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Still Time to Register for
UW-Eau Claire's Science Institute

RELEASED: June 5, 2007

Science Institute imageEAU CLAIRE — There is still time to register for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education's 27th Annual Science Institute July 15-27. The program offers both residential and day student options to youth entering the 7th through 12th grades. Some scholarships are also available through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Precollege Scholarship Program.

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. Science Institute classes topics and instructors will include astronomy (Rick Swenson); computer architecture and robotics (Tim Tewalt); Wisconsin field biology: environmental studies (Dr. David Lonzarich); introductory to physics (Tony Reiter); advanced physics: electricity and magnetism (Mark Wenta); environmental public health (Dr. Crispin Pierce); and, new this year, nanotechnology and materials science (Dr. Doug Dunham).

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.

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 and a talent show. Students also are given full access to campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs, science labs, fitness centers and the outdoor recreation center.

Program tuition/room and board is $1,020 and includes12 nights' lodging, three meals per day, all recreational activities and 24-hour counselor supervision. The day student option is $595. Some courses have additional fees for projects that students will make and take home.

To register, for additional program information or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, please call 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education Web site, or send e-mail to ce@uwec.edu. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is located at 210 Water St., Eau Claire, WI 54701.

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