Quad Cities Campus

Upcoming WIU-QC Summer Enrichment Programs 2019


  Technology Innovations in Investigations 

Grades 10-12: June 10-12, 2019: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $175 |

Are you fascinated by shows like CSI: Special Victims, Criminal Minds, and Forensic Files? If so, come to WIU-QC and delve into crime scene re-creations, composite sketching, social media exploitation, and forensic analysis of digital evidence to solve crimes.

This interactive, hands-on experience will provide you with an appreciation of the technology, science, and interpersonal skills that go into crime solving and public safety.  Participants are invited to explore state of the art techniques designed to assist victims and successfully prosecute offenders.

We will learn from experts in Homeland Security, the Police, FBI, and the U.S. Secret Service. We will take a behind-the-scenes look at forensic investigative techniques that are used in missing and exploited children reports and fraud investigations. We will also explore the admission of social media postings into evidence.

We will discuss eyewitness identification, weapon’s focus, memory recall, and the physical, emotional and financial harm caused by criminal behavior. Discover patterns of victim-offender relationships, the role of the victim within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and the programs and support services available to assist or break the cycle.

For questions concerning the content of this program, please contact Professor Jill Joline Myers, Director of the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at WIU at 309-298-1038 or jj-myers@wiu.edu. 



Math on the Mississippi (Session I & Session II)

Grades 4-6: June 17-21, 2019 & Grades 6-8: June 24-28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  $299 |

Math on the Mississippi

“Math on the Mississippi,” is an engaging and interactive commuter summer enrichment camp at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. This program is offered from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day and is available in two sessions.  Session I is offered for students in grades 4-6 and Session II is offered for grades 6-8; Sixth grade students may choose to attend Session I (June 17-21, 2019) or Session II (June 24-28, 2019).

Each morning, participants begin their day with brain teasers or an excursion into the local area. A topic such as Earth and Space Science, Pressure, Indirect Measurement, Statistics, or Buoyancy are introduced each day to guide the day’s activities and discussions.  Past and present participants will explore relative motion as well as decipher patterns in complex behaviors by analyzing data and learning to track trends. In addition, participants will create a blog of the day’s lessons, detailing what they have learned.  Members of the math education department as well as physics and math faculty and university students coordinate and lead instruction for the program. On the closing day of the program, a panel of professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields discuss how they use math in their carer choices.

Topics Include

Buoyancy: During the program, participants have the opportunity to learn about buoyancy through lessons using the Mississippi’s Sylvan Slough. Under the supervision and guidance of faculty, students design and build a cardboard boat to test on the water. They also paddle board with faculty as part of this interactive day.

Pressure: Participants learn about air, water, and surface area pressure during the program. Students are given a tour of either Lock & Dam 14 or 15 by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil engineer to examine the concept of water pressure and how it works to open and close the dam. In addition to the field trip, students create bottle rockets to study air pressure, and examine surface area pressure through a variety of demonstrations.

Indirect Measurement: Participants will study indirect measurement and visit Black Hawk State Park for a field trip. They will determine circumference, height and distance of various objects based on their own reasoning within the natural environment of Black Hawk State Park.



Muggles in a Wizard’s World: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban

July 8-12, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Grades 5-7  |  $299 

Let us continue our journey through the halls of Hogwarts and consider script and screen as we explore the world of Harry Potter through science, art, literature, and writing. Using the third book of the series, new and returning students will delve into more Harry Potter trivia, the characteristics of sound using bushwhackers, and transformation- both voluntary and involuntary. In addition to participating in games of Quidditch, Dueling Wands, and Chess, participants will learn to play Hoop Hop Showdown.  In addition, this year's participants will engage in a Reader’s Theater, allowing students to create their own dramatic scripts to be read aloud with student sound effects.


Muggles in a Wizard’s World: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone

Science: Students will work with dry ice and liquid nitrogen and discuss how things change when they become very cold. They will work with light and explore the properties of lenses and mirrors. They will also explore the nature and properties of sound waves, with a focus on the characteristics of wavelength and frequency, and the phenomenon of resonance. Dr. James Rabchuk, professor of physics and an assistant dean in the WIU College of Arts and Sciences will return for instruction.

Art: Participants will spend time creating a variety of Harry Potter-themed pieces using various materials. They will create book covers, wands, and other fun projects during the program. There will be techniques for wizards of all skill levels during this portion of the day.  Instructor: Heather Calvert holds a BA in Art Education and MA in Museum Studies. Heather is a returning instructor, and a proud member of Hufflepuff House.

Literature: This year’s book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has some exciting themes to explore and characters to get familiar with!  We will cover the introduction of Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and of course, Buckbeak. Using this text we will discuss what it means to be judged in the court of public opinion and how Rowling uses the laws and rules of the wizarding world in the storyline. We will delve into the role of the Marauder’s Map in the story as well as time travel. Instructor: Marta Timbrook is a Cornell College graduate with a BA in Secondary Education and English. 

Writing: : In this session, we will learn how J.K. Rowling used writing techniques to create compelling people, places, and plots. We will look at authenticity of source material, author accountability, and using maps to enhance world-building. We’ll experiment with these techniques in our own writing exercises. Students will work together to take what they’ve learned and write their own Reader’s Theater scripts to perform at the end of the week.  Instructor: Jan LaRoche is the teen services librarian at the Moline Public Library. She holds a BA in English, MLS in library science, and MFA in creative writing for children and teens

Blogs: Students will collaborate to create a blog detailing their experiences and featuring the projects they have developed during the course. The blog will feature an opportunity for students to dialogue on theories or concerns about the texts. Kirsten Dillinger, a doctoral student in English at the University of Illinois-Urbana, will lead the blog discussion.