Quad Cities Campus

Upcoming WIU-QC Summer Enrichment Programs 2020


Math on the Mississippi (Session I & Session II)

Grades 4-6: June 15-19, 2020 & Grades 6-8: June 22-26, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  $249 |

Math on the Mississippi

“Math on the Mississippi,” is an engaging and interactive commuter summer enrichment camp at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. This program is offered from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day and is available in two sessions.  Session I is offered for students in grades 4-6 and Session II is offered for grades 6-8; Sixth grade students may choose to attend Session I (June 15-19, 2019) or Session II (June 22-26, 2019).

Each morning, participants begin their day with brain teasers or an excursion into the local area. A topic such as Coding, Puzzles/Games/Logic, Ratios and Measurement, and Buoyancy are introduced each day to guide the day’s activities and discussions.  Participants will engage these concepts in the classroom and laboratory, and then see how they are used by going out into surrounding area on field trips and excursions. Session I participants will create a blog of the day’s lessons, detailing what they have learned.  Session II participants will focus on developing advanced projects using their coding skills with Scratch. Members of the WIU physics and math faculty, Master teachers from Rock Island and Moline Schools, and university students coordinate and lead instruction for the program. On the closing day of the program, a panel of professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields discuss how they use math in their carer choices.

Topics Include

Buoyancy: During the program, participants have the opportunity to learn about buoyancy through lessons at a local state park. Under the supervision and guidance of faculty, students design and build a cardboard boat to test on the water. They also paddle board under professional supervision with faculty as part of this interactive day.

Coding: Participants in both age groups will learn the basics of computer coding and/or build on the knowledge and skills in coding they already have. As part of this program, participants will use Scratch, an online coding package designed for use by K-12 students. Students using Scratch can program and create a variety of interactive stories, animations, and games. The instructors will guide the participants in understanding the principles of how to create logical statements and commands.

Puzzles, Games, and Logic: Participants will engage in a series of challenges and contests that will test their ability to think logically, creatively, and collaboratively. They will learn and play games of strategy such as Chess and Go. They will work collaboratively on constructing a device for catching fragile objects. The camp will conclude with teams of participants working to exit from an escape room filled with math and science puzzles and challenges.

Ratios and Measurement: Participants will study how ratios are vital in making measurements. They will visit Black Hawk State Park for a field trip and to test their skills in making measurements and recognizing the Golden Ratio in nature. They will determine circumference, height and distance of various objects using measurements and analytical reasoning within the natural environment of Black Hawk State Park. 



Muggles in a Wizard’s World:

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (returning students) or

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (new students)

July 13-17, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Grades 4-8  $249 

We continue our journey through the halls of Hogwarts and consider script and screen as we explore the world of Harry Potter through science, art, literature, and writing. We are offering two camps run simultaneously, exploring the first and fourth books of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Using the first book of the series, new participants will delve into Harry Potter trivia, fan fiction, and explore the science and art at the heart of the magical world of Hogwarts. Using the fourth book of the series, returning students will delve into more Harry Potter trivia, the psychology of competition, friendship, and loyalty, and the science of transformations and travel. Participants in both camps will join in games of Quidditch, Dueling Wands, and Chess. They will also engage in a Reader’s Theater, allowing students to create their own dramatic scripts to be read aloud.


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

Science: Participants will explore topics in Psychology focused on perception and behavior, and how these topics are explored in the Harry Potter series. Dr. Dana Lindemann and Dr. Colin Harbke, professors of psychology at WIU QC will lead these activities. Participants will also explore chemical and physical transformations like the ones that fill Harry's world at Hogwarts.  Mr. Chris Laroche, Physics and Chemistry teacher at Rock Island High School will lead these activities.

Art: Participants will spend time creating a variety of Harry Potter-themed pieces using various materials. They will create book covers, wands, and other fun projects during the program. There will be techniques for wizards of all skill levels during this portion of the day.  Instructor: Heather Calvert holds a BA in Art Education and MA in Museum Studies. Heather is a returning instructor, and a proud member of Hufflepuff House.

Literature: This year’s books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, have some exciting themes to explore and characters to get familiar with!  We will cover the introduction of many of these characters and how Rowling uses the laws and rules of the wizarding world in the storyline.  Instructor: Marta Timbrook is a Cornell College graduate with a BA in Secondary Education and English. 

Writing : In this session, we will learn how J.K. Rowling used writing techniques to create compelling people, places, and plots. We will look at authenticity of source material, author accountability, and using maps to enhance world-building. We’ll experiment with these techniques in our own writing exercises. Students will work together to take what they’ve learned and write their own Reader’s Theater scripts to perform at the end of the week.  Instructor: Jan LaRoche 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. Kirsten Dillender, a doctoral student in English at the University of Illinois-Urbana, will lead the blog discussion.