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Afterschool Expeditions is a free program for students in grades K-8 to explore, engage and discover science from UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities. This program takes place during the fall and spring semesters. 

TO REGISTER:  You pick your adventure! The registration page will have different activity options for each date. You may select only ONE rotation plan per date. This lets us know which two activities you will be participating in when you come. 

For example, registering for 10/2/17 - PLAN 1 - Fossil Exploration/Gravity Visualized and the Zipline means you will be doing a fossils activity for one 45-minute session and the gravity activity for the other 45-minute session that day. If you are registering a large group and think your group may want to divide into different activity plans, please complete separate registration forms to claim the spots in each plan. Preregistration is required as spots are limited each week.

Adult supervision is always required, with at least one adult (18 years or older) chaperone per 10 youth.

Afterschool Expeditions

330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI 53715
The program takes place Monday afternoons during the school year from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and includes two 45-minute guided activities.

Selections vary from week to week. Each activity is led by a trained staff member or volunteer and includes interactive, hands-on activities.  

Our activities cover a broad spectrum of scientific topics. In one 45-minute activity, students may learn about: 

  • Sounds of Music: How does sound behave? Make your own musical instruments and explore how hearing works by designing a model of medical devices.
  • BME Lung/Hearing/Blood: Create an arts and craft project focused on lungs. Learn why it is important to keep your lungs strong and healthy and how it affects everyday life.
  • School of Rocks: Learn about the evolution of rocks while using your artistic skills to create a game to take home and play with your family.
  • Geology Museum: What geology can we explore on campus? Groups will experience a trip to the UW Geology Museum (5-minute walk).
  • Owl Pellets: Explore a hands-on activity focused on the biology of owls.
  • Hibernation: We all know squirrels hibernate in the winter. With this hands-on workshop, experience a live action view and also learn how a squirrel’s biology allows hibernation.
  • Wild Water: Discover how water changes reactions when different elements are added.
  • Light Up the Dark Side of the Moon: Bring the moon to your table top and engineer the most efficient way to help a rover travel from the light to the dark side of the moon.
  • Diagnosis Math: Learn biology through dissecting while also using math.
  • Foldscope: Work with a handheld microscope and discover a wide variety of biology.
  • Astroturf Ball Roll: Become an engineer and create your own way to use force to move objects. This is a challenging hands-on event that will test your brain and make you want more time to keep building!
  • Write with Light: Make ink and art come to life with your own hands.
  • Slow Food: Slow Food UW is driven by UW student volunteers’ dedication to promoting "good, clean and fair food for all" and depends on campus and Madison communities to create dialogues and bridge cultural differences by using food as a universal experience. We work hard to make local, community-conscious foods accessible and delicious!

When You Arrive

Activities will start promptly. Please consider arriving a few minutes early so you are prepared to begin on time.

Upon arrival, please check in with a staff member. Once you are checked in, you will be directed to your first 45-minute activity. Once that activity has been completed, participants will switch to a second activity. Staff will lead participants to their activity location during the switch. Participants are requested to stay at their activity for the full 45 minutes. 

Participant Expectations

Participants are encouraged to listen and follow directions of Afterschool Expeditions staff, volunteers and/or group chaperones.

Chaperones and parents are expected to stay with their youth at all times. Additionally, chaperones and adults are encouraged to assist in activities, ask questions and assist with keeping youth engaged.

We encourage youth to view the interactive science displays at the Discovery Building and have fun, but please keep in mind that the Discovery Building is a research facility and professional workplace. 

Transportation Reimbursement

Limited funds are available to reimburse all or part of the cost of transportation for qualifying groups to bring school-aged children to Afterschool Expeditions. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis for programs that support students eligible for free/reduced lunch. Groups can indicate their interest when they register for Afterschool Expeditions.

Parking at the Discovery Building

Low-cost parking is available across University Avenue in lot 20. Low-cost parking also is available behind Engineering Hall in lot 17.

Questions?

If you have general questions about the program, please contact Dan Murphy, 608.316.4656.

THE AFTERSCHOOL EXPEDITIONS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE MONSANTO FUND.

Monday
2:30 pm
February 26
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
March 5
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
March 12
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
March 19
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
March 26
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
April 2
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
April 9
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

Monday
2:30 pm
April 16
Town Center

Afterschool Expeditions

This event is free and intended for elementary and middle school students. Adult supervision is required; registration is requested for both individuals and groups.


Students are invited to explore, engage and discover science from UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities.

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