Register for fall 2018 Afterschool Expeditions
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 Plan 1 on 10/1/18 means you will be doing DIY Microscope for one 45-minute session and the STEAMBots 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.
330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI 53715
The program takes place Monday afternoons during the school year from 2:45 to 4:15 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:
- DIY Microscope: How do light and microscopes bring the unseen world alive? Using custom platform and origami microscopes, you'll gather information by taking images and videos as you probe the world of insects, rocks and other small critters.
- Life and Information: How do scientists use computers and math to explore information and life? Play a game and make a movie that models how cells work.
- Slingshot to Space: How do astronauts travel in space and land safely? Build a model spaceship out of given supplies that is strong and aerodynamic enough to support a landing that would keep marshmallow "astronauts" and "cargo" safe during launch and landing.
- Owl Pellet Dissection: What did that owl just eat? Dissect an owl pellet to investigate owl adaptations and habits.
- Art and Science with STEAMBots: Can we make art and do science? In this activity, you'll explore the principles of engineering and create a work of art with a robot that conveys a feeling or concept.
- Hibernate and Hideaway: It's time to get up! Experience what happens when an animal, like a ground squirrel, hibernates and how it's possible.
- 3-D Printing: What can we make with a 3-D printer? Explore how 3-D printers work and use computers to design your own 3-D models.
- Computer Game Coding: How do we make computer games? Work like a computer programmer, using a nationally recognized computer science curriculum, to see how your favorite games work and code your own!
- Visit the UW Geology Museum: Can we explore geology on campus? Groups will experience a trip to the UW Geology Museum (5-minute walk).
- Visit the UW Physics Museum: Physics is everywhere! Explore phenomena that make the world work at the Ingersoll Physics Museum (5-minute walk).
- Excavate Fossils: What are fossils and how are they formed? Discover the world of paleontology by excavating a fossil and exploring the fossils in the limestone floor of the Town Center of the Discovery Building.
- Materials Science: What are materials? Work with materials science researchers on campus and experiment with all kinds of materials.
- Snacks with Scientists: What's on my plate? Experience Slow Food UW, driven by the dedication of UW students volunteering to help promote "good, clean and fair food for all," using food as a universal experience to create dialogues and bridge culture across our campus and communities. Slow Food UW works 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.
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.
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.
If you have general questions about the program, please contact Jerrod Buckner, 608.316.4675.
THE AFTERSCHOOL EXPEDITIONS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE MONSANTO FUND.