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March 4, 2010

Summer science and more: UW Summer Youth Programs now open for registration

Girls and science, middle-schoolers and robotics, grade-schoolers plumbing the secrets of ancient civilizations — there will be a lot going on in this year’s UW Summer Youth Programs, and registration is already open.

UW Summer Youth Programs offer entertaining and educational sessions for students at the elementary, middle school and high school level throughout the summer.


  • Summer Day Camps for elementary students this summer will run for three sessions from late June to late August. Students can learn about heroes and heroines of mythology in Discover the Secrets of Ancient Civilizations, which will be June 28–July 16. A session called There’s No Place Like Home, which will engage students in designing a house of the future, will run July 19–Aug. 6. A session called It’s Not Easy Being Green, running from Aug. 9–20, will have students exploring how everyday decisions people make affect the environment.
  • The Middle School Academy will offer four sessions for interested pre-teens. A session called Flight, exploring the world of flight from Icarus through Amelia Earhart and beyond, will run Jun. 28–July 9. Arts and Society, which according to the Summer Programs Web site, will encourage students to “discover art as a means for social discourse and personal discovery,” will run July 12–23. The Science and Fun of Magic and Illusion, being somewhat self-explanatory, will be held July 26–Aug. 6.
  • The Middle School Girls Academy will use the theme of Arts in Science and Nature to help girls age 11 to 14 “develop potential and build self-esteem.” This runs for three weeks, June 28–July 16.
  • Programs for high school students are non-credit classes. This year there will be courses in writing (and screenwriting), computer programming and dance. Sharpen Your Writing Skills will be held in two sessions, June 28–July 2 and July 12–16. There will be two classes of Computer Programming in Java, the first in two sessions, June 28–July 9 and July 12–23. The second class will be July 26–Aug. 6.

High school students can take Screenwriting and the Art of Storytelling over three weeks, June 28–July 16. The Puget Sound Writers Project’s Young Writers Workshop will run July 12–23. And finally, Summer Dance Explorations for High School Students will be held July 26–Aug. 6.

To register or learn more about UW Summer Youth Programs, visit online at www.summeryouth.washington.edu.