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Time to Register for Annual Science Institute
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 15, 2006

Science Institute brochure coverEAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension will offer its 27th annual Science Institute July 17-28 for students entering the 7th through 12th grades.

Science Institute invites students to explore one science topic intensively through both field and laboratory study. Instructors include university faculty, licensed teachers and area professionals. The program also employs current undergraduates from various UW-Eau Claire science departments to serve as teaching assistants, allowing for more individual student attention. This year, the Science Institute will offer 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).

Course curriculum includes a basic knowledge base in the chosen science area; the methodology of scientific investigation; instruments and techniques specific to the field; and hands-on projects, experiments and field trips that allow students to apply their knowledge. Instructors also discuss career and employment opportunities in scientific fields should students choose to pursue science in college. Students attend class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, receiving more than 50 instructional hours through the Institute.

"The Science Institute gives students an opportunity to develop their academic potential and see if a science field might be a fit for them in the future," said Libby Thurston, the Continuing Education youth outreach specialist who coordinates the Science Institute. Designed for students with a strong aptitude in the sciences, the program "offers a high level of academic challenge for students who may have already mastered the curriculum offered in the traditional middle or high school science classroom," Thurston noted.

Outside of class, Science Institute offers a more typical camp experience, engaging students in recreational activities that include indoor and outdoor sports and fitness, sporting events, field trips, games, a talent show, and a ropes challenge course. Students are also given full access to campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs, science labs, fitness centers and the outdoor recreation center.

The Science Institute welcomes both day and residential students. Residential students live with a roommate in campus residence halls, eat in campus cafeterias and interact with other students who share the campus during the summer. Both residential and day students are assigned counselors who plan and lead extracurricular activities and join students for all meals and evening events. Most counselors are UW-Eau Claire undergraduates seeking experience with this age group.

"A summer experience on a college campus can be life changing for a young person," said George Kroeninger, director of Continuing Education. "Science Institute students challenge themselves academically while discovering things about themselves that they may not have known before." Kroeninger added that, for many students, Science Institute is "direct preparation for the future."

Program tuition is $525 for all students. Residential students pay an additional $495 for room and board, including 12 nights lodging, three meals per day, all recreational activities and 24-hour counselor supervision. Some courses have additional course fees for projects that students will make and take home. Full and partial scholarships are available to Wisconsin residents with financial need through the DPI Precollege Scholarship Program.

For more information, contact Thurston at (715) 836-3636 or send e-mail to CE@uwec.edu. Information and online registration also are available at www.uwec.edu/CE. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is located at 210 Water St., Eau Claire, WI 54701.

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