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Needed: Science exploration tables for MLK Day of Service event

You’re invited to participate in our 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Science to Service on January 20, 2014 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. This annual event welcomes the community to campus, promotes the understanding and appreciation of science and encourages community engagement. It’s a great opportunity to convey the wonders of science and advance the Wisconsin Idea. This year we are focusing on the importance of science in every community. Oftentimes science appears to be something that can only be done “at the UW” or in a classroom, so your challenge is to make science accessible and meaningful to everyday life.

The event will take place in the WID Town Center with exploration stations from 9 am–2 pm and community service projects from 2 pm–4pm. If you’d like to help out, there’s plenty of space.

It’s a great opportunity to convey the wonders of science and advance the Wisconsin Idea. This year we are focusing on the importance of science in every community, so your challenge is to make science accessible and meaningful to everyday life.

Exploration Stations. Similar to other science events on campus, MLK Day of Service features Exploration Stations. These are interactive exhibits (mostly table-top) that provide hands-on activities for kids and families that invite visitors to experience science as exploring the unknown, develop their science knowledge, and learn about the fascinating research happening every day at the University of Wisconsin. These exploration stations should also tie into community service. It is also important that the stations are appropriate for middle school and high school students because they will be the main audience for the day. The stations are hosted by many members of the campus scientific community, including students, faculty, and staff.

Education Wedge or Workshop (45 minute session). Similar to previous years at Science to Service Day, we will be hosting wedges as an additional form of engagement. We are looking to have the Wedges in conference rooms to mitigate distractions for the students as they participate in the Wedge. We would like to see the Wedges discuss social injustices with a medical or scientific tie-in. This will further enhance the true meaning of the Science to Service Day in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you have a great discussion piece, but aren’t sure how to tie it into to science please let us know and we can work with you on making that bridge.

Wet Lab (45 minute session). This activity will take place in 1 of the three teaching lab spaces at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. These are opportunities to do a lab activity with one group of students for 40-45 minutes while including discussion on how the lab experience relates to their lives and the community. Based on the description and needs we will assign the lab spaces.

Sign up here: http://go.wisc.edu/ue5646

For more information, please contact Tom Browne, CALS Academic Affairs, at tbrowne@cals.wisc.edu.

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