A Challenge Worthy of Your Potential Robotics: Exploring Math, Science and Technology | Forensic Science | Writing, Creatively | Economic$marts | Advanced Image Manipulation and Animation | Law 101 | What are the Chances? | Ecology Adventures | Uncovering the Secret Life of Light | Become a Chemist | Mysteries of the Mind | Acting Up: Ghost Story Edition
What is STEP?
ENRICHMENT ••CHALLENGE • RIGOROUS CURRICULUM R E AT I V E S Y N E R G Y ••CHEAD START ON HIGH SCHOOL •L A S T I N G F R I E N D S H I P S FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO APPLY ONLINE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: WWW.WCATY.WISC.EDU OR CONTACT: OLA SKYBA, STEP/YSSP DIRECTOR WCATY@EDUCATION.WISC.EDU | 608-890-3093 Summer Programs/WCATY, University of Wisconsin-Madison Suite 264 Teacher Education Bldg 225 N. Mills Street. Madison, WI 53706
SUMMER TRANSITIONAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM PRECOLLEGE | GRADES 7-8 | JULY 10-23, 2011 TWO-WEEK RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM | EDGEWOOD COLLEGE, MADISON, WI WISCONSIN CENTER FOR AC A D E M I C A L LY TA L E N T E D YO U T H
The Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) for students who are finishing grades 7-8 an opportunity to spend two weeks on a college campus studying one accelerated course. STEP is designed to enrich, intellectually challenge, and inspire. It offers a learning atmosphere that nurtures students’ talents and abilities, enriches social life, and encourages creativity. WCATY strives to balance the academic and recreational sides of camp. This program is for those who are ready for above grade level challenge and are serious about having fun in and outside of the classroom with peers who share similar aspirations and interests.
Deadline to apply: April 29, 2011 All application materials are available online at www.wcaty.wisc.edu
Choose a Class: Robotics: Exploring Math, Science and Technology
In this course students will design and build robots, then test them against each other in challenging games. Using math, science, and technology students will determine what factors need to be considered to create a competitive robot. In two weeks students will design, test, evaluate and operate a robot built from the VEX Robotics Design System. Strong problem solving skills combined with imagination and a keen sense of curiosity are essential.
Here’s your chance to become part of a team of forensic investigators! You will collect and analyze evidence from crime scenes and use logical thought processes and scientific inquiry skills to interpret evidence and explain crimes. You will learn to interpret physical and biological evidence- such as fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, impression analysis, blood and DNA analysis, and forensic entomology and anthropology.
Writing, Creatively Where do writers find their ideas? Students explore their creativity and discover what it takes to be a compelling writer, looking for inspiration in the mornings and laying down ideas in the afternoon. Prerequisite: This class is designed for avid readers and writers who read well above grade level and are serious about improving their skills, broadening their repertoire and preparing for high school writing.
Advanced Image Manipulation and Animation
Students will work to create images using digital cameras and professional motion design software. We will learn to modify, manipulate and print images using Adobe Photoshop prior to composing, animating and further manipulating their graphics in Adobe After Effects. A working knowledge of computers and a desire to learn technical processes is required for this course.
What Are The Chances?
Using a case study method, students will analyze individual rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and as interpreted by the courts. The course also examines the two major branches of the law—civil and criminal. Students will take a trip to view an actual trial. The class culminates in the preparation and enactment of an actual mock trial. This summer’s case is set in Ancient Rome, but involves circumstances and interpretations found in today’s legal system.
Students will take math to the next level, thinking visually about the complex relationships behind and between numbers. This introductory statistics course starts with collecting and presenting data and weaves its way through the concepts of central tendency, basic probability, normal distributions, and correlation. Students need to have a strong background in mathematics and problem solving. Students should also have a genuine interest in studying statistics and improving logic and critical thinking skills.
Ever wonder if you can drink the lake water? Do you know what an aye-aye, pika, or peccary is? Take an adventure with us as we explore the lakes and collect water samples, testing for water pollution. During a trip to the zoo, we will discover animals and plants belonging to different biomes. Try a new adventure and take photovoltaic cell apart to discover how renewable energy works or take a walk about adventure to collect recyclables and garbage to create sculptures and stories!
Why do people who need glasses sometimes not wear them? Why are child safety seats required in cars, but not in airplanes? Why are ATMs everywhere? Why do people in poor nations have more children than people in rich nations? If mysteries of everyday life, like these, spark your interest, this course is for you. In this class, we will use “economic” logic to solve the most curious questions. We will explore basic economic principles and apply them to our everyday decision making.
Uncovering the Secret Life of Light
Become a Chemist
Mysteries of the Mind
Acting Up: Ghost Story Edition
In this class we will look at how light effects different disciplines by understanding the physics of light, discovering the importance of scientific tools, and interpreting significant scientific findings through designing computer based demonstrations. Students will leave this class with a better understanding of the nature of light, its important role in science, and have exposure to the basics of computer programming by implementing it in a final group project.
If students keep their “ion” the experiment they will become a chemist themselves! Students will be introduced to chemistry concepts, learn to make observations, formulate hypotheses, and plan and execute experiments to test those hypotheses. Students will investigate why many of our observations of the natural world occur. Students should have a reasonable facility with mathematical concepts through beginning algebra for this course.
Combining elements of psychology, biology, cognitive science, and sociology, we’ll examine questions like: What is “intelligence?” Does everyone “see” the world the same way? What’s going on in our brains when we learn something new? Where do creative ideas come from? And, how is the Internet changing our brains? The course will also explore sometimes surprising new research about practical strategies we can use to learn faster, remember more, and think more creatively.
Students begin the course with a series of team-building activities designed to reinforce the idea that all actors must function as one. Their journey continues as they learn and become well-versed in various acting techniques, using a college-paced curriculum that includes the actor’s wheel of connection, improvisation techniques, and pantomime. Finally, students will audition for and perform Camp Death Lake: A Ghostly Film Noir Love Story of Doom.
fees and payment information Application fee: $75 Tuition Residential: $1650 Tuition Commuter: $1025 * financial aid available for qualifying students
Tuition includes housing and meals throughout the program, recreational activities, course supplies, and transportation during the program. Commuter students are provided lunch during the weekdays and may purchase additional meals when staying for evening or weekend activities. Students must provide their own spending money. Travel to and from the program is not included.
FOR APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, MORE INFORMATION, OR TO APPLY ONLINE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.WCATY.WISC.EDU