Camp
June 16-19 | 1 – 4 p.m.
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students from low-income families where neither parent has graduated from college. It provides academic tutoring, counseling and skill development for students in areas of reading, writing, mathematics and science. Programs are designed to foster the skills and motivation needed to succeed in college.

PEOPLE Summer Camp
June 23-26 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This precollege enrichment science camp offers a unique opportunity to investigate cutting-edge science. Participants will develop an exploration station with the assistance of Discovery Outreach staff and lead the station at a summer science session. Visit www.peopleprogram.wisc.edu for more information about the precollege program. Email vista@warf.org to inquire about the camp.

Rural Camp 1 Summer Camp
June 23-26 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rural school districts select four top science students and a teacher for a four-day camp working directly with lead researchers and educators in cutting-edge science lab activities at the Discovery Building. This camp includes meals, parking, lodging and extracurricular activities.

PEOPLE Summer Camp
June 30-July 3 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This precollege enrichment science camp offers a unique opportunity to investigate cutting-edge science. Participants will develop an exploration station with the assistance of Discovery Outreach staff and lead the station at a summer science session. Visit www.peopleprogram.wisc.edu for more information about the precollege program. Email vista@warf.org to inquire about the camp.

Madison Children’s Museum Summer Camp (Dual-site camp)
June 30-July 3 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Make a personalized bobble head and learn about 3-D rapid prototyping with this camp co-taught by Discovery Outreach and MCM staff. Visit the Madison Children's Museum website to register.

Boys & Girls Club 1 Science Summer Camp
July 7-11 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Science day camps provide science enrichment for existing camps and youth groups in DANE County and beyond. Full-day and half-day experiences are available from July 7 to August 15. Email vista@warf.org to inquire.

Boys & Girls Club 2 Science Summer Camp
July 7-11 | Noon – 3 p.m.
Science day camps provide science enrichment for existing camps and youth groups in DANE County and beyond. Full-day and half-day experiences are available from July 7 to August 15. Email vista@warf.org to inquire.

Grandparents University 1 Stem Cell Major
July 10-11 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Every summer, the Wisconsin Alumni Association® hosts Grandparents University® (GPU), an award-winning, two-day program that brings children ages 7 to 14 and their grandparents together to learn from each other and to experience UW–Madison’s dynamic campus atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a “major” and participate in hands-on activities led by top UW faculty and staff. Visit www.uwalumni.com/grandparents for more information and to register.

Rural Camp 2 Summer Camp
July 14-17 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rural school districts select four top science students and a teacher for a four-day camp working directly with lead researchers and educators in cutting-edge science lab activities at the Discovery Building. This camp includes meals, parking, lodging and extracurricular activities.

Grandparents University 2 Rapid Prototyping Major
July 24-25 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Every summer, the Wisconsin Alumni Association® hosts Grandparents University® (GPU), an award-winning, two-day program that brings children ages 7 to 14 and their grandparents together to learn from each other and to experience UW–Madison’s dynamic campus atmosphere. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a “major” and participate in hands-on activities led by top UW faculty and staff. Visit www.uwalumni.com/grandparents for more information and to register.