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Office of Science Outreach

The Science Behind the Stories

What do “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”,  “Blueberries for Sal” , and “Caps for Sale” have in common?  Of course they are all favorite children’s books, abut they also form the basis for some great science questions.  Just how much COULD a caterpillar eat?  DO bears eat Blueberries?  How many caps COULD a person actually carry on their head?

Using beloved stories as a starting point, we will ask questions and conduct experiments to find the answers.


The Workshop will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages. 1000 Edgewood College drive, Madison, WI

Time and dates

June 11-15, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

Entering Grades 1 - 3 in the fall of 2018

Camp Leader

Dr. Jessica Heckman

Leader Bio

The camp leader is Jessica Heckman, a professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Edgewood College. Dr. Heckman is a molecular biologist who loves exploring the world around us and can often be found reading a book.


$200 This includes registration, all materials and a simple snack.