MAILED: June 24, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Two hundred students between the ages of 12 and 16 experiencing college life at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The 18th annual Science Summer Institute began June 16 and will run through June 27 at UW-Eau Claire.
The program draws middle and high school students from across Wisconsin who are expected to perform at least two years above their grade level, said Sharon Hildebrand, coordinator of the Science Summer Institute.
Students take one class for five hours daily for two weeks. UW faculty and community resource people teach the courses in astronomy, action electronics, physics, chemistry, psychology, computer architecture, biodiversity, supercomputer applications and veterinary medicine.
Many students are staying in the residence halls during the two weeks but there are some students who are local and only come during the day, Hildebrand said. While staying on campus students are treated as university students and have access to the same facilities.
"Students get to see what it's like to attend a college class and to live on campus," she said. "They enjoy the social side (of university life)."
The residential students are supervised by counselors and there are several organized activities offered, many of which the students help plan, Hildebrand said.
The Science Summer Institute derived from the same background as the Summer Institute, Hildebrand said. Parents were looking for additional opportunities for high-potential students, she said.
They realized if there is a need in the Chippewa Valley for these students, then there must be a need in the state of Wisconsin and the Midwest, she said.
"This gives them a chance to be with other kids of similar abilities and interests; not only in the classroom but also socially," Hildebrand said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 2, 1997