Pre-College Programs

Discovery (Grades K-6)/Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

Overview

Registration

Registration is now open for 2021! Registering online gives you immediate access to scheduling classes.

Overview

Summer enrichment courses at Wright State University are designed to encourage your child’s creativity and enthusiasm for learning. Pre-College Programs is pleased to offer summer enrichment for students entering grades K-9. Students who desire a challenge, are interested in learning and personal growth, and have the motivation to succeed are encouraged to take advantage of these hands-on, exploratory courses. Teachers and professionals from the Miami Valley provide exciting, educational, and challenging learning environments that encourage creativity and critical thinking. All courses are held on the Dayton campus of Wright State University.


COVID-19 Protocols

Welcome to Wright State University’s Summer Enrichment Program. This year’s program will follow COVID-19 approved protocols. To do so, we require assistance from parents. 

Health Assessment

Parents/guardians will receive and be required to agree and acknowledge that they will follow daily heath monitoring practices for their child(ren). 
Daily monitoring practices will include checking body temperature and other COVID-19 symptoms. Parents will agree to follow health department guidelines. Parents/guardians will report any possible exposure of their child(ren) to COVID-19. Staff will be required to conduct daily health checks (checking temperatures and assessing symptoms) prior to arriving at Wright State University. Additional temperature checks will be done for each student upon arrival. If the child is running a fever or displaying symptoms they will not be allowed to participate, and parents will be expected to pick up the child immediately.

Instructional Supplies

Students will bring their own high-touch classroom materials from home. Those include scissors, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue, and glue sticks. Materials provided by Pre College will be handed out each day and nothing is to be shared.

Face Coverings

Students, staff, and instructors will wear masks. Masks must cover the mouth and nose and remain on unless actively eating or drinking. It is encouraged that students bring an extra mask. 

Social Distancing

Students, staff, and instructors will maintain social distancing at the CDC recommended 6 ft. distance. Students must stay with their designated class. 

Classrooms

Classrooms being used all have a COVID capacity of 15 or more. All classrooms will be wiped down with a CDC-approved disinfectant in the morning prior to arrival, during lunch break, and at the end of the day. Students will have an assigned seat each week. Reminders to social distance and keep your masks on will be placed in each classroom for the summer. Hand sanitizer will be placed in each room.

Discovery Morning Recreation Break

Students will be instructed to be seated while eating and must stay with their class in a designated area. All recreation equipment will be sanitized before and after use.

Lunch Break

Students will bring their own lunches. Each class will have a designated area that they must remain in. Students must be seated while eating and staff will ensure social distancing is maintained. Recreation equipment will be sanitized before and after use. 

Water Fountains

Water fountains have been disabled. Please send a large, filled water bottle (one that your child can carry) with your child each day. Please include additional drinks for their lunch and snack. We will be outdoors as much as possible this summer.

Participant Illness

In the event that a participant becomes ill while on campus, the parent/guardian will be contacted.  Students will be isolated in 124 Allyn Hall. Parents will be expected to pick up theIR child immediately.

Contact Tracing

If we are notified of any student contracting COVID-19, and your student has been identified as being in their class, or near them for an extended period of time you will be notified by email and by phone. Should this happen, CDC guidelines for quarantine will be enforced. Refunds will be given based on full class days that are canceled. 

2021 Summer Course Information

Weekly Fee 

The fee for each session is $140. A registration deposit of $70 per session is due with each application. The registration deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE after acceptance into the selected course. The balance due must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of the session. Any payments made after the balance due date will be charged a $10 late fee. Pre-College Programs reserves the right to cancel any registrations if payments are not made by the given due date. After May 1, 2021, a fee of $10 per course will be charged to change a course selection once a student is officially enrolled in the program.

Confirmation of Registration

Upon acceptance, you will receive an email confirmation of your student’s registration.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The registration deposit of $70 per session is NON-REFUNDABLE after acceptance into a selected course. All requests for refunds due to cancellation must be submitted in writing. A fee of $35 will be deducted from refunds requested after May 1, 2021. Course changes or cancellations will not be accepted past the registration deadline. In the event that a course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be issued for students dismissed for disciplinary reasons.

