Youth Programs at Western

Odyssey of Science & Arts: Grades 7-9
Bellingham

Explore science and art as you enjoy 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 7-9
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)
See cost details;
Scholarships available

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Courses

Students to select one class per a.m. or p.m. session.

Week 1: July 13-17, 2015

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

Earth Quest: Geocaching

Girls Make Media: Filmmaking

World Language: Beyond Basic Spanish

Rocket Science 101

The Science of Survival


Week 2: July 20-24, 2015

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

CSI: Bellingham

The Art of Architecture

Robotics 101

Computer Chicks

 

Creative Design and Engineering


Week 3: July 27-July 31, 2015

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

Computer Science 101

Ocean Commotion: Marine Science

Film and Media Making

Plein Air Painting

 

Video Game Design


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Week 1: July 13-17 from 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 – 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

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World Language: Beyond Basic Spanish

Increase basic Spanish language skills through a lively, fun-filled global immersion of the lifestyle and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Participants will:

  • Explore Spanish through videos, games, songs, projects, food, and more.
  • Practice vocabulary, reading, writing and develop an “ear” for Spanish.
  • Acquire the Spanish language through the Total Physical Response experience and experiential learning.
  • Visit a local restaurant and order in Spanish.
  • Boost confidence in speaking Spanish with ease.

Discover the impact that speaking a second language can make in today’s global world.
Instructor: Korenna Rawls

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Week 1: July 13-17, 2015 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 with 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.  The class is open to girls in grades 5-9.

Instructor: Suzanne Blais

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Rocket Science 101

Apply the principles of physics and engineering to explore rocketry.  Participants will:

  • Examine physics concepts, Newton’s laws and their application to rocketry.
  • Apply engineering principles to design, build and test rockets.
  • Conduct research to improve rocket designs including aerodynamics, fuel-weight calculations, and center of mass.
  • Explore outer space, black holes, gravity, interplanetary travel and the Big Bang.

Instructor: Don Pringle

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The Science of Survival

Do you enjoy Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games? Explore field biology and 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 2: July 20-24, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

CSI: Bellingham

Put on your crime scene investigator hat and apply math, forensic science and interviewing skills to solve a crime. Participants will:

  • Investigate a crime scene at a local bicycle store.
  • Collect and analyze evidence using a variety of techniques – fingerprinting, fiber sample, and probability.
  • Interview persons of interest.
  • Work collaboratively with the local Police Department.

Your evidence should point out who committed the crime. This lively and interactive class will enhance strategic and critical thinking skills.

Instructor: Jeff Nyman

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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 for future study.

Instructor: Andrea Frost

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Week 2: July 20-24, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Art of Architecture

Imagine creating floor-plans, a scaled model, and an artistic rendering of your very own clubhouse! Participants will:

  • Enhance skills in sketching, line practice, two-point perspective, balance, proportions and modeling while practicing the basic elements of drawing, drafting and designing.
  • Refine hand-eye coordination and exercise the proper use of drafting tools such as scales, T-squares and triangles.
  • Explore creative solutions to make their clubhouses structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Experience the expanse of architecture – from late 1800’s to present – on Western’s campus.
  • Visit with university architects to learn about the profession.

Brief history lessons will provide an appreciation for how architects of the past and present use elements and principles of design.  Participants are to bring a mechanical pencil and eraser.

Instructor: Erin Hansen and Jessica Olsen

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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: Andrea Frost

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Creative Design and Engineering

Spend an extraordinary week as an engineer and explore the field of transportation and vehicle design. Participants will:

  • Apply a five-step approach to problem solving that integrates science and math skills as each project progresses to completion.
  • Apply Newton’s laws of motion in designing and constructing two unique vehicles.
  • Design, construct and test a vehicle powered by the transference of energy in a single victor mousetrap.
  • Design, build, test, and analyze high-powered velocity of vehicles fueled by a 600 psi CO2 cartridge.
  • Calculate and experiment with lift, drag and velocity that will make your car go the fastest and farthest.

Discover the phenomena of technology and how it shapes everyday life as your projects progress into working prototypes.

Instructor: Lisa Shulman

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Week 3: July 27- July 31, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Computer Science 101

Explore the fundamentals of computer science 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 to gain valuable insights and skills for future study and career options.

Instructor: Andrea Frost

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Film and Media Making

We are exposed to media from birth and have access to media technology from an early age.  Participants will discover how to creatively communicate in the media as they:

  • Explore and develop their media intelligence.
  • Develop a style, story board and 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.
  • Develop their unique personal style.
  • Visit Western’s video studio to see how student shows are produced.

Gain a better understanding of the basics of visual communication in this fast-paced class and practice the tools needed to create video productions for family, friends and school assignments.  Students are asked to bring a thumb drive.

Instructor: Suzanne Blais

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Week 3: July 27- July 31, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ocean Commotion: Marine Science

The Pacific Northwest marine coastline is home to a great diversity of organisms – crabs, sea-stars, brown kelp, you name it! Get your feet wet researching our shorelines. Participants will:

  • Explore local tide pools.
  • Investigate current issues ocean scientists are researching.
  • Examine climate change and anthropological change of our oceans.
  • Apply scientific inquiry practices to design an experiment that tests the effect of changing environmental conditions on marine organisms.

Gain a scientific understanding of the natural cycles and ecology of tidal zones and coastal waters of our region that develops stewardship of tour marine world.

Instructor: Kevin Eyer

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Plein Air Painting

Observe the natural world and make “visual” notes of what you see in your outdoor art studio. With sketchbook in hand, enhance the creative skills of a scientific illustrator in drawing plants, birds and landscapes. Participants will:

  • Explore gesture sketching.
  • Examine proportion, texture and value techniques while sketching landscapes
  • Identify and sketch various species of plants.
  • Develop bird-watching skills by memorizing visual markers.
  • Identify and sketch various species of birds in motion.
  • Add colors to their sketches.

 

Art history and warm-up exercises will start you on your discovery of design principals and art methods used by scientific illustrators.

Instructor: Amy Marchegiani

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Video Game Design

Explore the fundamentals of computer science through hands-on projects in video game design and development.  Participants will:

  • Create three types of computer games with GameMaker 8.0 software.
  • Implement the drag and drop system while learning pseudocode in a fast-paced mouse clicker.
  • Examine more complex coding focusing on variables to randomize game play.
  • Begin designing a personalized game with sprite design, coding and level-building.

This course is an opportunity to gain valuable insights and skills for future study and career options, such as a game developer or tester for a software company.  Students are to bring a 2GB thumb drive.

Instructor: Lisa Shulman

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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 – 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.

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Scholarships

Assistance League of Bellingham offers Summer Enrichment scholarships to middle and high school students from Whatcom County. Visit them online for more scholarship information.

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Page Updated 07.27.2015