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Summer Academies Spark Interest in Engineering, Math and Science

April 27, 2012

WAUKESHA –The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education department will offer three Summer Academy programs, Engineering and Math, Beginning Science and Advanced Science in June and July 2012. This program is designed for curious middle school students, ages 11-14, who seek to spend a week on campus and immerse themselves in exciting subjects while gaining the foundations necessary for further study.

Engineering & Math Academy will be held June 18-22; Beginning Science Academy will be held July 16-20 and Advanced Science Academy will be held July 23-27. All academies are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm with limited space of 24 participants per session. Each session costs $299.

Middle school students study in college laboratories and classrooms on UW-Waukesha’s campus located at 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188. Students are required to bring a lunch each day.

Program descriptions include:

Engineering & Math Academy (M-F, June 18-22, 8:00am-4:00pm)
Start using your thinking caps with “Problem Solving,” to use our deductive reasoning skills to answer problems to various situations. In “Geometry: Designing Math” explore what are fractals and how we connect math to design buildings, art and how it fits into nature! As astronauts, we learn how to protect ourselves from high speed collisions and create our own parachute in “Spacecraft Design.” We take our space knowledge to simulate a space mission sending us to rove the “Martian Landscape.” Our mission then turns to building and programming a robot in “Lego Robotics.” We will learn algebraic concepts through experiments and activities in “Go Figure.” Finishing each day we uncover the different aspects of “Engineering FUN-damentals” through experiments such as testing a structure’s strength, making a battery out of lemons and much more! At then end of the week you will take home a day by day recap of what you’ve learned to show your teachers and parents.

Beginning Science Academy (M-F, July 16-20, 8:00am-4:00pm)
Explore the answer to the question, “What is elephant toothpaste?” and more during Chemistry 101. Learn the techniques and tools scientists use in discovering shipwrecks during “Discover the Titanic.” Create your own litmus paper to determine pH levels of “Acids and Bases.” Find out how the largest mammal in the arctic adapts to its environment and interacts with other mammals while learning the ecosystem of “Arctic Mammals.” Determine how the “Garbage Patch” can affect more than just the regions of the Pacific Ocean. Attempt to “Save the Egg” by placing it through a battery of experiments such as sending it on a racecar drive, teetering it on the top of a handmade skyscraper or catapulting it through the air. Create your own burglar alarm while connecting wires and buzzers in “Electrifying Electricity.” At the end of the week you will take home a day by day recap of what you’ve learned to show your teachers and parents.

Advanced Science Academy (M-F, July 23-27, 8:00am-4:00pm)
(Prerequisite: Must have attended a previous UW-Waukesha Continuing Education Summer Academy or have previous science experience.)
Draft your own 2-D and 3-D models, just like professionals, using the computer software Inventor in “Computer Engineering.” Explore how planes get up in the air, and the scientific principles that keep them from crashing during “Fundamentals of Flight.” During “Fundamentals of Rocketry,” we will take the concepts learned in flight and apply them to rockets by launching our own! Explore the different types and properties, as well as how that affects our daily lives, to see if we “Got Gas?” We will explore our campus ecosystem and determine what happens in our habitat during “Environmental Studies.” In “Advanced Electricity” we will expand upon our previous knowledge and build our own radio from junk! In “Talk by Lightning” we will learn how Morse Code applies to computers and science! At the end of the week, you will take home a day by day recap of what you’ve learned to show teachers and parents.

Enrollment is first come/first serve and academies fill quickly so interested participates should register early. Registration forms can be found online at http://www.waukesha.uwc.edu/Continuing-Education.aspx or call the UW-Waukesha Continuing Education at 262-521-5460 to register.

“Summer Academy is hands on, interactive and fun…it aims to encourage young girls and boys to be excited about succeeding in science, engineering and math,” said Susan Adams, director of continuing education at UW-Waukesha. Adams believes the cutting edge Summer Academy programs create opportunities for youth to learn while connecting with others, “This program is a combination of education, lab work and team building exercises where middle school students work together to utilize technology and unique projects to master concepts at the high school level.”

The UW-Waukesha Office of Continuing Education (CE) strives to fulfill the needs of life-long learners, reaching audiences in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, and beyond. CE serves individual students of any age, as well as institutions and organizations. CE is often a niche for students who have not found a foothold in a traditional academic setting – teenage reluctant learners, adult learners, professionals seeking advanced training and senior citizens pursuing personal interests.
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