Quad Cities Campus

Summer Enrichment Programs 2017

Words & Music: The Art of Songwriting *new 2017

June 19-23, 2017  |  Grades 9-11  |  $275  |  Brochure

This program is designed for high school students in 9th through 11th grade. Participants in the program examine the A, B, Cs of song structure as well as rhyme schemes, riffs, bridges, lyric writing, melody, and music. The program offers off-campus field trips, including a visit to an area recording studio as well as attendance at a live show over the lunch hour. In addition to classroom instruction, students will use university laptops to document their progress through a program blog. On the final day of the program, instructors and students will perform or read lyrics created during the week (Note: Although participants are not required to read or sing their work, we ask that they make available their pieces for performance by the instructors or other students). Students are encouraged to bring one to two songs with song lyrics to discuss during the program. For students interested in writing rap music, we ask that they bring their beats with them.

Words & Music:  The Art of Songwriting

Lojo Russo is a professionally touring musician and songwriter who has produced eight albums. Self-taught on guitar, mandolin, bass and voice Russo spent her early years in different bands in the Twin Cities (MN) playing in or fronting folk, funk, jazz, jam, Celtic and indie bands. This range of genres has given Russo a broader understanding of the music she plays and a deeper understanding of the music she wants to create. For her efforts, Russo has earned a nomination for a "Mammy" (MN Music Award) for "Best Folk Artist" and the title of "Best Female Artist" from the Minnesota Women's Press. When she’s not on the road performing she’s at home writing, recording and teaching guitar and mandolin as a private instructor. A songwriter since the age of 10, Russo is looking forward to the opportunity to share her experiences and skills in songwriting with students so that they may find their song within.

David G Smith has lived or worked in Nashville, TN for over 20 years. He is an acoustic solo performer and songwriter who tours nationally. Recently, Smith released, First Love, his 6th album in as many years. The album features appearances by Mary Gauthier, Keb’ Mo’, and America's Got Talent powerhouse singer and semifinalist, Alicia Michilli. Two of his albums, First Love and One House have been accepted for Grammy consideration. They landed #1 and #2, respectively, on the Roots Music Chart in Iowa.

Smith earned First Place in the International Song Competition, country category with the song “Made For You” from the album One House.” He recently had a national #1 song as well, "Sunday Morning Drive" co-written and recorded by Anne E. DeChant. Smith’s songs have been featured on TNT's "Saving Grace", Travel Channel's "Rissi Palmer's Country", and Lifetime's "Chasing Nashville". His song, “Angels Flew” a 9-11 commemorative song about the rescue & relief effort on September 11th, has been placed on the 9-11 Memorial Museum’s Artist Registry.

Math on the Mississippi

July 10-14, 2017  |  Grades 5-8  |  $275 |  Brochure   Program is currently full. There is a wait list available.

Math on the Mississippi

This co-educational program is offered for students in grades 5-8 in the local Quad Cities community interested in learning math and science in an interactive learning environment. Each morning, participants begin their day with brain teasers or an excursion into the local area. A science concept such as pressure, indirect measurement, force, or buoyancy are introduced in the day’s lesson.

In addition to using the university’s 3-D printing lab and Global Positioning System (GPS) resources, participants create a blog of the day’s lessons, detailing what they have learned. Members of the math education department as well as physics and math faculty and university students take part in instruction for the program. On the closing day of the program, a panel of professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields discuss how they use math in their career choices.


Buoyancy: During the program, participants have the opportunity to learn about buoyancy through lessons using the Mississippi’s Sylvan Slough. Under the supervision and guidance of faculty, students design and build a cardboard boat to test on the water. They also paddle board with faculty as part of this interactive day.

Pressure: Participants learn about air, water, and surface area pressure during the program. Students are given a tour of Lock & Dam 15 by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil engineer to examine the concept of water pressure and how it works to open and close the dam. In addition to the field trip, students create bottle rockets to study air pressure, and examine surface area pressure through a variety of demonstrations.

