Distance Learning

Youth Programs: A History of Academic Enrichment

Summer Youth Programs

Western Illinois University offers hands-on learning opportunities for primary through secondary students interested in art, math, science, and various other areas. 

For over 30 years, Western Illinois University has provided innovative academic programs for youth in an on-campus residential setting during the summer. All programs are instructed by Western Illinois University faculty and other professionals who share a commitment to helping each student to further his or her potential. During their stay at Western, students also enjoy a program of safe and fun recreational activities and are supervised by a staff of carefully-selected resident counselors.

Below are links to program summaries and schedules, medical permission forms and other important information.

 

Program Overviews for Summer 2015

Discovering the World through Science, June 7-12, 2015 (Registration & Brochure)

This program is offered to high school students in 9-11th grades interested in learning more about the sciences.  Areas covered include astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, math,nursing, geography, and geology.  The program includes a biology field trip to Kibbe Field Station as well as experimentation with light and gravity and neuroscience. Students stay in a university residence hall (Corbin/Olson) on campus. Housing, meals, and instructional materials are all included in the registration fee.  Partial sponsorship are available for students demonstrating financial need. A payment plan is also available for families who wish to take advantage of this opportunity but would like to make smaller payments over time.  To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration, up to 60 days before the start of the program.  Fifty percent of the registration fee is due 60 days before the start of the program and full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program. To apply for sponsorship, please contact Outreach Programs at (309) 298-1911.

 

Art for Gifted and Talented Students: Grades 4-6, June 14-19, 2015 (Registration & Brochure

This program is offered to students in grades 4-6 interested in art beyond the standard art curriculum.  Participants enjoy classes in 3-D art, computer art, watercolor, drawing, and airbrush during the morning and afternoon sessions.  In the evenings, students enjoy swimming, movies, games, a cook-out, and other indoor and outdoor activities.  Students may have the option of attending as residential or commuter students.  Please contact our office at 309/298-1911 for details on commuter status. All instructional materials, corresponding meals, and scheduled activities are included in the registration fee. To participate in the payment plan, a $100 deposit may be sent with your registration, up to 60 days before the program start date.  Fifty percent is due 60 days before the program and full payment is due 30 days before the program start date. Students who reside in McDonough, Henderson, Hancock, and Warren counties may be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Please contact Outreach Programs at (309) 298-1911 for more information.

 

Art for Gifted and Talented Students: Grades 6-8, June 21-26, 2015 (Registration & Brochure)

This program offers 3-D art, computer art, watercolor, drawing, and airbrush to the middle school student.  This program is offered as a commuter or residential program during the summer.  Classes are offered in the morning and afternoon in a format typical to a classroom setting.  Each class is 50 minutes in length with time in between for students to move to their next class. Students work on individual projects as well as an outdoor group project during the week.  Residential students are housed in a university residence hall (Corbin/Olson) and counselors are assigned to the camp floor.  For students who would like to participate in a payment plan, a $100 deposit sent up to 60 days before the program start date may be used to secure a place.  Fifty percent of the registration fee is due at 60 days before the program start date and full payment is due 30 days before the program start date. Students who reside in McDonough, Henderson, Hancock, and Warren counties may be eligible for need-based financial assistance.  Please contact Outreach Programs at (309) 298-1911 for more information.  

 

Girls Plus Math, July 19-24, 2015 (Registration & Brochure)

This program is designed for the female middle school student interested in learning math concepts beyond the standard curriculum. Participants involved in the program learn about the golden ration, tessellations, and a variety of other math concepts.  In addition, each student builds a webpage which parents are given access to follow at home. Partial sponsorships are available to students demonstrating financial need.  To participate in a payment plan, a $100 deposit may be submitted with your registration, up to 60 days prior to the start of the program.  Fifty percent of the registration fee is due at 60 days before the start of the program and full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program. To apply for sponsorship, please contact Outreach Programs at (309) 298-1911.

 

Medical and Permission Forms

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What Our "Girls Plus Math" Parents Have Said...

"It was fantastic....She said she wants to go back next year...It gave her insight and experience in areas she didn't have."
(Theresa-- mother of a Girls Plus Math participant)

"She loved it. She enjoyed it, especially learning new math techniques."
(Trupti -- mother of a Girls Plus Math participant)