Youth Programs

Image of girl and boy in science lab.Young Scholars @ UW-L | Students entering grades 5-9

July 14-18, 2014

Course assignments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

(Afternoon Courses; includes two courses, tote bag)
$139, Early Bird Fee on/before April 7, 2014
$159, after April 7, 2014

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examine | explore | experiment | discover | create | learn

Young Scholars week-long program promotes learning through hands-on activities in areas from the arts to the sciences. Youth work alongside UW-L faculty and experts in various fields who invite experimentation, investigation and involvement. Young Scholars offers flexible times to fit into your summer schedule. Have fun while learning!

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Young woman using microscope.2014 Young Scholars Schedule

12-12:30 p.m. Arrival, Registration & Welcome
12:30-2 p.m. Early Afternoon Sessions:
   - Molecules of Life
(grades 5 & 6)
   - TV Production
(grades 5 & 6)
   - Fun with Physics
(grades 7, 8 or 9)
   - Playing with Populations (grades 7, 8 or 9)
2:15-3:45 p.m. Late Afternoon Sessions:
   - Molecules of Life
(grades 7, 8 or 9)
   - TV Production
(grades 7, 8 or 9)
   - Fun with Physics
(grades 5 & 6)
   - Playing with Populations
(grades 5 & 6)

2014 Program Descriptions

Fun with Physics
Explore the fascinating world of physics such as mechanics, fluid dynamics, electricity magnetism, optics and atomic physics. Participate in hands-on experiments and demonstrations involving the laws of motion, buoyancy, circuits, optics and lasers.
Seth King, Ph.D., Physics

Molecules of Life
Discover life at the nanoscale through hands-on explorations of DNA, proteins, lipids and cells. Extract DNA from fruits and veggies and pull the proteins out of milk to get a literal feel for their stringy, polymer-like structures. We'll measure how quickly specialized proteins called enzymes digest your food. Finally, we'll use microscopy to glimpse inside of a cell to see the cell's machines hard at work.
Jennifer Klein, PhD (biology)
Peter Wilker, PhD (microbiology)

Playing with Populations
Infected Population, U.S. Census and Zombies. Which is better: Cooperation or Competition? Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a huge task: tallying up all the people living in the United States. Using previous data, teams of students will develop a mathematical tool, or model, to predict what the size of the population will be in the next 10 years? They will test their model with previous data and discuss whether the model will be able to predict population size 100 years from now? The student teams will then modify their models to describe animal populations where cooperation and competition can affect the population sizes. Finally we explore how their models can be modified even further to describe the transmission of diseases. The course will be a great introduction to how mathematical models are created: from drawing conceptual pictures to building, testing, and modifying formulas that capture population change.
James Peirce, Ph.D., Mathematics

TV Production
Participants will be introduced to the skills needed to produce TV programs for the air. You will learn how to operate a studio camera, a studio switcher, learn the proper use of a studio teleprompter and editing equipment, set up and operate the appropriate lighting and audio equipment, direct a studio production and understand the technical terms used during studio production.
Patricia Turner, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Boy working on computer.General Information

Registration Deadlines & Cancellation: Registrations will be accepted up to two weeks prior to the beginning of each program or until enrollment is reached. Full refunds will be given (less $25 processing fee) if cancellations are made in writing prior to May 30, 2014.

Picture of scholarship burst.Scholarships: Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2014 Scholarship Application will be accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment will be due at time of registration.

Insurance: Participants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as limited accident insurance is provided by UW-La Crosse.

For questions and/or more Information: Karen DeSchepper, 608.785.6508 or