Quad Cities Campus

Welcome to WIU Quad Cities Initiatives

About Quad Cities Initiatives

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities offers a variety of programs for the Quad Cities Community and beyond. Our programs are housed on the WIU-QC Campus located along the beautiful Mississippi River on the new Riverfront Campus located at 3300 River Drive in Moline, IL. Participants in our programs enjoy learning in a format designed to further learning for all ages in our area. From summer youth camps to professional development to lifelong learning, the Quad Cities Initiatives Office expands opportunities for continued growth on a personal and professional level.

What's coming up next?



  • Basic Inventory Management Workshop (May 24, 2018)

  • Words & Music: The Art of Songwriting, Grades 9-12 (June 11-15, 2018). PDF.

    This commuter program on the WIU-QC Campus is designed for high school students in 9th through 12th grades interested in learning about the music industry and song writing.  Music professors and professional singer/songwriters lead the students during the week, using university facilities and the local music community to allow students to explore the writing process as well as the marketing and promotion of music. topics include copyrighting, marketing, and promotion. Field trips include two excursions to two recording studios in the local area.

  • Math on the Mississippi, Grades 4-6 (June 18-22, 2018). PDF.  (FULL on Session I)
  • Math on the Mississippi, Grades 6-8 (June 25-29, 2018). PDF.                                                                                            This commuter program on the WIU-QC Campus is offered in two sessions for both older and younger students. This program is designed to introduce participants to science and math concepts in a hands-on learning environment that will expand their understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in a fun and engaging way. Program coordinators and instructors include professors from the WIU-QC math and physics departments as well as STEM professionals. Daily topics include earth & space science, buoyancy, pressure, indirect measurement, and statistics.  Along with brainteasers and study trips to Lock & Dam 15, Black Hawk State Park, and Sylvan Slough, participants use a daily blog to detail what they have learned throughout the program. 
  • Muggles in a Wizard's World, Grades 5-7 (July 9-13, 2018). PDF.

    This commuter program on the WIU-QC campus is specifically designed to engage students who read and enjoy the Harry Potter series. Under the instruction of faculty and staff of Western Illinois University-QC and with assistance from librarians at the Moline Public Library, students expand their enjoyment of the Harry Potter series while at the same time developing their critical thinking and creative skills. 

    New and returning students will delve into “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” will consider script and screen, settings, characters, and new and exciting real and mythological creatures, including snakes, spiders, and the mythological phoenix.  In addition, they will write and create their own Reader’s Theater scripts and enjoy games of Quidditch, Dueling Wands, and chess.  Activities include a field trip to Nahant Marsh as well as the opportunity to create wizard’s hats, howlers, and other art projects. 


  • STEAM in the 21st Century, Grades 8-10 (July 23-27, 2018).

    “STEAM in the 21st Century” is an engaging, hands-on commuter summer enrichment program at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities for students in grades 8-10.  Participants in this program will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). STEAM is an educational approach which fosters critical thinking, student inquiry, experiential learning, and thoughtful risk-taking by crossing disciplines in these five areas. Students in the program will learn about the mathematical Golden Ratio and its use in art and architecture, create a 3-D art structure, build and work with Arduinos (microprocessors/controllers for digital devices), and create a hovercraft. In addition they will study electricity, magnetism, and circuits as part of the program.