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June 23–24, 2018

For boys entering grades 6–8

Celebrating its 8th year!

Boys' Science Exploration Camp

This camp encourages boys' interests in science and math by giving them hands-on learning and activities in an environment that is supportive, enriching and—most importantly—fun! The boys work with UW-La Crosse faculty and staff who encourage experimentation, investigation and involvement in the fields of math and science.

  • hands-on experiments
  • your choice from nine workshops
  • taught by university faculty and staff
  • full campus experience with overnight stay

In addition to the activities, the boys experience a college campus, an overnight stay in a residence hall, campus meals, and social activities with peer students, university student assistants and faculty.

Susan Kelly, Ph.D.
Science Director

Special thanks to:

UWL Continuing Education and Extension
UWL College of Science and Health
Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network 
Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium  
Gundersen Health System  
Bosshard Parke Law Firm

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center Logo        

 

College of Science and Health logo

 

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

10:15—11:50 a.m. Arrival, registration & check-in Eagle Hall
11:50 a.m.—12 p.m. House meeting Eagle Hall gathering area
12—12:20 p.m. Welcome & orientation
Parents depart 
TBD
12:30—1:30 p.m. FEATURE PRESENTATION: TBD TBD
1:45—3:15 p.m.

Workshops Group 1

  • Save the Penguins Habitat
  • Stone-Age Life: Could You Cut It?
  • Making Bones Speak!
TBD
3:35—5:05 p.m.

Workshops Group 2

  • Talking to Computers: How the Internet Works
  • How Not to Get Sick (of Math!)
  • Discovering Mathematics with a Deck of Cards
TBD
5:10—6:10 p.m. Dinner The U
6:15—9 p.m. Recreational activities/games Eagle Hall
9 p.m. Snack Eagle Hall
9:15—10 p.m. Quiet time and preparation for bed Eagle Hall
10 p.m. Lights out Eagle Hall

Sunday, June 24, 2018

7:30—8 a.m. Breakfast Eagle Hall gathering area
8—8:45 a.m. Clean rooms & pack
Leave belongings in room 
Eagle Hall
8:45 a.m. Return to Cowley Hall TBD
9—11 a.m.

Workshops Group 3

  • Crime Scene Investigation: The Case of Jason Worth
  • Zombie Brains!
  • Junkyard Digestion
TBD
11:05—11:55 a.m. Lunch The U
12—2 p.m.

Workshops Group 4

  • C How Much Do You Spew
  • When Light and Matter Collide, There's Chemistry
  • Roller Coasters!
TBD
1:45 p.m. Parents arrive at Cowley Hall TBD
2—2:20 p.m. Complete program evaluation, meet parents
Return to Eagle Hall with parents to pick-up belongings and return keys
TBD

Registration opens February 1, 2018!

You will be assigned four workshops, two on Saturday and two on Sunday, based on your ranking of class choices. Workshop assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. We try our best to assign each student one of her top choices, but class size limitations do not always make this possible.

Important:

To ensure the health and saftey of all children, each child must submit a health form prior to the event.

  • Health forms must be emailed to: conted@uwlax.edu
  • Submit your form a least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event
  • Include the name of the program your child will attend in the body of your email
  • Children who do not submit a form will not be allowed to participate

Registration dates & cancellation:

Registrations are accepted until June 8, 2018 or until enrollment is reached.

Cancellation policy:

Substitutions welcome. Full refund less $25 processing fee two weeks prior to event, no refunds thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to: conted@uwlax.edu.
 
Registration implies permission for photos, publicity and inclusion in a participant list, unless Continuing Education/Extension is notified in writing prior to the program: conted@uwlax.edu.

Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2018 Scholarship Applications are accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment is due at time of registration.

Return this scholarship application and financial information to: 
 
UW-La Crosse Continuing Education
205 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
conted@uwlax.edu
 
You must complete the scholarship application form and attach:
  • First page of your 2017 Federal Income Tax Form (child must be listed as exemption) or letter of explanation if one was not filed. This requirement may be waived if you provide a letter from child's school indicating the child received *free* meals at school. Once this is verified, you are responsible for at least 15% of the tuition fee for one program, payable at time of registration, not including supply/equipment fees.
  • Student's current grade report (must be in good academic standing)

Incomplete applications are not processed. Notification of scholarship decision and registration instructions will be sent out on May 1, 2018. Scholarship application deadline for summer programs (June-August) is April 1, 2018.

Everyone is expected to pay at least 15% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of the cost of the program. Scholarships are good for one Continuing Education youth program per year only and does not include supply/equipment fees. Scholarships are not available for programs $300 or more.

2018 Boys' Science Exploration workshops

Saturday, June 23, 2018

FEATURED PRESENTATION:
~ Jill Welter, Ph.D., Biology, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minn.

Dr. Jill WelterProfessor Jill Welter, from the St. Catherine University, will speak to students about her research in the Arctic that aims to understand how human activities that cause environmental change, including climate warming and nutrient pollution, influence aquatic food webs and nutrient cycling.

Group 1

Save the Penguins Habitat | Heidi Masters, Ph.D., Educational Studies
Come help save the penguins habitat! Due to global climate change, penguins are in desperate need of your engineering skills. To help save the penguins you will need to come up with a solution to keep ice from melting. Please join me and let’s see you put those engineering skills to work as you build and test your own ice shelter. 

Stone-Age Life: Could You Cut It? | Connie Arzigian, Ph.D., Archaeology/Anthropology
What do you think it was like when getting your dinner or clothing depended on making and using stone tools? You'll make and then use some stone tools to see how they did it, and what we can learn about life in the past.

Making Bones Speak! | Amy Nicodemus, Ph.D., Archaeology/Anthropology
Ever wanted to be a forensic anthropologist like Temperance Brennan (Bones) or Dr Mallard on NCIS. How are they able to identify someone from just a few bones? In this workshop we’ll look at some (replica) human bones that were found in the woods. Who was this person? What did they look like? We’ll figure out the sex, age, height, and ancestry of the person from their bones, to help the police identify the remains, and see how real scientists work.

Group 2

Talking to Computers: How the Internet Works | Samantha Foley, Ph.D., Computer Science
Computers need special languages and infrastructure to communicate across the internet. How do computers talk to other computers across the world? What does it take to make a language that can be understood by someone on the other side of the internet? In this workshop, we will learn how the internet works and how messages are sent across the world. We will also work on our own language for communicating across the internet and practice sending messages to our friends. 

How Not to Get Sick (of math!) | James Peirce, Ph.D., Mathematics and Statistics
Infections can be spread in many forms. The common cold is shared when a healthy person is exposed to a sick person. Swimmers' Itch, a nasty rash we get when we swim in infected lakes, is caused by little parasites that mistake us for ducks. Remarkably, math can be an important tool in understanding how diseases are spread and often can suggestion ways of reducing future infections. This workshop will be a hands-on, interactive, introduction to common mathematical methods in fighting disease spread. 

Discovering Mathematics with a Deck of Cards | Whitney George, Ph.D., Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract: For this session, we will focus on a card game called SET. This is a game where you match three cards based off of their characteristics such as color, number, or shape. While this is a fun game in its own right, the real fun begins when we learn how the cards can define lines, planes, planets, and universes. We will learn about the game SET, play a few rounds, and then jump into some mathematical constructions with these cards. As a participant, you will learn how mathematicians think when presented with an abstract problem and how they come up with solutions.  

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Group 3

Crime Scene Investigation: The Case of Jason Worth | Faye Ellis, M.S., Biology
A missing heir, Jason Worth, comes from a world of money, power and mystery. Use the skills of a forensic scientist to discover who kidnapped Jason Worth by analyzing blood samples, finger prints and other evidence to solve the crime.

Zombie Brains! | Christina Schwartz, Ph.D., Biology
In the movies, we see zombies stumbling around trying to eat more and more human brains! But what could be happening in THEIR brains to cause them to act like this? In this workshop, you will be neuroscientists investigating zombie behavior and brains. You will learn all about zombies, investigate real brain samples, and determine how a normal healthy person could potentially turn into an undead monster! Please note that this workshop involves dissecting and handling REAL brains! 

