Students at the Carbon Playground
Discovery Center Museum's Carbon Playground,
a collaboration with ICE

Since 1904, UW-Madison has been guided by the Wisconsin Idea, a tradition first started by Charles Van Hise, who was then the president of the University of Wisconsin. Van Hise declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family in the state.” Today that belief drives the university’s work, fostering close working relationships within the state, throughout the country, and around the world.

The following initiatives are just a few of the ways in which members of the department engage with the public: