UW-Whitewater Grandchildren's University

Join us this summer for UW-Whitewater’s intergenerational program, Grandchildren’s University. Grandparents and their grandchildren will share an educational experience learning from some of Whitewater’s most dynamic professors. What better way for grandparents and grandchildren to relive memories about university life, and create new memories, than by living in our air-conditioned residence hall and studying side by side?

At Grandchildren's University, grandparents and their grandchildren will:

  • Work together on hands-on learning activities
  • Have fun with various evening activities
  • Share a suite in our newest air-conditioned residence hall
  • Earn a “degree” in one of the offered “majors”
  • Meet some of UW-Whitewater’s most interesting professors and students
  • Meet other grandparents and their grandchildren

 This camp is available to grandchildren ages 7-14 in 2018.

Date: June 22 - 23, 2018

Register OnlineOpens Soon!

Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/20/18. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

Archeology: Finding the REAL Fort in Fort Atkinson?

Archaeology is the study of the past by looking at the stuff people leave behind. In this major, we will explore where U.S. soldiers built the original fort, known as Fort Koshkonong, in Fort Atkinson back in 1832. We will tour the reconstructed fort with some of the people who helped build it in the 1960s, and learn about the Black Hawk War of 1832. We will also tour the Hoard Historical Museum and Dairy Shrine, see artifacts reflecting Fort Atkinson’s fascinating history and take part in mini-projects to learn how archaeologists do their jobs and interpret the objects they find in the ground. This course will involve some class projects, walking, and generally getting dirty (long sleeve shirts and long pants that can get dirty and good walking shoes, bug spray and sun screen highly recommended).


Capacity: 20
Ages recommended: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Moderate during field work, low during the museum and lab activities


Instructor: Pete Killoran is a Biological Anthropologist specializing in Forensic science and Bio-archaeology and a consultant and researcher with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey. This ongoing research allows him to participate in the recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains. Research projects include the Historic Frankfort cemetery, Eastern States Cemetery, and the documentation of African American and Poor House cemeteries.


Art: Direct Method Casting with Pewter

Want to design and fabricate your own pewter object? You will be guided in ways to discover your potential to communicate through metal. Grandparents and grandchildren will work collaboratively to use traditional and contemporary techniques to make molds for casting pewter objects. The objects could be used as a talisman, heirloom, jewelry, or something original!


Capacity: 15
Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low


Instructor: Dr. Teresa Faris directs UW-Whitewater’s Metals program and is co-author of the Women of Metal Exhibition and Oral History Project. She has received a number of awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts 2008. She exhibits extensively in Europe and the US. Recent work, publications and exhibition are listed on her website at teresafaris.com.


Chemistry

Chemistry: Forensics

In this major, you will learn about forensic chemistry by analyzing samples for propellants, medications, trace metals, polymers, and inorganics. In these exciting hands-on experiments, you will collect data to solve the chemistry composition of unknown samples commonly collected in forensic science. You will also learn about instruments commonly used like Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry and Infrared Spectrometry instruments.


Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: Ages 8-14
Physical Activity Level: Low indoor lab activities


Instructor: Dr. Elisabeth Harrahy conducts research on the effects of water pollution on aquatic organisms and teaches courses in ecology, aquatic biology, and environmental toxicology at UW-Whitewater.



Dance: Traditional to Modern

Description: Interested in Majoring in Dance this summer with the Grandchildren's University? Over the course of two days, students of different ages, sizes, and genders will be introduced to basic concepts of Ballet, Improvisation and Modern dance that will facilitate all levels (whether a novice or experienced mover). All dancers are encouraged to challenge their physical abilities while being sensitive to one's limitations---altering the speed and intensity of movement as a mindful approach of the body's health. In our classes, we will encourage strength, power, and agility regardless of gender and societal stigmas toward dance. As an instructor, Piper Morgan Hayes will challenge the belief that dance is only a feminine art and will push creativity and universal movement phrases and choreography for all involved!!!


Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Moderate; Variable depending on personal choice


Instructor: Piper Morgan Hayes.


Music: Make Your Own Song 

MusicDo you want to learn how to write a song? This major will help to unlock the secrets of songwriting, explaining basic concepts of music notation, scales, and chords. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned musician, you will find this course useful. We will focus on the process of writing a song, specific software and hardware techniques, skills and applications you need in the recording, mixing, and mastering. Whether you are starting with words, a melody, or a chord progression we will help you transform it into a real song!


Capacity: 15
Ages Recommended: Ages 8-14
Physical Activity Level: Low


Instructor:Dr. Alena Holmes is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education. An active researcher, clinician musician, and pedagogue, Holmes has given over 60 presentations in United States and in Russia, Malaysia, Italy, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Ireland and Scotland and has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapter on music education. In addition to her research and teaching, Alena Holmes is a singer and songwriter performing in educational, professional, and community contexts throughout US.


Media Arts: Video Game Creation

Description: Do you want to learn some of the tricks in how to design and develop a video game? How can interactive media tell a story? This major will help you to discover some basics of coding that are needed to bring games to life. No previous experience is needed, just a mindset for problem solving and creativity!


Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low


Instructor: Dr. Nick Hwang is a composer and sonic artist whose work explores connections in art, technology and interaction in the Media Arts and Game Development department at UW-Whitewater.

Resident Camper: $210 per person

Participants will be staying in the air-conditioned Starin Hall suites. Maximum capacity of each suite is four.  Groups larger than for will be split into two or more suites as necessary.  These suites provide four separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living space, and a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. You must provide your own bedding, utensils, cookware, and dinnerware. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Commuter Camper: $170 per person

Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. Commuters do not eat breakfast on campus but will be provided with lunch and dinner. 

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt and insurance.

Refunds

Early cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee if the cancellation is requested 7 days prior to the camp. Medical documentation must be provided and received before the start of camp to qualify.  All other cancellations, including those with medical documentation received after the start of camp, will receive payment back minus $50.  NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons.  All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable.  Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes check-in and out times with locations, daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp.

Info Packet Available Soon

Health Forms

Each camper under the age of 18 years old must complete the healthEcamper online form 5 days prior to arrival for each camp they attend; no camper will be allowed to participate without completing the form. You can complete the healthEcamper online form after registering.  Use the email address provided to register for this camp as your user name on the healthEcamper website to avoid receiving emails from us indicating you have not completee this health form.

Click to complete online health form once registered.

Summer Camp Rules

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.

Parking

Parking permits are required to park on campus. You may park for free at the location and time of check-in and check-out. All other locations and times you will need to have a parking permit to avoid a ticket. Campers driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a parking permit from camp director at the initial camp meeting.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, iTouch, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.

Typical Daily Schedule

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

TimeEvent

8:30 am - 9:30

Residence Hall Registration/Move-in at Starin Hall

9:30 am - 10:00 

Welcome and Opening

10:15 am - 12:00

Major Classes

12:00 pm -1:15 

Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00

Major Classes

4:15 pm - 5:15

Campus Scavenger Hunt

5:30 pm - 6:30

Dinner

7:00 pm - 9:00

Optional Evening Activities - Open Swim, Bowling, Pool, Video Games and Stargazing at the Observatory

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

TimeEvent

7:45 am - 8:45

Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Major Classes

12:15 pm - 1:15

Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30

GCU Commencement 

2:30 pm - 3:00

Starin Hall Checkout

 *All times are subject to change, the pre-camp info will have the accurate schedule

Insurance

Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.