Wisconsin Science Festival kicks off Thursday

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Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 --- 11:30 a.m.

The Wisconsin Science Festival is back for its' fourth year, and will kick off later this week with events at 30 different locations around the city.

NBC 15 got a sneak peek at some of what you can expect at the festival.

"We think anytime we can encourage children to learn or foster desire to learn, that's going to give them the opportunity to achieve great things down the road," says Doug Nelson, the Regional President of BMO Harris Bank. The company is a sponsor of the festival.

It will be a time to connect with your inner scientist and break out your beakers. This year's festival will feature a number of firsts, including "The Science of Supper Clubs."

"The average consumer has no idea how much science and technology and also care goes into making high quality and safe food products," explains Jeff Sindelar, a UW meat science associate professor.

Other stations will combine things that are hot topics, like 3-D printing and viruses.

Travis Tangen, WARF'S education outreach manager showcased some of the demonstrations that will be at the festival.

"This is one of over 100 different stations that we will have over the four days. This is a virology station."

There's something hands-on for all ages, bringing together scientists from a number of industries.

Nelson says, "A lot of economic development in Madison is actually coming from entrepreneurial-ism, and discovery, such as what's being showcased at the festival, and we think it's a nice intersection of the business community, the university, and the inventors and talented individuals being showcased here.