Extended Care

Is available for parents who need to drop their student(s) off and/or pick up their student(s) before or after normal program hours of 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents who take advantage of the Extended Care option may drop off their student(s) between 7:30-8:00 a.m. and must pick them up by 5:30 p.m. The Extended Care option is an extra $55 per session, per student. There is a limited enrollment of 30 students per Extended Care session. Registration deadline for Extended Care, providing space is available, is the Wednesday prior to the start of each session at noon. A charge of $10 for every five minutes late during pickup time will be charged. 

Lunch

Students should bring a mid-morning snack and sack lunch with a drink each day. There is to be no sharing or trading of items.

Recreation

Students should bring their swimsuit and towel on Tuesdays or Thursdays for swimming. Due to COVID restrictions, there is a limited number allowed in the pool at one time. On the off swimming day, students will participate in supervised recreation.

Supplies

Students will bring their own high-touch classroom materials from home. Those include scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, and glue sticks. Materials provided by Pre College will be handed out each day and nothing is to be shared. Instructors will pass out materials wearing gloves, and then remove gloves (sanitizing hands before and after).

Discipline Policy

It is expected that students will take responsibility for their own behavior and act appropriately to foster a positive environment for all participants. If a student should act inappropriately during the program, a warning will be given to the student and to the parents on the day of the infraction. If inappropriate behavior recurs, the child will be removed from the class and may be removed from the program. Severe or malicious infringement of the Discovery rules or policies will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Holiday

No classes will be held on Monday, July 5, 2021. All fees will remain the same for that week.

2021 Courses

Week 1: June 1-4, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 1 is May 25, 2021. Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades  K-1

  • ASC 101 Snap, Crackle, Pop
    Join us as we mix, squish, and create chemical concoctions that may crackle, pop, fizz, or sometimes safely explode. Learn to love experiments early on in school.

Grades 2-3

  • ASC 102 Junior Detective
    Put your crime scene skills to the test when you learn about fingerprints, handwriting analysis, and more. Learn how to interview suspects and how detectives use logic and reasoning to solve mysteries.
  • ASC 103 Knights of the Round
    Table Learn what it was like to be a knight in shining armor as you journey through history and study famous castles, kings, and queens. Create your own coat of arms and build your own castle. Build a catapult and practice with different projectiles. Create your own piece of art using a catapult and painted objects.

Grades 4-5-6

  • ASC 104 Webmaster
    Have you ever wanted to make your own Web Page? Learn the basics about developing and creating your own page. Discover how to make links to cool sites, add graphics, and your own pictures. Learn the importance of safety while using the Internet.
  • ASC 105 Carnival Science
    Everyone loves the games at a carnival, but did you know that science plays a role in how easily you can win? At what angle do you want to toss the ball in basket toss? What height, curve, and velocity do you need to score big in skee-ball? What level of water in bottles makes it easiest to knock them down? Create, play, and test a variety of carnival-style games. Learn how to make a favorite carnival treat.
  • ASC 106 Discovery Court
    Students have a chance to discover what a courtroom looks and feels like as they take on the assorted jobs. Students will participate in various “trials” to determine who is guilty and who is innocent. The court is in session!

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • ASC 107 Mysteries in History
    Have you been wondering who shot JFK or what is housed at Area 51? Unsolved mysteries intrigue us. Examine evidence of various historical events to determine what happened. See if you can unlock the answers to an unsolved mystery.

Week 2: June 7-11, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 2 is June 2, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • BSC 101 I Spy
    Discover how to improve your detective skills through the power of observation. Learn logic skills through playing games. Explore how detectives use fingerprints and shoe prints to help in their analysis. Read detective stories.

