Youth Programs at Western

Odyssey of Science & Arts:
Grades 4-6, Bellingham

Dive into an exploration of science and art as you enjoy hands-on learning in specialized labs and classrooms on Western’s campus.  Taught by WWU faculty and local top quality educators, all courses are designed to engage students through interactive activities that foster success in a fun, inquiry-based learning environment.  Participants will create new friendships with local and international students as they explore both in the classroom and on field trips.

 

Dates Mon.-Fri. for one week at a time from July 14 – August 1  
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Time AM Session 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
PM Session 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location Western Washington University
Cost $179 per morning or afternoon session See cost details
Notes *Register by May 15 to save $20*
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Courses

Students to select one class per AM or PM session.

Week 1: July 14-18, 2014

Morning Sessions 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.              Afternoon Sessions 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Adventures in Media Making: Video Production

Computer Chicks

From Doodling to Cartooning

Exploring Design & Technology

Rocketry: Mission to the Moon

Wild Interactions and Energy


Week 2: July 21-25, 2014

Morning Sessions  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.            Afternoon Sessions  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Creative Expression with Art

Girls Make Media: Filmmaking

Every Picture Tells a Story

Happy Trails with Math

Survivor: The Science Edition


Week 3: July 28-August 1, 2014

Morning Sessions 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                 Afternoon Sessions 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Earth Quest: Geocaching

Creative Design and Engineering

Fun with Photos

Exploring Guitar

Our Living Ocean: Marine Biology

Robotics 101

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Week 1: July 14-18, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Adventures in Media Making: Video Production

Children are exposed to media from birth and many have access to media technology from an early age. Discover the fun and excitement of communicating your ideas in the media.  Participants will:

  • Explore and develop their media intelligence.
  • Develop a style, story board script.
  • Build technical skills using video cameras, editing software and by creating a DVD of their series to share with family and friends.
  • Experience the various roles of a production team – in front of the camera, behind the camera and on the cutting room floor.
  • Visit Western’s video studio to see how student shows are produced.

Gain a better understanding of the basics of visual communication in this lively course and practice the tools to create video productions for family, friends and school assignments.

Instructors: Suzanne Blais

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From Doodling to Cartooning

Let your doodles come alive as you learn how to transform a simple figure drawing into a dynamic cartoon character.  Participants will:

  • Explore basic principles of physiology and mechanics of the human body through art.
  • Experiment with line, shape, perspective, color, value and texture.
  • Practice gesture and self-portrait drawing to learn about perspective and proportion.
  • Sketch the body in motion.
  • Transform a stylized portrait into a comic book cover featuring a superhero!

Lessons in art history and warm-up exercises will start you on an exploration of artistic techniques and design principles.

Instructor: Amy Marchegiani

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Rocketry: Mission to the Moon

Explore concepts of physical science as you work in teams to design a simulated manned mission to the moon.  Participants will:

  • Apply Newton’s laws and the engineering design process during challenges.
  • Design, build and launch rockets to achieve mission objectives.
  • Engage in team engineering challenges throughout the week.
  • Create a winning mission plan.

Your space mission will be a blast!

Instructor: Don Pringle

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Week 1: July 14-18, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Computer Chicks

Calling all girls to explore the fundamentals of computer science with like-minded Computeristas.
Through hands-on projects with animation, robotics and game development, participants will:

  • Explore the basics of programming including design, development, testing and debugging.
  • Create "side-scroller" games by designing the elements of the game including puzzles, enemies and resources, before implementing the game in GameMaker.
  • Experiment with animation programming using the software “Alice.”
  • Design, construct and program Lego Mindstorm robots to perform a challenge – navigate a maze, follow a line, or battle other robots.
  • Engage in three very different applications of computer science in a creative, easy and fun environment.

This course is an opportunity for girls in grades 5-9 to gain valuable insights and skills for future study and career options.

Instructor: Andrea Frost

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Exploring Design & Technology

How do designers and engineers use problem-solving strategies to create and improve the things we use every day?  Participants will:

  • Explore the cyclical nature of the design process – understand the problem; brainstorm viable solutions; select, test and refine a solution; and present the results to master a variety of design challenges.  
  • Apply art, math, and science to create a production plan – considering why and how to make improvements, product demand, user audience, material properties, functionality, usability and aesthetic appeal.
  • Test materials and design concepts in authentic environments – WWU’s wave tank, the Communications Facility Building’s loft, and through positive interactions with WWU faculty, students, and visitors.
  • Collaborate with a design team on a final project to choose a design brief, develop and test a solution, and choose an effective technology to present results of the challenge to classmates and family.     

