Members of the UW campus are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 19 at the Discovery Building by hosting an exploration station or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) career workshop. There will be two sessions of exploration stations and workshops from 10am – noon.
MLK Day of Service at the Discovery Building is an annual event for Dane County middle and high school students to learn about science and participate in an afternoon service project as part of part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. This year, we will be exploring different STEAM careers and how they are relevant to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mission of service.
This is a great opportunity to convey the wonders of science and advance the Wisconsin Idea! Oftentimes STEAM appears to be something that can only be done “at the UW” or in a classroom, so your challenge is to make STEAM accessible and meaningful to everyday life!
What is an Exploration Station? Similar to other events on campus, MLK Day of Service features Exploration Stations. These are interactive exhibits (mostly table-top) that invite visitors to experience science as exploring the unknown, develop their science knowledge, and learn about the fascinating research happening every day on campus. We also encourage exploration stations related to technology, engineering, art, and math!
It is also important that activities are appropriate for middle school and high school students because they will be the main audience for the day. Stations can be hosted by many members of the campus scientific community, including students, faculty, and staff.
What is a STEAM Career Workshop? STEAM Career Workshops will take place in conference rooms or labs with groups of 15-30 students. Workshops will start with a 5 minute introduction of the presenter and/or their career. Then, students will participate in a 45 minute activity relating to that career. If you would like to participate, but don’t have a 45 minute activity please let us know and we can work with you to either develop a longer activity or shorten the workshop! We have lots of flexibility!
It is also important that activities are appropriate for middle school and high school students because they will be the main audience for the day. Workshops can be hosted by many members of the campus community, including students, faculty, and staff.