Call for Applications: Meet the Lab Spring 2021 Cohort

Meet the Lab is a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Morgridge Institute for Research, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and Wisconsin Insitute for Discovery.

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms that introduces learners to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science. The collection supports national and state standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in the context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

We’re gearing up to add four more labs to the collection; labs who are doing research about regenerative biology, virology, psychology and visual perception, and real world applications for emergent technologies such as virtual reality, and we are now recruiting a cohort of educators to help us develop and test activities and be part of project videos.

Educators who participate in the cohort are eligible for a stipend of $300, and we are accepting applications through FEBRUARY 23, 2021.


As a member of the cohort you will get to …

  • Be in dialog with researchers from labs currently doing world-changing research at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Morgridge Institute for Research here in Wisconsin.
  • Collaborate with PBS Wisconsin media makers to create and test classroom resources that are relevant, standards-based, interactive, and fun!
  • Be featured in Meet the Lab videos! Cohort educators and their students will participate in Zoom filming sessions with the PBS team to ask questions about the research labs are doing. We’ll get the answers from researchers and then give cohort members a sneak peek of the assembled Q&A videos before they are published online.
  • Make new friends and connections to middle school science teachers across Wisconsin.
  • Be recognized by PBS Wisconsin Education as a media maker, and receive a certificate of participation to add to your portfolio.


As a member of the cohort you’ll be asked to …

  • Join us 2-3 times/month for 3 months in Zoom sessions on Tuesday evenings to geek out on science and STEAM resource ideas (see schedule below).
  • Brainstorm and test out ideas for activities and content for educator guides that will accompany the new labs on the project website.
  • Coordinate filming of student questions (via Zoom) for one or more of the project videos.
  • Share your excitement for amazing research with our cohort, and your students and colleagues!


MARCH 9 (6:30 – 7:30pm): Meet the Cohort + Meet the Project (Zoom session)

MARCH 23 (6:30 – 7:30 pm): Meet These Labs – Part 1 (Zoom session)

MARCH 25 (6:30 – 7:30 pm): Meet These Labs – Part 2 (Zoom session)

APRIL 6 (6:30 – 8:00pm): Activities Workshop – Part 1 (Zoom session)

APRIL 7-19: Q&A Video Filming

APRIL 20 (6:30 – 8:00pm): Activities Workshop – Part 2 (Zoom session)

MAY 4 (6:30 – 8:00pm): The Making of Engaging Educator Engagement Guides (Zoom session)

MAY 18 6:30 – 7:30pm): Share-out + Cohort Celebration! (Zoom session)

*These dates and times may be subject to change


Complete this application form by FEBRUARY 23, 2021.

We believe that diverse perspectives create stronger projects, and would love for the participants in this cohort to represent a diversity of experiences. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Applicants who are accepted into the cohort will be notified by February 28, 2021. Please contact Mia Forslund, PBS Wisconsin Education’s Coordinating Producer at with questions.