Youth Programs at Western

Odyssey of Science & Arts: Grades 4-6
Bellingham

Explore science and art through hands-on learning in specialized labs and classrooms on Western’s campus.  Taught by WWU faculty and local highly regarded 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.

 

Grades Grades 4-6
Dates Mon. – Fri. for one week at a time from July 13 – 31, 2015 
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Time a.m. Session 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
p.m. Session 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location Western Washington University
Cost $169 per session (Before May 15)
$189 per session (After May 15)
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Courses

Students to select one class per AM or PM session.

Week 1: July 13-17, 2015

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

Earth Science in Action

Creative Design and Engineering

From Doodling to Cartooning

Girls Make Media: Filmmaking

Rocketry: Mission to the Moon

Wild Interactions and Energy

The Science behind the Spooky


Week 2: July 20-24, 2015

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

The Art and Science of Fly Fishing

Adventures in Media Making: Video Production

Discovering Art through Math

Computer Chicks

Every Picture Tells a Story

Earth Quest: Geocaching

Fun with Photos

 

 

Week 3: July 27-31, 2015

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

Exploring Guitar

Introduction to Strings: Beginning Violin

Robotics 101

Our Living Ocean: Marine Biology

World Language: Basic Spanish

Survivor: The Science Edition

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Week 1: July 13-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Earth Science in Action

Discover fascinating earth formations of the Pacific Northwest from summit to shoreline through exploration of geologic structures and processes in this inquiry-based, field class.  Participants will:

  • Identify and categorize rocks, minerals and fossils.
  • Investigate plate tectonics in relation to mountains, volcanoes and glaciers.
  • Record data in a science field journal.
  • Observe erosion and deposition during simulations at the WWU Wave Tank.
  • Analyze data and form theories on how geology affects the area we live in.

Instructor: Shelley Jefferson

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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 MarchegianiBack to Top


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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The Science behind the Spooky

Have you ever wondered how special effects artists create creepy, spooky and gory effects for the movies? Explore basic scientific principles and apply this knowledge to fun and creative activities that are spooky. Participants will:

  • Investigate principles of electron movement in electricity by creating “ghost clothes” and “ghostly” light without using standard sources of electricity.
  • Use unconventional acid-based indicators and safe solvents to write disappearing messages to each other.
  • Experiment with polymers, carbon dioxide, chemical reactions as a Gory Prop Designer and create spider webs and various zombie effects.
  • “See” the characteristics of UV light through enchanting black light experiments.

Experience science in ways you never knew existed!

Instructor: Tanya McAteeBack to Top

Week 1: July 13-17 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 transportation. 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 and mousetrap cars to unique specifications.
  • Calculate and experiment with lift, drag and velocity to make your car go faster and farther.
  • 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 ShulmanBack to Top


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 and equipment, Apple computers and Adobe Final Cut Pro.
  • Determine their audience and the message they want to communicate.
  • Communicate in their voice by writing, planning and producing short videos.
  • Visit Western’s video studio to see how student shows are produced.

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 5-9.

Instructors: Suzanne Blais

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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!

Instructor: Kevin Eyer Back to Top

Week 2: July 20-24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Art and Science of Fly Fishing

Catch a fish on a fly that you tied yourself! Nature and the outdoors is your classroom to discover how to tie a fly, cast a fly rod, and learn techniques to catch fish. Participants will:

  • Identify freshwater and anadromous fish species common in Washington.
  • Examine the life stages of common freshwater insects as tell-tale signs of a healthy river or stream.
  • Practice tying popular flies that attract fish.
  • Apply a variety of fly rod casting techniques.
  • Experience effective and humane techniques of catching and releasing fish with a fly.

Gain an understanding of how biology, art and fishing inter-connect and why fly fishing is a great hobby.

Instructor: Ken Johnson Back to Top


Discovering Art through Math

Did you ever think that math was in art? Discover the fascinating connections between math and art in this interactive class. Investigate reoccurring patterns out in nature and in famous works of art. Participants will:

  • Learn to identify polygons, lines of symmetry and transformation of the plane.
  • Tour art galleries and museums to investigate math in art.
  • Apply geometric shapes, symmetry and transformations to create art.
  • Design string art, origami, a many-facetted kite, and tessellation drawings. 

Explore observations of math that will inspire the artist in you.

Instructor: Dina Buric

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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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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 Back to Top

 

 

Week 2: July 20-24 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 through 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.

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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: tbdBack to Top


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 – on campus and off – 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 or equivalent device (cell phone or iPad) if possible.

Instructor: George Juszynski Back to Top


Week 3: July 27-31 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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Introduction to Strings: Beginning Violin

Discover the basics of playing a strings instrument – the violin – and get a head start on your middle school orchestra program. Participants will:

  • Explore technique, note literacy, composition, music history and theory.
  • Develop proper playing position, posture, bow hold and stance.
  • Progress through the Strings Basic curriculum.
  • Prepare to showcase their talents during a concert for family and friends.

This active, hands-on class will prepare you to join any strings program. Students to bring a violin with accessories (shoulder rest, rosin, bow, cleaning cloth and tuner) and Strings Basics 1 for Violin. Loaners can be requested through youth@wwu.edu.

Instructor: Austin Schlichting

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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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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

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Week 3: July 27-31 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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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World Language: Basic Spanish

Discover the Spanish language through an active, engaging, and fun-filled global immersion of the lifestyle and culture of Spanish speaking countries.  Participants will:

  • Explore Spanish through the arts, games, songs, books, food and much more.
  • Practice reading and writing skills and build vocabulary each day.
  • Acquire world language skills through the Total Physical Response experience and experiential learning.

Join us as we gain an understanding of the impact that speaking a second language can make in today’s global world.

Instructor: Brenna López de Uzcátegui

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Schedule

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

    • July 13 – 17, 2015
    • July 20 – 24, 2015
    • July 27 – 31, 2015

Supervision is provided from 12:30 p.m. – 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

$169 per a.m. or p.m. session (Before May 15).
$169 per a.m. or p.m. session for WWU faculty, staff and alumni.
$189 per a.m. or p.m. session (After May 15).

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

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

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