Last month, UW-Whitewater Science Outreach hosted a “Passport to Science” event for kids and families. The event was part of the statewide Wisconsin Science Festival, and we had a great turn-out. About 100 people came to Upham Hall on Saturday, October 18 for research demonstrations, tours, and hands-on activities. We had the help of 7 UW-W faculty/staff members and 18 undergraduates at the Passport to Science event. Thanks so much to everyone from UW-Whitewater and to everyone who attended the event and made it a success!
This was a fun event for us in the Science Outreach group. It was purposefully scheduled on a Saturday so that parents or grandparents (or others!) could come with their kids to experience the science together. Many of our events occur during the week, which works well for school field trips or in-class visits, but it was especially fun to see families enjoying our event together.
Elementary and middle school students came to campus and received a blank “passport” detailing all of the different activities, which included greenhouse and observatory open houses, research highlights from UW-W faculty and hands-on activities related to glaciers, water resources, rocks and minerals, tree rings, and leaves.Each activity received a stamp, and students were able to keep track of what they had seen and done along the way. Middle school students really enjoyed the research demonstrations by physics and biology faculty. The younger students especially liked the water resources and tree ring activities, but each activity was mentioned as a favorite by at least one student, which is a great sign!
This event was advertised in local papers (Daily Jefferson County Union and Janesville Gazette), with flyers distributed in local schools, and online at our Facebook site. If you missed it this year, like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with upcoming events from our program!