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Media Memo: UW-Eau Claire Science Institute

TO: News/Assignment/Photo Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: July 25, 2006

SUBJECT: UW-Eau Claire Science Institute

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension's 27th annual Science Institute for students entering grades 7-12 will continue through Friday, July 28. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and include hands-on projects, experiments and field trips.

Several activities this week will provide story and/or photo opportunities. These include:

  • Astronomy Class: At 11 a.m. on clear days, students will sketch sunspots with the solar telescope in front of Phillips Science Hall on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. For details, contact instructor Rick Swenson at rick55@charter.net.
  • Environmental Public Health: On Wednesday, the class will visit the Eau Claire City/County Public Health Department to observe sample analysis and learn about public health practices. Students also will visit Just Local Foods to learn about sustainable agriculture and Phoenix Park to observe reclamation of lands through brownfield and redevelopment. For details, contact class instructor Crispin Pierce at piercech@uwec.edu.
  • Biology: From 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday students will be at Elk Creek electro shocking and netting fish. For details or directions, call instructor Carissa Pannell at 379-3517.

Instructors include university faculty, licensed teachers and area professionals. The program also hires students from UW-Eau Claire science departments to serve as teaching assistants.

This year's Science Institute includes classes in astronomy (Rick Swenson), computer architecture and Windows/LINUX robotics (Tim Tewalt), Wisconsin field biology (Dr. David Lonzarich and Carissa Pannell), physics I (Tony Reiter), physics II (Mark Wenta), chemical investigation (Mark Stanley and Dr. Ana M.Q. Vande Linde), and environmental public health (Dr. Crispin Pierce).

Designed for students with a strong aptitude in the sciences, classes offer a high level of academic challenge for students who may have already mastered the curriculum offered in middle or high school science classroom.

For details about the Science Institute, contact Libby Thurston, the Continuing Education youth outreach specialist who coordinates the Science Institute, at 715-836-3636 or CE@uwec.edu.

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