Your field trip will include one workshop topic (choose from below) along with an After Party with a scientist related to the topic. Each workshop is designed to accommodate classrooms participating in virtual or in-person schooling. The discussions with a scientist after the activity are best suited for no more than 50 students.
Please review our offerings available during the semester of your field trip. When applying you will need to enter your preferred topic and also preferred week/time for your After Party with a scientist. Please note that these will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The Discovery Outreach team will follow up as timely as possible to confirm status and After Party logistics.
Meet the Lab: Cancer Detectives
Did you know that scientists can investigate cancer using light and microscopes? Explore the science in Melissa Skala's lab where researchers look for patterns in healthy cells and in cells affected by cancer. Your first stop will be a set of online learning experiences produced in partnership with PBS Wisconsin Education as part of the Timothy William Trout Education Fund, a gift of Monroe and Sandra Trout. These learning opportunities show how diverse groups of people work together across disciplines to pursue answers to questions about our world. After completing the activities on your own schedule, your class will have an online conversation with scientists who study cell patterns – using light and microscopes – to learn more about them and their work.
A Day in the Life of a Scientist
Have you ever wondered what a science lab actually looks like and who works in a science lab? In this experience you'll get to take a behind-the-scenes tour of a research lab at UW–Madison – with a scientist as the tour guide! After the tour of the lab, you'll chat with scientists about what it's like to be a scientist. It's a perfect opportunity to hear more about how they knew they wanted to be a scientist, what their science career pathway was like, and what a day in the life of scientist looks like.
Renewable Energy with Everyday Materials
Did you know it's possible to make a device using common household materials that harnesses static electricity to light up an LED? In this experience, you will learn what a triboelectric nanogenerator is and then get to build one! After participating in the activity, you'll chat with scientists who study materials and how they can improve our lives. PLEASE NOTE: Teachers will receive a package of materials to mail or distribute to the students in the class.