Milwaukee Green STEM

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Since 2016, Upham Woods has spearheaded Milwaukee Green STEM, which brings together environmentally conscious organizations to support student led inquiry projects, field experiences, and observation skills for urban youth. These  objectives empowers youth to collect data, apply them to local issues, and communicate their findings. Students use the Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) approach, which promotes the scientific process through field-based technology in local ecosystems. Mentors then support student research in classrooms. Participants share their projects at community events like Science Strikes Back, a community science fair.


But what do we do? Milwaukee Green STEM meets with students through the Research Accelerators to promote student inquiry and individual original research projects. We train teachers in the DOTS approach so that field experiences and technology use can happen after we visit the classroom. Students showcase their research at Science Strikes Back and continue on to other youth science events like the UW-SP Youth Summit and the Green Schools Conference. It would be a shame for programming to end with the school year, so Upham Woods hosts the Water Stories Summit each summer for our Milwaukee Green STEM participants to come to the Dells to canoe, test water quality, and share their knowledge. The Milwaukee Green STEM community welcomes learners of all ages and organizations that promote STEM education rooted in environmental experiences. Join us at any of our events!

If you are in the Milwaukee area and want to get involved, please contact Justin Hougham at

Map of MKE Green STEM Collaborators

List of all collaborators since 2016. Some are not shown on the map.

County Line Elementary
E. W. Luther Elementary
Edgerton Elementary
El Puente High School
Escuela Verde
First nations Milwaukee
Hawley Environmental School
Latino Earth Partnership
La Escuela Fratney
Lynden Sculpture Garden
Maryland Avenue Montessori
Menomonee Valley
Milwaukee Area Science Advocates
Milwaukee College Prep
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee German Immersion School
Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School
MKE UW- Extension – Upham Woods
NOVA Tech High School
Rawson Elementary
Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions
Ronald Reagan High School
Schiltz Audubon Nature Center
Sewerage District
Urban Ecology Center at Riverside
Urban Ecology Center – Menomonee Valley
UW- Extensioin MKE
Wisconsin Green Schools
Use the links below to see more information on the Milwaukee Green STEM.

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2019 Research Accelerator: Milwaukee Environmental STEM (E-STEM) Report

Milwaukee Green STEM 2017-2018 Report

Milwaukee Green STEM 2016-2017 Report

Science Strikes Back Newsletter Oct 2018 – Dec 2018




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