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Youth Programs: A History of Academic Enrichment
WIU offers hands-on learning opportunities for primary through secondary students interested in art, math, film, and various other areas.
For over 30 years, Non-Credit Programs has provided innovative academic programs for youth in an on-campus residential setting during the summer. All programs are instructed by Western Illinois University faculty and other professionals who share a commitment to helping each student to further his or her potential. During their stay at Western, students also enjoy a program of safe and fun recreational activities and are supervised by a staff of carefully-selected resident counselors.
Below are links to program summaries and schedules, medical permission forms and other important information.
Programs for Summer 2014
Discovering the World through Science (June 8-13, 2014) This program is offered for high school students in 9-11th grades interested in learning more about the sciences. Areas covered include astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, math,nursing, geography, and geology. The program includes a biology field trip to Kibbe Field Station as well as experimentation with light and gravity and neuroscience. Students stay in a university residence hall (Corbin/Olson) on campus. Housing, meals, and instructional materials are all included in the registration fee. A payment plan is available for families who wish to take advantage of this opportunity but would like to make smaller payments over time. To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at least 60 days before the program (April 8th) start date.
Art for Gifted and Talented Students, Grades 4-6 (June 15-20, 2014) This program is offered for students in grades 4-6 interested in art beyond the standard art curriculum. Participants enjoy classes in 3-D art, computer art, watercolor, drawing, and airbrush during the morning and afternoon sessions. In the evenings, students enjoy swimming, movies, games, a cook-out, and other indoor and outdoor activities. Students may have the option of attending as residential or commuter students. Please contact our office at 309/298-1911 for details on commuter status. All instructional materials are included in the registration fee. A $100 deposit sent before April 15th may be used to secure a spot.
Art for Gifted and Talented Students, Grades 6-8 (June 22-27, 2014) This program offers 3-D art, computer art, watercolor, drawing, and airbrush to the middle school student. This program is offered as a commuter or residential program during the summer. Classes are offered in the morning and afternoon in a format typical to a classroom setting. Each class is 50 minutes in length with time in between for students to move to their next class.Students work on individual projects as well as an outdoor group project during the week. Residential students are housed in a university residence hall (Corbin/Olson) and counselors are assigned to the camp floor. A $100 deposit sent before April 22 may be used to secure a place in the program.
Adventures in Filmmaking (July 13-18, 2014) This program is a residential program designed for students interested in making films in an active learning environment. This program is a non-traditional approach to learning film with a focus on content rather than theory or history. Students collaborate in groups to write scripts, film scenes, and edit their movies. Once films are completed, they are viewed on the last day of the program by students and their families. Copies of films are mailed to program participants after the close of the program. All students are housed in Corbin/Olson Residence Hall. A $100 deposit received prior to May 13th secures a spot for the program.
Girls Plus Math (July 20-25, 2014) This program is designed for the female middle school student interested in learning math concepts beyond the standard curriculum. Participants involved in the program learn about the golden ration, tessellations, and a variety of other math concepts. In addition, each student builds a webpage which parents are given access to follow at home. A $100 deposit prior to May 20th secures a spot in the program. For more informations, please contact the Office of Non-Credit Programs at 309/298-1911.
If you are an individual who is interested in attending one of our summer programs, a payment schedule is available. Parents who wish to use a payment plan may send a $100 deposit along with the registration form up to 60 days prior to the start of the program. Fifty percent of the registration fee is due at 60 days before the start of he program and full payment is due at 30 days prior to the start of the program.
Request for Alumni Sponsorship for Math and Science Camps
If you would like to attend math or science camp but are unable to pay the registration fee, you may be eligible for financial sponsorship. Please contact Helena Lira in the Office of Non-Credit Programs at (309) 298-1911 for additional information about the possibility of financial assistance.
What Our "Girls Plus Math" Parents Have Said...
"It was fantastic....She said she wants to go back next year...It gave her insight and experience in areas she didn't have."
(Theresa-- mother of a Girls Plus Math participant)
"She loved it. She enjoyed it, especially learning new math techniques."
(Trupti -- mother of a Girls Plus Math participant)