Instructor: Tanya McAtee

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Wild Interactions and Energy

This active, inquiry-driven physics class will motivate participants to discover phenomena with direct evidence and scientific reasoning.  Participants will:

  • Explore the phenomena of physical science by conducting investigations of the relationships between the motion of an object and its interactions with the physical world.
  • Use computer software, lab simulations, motion sensors, and other tools and materials to support the investigation.
  • Design, plan, build and test Rube Goldberg devices to examine how energy is transferred and transformed.

Experience the fun and fascinating world of physics!

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Week 2: July 21-25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Creative Expression with Art

Spark your imagination as you learn how to express your ideas and form a foundation for creative expression.  Participants will:

  • Explore the visualization process that sparks creativity and transforms visions into works of art.
  • Discover how to form clear images in their minds and apply visualization techniques to retain the images.
  • Develop creative thinking, problem-solving, perspective and color theory.
  • Create alien beings from another planet, a world of wonder, a machine for the future, and a representation of a dream through pencil, ink, paint and mixed-media collage mediums.

Briefings in art history and warm-up exercises will start you on an exploration of artistic techniques and design principles.

Instructor: Amy Marchegiani

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Every Picture Tells a Story

Experience the creative power of telling a story through images and words.  Explore a topic of your choice and design a color or black-and-white photo storybook.  Participants will:

  • Determine your audience and consider the appropriate method to express a message.
  • Explore the writing process of planning, research, writing, revising, editing and publishing.
  • Find fascinating images to photograph.
  • Transform your images and words into a dynamic and inspiring story. 
  • Complete your story to take home in a book format.

Discover the impact that visual images create in telling a story. Mentor texts will be available. Participants to bring a digital camera and computer cable.

Instructor: Shelley Jefferson

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Survivor: The Science Edition

Do you enjoy Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games? Explore how natural resources are essential in a survival situation as you learn outside in the beautiful Sehome Arboretum.  Participants will:

  • Discover survival uses of local plants including what is edible and what is not.
  • Learn about the behaviors of animals for use in survival situations.
  • Build a bow-drill to create friction and make fire.
  • Make lenses out of water to produce light.
  • Make rope and ancient tools.

Experience the science of survival and have the adventure of your life!

Instructor: Jim Burgess Back to Top

Week 2: July 21-25, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Girls Make Media: Filmmaking

This course is an opportunity for girls to unite and explore their voice through film, video and alternative media. Participants will:

  • Demystify media literacy and the image of women in the media.
  • Investigate basic concepts of screenwriting, producing, acting, documentary, editing, sound, cinematography and webcasting.
  • Develop technical skills using video cameras, Apple computers and Adobe Final Cut Pro X.
  • Determine their audience and the message they want to communicate.
  • Communicate in their voice by writing, planning and producing short videos.

Gain an understanding of the power of imagery in your own life while learning technical skills to continue on this exciting path in creative expression.  This class is open to girls in grades 4-9.

Instructors: Suzanne Blais and Kate Nichols

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Happy Trails with Math

Explore mathematical concepts in a fun, inquiry-based active environment. Tease your brain through participation, creation and completion in a series of math trails. Participants will:

  • See the math surrounding them as it comes to life.
  • Engage in environment-based math trails - architecture, sculpture, landscape, etc.
  • See how Western’s campus and the Sehome Arboretum become a trail guide.
  • Design and create their own math trail.
  • Enhance and deepen math fluency in the number system, algebra, geometry, and probability.

Join the expedition as we make math come alive!

Instructor: Bryan Schmidt

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Week 3: July 28-August 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Earth Quest: Geocaching

Grab a GPS device and join a continuous, high-tech treasure hunting adventure – find a treasure, replace it with one of your own, log the find in your online notebook, and the game continues for the next adventurer.  Participants will:

  • Explore the great outdoors and indoors hunting for treasures (geocaches).
  • Learn about and apply GPS technology, geography, map reading, and the environment.
  • Plan and design a journey and log observations in the field.
  • Teach friends and family how to geocache anywhere on the planet.

