The Bucky’s Classroom visit program, offered only in Wisconsin, pairs UW student ambassadors with 7th grade classrooms around the state. The ambassadors visit schools both in-person and virtually to lead three separate, hour long lessons during fall or spring semester on pre-college preparedness, college access, and career exploration. The lessons have been specially designed for Bucky’s Classroom by the UW-Madison School of Education.
At the end of the semester, students and teachers within driving range are invited to campus to enjoy the student experience firsthand, or participate in exciting, virtual learning experiences provided by a variety of departments from across campus. There is no cost to participate in the program, and UW-Madison has historically been able to help offset the cost of classroom transportation to campus.
The goal of the program is to help 7th grade students in Wisconsin build a better understanding of college both academically and socially, gain knowledge about resources to help pay for college, explore possible career options and discover the importance of establishing a strong foundation for their future, rooted in education. 100% of teachers surveyed say that their students are more likely to attend college after participation in Bucky’s Classroom.
Bucky’s Classroom is currently full for the 2021-22 school year. To apply for 2022-23, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really didn’t think about going to college, but now after talking about it, I think I might have to.
– Milwaukee Excellence Charter School student
Our college student facilitators were very engaging and were able to share important information in a way that was easy for students to understand. I think it was especially meaningful to have BIPOC representation in our facilitators for each of our sessions for our AVID students.
– Mr. Serwe, Toki Middle School, Madison
We always strive to present diversity to our very diverse school. It is good to see that the UW is looking more and more diverse.
– Ms. Hawker, Sennett Middle School, Madison
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