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Science Futures

Science Futures was a science teacher professional and leadership development program developed and organized by WISCIENCE staff in 2009. The ultimate goal of Science Futures was to create well‐informed and effective teachers of science who will emerge as leaders for the science education community in Wisconsin. A cohort of up to 30 K‐12 teachers was selected each year for a one‐ week summer course held at the UW‐River Falls Pigeon Lake Field Station. Academic year credit was awarded by UW‐Oshkosh.  

Science Futures received four years of funding from a Title IIA Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality grant. Science Futures also receives support from the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers.

Kevin Niemi

Director of Outreach Programs
Contact Info

(608) 262-5480


Room 103A

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

My work at WISCIENCE spans all areas of K-12 science education outreach, with a particular focus on teacher professional development. Beyond offering professional development sessions and workshops, I am very involved in national dialogues around science education and outreach/broader impacts. I contributed to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards and am committed to ensuring educators have the support they need around implementation. In 2014, I co-authored Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide, published by the National Science Teachers Association Press.

I have provided professional development sessions, workshops, and presentations in science education in Wisconsin and across the United States, and I have consulted extensively with the Ministry of Education and numerous universities in Thailand. I have served on the professional development committees with both the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), and I am a past President and current CFO of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST). 

I received my Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota and subsequently did a postdoctoral stint in the Biochemistry Department at UW-Madison, taught in the Biology department at Grinnell College, and served as the first education coordinator for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI. I have been with UW-Madison since 1996 in my outreach and community engagement role.