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UW-Eau Claire to Offer Grandparents University

RELEASED: March 5, 2009

Grandparents University logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer grandparents and their grandchildren ages 8 to 12 an opportunity to participate in an interactive learning experience from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20.

Grandparents University, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will feature classes taught by UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff aimed at appealing to the younger and older generations as they learn together.

The classes include:

  • The opening keynote class, "The Pressure's On! Amazing Science Demonstrations Using Pressure," will be taught by Dr. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics. The class will include information about the physics of everyday life. It will explain how an airplane stays in the air and how a person can lie on a bed of nails without being hurt as well as introduce the scientific method and how to think like a scientist.
  • "Backyard Star Gazers" will be taught by Dr. Nathan Miller, associate professor of astronomy. This class will show participants how to locate stars, constellations and planets from their backyards. Participants will be introduced to the basics of celestial navigation and discover how past explorers kept track of where they were travelling through uncharted wilderness.
  • "Think Small: Nanoscience" will be taught by Dr. Marc McEllistrem, assistant professor of chemistry. This class will cover the study of materials that are extremely small. The class will look at how scientists studying molecules and atoms at the nanoscale may be able to change the world in remarkable and beneficial ways.
  • "Native American Skills and Craft" will be taught by Jill Smith, a lecturer in anthropology. This class will include hands-on activities. Participants will make their own tortilla, see how arrow heads were made by flint knapping and learn about the artistry of the Navajo spindle.
  • "Ancient Origins of the Alphabet" will be taught by Dr. Arlyn Anderson, assistant professor of journalism. This class will cover the history of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and how images and symbols from ancient times grew into the modern-day alphabet. Participants will examine the origins of the letters in their names and unlock the age-old meaning buried deep within.
  • "Backyard Bug Safari" will be taught by Kelly Murray, a lecturer in the biology department. Participants will learn about the many types of insects in their own backyard and how important they are to the health of our community. Learn how best to catch and observe insects and how to promote an insect-friendly environment.
  • "Shakespeare Alive!" will be taught by Theresa Kemp, a professor of English. The class will discover the fun and fantasy of Shakespeare's works. The class will learn how to create a stage world with their imagination.

The closing keynote class will be "Learning by Heart: The Art of Making Memories." It will be taught by Dr. Ann Collier, a visiting assistant professor of psychology. She will use the children's book "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partrige" by M. Fox as a springboard for an interactive art activity that will explore what memory is and how we make memories.

The program cost is $110 per adult and $55 per child. The price includes four classes, in-class supplies, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and a T-shirt. To register for Grandparents University call 715-836-3636 or 866-839-2423.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Marilyn Kanne for accommodations or with questions at 715-836-5811 or 800-582-5182, e-mail ce@uwec.edu, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711).

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JB

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