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Room 2005 Roseman Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190 
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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

Grandchildren's University "Majors"

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.

Astronomy: Exploring the Milky Way Galaxy

Description: Learn about all the things to be found in the Milky Way Galaxy. You will start off with an orientation session where you learn about what galaxies are, how big they are, and some of the things that can be found in our own Milky Way Galaxy. This will be followed by a walk through a campus-wide scale model of the Milky Way Galaxy where you will have to seek out new discoveries. You will learn how astronomers use different wavelengths of light to find things in space, and be introduced to several NASA sponsored Citizen Science projects where you can discover new planets, black holes, and stars that move through space at super-high speeds. At the end of the class, you will get to show off your favorite discoveries. There will also be an evening telescope viewing session, weather permitting.

Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 8-14
Physical Activity Level: Moderate during walks around the campus and to the Whitewater Observatory; low during the indoor lab activities

Instructor: Bob Benjamin is a professor in the Department of Physics at UW-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on physics and astronomy. He is an expert on the structure of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Part of the data that students will be using during the class projects will be data that he has obtained in the last year using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

Art Metals: Heirloom Project

Design and fabricate a piece of jewelry influenced by an existing familial object. Gain confidence in creating an original design or concept for a piece of jewelry that will be a physical reminder/celebration of the past, present and future. You will be guided in ways to discover your potential to communicate through metal. Learn practical approaches to developing a concept/design, and a work plan to bring those ideas to reality. Grandparents and grandchildren will work collaboratively to fabricate a new treasured piece of jewelry from something old, using basic metalsmithing techniques. Investigate ways to redesign memorable or sentimental objects, either conceptually or physically. Draw on new skills to shape a work including sawing, carving, and forging. You will also learn to join pieces together through hot and cold connections.

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

Instructor: Dr. Teresa Faris directs UWW’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

Biology: Freshwater Biology

Learn about the small (but oh so important) organisms found in local lakes and streams, and how surrounding land use can influence these organisms. In this major, you’ll visit a local lake and a local stream, and also spend time in a laboratory. At the lake, you’ll sample plankton, measure water quality, and learn about the benefits of shoreland restoration, and at the stream you’ll collect aquatic insects and learn why this stream has been designated an “Exceptional Resource Water” by the DNR. In the laboratory, you’ll use microscopes to view the plankton and aquatic insects you’ve collected in the field and learn how we can use these small aquatic organisms to tell us something about water quality.

Ages Recommended: Ages 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Moderate during the two field trips (we will park close to the lake and the stream, but some walking is necessary); low during the indoor lab.

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 UWW.

Chemistry: Materials and Energy

In this major, grandparents and grandchildren will work together in the chemistry laboratory to make fun products. You will build a battery and make silly putty, explode gun cotton, create glow sticks, and much more. In these exciting hands-on experiments, you will learn about electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium chemistry, and explore the physical world of chemistry by testing the properties of materials made in the chemistry laboratory.

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

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.

Paleontology: Dinosaurs and Life on Ancient Earth

Learn about how geologists study ancient earth using the remains of dinosaurs as well as other animal fossils found in southeastern Wisconsin. 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.

Instructor: Rex Hanger is an Associate Professor 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 Carboniferous through Cretaceous periods from throughout the Western United States, South America, and Europe.

Friday, June 23, 2017


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

Saturday, June 24, 2017


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


Cost Information

Resident: $210, per person

Commuter: $170, per person

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

Room & Board

Resident Campers

Resident campers will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. 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.  The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy.  Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Commuter Campers

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. Commuters will be able to go to the residence halls between sessions with teammates or friends if they choose. 

Driving Directions

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

Pre-Camp Information

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. 


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.

I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree 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. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.