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Grandchildren's University

UW-Whitewater Grandchildren's University

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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 2019.

Date: June 21 - 22, 2019


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Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/19/19. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

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: 12
Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low

Notes of Interest:  For safety in the studio, campers should plan to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and natural fiber clothing as well as glasses if you wear contact lenses.  Please also bring any and all objects that you would like to incorporate in your heirloom jewelry project or that will inspire your creation.
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

BiologyBiology: Mammal skulls and tracks 

Description: Do you know how to track a wolf? Can you tell what an animal eats by its teeth? Do you know why your pet dog listens to you while your cat ignores you? Well come and find the answers to these questions and more. We’ll study the shape of teeth in mammal skulls, find out about pack behavior and learn about animal tracks. We’ll also learn how to make plaster casts of animal track. There are many mammal skulls for you to examine. You’ll get to make a plaster casting of animals track such as a bear, wolf or cougar to take home.

Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 6-12
Physical Activity Level: Low

Notes of Interest:We will be making a plaster casts of tracks. Please wear clothing that can get plaster on it.
Instructor: George Clokey


(2019 Availability TBA) 2018 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

Notes of Interest:  Campers will be working with acids, bases and corrosive chemicals in the laboratory.  For safety in the laboratory, campers are required to wear long pants, closed toes shoes, and natural fiber clothing (cotton or wool).  Clothing may get stained from the chemicals in the laboratory, so please wear clothing you don't mind getting stained or holes in.  Chemical safety googles (indirect vent) are required to be worn in the laboratory when working with chemicals.  We will have goggles for you.
Instructor: John Ejnik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UW-Whitewater where he teaches General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Instrumental Chemistry. He conducts research in the area of Bioinorganic Chemistry and performs chemistry demonstrations as an outreach activity.

Genetics: Genetics Engineering in Tadpoles (How to make tadpoles make light like a firefly)Genetics

Have you ever watched fireflies make light at night? Scientists have figured that out and use that information to make mice, fish, plants, and even bacteria make light like a firefly. In this major, you and your grandparents will investigate how we can genetically engineer bacteria and frogs to make light and how a fertilized egg becomes a frog! We will design and carry out an experiment using our light producing tadpoles to help us answer some amazing scientific questions.

Capacity: 24
Ages Recommended: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low

Instructor: Kris Curran is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences where she teaches Introductory Biology, Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology. She conducts research in the development of circadian rhythm during early frog development.

DanceDance: With Motion Capture

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

Notes of Interest: TBA
Instructor: Piper Morgan Hayes teaches dance from toddlers to collegiate level.  She teaches Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pilates and Modern dance while choreographing several dance pieces each year as a resident faculty member at UW-Whitewater.  Piper regularly presents choreography in Milwaukee at DanceWorks and is beginning to search other performance venues in additional cities both local and nationwide.

Music: Creating Music Together 

MusicWould you like to make long lasting musical memories? Join Grandchildren's University to sing, play, create and record a song with your grandchild! Music is one of the most powerful tools we have for creating bonds and connections across generations— whether you sing, play instruments or create music. Regardless of age or ability, everyone is invited to participate in inspiring music activities that include singing, playing ukulele and Rock Band instruments (guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboard) and creating music compositions and songs. No prior experience necessary -- suitable for all musicians and music lovers with no prior training. We will learn to play and sing traditional songs and songs from different era of popular music. Are you ready to sing and play songs of Beatles, Bob Marley, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and many others? Participants will have opportunity to record an original composition or popular song at recording studio.

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.

GeologyGeology: Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Description: What causes the geologic disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis/ how do scientists study those? Can we build earthquake resistant buildings? Can we stop a lava flow? In this camp we will explore these questions through various hands-on activities which include exploring data from the UWW seismograph to see how we measure earthquakes, building earthquake resistant buildings and simulating explosive volcanism.

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

Notes of Interest: Please wear clothes that you would not mind getting dirty, and comfortable shoes.
Instructor: Prajukti (juk) Bhattacharyya ( is a full professor in the Department of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with a background in “Hard Rock Geology” and Geoscience Education. She teaches courses on volcanoes, mountain building, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, and environmental geology.


Description: Learn about how geologists study ancient earth using the remains of many different types of animal fossils found in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. You will visit a local rock quarry to collect your own fossils that you may take home to keep. Grandparents and grandchildren will work together in the paleontology laboratory to identify their fossils. Through hands-on activities, everyone will learn how to professionally clean and prepare the fossils using multiple research instruments.

Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 8-14
Physical Activity Level: Moderate during the field trip to the local quarry (some walking, hammering and light rock lifting is necessary); Low during the indoor lab activities.

Notes of Interest: For the quarry trip, wear old clothing and close-toed shoes that you will not mind getting dirty.
Instructor: Rex Hanger is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science at UW-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on paleontology, stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology and field geology. He conducts research on fossils of the Ordovician through Cretaceous periods from throughout the Western United States, South America and Europe.

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. Groups of two may be housed with another registered group.  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, pillows, linen, shower and hand towels, utensils, cookware, and dinnerware. Basic tolietries, like soap, are not provided. 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.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 6/12/19.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes grandchildren's medication requirements(complete only if taking meds at this event), check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event.

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 permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of the location of the time of check-in/check-out and 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  Registrants driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a parking permit from director at check in.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

You may temporarily park in Lot 3 next to Starin Hall to unload your belongings.  We suggest that you check in to get your room key and parking pass before bringing your belonging in (less for you to handle while waiting in line).  There will be staff to help you unload your car.  Once unloaded, you will then need to move your car to Lot 7 and can unpack your belonging in your assigned room. Please make sure you move your car after it is unload to make room for campers arriving after you.

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 recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home (iPod, Fitbit, 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



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 


1:30 pm - 4:00

Major Classes

4:15 pm - 5:15

Campus Scavenger Hunt

5:30 pm - 6:30


7:00 pm - 9:00

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



7:45 am - 8:45


9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Major Classes

12:15 pm - 1:15


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


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. 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.