Junkyard Digestion | Sumei Liu, Ph.D., Biology
The human body needs food to survive. The digestive system converts the foods we eat into their simplest forms and absorbs them into the blood. The bloodstream carries the nutrients to every cell in our body, which will be used for energy. What is the digestive system made of and how does it work? In this workshop, you will build a working model of the digestive tract out of used goods and household items. You will then test your model and make sure it digests food and produces and end product (i.e. “poop”). 

Group 4

C How Much Do You Spew? | Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., and Kelly Gorres, Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry
Have you ever asked yourself…how much carbon dioxide (CO2) do I spew? If you have asked this important question, you’re not alone! We exhale CO2 when we breathe and produce more of this gas through everyday living. But what effect does this have on our daily lives? In this hands-on workshop, we will explore the chemical nature CO2 and its effects on climate, the environment, and our lives. So…how much do you spew?

When Light and Matter Collide, There’s Chemistry | Kendric Nelson, Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry
From the colors we see in a rainbow to glow-in-the-dark toys, light-matter interactions are the source of these phenomena.  We will investigate what matter is and how light can be reflected, absorbed, and even emitted from matter.  An investigation of some common household items with unusual light-matter interactions will be undertaken.

Roller Coasters! | Seth King, Ph.D., Physics
Have you ever wondered how a roller coaster can go upside down or make a barrel roll? Why does the start hill have to be so high above the ground? In this program you will learn about the scientific principles that govern roller coaster design, and use them to build your own model roller coaster!

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2018 scholarship applications are accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment is due at time of registration.

Return this scholarship application and financial information to: 

UW-La Crosse Continuing Education
205 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
conted@uwlax.edu

You must complete the scholarship application form and attach:

  • First page of your 2017 Federal Income Tax Form (child must be listed as exemption) or letter of explanation if one was not filed. This requirement may be waived if you provide a letter from child's school indicating the child received *free* meals at school. Once this is verified, you are responsible for at least 15% of the tuition fee for one program, payable at time of registration, not including supply/equipment fees.
  • Student's current grade report (must be in good academic standing)

Incomplete applications are not processed. Notification of scholarship decision and registration instructions will be sent on May 1, 2018. Scholarship application deadline for summer programs (June-August) is April 1, 2018.

Everyone is expected to pay at least 15% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of the cost of the program. Scholarships are good for one Continuing Education youth program per year only and does not include supply/equipment fees. Scholarships are not available for programs $300 or more.

Important:

To ensure the health and saftey of all children, each child must submit a health form prior to the event.

  • Health forms must be emailed to: conted@uwlax.edu
  • Submit your form a least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event
  • Include the name of the program your child will attend in the body of your email
  • Children who do not submit a form will not be allowed to participate

Participants are assigned three workshops, two on Saturday and one on Sunday, based on their workshop rankings. Workshop assignments are on a first-come, first-serve basis. We try our best to assign each student one of their top choices, but class size limitations do not always make this possible. Students stay overnight in the residence hall and participate in evening activities.

  • Students are expected to stay overnight in the residence hall and participate in evening activities.
  • Parent lodging information: contact the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.658.9424 or www.explorelacrosse.com for lodging information.

Residence halls and supervision:

UW-La Crosse alumni serve as counselors and are responsible for the supervision of the students outside class time. They develop a spirited atmosphere, lead them in activities, and ensure adherence to safety rules and other regulations. Additionally, all residence halls have adult residence assistants trained as counselors. The student-to-counselor ratio is approximately 10:1. Students need to bring all personal items. Sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase are provided. Residence halls feature TVs, room refrigerators, lounges and game rooms.

Insurance:

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

Questions:

For questions or additional information contact 608.785.6500 or conted@uwlax.edu.

Continuing Education and Extension | UW-La Crosse 
1725 State Street | 205 Morris Hall 
La Crosse, WI 54601 
866.895.9233