Mapping/Measurement: Participants study indirect measurement in astronomy and a visit to Black Hawk State Park. They examine how astronomers were able to estimate distances from the earth to the sun and moon. They also determine circumference, height, and distance based on their own reasoning within the natural environment of Black Hawk State Park. Lessons centered around Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will also be included, enabling students to create their own maps of the QC campus and other locations.

Force/Structure: Participants study the concept of force and its importance in creating structures. Students will study bridge building and structural integrity within the course of the Force/Structure lesson. In addition, they will see a demonstration of the university’s 3-D printing equipment in operation.

Muggles in a Wizard’s World: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone *new 2017

July 24-28, 2017  |  Grades 5-7  |  $275  |  Brochure

Begin the Harry Potter journey with us as we discover and delve into the Harry Potter Series through art, science, literature, and writing. This program is designed to engage the Harry Potter fan and explore the series more richly. As we journey through story and character creation, we will also explore the biology of the fantastic creatures in the Harry Potter series, including examining genetically modified organisms, glowing fish and frogs, and chemical reactions. We will work with flight and propulsion in our science portion and create our own richly illustrated books and Harry Potter snitches and wands during art. We will travel through the halls of Hogwarts and consider J.K. Rowling’s sources of inspiration in her settings and in mythology to create her character names and otherworldly beasts. We will discuss her native surroundings in the United Kingdom and how her environment lent to the incredible story of Harry Potter. And finally, we will discuss her universal themes of good vs. evil, friendship, sacrifice, and love throughout the series.

Muggles in a Wizard’s World: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone

Science: We will work with over a dozen owl specimens to teach participants about the different kinds of owls, their behavior and habitat. We will also explore genetically modified organisms, from glowing fish and frogs, to various vegetables and fruits. We will discuss how genetic modification was done in the past, how it is done now, and some of the issues at present. Participants will consider various transfigurations and potions through different chemical reactions and work with dry ice and liquid nitrogen to discuss how things change when they become very cold. They will work with flight and propulsion, including water bottle rockets, air rockets and paper airplanes. Students will also take part in a lesson on light and mirrors, including using an infrared camera to see invisible things. They will explore how mirrors and glass behave differently with infrared light. Instructor: James Rabchuk is a professor of physics and an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Art: Participants will spend time exploring different methods of book illustration as well as creating wands, snitches, and a variety of other fun Harry Potter-themed pieces. For our final project, we will create a hand bound book, which will include copying and illustration of student writings from the week. There will be techniques for magicians of all skill levels during this portion of the day. . Instructor: Heather Calvert holds a BA in Art Education and MA in Museum Studies. She spends her days working at WIU-QC, and her free time in a variety of creative ventures. Heather is a proud member of Hufflepuff House.

Literature: Using Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we will explore the world of Harry Potter as J.K. Rowling brought it to life. We will learn more about this gifted author’s life and how it impacted her writing. We will examine the characteristics of each house, the rules of Hogwarts, and the dynamic between the wizarding world and the muggle world and its impact on young wizards. Looking at topics such as family, friendship, and the rules and language of magic, we will delve further into the book and the foundation it lays for the series. The instructor for literature is Marta Timbrook, a Cornell College graduate with a BA in Secondary Education and English. After working in schools in Iowa and Illinois, she turned her focus to her love of reading and sharing that with children who visit the Moline Public Library. There she is involved in the planning of numerous children’s programs, writing for the Moline Public Library Kid’s blog, and providing outreach services for schools and groups.

Writing: In this session, we will learn how to create complex and believable characters readers can connect with and root for. We’ll look at how setting and world building can transport readers into another world. We’ll take our characters, put them into the world we’ve created, and set them on a journey, then discover how plot and theme work together to tell the best story possible. The instructor for writing is Jan LaRoche. She is the teen services librarian at the Moline Public Library. She holds a BA in English, MLS in library science, and MFA in creative writing for children and teens.

Blogs: Students will collaborate to create a blog detailing their experiences and featuring the projects they have developed during the course. The blog will feature an opportunity for students to dialogue on theories or concerns about the texts, and to learn about the role that blogging and social media play in generating discussion on the series.