About Us

Science is in trouble. Climate-change deniers hold office, vital medical research is being de-funded, and space exploration is taking a backseat to drilling for fossil fuels. But we can do something about it, starting at home. Escuela Verde and Upham Woods invite you to create a one-of-a-kind science project to share with the community, a project that addresses a challenge we're all facing. SCIENCE STRIKES BACK is our way of making science great again with a fun event for lovers of fact-based learning of all ages.

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Escuela Verde

​Escuela Verde follows the EdVisions project-based learning model of education. Students work in mixed-age advisories lead by an advisor who helps them develop project ideas, track their credits, and evaluate their work. Students are encouraged to collaborate with fellow students, adults from the community, and organizations around Milwaukee and the world in order to develop rigorous, relevant projects with an emphasis on sustainability and social justice. Students present their work two times per year to an audience of peers and the community. We believe this is the future of education and hope you will join our community of learners at the community science fair.

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Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

Operating since 1941, Upham Woods is a model residential outdoor learning center, managed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Early on, programs with Ranger Mac and Marvin Hanson introduced 4-H and school groups to the unique geology and forest communities of the area. Nature study was a main component of the program. Today, the emphasis continues with even greater focus, as environmental issues have grown on a local and global scale. We provide educational opportunities to youth, youth leaders, and adults through programs focused on environmental and leadership education. 


Cedar Block


Cedar Block began in 2005 with a science fair for grown-ups in a Milwaukee art gallery. As a result of that event, the Milwaukee Art Museum enlisted director Brent Gohde to recruit visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to tell stories about featured exhibitions with one-night-only events in the Museum space. CB created six events for MAM, organized two more science fairs, curated two opening nights for the Milwaukee Film Festival, and developed two stage shows in collaboration for Alverno Presents (we tried to find the Higgs boson at Turner Hall, but results weren't corroborated by top scientists). 

Our Sponsors

Thank you to the people and organizations who make Science Strikes Back possible by sponsoring the event and teams to participate. 

If you feel inspired by their generosity visit https://www.sciencestrikesback.com/sponsorship to become a sponsor yourself. 


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Community Partners

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