Youth Programs at Western

Odyssey of Science & Arts:
Grades 7-9, 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;
Scholarships available
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. - 12:30 p.m.                  Afternoon Sessions 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Design & Technology

Computer Chicks

I, Robot

Rocket Science 101

Mobile Media Making

Veterinary Science

 

Video Game Design


Week 2: July 21-25, 2014

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

Earth Quest: Geocaching

The Art of Architecture

Robotics 101

Creative Design and Engineering

Experience in World Language: Spanish

 

Girls Make Media: Filmmaking


Week 3: July 28-August 1, 2014

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

Computer Science 101

Exploring Guitar

Film and Media Making

Wild Interactions and Energy

The Science of Survival

 

STEM and Creative Design


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

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’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 McAteeBack to Top


I, Robot

Robots are designed to perform tasks in the medical field, manufacturing industry and dangerous environments. Explore the phenomenal field of robotics that combines engineering and technology. Participants will:

  • Investigate the fundamentals of robotics.
  • Explore and apply engineering design principles and their approach to problem-solving.
  • Perform basic programming functions.
  • Design and construct robots to meet specifications to carry-out various tasks with Lego Mindstorm.
  • Test and challenge their robot during friendly competitions

Discover how robots can explore where humans cannot. Students are asked to bring a memory stick to save their programming files.

Instructor: Chuck Schelle Back to Top


Mobile Media Making

Welcome to the “always on” way of life. Explore how smartphones have changed technology, media production and consumption. Participants will:

  • Gain technical and artistic skills for the new digital media age.
  • Examine how the “always on” media has evolved.
  • Develop skills to create content for web-connected mobile devices.
  • Practice photography, video production, broadcasting, digital sketching, website creation, and video-audio podcasting.

Discover fun and creative ways to produce school reports, do homework and connect with friends and family using mobile media. Students are to bring an iOS device: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, IPod touch with camera. iOS 7 or higher is required.

Instructor: AJ Barse Back to Top

 

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 Back to Top

 


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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Veterinary Science

Do you love animals or dream of becoming a veterinarian? Discover the amazing world of animal science from behavior to body structure and function.  Participants will:

  • Find out why animals act and react the way they do.
  • Investigate anatomy – how the body is structured and how the outer and inner forms work together.
  • Assemble a skeleton to learn animal anatomy and discover how the outer body works.
  • Examine how the inner and outer structures affect animal behavior.
  • Meet with professionals to learn proper care and training for your pet.
  • Learn animal first aid and life-saving techniques.
  • Practice “mouth-to-snout” CPR and learn other emergency response techniques.

Gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom and an appreciation of pet ownership!  Please be sure to note any allergies to latex on your registration form.

Instructor: Linda Crittenden

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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 face-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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Week 2: July 21-25, 2014 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 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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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 Back to Top


Week 2: July 21-25, 2014 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: Amy Marchegiani Back to Top

 


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 Back to Top

 


Experience in World Language: Spanish

Discover the Spanish language through a lively, fun-filled global immersion of the lifestyle and culture of Spanish speaking countries. Students will:

  • Explore Spanish through videos, games, songs, projects and much more.
  • Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through fun and stimulating activities.
  • Practice vocabulary, grammar and develop an “ear” for Spanish.
  • Acquire the Spanish language through the Total Physical Response experience.
  • Go home speaking Spanish with ease.

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

Instructor: Brenna López de Uzcátegui Back 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 with video cameras, 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.

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 4-9.

Instructor: Suzanne Blais and Kate Nichols Back to Top



Week 3: July 28-August 1, 2014, 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 Back to Top

 


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 Back to Top

 


The Science of Survival

Do you enjoy Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games? Explore 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 BurgessBack to Top

 


STEM and Creative Design

Spend an extraordinary week exploring the vast and creative world of engineering through two very different hands-on projects.  Participants will:

  • Apply a five-step approach to problem solving that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math skills as each project progresses to completion.
  • Gain understanding of the fundamentals of electricity – series and parallel circuits, voltage, current, resistances, switches and schematic diagrams – by building an electronic bug that roams freely and bounces off of obstacles in its path.
  • Design, build, test, and analyze various types of model bridges to examine how forces act upon each type.
  • Discover how STEM applies in our everyday life.

Instructor: Lisa Shulman Back to Top


Week 3: July 28-August 1, 2014 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.  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 the course.
  • Gain the resources to explore guitar further.

Be surprised at how quickly you learn to play the guitar in a group setting.

Instructor: Austin Schlichting

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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:

  • Design, plan, build and test Rube Goldberg devices to examine phenomena.
  • 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.

Instructor: Kevin Eyer

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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

Odyssey of Science & Arts 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.

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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 07.08.2014