Afterschool Expeditions

Provided by
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Afterschool Expeditions is a free drop-in 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 at two locations (the Discovery Building and the South Madison Partnership Center) during the fall and spring semesters. 

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:

  • Engineering: How can I design and improve something to solve a problem?
  • The Microscopic World: What are the tiny things that make up the world around us and how do they interact with one another? 
  • Earth and the Solar System: Learn about things that took place long ago and discover what is happening far away.
  • Environment: How do living things interact with each other and how do I impact the environment?
  • Campus Connections: Hear from special guest presenters and go on field trips to exciting campus locations.
  • And more!

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 at your Afterschool Expeditions location. 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.

For participants at the Discovery Building, we encourage youth to view the interactive science displays 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, dmurphy@morgridge.org or 608.316.4656.

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

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.
Registration is requested for individuals and groups. There is no cost to participate.
Afterschool Expeditions at the Discovery Building is held in the accessible first floor Town Center.

Locations: 

  • Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI 53715

Website: 

Contact

Becky Balistreri
(608) 316-4382
towncenter@warf.org
Quick Details: 
Grades/Ages Served: 
Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6)Grade 1 (ages 6 to 7)Grade 2 (ages 7 to 8)Grade 3 (ages 8 to 9)Grade 4 (ages 9 to 10)Grade 5 (ages 10 to 11)Grade 6 (ages 11 to 12)Grade 7 (ages 12 to 13)Grade 8 (ages 13 to 14)
Time of Day Offered: 
After School
Time of Year Offered: 
FallWinterSpringSchool Year
Day(s) of Week Offered: 
Monday
Program Type: 
Science / Technology / Engineering / Math
Free Program: 
Yes
Financial Assistance Available: 
Yes
Registration Required: 
Yes
ADA Accessible Location(s): 
Yes
Services for Children with Disabilities: 
No
Transportation Provided: 
No
Bilingual Services: 
No
Last updated: 
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:26am