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Children’s Museum and UW-Fond du Lac Team Up for Wisconsin Science Festival

Posted on: Sep 25th, 2013

On the weekend of September 27 through September 29, science seekers, both young and experienced, will have the opportunity to look, listen, feel, touch and discover the wonders of science.  The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac together with local experts from UW-Fond du Lac will co-host an entire weekend to explore the marvels of science through hands-on activities featuring fossils, minerals, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, electromagnetic spectrum, matter, energy and more!

This event, an extension of the annual Wisconsin Science Festival, will start at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac on Friday the 27th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm for Science Connections at the newly opened Museum.  The festival will continue Saturday the 28th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at UW-Fond du Lac (400 University Drive) for Lab Sci Saturday.  Join in the fun at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac again on Sunday the 29th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for Shanty Science at CMFDL.  The events are FREE on Friday and Saturday at the Museum and UW, respectively, while general admission rates of $6 per person apply on Sunday at the Museum.

“This is a fantastic collaboration that demonstrates community partnerships, civic engagement, and a strong commitment to STEM learning”, UW-Fond du Lac Dean and CEO, Dr. John Short said.

“Over the years, the Children’s Museum has been fortunate to work with Professor Michael Jurmu to advance state initiatives on education pertaining the Niagara Escarpment and other science learning”, added Andrea Welsch Executive Director for the Children’s Museum.

Because of the success of the 2012 jointly sponsored event that drew over 200 science enthusiasts, Carey Woodward, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and David Demezas, Professor of Biology have also joined forces and will be opening their labs.  In addition, Scott Patterson, the museum’s new program manager who has an extensive background in museum education and science programming from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will be leading some very interesting science experiments and discussions.

“Working together, we will be able to expose visitors to an array of science learning in both laboratory and real life settings” Jurmu said.  “Most science can easily be explained using demonstrations and simple concepts and the goal of the weekend is to incorporate fun into the learning process.”

The interactive stations are great for family learning and “scientists” of all ages.  For more information, contact the Children’s Museum at or call (920) 929-0707.

The original Wisconsin Science Festival is held in Madison, WI September 26-29.  For more information visit

Scott Patterson WI Sci Fest

Scott Patterson, Program Manager
Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac