College of Letters & Sciences

Science Outreach

Science Outreach

The Science Outreach program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater combines the talents and expertise of faculty, students, K-12 teachers, and community partners to provide high-quality science educational opportunities to area schools, the University, and the community. The tabs below offer more information about the UW-W Science Outreach Program.

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Phone: 262-472-7161

Role in serving the College of Letters and Science and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

UW-Whitewater Science Outreach helps to achieve the mission of the University by providing “outreach program as an integrated institutional activity,” providing a “variety of co-curricular activities to enhance out-of-class learning opportunities,” and by “serving as a regional science resource center through service initiatives.”  UW-Whitewater Science Outreach also helps to achieve the mission of the College of Letters and Science by “using the knowledge and expertise of faculty and students to improve society by providing STEM-related programs that meet the needs and engage the interests of the University campus and area community.

Science Outreach emails occasional newsletters with a summary of recent activities, upcoming events, and other science related updates. Click the links below to check out our recent Science Outreach newsletters. To receive these newsletters, join our contact list by emailing 

Student organizations are a great way to get involved and meet new people. UW-Whitewater has over 200 student orgs including a variety of science related groups. For more information or for a full listing of organizations, visit UWW Connect.

  • Beta Beta Beta
  • Chemistry Club
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Ecology Club
  • Game and Media Entertainment Developers
  • Geological Society of Whitewater
  • Marine Biology Society
  • PAWS
  • Pre Health Associates of Today
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Student Math Association
  • Weatherhawks
  • Whitewater Geography Association

Volunteering gives you hands-on experience and allows you to explore areas of interest. It also makes a great addition to your resume! Science Outreach has a variety of events and activities that rely on the help of our volunteers. Email for upcoming involvement opportunities. 

Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program supports inquiry-driven research, scholarship, and creative activity. The program is an advocate for expanded experiential learning that enhances engagement in undergraduate research, including faculty-mentored research and curriculum-based projects. Our program goal is to create opportunities for inclusive participation. Click here to learn more!

The UW-Whitewater Science Departments and Science Outreach partner to provide demonstrations, talks, and tours to the campus community, area schools, and the public. See below for an overview of program offerings. Have something else in mind? Contact us for consideration of additional activity topics.


Science Outreach offers Science Discover Days to highlight the UW-Whitewater Science departments. Students get to see exciting demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities with faculty and undergraduates. Students of all ages, from schools all around the area are welcome. Contact us to request a visit for your group.

Human Anatomy and Physiology, Evolutionary Biology, Cadaver Investigations

Instructors provide explorations of anatomy and physiology through the use of scientific investigations and talks. Discussions of more advanced anatomy and physiology topics include disease biology and the public understanding of science and evolutionary biology. Students also have the opportunity to view fully dissected male and female human cadavers to learn about human anatomy and internal organs.

Chemical Behaviors, Chemical Properties, Chemical Reactions

Instructors show off dramatic chemical changes with the intent to impress the audience with the “magic” of chemistry. Observe and learn about the chemistry in the world we live.

Milky Way Galaxy, Stars, Solar System, Universe

Learn about stars, the solar system, the Galaxy, and the Universe at the UW-Whitewater Observatory. Telescopes are also available for viewing opportunities.

Materials, Properties of Light, Electromagnetic Spectrum

Learn how materials interact with temperature, light, pressure, magnetic fields, and electric fields and how these materials are produced and used in everyday life. Other physics topics include properties of light and the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Wolves, Yellowstone
A variety of discussions and activities on wolves, tracking, and skull adaptations. Smaller groups can also make castings of wolf prints from Yellowstone!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Using GIS, a powerful suite of tools that are becoming more accessible and user friendly all the time. Instructors demonstrate how geographic patterns can be explored and understood. Specific discussion topics include using GIS to assess environmental change, to do basic mapping, to locate new businesses, and to understand elections and politics.

Biology, Plant Taxonomy, The Plant Kingdom, Plant Diversity, Plant Adaptations
The UW-Whitewater Greenhouse houses over 100 living plants native to a variety of habitats worldwide. These plants include familiar and economically important food plants (e.g. coffee, chocolate) and spice plants (e.g. bay leaf, lemongrass). The greenhouse also boasts many botanical curiosities such as carnivorous and aquatic plants and plants whose flowers attract flies by resembling animal flesh. Request a talk about specific plant types or tours of the Greenhouse and other gardens throughout campus.

The Whitewater Weather page was created in 2012 by Dr. John Frye and is available to everyone who is interested in the local weather. Not only does this web page show current conditions and provide up-to-date camera images of campus but it will also give the weekly forecast. This website can provide you with weather specifically tailored to Whitewater. The weather station sits just southeast of Perkins Stadium. All of the weather information collected from this station is archived for historical weather data on the Whitewater area. View UW-W Weather Page>>

The UW-Whitewater Office of Continuing Education offers some of the best camps in the Midwest, serving thousands of people. Science programs include CyberGirlz, Cyber High Camp, Game Development Camp, Grandchildren’s University and Pre-College programs. Follow the link below to see what camps are currently being offered!

UW-Whitewater Science Outreach happily teams with area libraries to provide programs to enhance and leverage library resources. Contact us for interests in scheduling a science activity or program at your library!