One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

Whether it’s hosting the longest-running hands-on science museum or introducing new programs like the Wonders of Quantum Physics, our department has a long and proud tradition of fulfilling the Wisconsin Idea through physics outreach. The initiatives below are just a few of the ways in which members of the department engage with the public.

Upcoming Outreach Events

Sat, Apr 9, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sat, Apr 9, 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Sat, Apr 9, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Sun, Apr 10, 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Sun, Apr 10, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Contact a member of the Outreach Team

Mallory Conlon

Quantum Science Outreach Program Coordinator


Haddie McLean

Wonders of Physics Coordinator


Sarah Perdue

Director of Communications