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‘Curiosity unleashed’: Wisconsin Science Festival continues for 10th year, offering more than 100 virtual events

 Young attendees magnify the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival.

 Young attendees magnify the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival.

Image By: Bryce Richter

The Wisconsin Science Festival will be run virtually this year, offering over 100 events to attendees. 

Events include a variety of science-based activities including experiments, Q&A sessions, demonstrations, information on COVID-19 research efforts in Wisconsin and more. 

The Wisconsin Science Festival is a state-wide program for people of “all ages and interests,” meant to “inspire and engage us in the enterprise of science and discovery; to cultivate curiosity and communicate the power of knowledge and creativity to change our world view; to promote innovation and to cultivate the next generation of global citizens,” according to the Festival and its statewide partners. 

The program is completely virtual due to the current COVID-19 situation, but will remain “widely accessible regardless of the circumstances,” according to the COVID-19 updates page.

The Festival is designed to engage students with science at a young age and spark their interests by exposing them to a variety of topics and experiments.

“Making science accessible and understandable is critically important, especially now, given the challenges we are facing,” the UW-Madison Dean of the College of Letters and Arts Eric Wilcots said in a UW News release. 

Last year, more than 33,000 were in attendance, over 300 events were provided by various Wisconsin organizations and more than 2,600 students participated in the festival, according to the 2019 Annual Report.

The Wisconsin Science Festival is set for Oct. 15 to 18. Event dates and times can be found on the Wisconsin Science Festival’s event page.   

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