Nearly 200 children and their families attended the Wisconsin Science Festival, “MCHS Science for Families," an interactive event hosted by Marshfield Clinic Research Institute Oct. 19 in the Erdman Lobby of the Melvin Laird Center at Marshfield Medical Center.​

The event introduced children to the science taking place in their community. Research Institute scientists and staff demonstrated scientific principles with fun hands-on activities such as dry ice farts, elephant toothpaste, archaeology dig and rainbow in a jar. This was the second year the Health System hosted the event.

“It was great to see all of smiles on the kids' faces and see their eyes light up every time they were amazed by science. This event was once again incredibly fun to host," said Steve Kaiser, one of the organizers of the event and lab operations manager for the Integrated Research and Development Laboratory at the Research Institute. “We doubled the number of youth at this event from last year."

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This was one of a few central Wisconsin events hosted in coordination with events happening across Wisconsin for people of all ages. These events included hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances and much more.

For more information on this statewide celebration of science, visit

Planning for next year is already underway with the date set for October 17, 2020. ​