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WIU Youth Summer Camps in Science, Art, Filmmaking, Math

March 6, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - -Western Illinois University will host four academic summer camps in June and July for students ranging from fourth grade through high school. The camps are: Discovering the World through Science; Art for Gifted and Talented Students; Adventures in Filmmaking; and Girls Plus Math. The camps will take place in June and July

The science, filmmaking and math camps are residential only. The art camp is residential, as well as offered to commuter students within 30 miles. All campers will be supervised by faculty and specially trained residential counselors.

Discovering the World through Science

Residential fee $449
This camp, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held Sunday-Friday, June 10-15, and is available to students completing their freshman, sophomore or junior years of high school. Campers will explore geology, physics, nursing, meteorology, neuroscience, chemistry and biology in a hands-on learning environment. WIU faculty will coordinate the instruction and facilitate group and individual discussions. The week will conclude with a field trip to WIU's Kibbe Life Science Research Station in Warsaw (IL). Enrollment is limited to 18, and students must be recommended by a teacher or school administrator.

Art for Gifted and Talented Students

Residential fee $425; commuter fee $375
There are two art camps offered: Students in grades fourth to sixth will be in session I, Sunday-Friday, June 17-22, and students in grades sixth to eighth will be in session II, Sunday-Friday, June 24-29. Participants will receive instruction in painting, drawing, 3-D design, airbrush and computer art taught by WIU art faculty. Students should be in their school's gifted program and must be recommended by the gifted program director or art teacher.

Adventures in Filmmaking

Residential fee $499
Filmmaking camp will be held Sunday-Friday, July 8-13 and is open to high school students finishing their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Participants will be able to act, write, direct, shoot and edit short films on WIU's campus while working with Mark Dial, associate director of television at Western. Registered students will have a pre-program opportunity to discuss filmmaking, enhance their skills and interact with Dial and other participants online. Enrollment is limited to 24. Students must be recommended by a teacher or school administrator.

Girls Plus Math

Residential fee $499
Math camp is open to girls ages 11-13 and will be held July 15-20 and is limited to 24 participants. Participants will explore math concepts, estimation, tessellations, web page creation, calculator activities, critical thinking and more. Guided by WIU math faculty, students will be given the opportunity to work in Western's laboratories and computer facilities and with technological resources. A number of professional women will visit the camp to describe how they use math in their work and how they became interested in pursuing their careers. Students must be recommended by a teacher or school administrator.

The camps will include afternoon recreation activities such as swimming, movies, games and a cookout.

The camps are sponsored by WIU's Office of Non-Credit Programs. For more information, or to get a registration form, contact WIU's Non-Credit Programs (309) 298-1911, email or visit and click on Summer Youth Programs.

Posted By: Sarah Tomkinson (
Office of University Relations