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2014 Summer Enrichment Institutes
Grades 10 – 12

Performance Theatre

Welcome to the typical day of a working theatre company. Students will attend professional workshops on voice, stage movement, monologue preparation, improvisation, character development, make-up and acting styles. This challenging course ends in a culminating activity where students perform their own production for friends and family.

Course Dates: July 6-11, 2014                         Fee: $650


Engineering                                                     BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

This fast-paced, hands-on introduction to engineering is presented using familiar everyday examples. Students will study a variety of engineering disciplines including: biomedical, computer, electrical, human factors, and mechanical. Emphasis is placed on learning-to-know by learning-to-do.  Learn by engaging with the various topics by looking through the eyes of an engineer to explore how and why things work. Both computer simulations and tangible examples are used as experiential models.

Course Dates: July 6-11, 2014                         Fee: $650


Take Action – LEADERSHIP      

Use your high school years to set a course for the rest of your life! Skills you develop right now will set a firm foundation for developing a strong character, leading to future success in your academic and career endeavors. Students will develop new skills in conflict management, effective listening and goal setting. Students will learn their strengths and in what areas they need to grow.

Course Dates: July 13-18, 2014                       Fee: $650


Food Science STEM                                       NEW!

Participants will explore the fascinating world of food and science. Students will learn important facts about how foods are processed to make them attractive, tasty, safe, nutritious, healthy, and convenient for consumers. They will have the chance to use their scientific knowledge to develop new innovative food product ideas while working in a team. Experiential field trips and interaction with Food Scientists will expose participants to state-of-the-art engineering technologies.

Course Dates: July 13-18, 2014                       Fee: $650

Law and Government

Guilty or innocent? This class will examine the American Legal system. Explore the constitution, the Supreme Court, laws, legal and trial procedures. Students will investigate political and legal issues that may affect their lives as well as the lives of others. Students will study and research historical trials and how they have impacted our lives today. Have a better understanding of our government and what makes it different from other countries.

Course Dates: July 20-25, 2014                       Fee: $650


Psychology of Persuasion

Have you ever wondered why children always want to go to McDonalds? Are you curious how Facebook decides which posts stay in your newsfeed? Want to know how to get more hits on a YouTube video? Discover how advertisements can play on your emotions. Explore how you can be effective in your own self marketing as you apply for colleges and scholarships.

Course Dates: July 20-25, 2014                       Fee: $650


Creative Writing – Fiction

Have you written stories for as long as you can remember? Do you dream of being a published author one day? In this week-long fiction-writing course you’ll work side-by-side with published faculty covering everything from getting a first sentence on the page to finishing a full draft. Students will study character development, setting, dialogue, point-of-view, and scene development. Special workshops throughout the week will include a Q&A panel with college creative writing students, one-on-one feedback from WSU faculty, and an informational workshop on publication.

Course Dates:  July 27- Aug. 1, 2014            Fee: $650


Forensic Science                                          BACK  BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Explore the fundamental processes of forensic investigation and crime scene analysis, just as crime scene investigators do. Using biology, chemistry, and geology, students will test the strengths and weaknesses of regularly used forensic techniques – response and evidence collection guidelines, fingerprinting, and DNA profiling, as they complete hands-on crime scene analysis. Students will also see how these forensic techniques are applied to numerous high-profile real world cases.

Course Dates:  July 27- Aug. 1, 2014            Fee: $650