Your field trip will include one workshop from Option A and one workshop from Option B. Each workshop is designed to accommodate up to 25 students. Groups larger than 25 will split into two smaller groups and do each activity simultaneously and then switch activities.
Please review our offerings available during the semester of your field trip and note the title of your top choices for Option A and Option B; you will need to enter these on your field trip registration form. Unfortunately we cannot offer two workshops from the same option category during the same field trip.
Sustainability of Energy
The U.S. uses 99,578,000,000,000,000 BTU of energy each year, but less than 10% of that energy comes from renewable sources. In this lab experience, students will explore energy usage and production by conducting a mock energy audit to model home and school energy use and by optimizing a windmill energy production system.
Robotics, Automation and Plant Research
Learn about techniques used by the UW-Madison botany labs that combine robotics, supercomputers and engineering for their research on plants, crop systems and growing plants in space. Activities will focus on interdisciplinary (a mix of botany, computer science, engineering, math, etc.) applications to study plants. Small group activities that combine ideas of robotics, automation and plant research will be part of the experience.
Size and Scale: Nanotechnology and a World Too Small to See
Materials science is all about building the world from the atom up, which means working with objects that are too small to see. How do scientists work with what they can't see? We'll use hands-on models to better understand tools that allow scientists to explore, manipulate and understand the nanoscale.
Stem Cells: Directed Differentiation and Cryopreservation*
Pluripotent stem cells have the remarkable ability to become any type of cell found in the human body. Through hands-on lab activities, students will conduct an experiment to learn how scientists turn pluripotent stem cells into specialized cells and store them in low temperatures using cryopreservation.
*Note: Students must be wearing closed-toe shoes and long pants to fully participate in the activities.
Microfluidics is the study and manipulation of fluids on very small scales. Students will make hypotheses about how fluids behave at different scales and collect evidence to explain how fluids behave in small spaces. Students will explore how small microfluidic devices can be used in research and medicine.
Discovery Building Experience**
This session includes a QR-coded digital scavenger hunt to explore the Town Center. Students will complete small group activities to explore the amazing Fibonacci sequence that is found in nature and learn about the Mesozoic garden which houses plants that existed 65-250 million years ago. Students will rotate through all three activities learning about the green features of the building and the scientists who do research here.
**Note: This will be automatically added as a third activity for groups larger than 50 students (up to 75). The large group will split into three smaller groups to accommodate 25 in each of our two labs and one group doing the Discovery Building Experience. There will still be two 75-minute sessions but not all students will do the same two activities.