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 2019.

Date: June 21 - 22, 2019


Register OnlineOpens Soon!

Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/19/19. 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

Notes of interest:  What is archaeology?  What is artifact?  Importance of cultural perservation? How it ties to history and community pride but also tourism and identity.  How do we analyze artifacts?  Most archaeology and artifacts are people's garbage.  What can we learn from it and what might be missing?  How do we date things?
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

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 teresafaris.com.


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 question

Capacity: 30
Ages Recommended: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low

Notes of Interest:  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.
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: Traditional to Modern

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.

Media ArtsMedia 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

Notes of Interest: TBA
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. Basic tolietries, like soup, 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 cesevents@uww.edu 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 cesevents@uww.edu; 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 health form, 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. Each camper must complete the healthEcamper online form at least 24 hours prior to arrival for each camp they attend; no camper will be allowed to participate without completing the form. 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 completed this health form.

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 the initial event meeting.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

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.