Experience the adventure of the game and find out why geocaching is played by people of all ages and all walks of life.

Students to bring a GPS device if possible.

Instructor: George Juszynski

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Fun with Photos

Discover photography beyond point and shoot. Explore the art and science of photography and practice taking aesthetically pleasing photos of nature, abstract photos showing texture and clear photos of subjects in motion. Participants will:              

  • Investigate the science of light – optics – to gain an understanding of how a camera works.
  • Learn the rule of thirds in focusing on image texture.
  • Begin to predict movement in taking action shots.
  • Train their eye for composition and resolution.
  • Enhance and manipulate images with Adobe Photoshop.
  • Combine images to create a fun photo-tage of their works.

Participants to bring a digital camera and computer cable.

Instructor: Amy Marchegiani

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Our Living Ocean: Marine Biology

Our world is surrounded by bodies of water – the ocean. Take a fascinating exploration of marine biology and discover the abundance of life beneath the waters of Bellingham Bay.  This field-based class will take you along the local coastline to research ocean organisms.  Participants will:

  • Research local marine plants and animals through inquiry, observation and research during field experiences.
  • Monitor research data and findings in a detailed science journal.
  • Reflect on their research by recording thoughts and understandings about how ocean organisms are affected by humans.
  • Create a presentation about an ocean organism, zone or environmental issue that affects our local marine ecosystem.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of marine life and why we need to protect our waters.

Instructor: Shelley Jefferson

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Week 3: July 28-August 1, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Creative Design and Engineering

Spend an extraordinary week as an engineer and explore the field of alternate energy sourcing. Participants will:

  • Apply a five-step approach to problem solving that integrates science and math skills as each project progresses to completion.
  • Design, build, analyze, and test carbon dioxide-powered vehicles.
  • Calculate and experiment with lift, drag and velocity that will make your car go the fastest and farthest.
  • Construct a solar oven – testing it with a marshmallow roast.
  • Visit Western’s award winning Vehicle Research Institute to see real world progression of alternate energy design.

Discover the phenomena of technology and how it shapes everyday life.

Instructor: Lisa Shulman

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Exploring Guitar

You don’t have to be a rock star to play the guitar.  Join our band – no experience needed – for a fun week of making music in a group setting.  Participants will:

  • Explore the basics from strumming to note reading.
  • Develop note and tab reading.
  • Practice correct technique.
  • Exercise chord-based playing.
  • Learn to play a complete song by the end of class.
  • Gain the resources to explore guitar further.

This course is an opportunity for students in grades 4-9 to rock ‘n roll.  Students to bring a guitar; loaners can be requested through youth@wwu.edu.

Instructor: Austin Schlichting

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Robotics 101

Explore the fundamentals of robotics through creative hands-on application as you design and build robots with Lego Mindstorm kits.  Participants will:

  • Investigate the elements of design, development, programming, testing and debugging.
  • Design, build and program robots to perform a series of specific challenges – navigate a maze, follow a line, battle other robots.
  • Test, debug or redesign their robot to meet the required challenges.

Find out about the vast career opportunities the field of computer science offers while gaining valuable insights and skills.

Instructor: Amy Schlesener

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Schedule

All courses run for a period of one week, from Monday through Friday.  Courses are offered:

  • July 14 – 18
  • July 21 – 25
  • July 28 – August 1

Supervision is provided from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. for students who are registered for the full day.  It is recommended that students use this time as a lunch period.  Students are asked to bring a lunch daily.

Morning Schedule

8:15 a.m.

Arrive

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Class period

12:35 p.m.

Depart

 

Afternoon Schedule

12:45 p.m.

Arrive

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Class period

5:05 p.m.

Depart

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Cost

$179 per morning or afternoon session

Program cost includes instruction, materials, field trips, lab rental, specialized equipment and a camp memento. 

Register by May 15 for a $20 discount; registrations will be accepted after June 1 on a space available basis.

WWU Alumni, Faculty and Staff are eligible for a $20 discount at time of registration.  Discounts cannot be combined.

A full refund is granted if a program or camp is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to youth@wwu.edu 12 working days prior to the first day of your session; a $50 handling charge will be deducted. Back to Top

Page Updated 11.18.2014