Grades 2-3

  • BSC 102 Engineering Challenge
    What do parachutes, potato chips, and the sun have in common? All of these will be explored during this class. Can you mail a potato chip without it breaking? Can you cook with only solar power? Can you safely land a cup of water without it spilling using no lid but a parachute you design? Learn how to take on challenges that will test your logic and reasoning skills.
  • BSC 103 Rainbows and Unicorns
    Grab your diffraction glasses and prisms for a week full of color, light, rainbows, and bubbles. Explore optical illusions and how the eye sees various colors. Make art projects exploring the mixing and blending of colors. Study the mythology behind unicorns while exploring other one horned animals.

Grades 4-5-6

  • BSC 104 Science Myth Busters
    What kitchen supplies will clean a penny? Can you squeeze an egg without it cracking? Discover the truth or untruth behind many science myths. Design investigations, choose experiments, test your theories and do data analysis. Explore the scientific method as you research and test your hypothesis.
  • BSC 105 Art Adventures
    Create different projects each day! Learn about basic watercolors, chalk drawing, painting, clay, and more. Students will get a foundation in a variety of art mediums.
  • BSC 106 Hands-On Algebra
    Get a head start on Algebra. Topics will include variables, expressions, integers, solving equations, inequalities, factors, fractions, and exponents. Prepare for your next math year at school by getting your mind to think Algebra.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • BSC 107 Infrastructures
    Explore the world of engineering and building. How are tunnels made to not collapse, what are the various bridges and when are they used, how do skyscrapers stand so tall? Research, discover and build your own infrastructure in this hands-on class.

Week 3: June 14-18, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 3 is June 9, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • CSC 101 Continents and Culture
    Discover the world this week through the exploration of customs and cultures from around the world. Each day explore a different continent and its location. Learn common phrases, games, and songs from across the globe.

Grades 2-3

  • CSC 102 Junior Science Magicians
    Become a science magician! Discover how physics and chemistry make magic. Experiment with things that glow in the dark and optical illusions. Concoct potions that change color. Learn how magicians read minds and impress your friends with coin and card tricks.
  • CSC 103 Mummy Mysteries
    Get “wrapped up” in ancient Egypt. Learn how ancient civilizations made their mummies; explore how the pyramids were built as you create your own miniature model to take home. Write your name in hieroglyphics. Join us as we discover Egyptian mysteries.

Grades 4-5-6

  • CSC 104 Super Science Sleuths
    Learn the physics and chemistry behind magic as you make things appear, disappear, and levitate. Explore concepts of light, mirrors, and more. Try your hand at juggling and card tricks.
  • CSC 105 Make Perfect Cents
    Do you like money? Would you like to know how you can earn it, keep it, manage it, and make more? Learn about checking and savings accounts, credit, investing, stocks, and more. Learn what it takes to have a budget now and in the future.
  • CSC 106 Travel the World
    Discover a different part of the world each day. Try different foods, play games, read stories, and create projects based on different countries. Explore unique cultures, plant life, and animals from the different locations.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • CSC 107 Movie Magic
    Explore movie making using computers. Learn how to add interest with photos, videos, music, titles, and more. Develop a commercial. Learn how to work in groups and individually on different projects.

Week 4: June 21-25, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 4 is June 16, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • DSC 100 Reading the Sky
    Have you seen Orion and the Big Dipper? Learn about the sun, stars, and the constellations. Activities will focus on math and science. Students will create their own planet mobile.

Grades 2-3

  • DSC 101 Kid-ventions
    Do you like to imagine inventions, create cool gadgets, and engineer exciting structures? Come and learn about kid creators, remake some of their inventions, and design your own.
  • DSC 102 Art All Around
    Join us and experience multiple art forms. Imagine yourself in Asia, Africa, Central America, or the Middle East! Make crafts from these areas as you create rain sticks, masks, and more. Explore these and other art forms as it is made all around us.

Grades 4-5-6

  • DSC 104 Pokemon Adventures
    Explore the history of Pokemon. Create your own Pokemon characters and develop their story line. Discuss the success of Pokemon and develop your own marketing plan to get even more people interested. Hands-on learning while utilizing your favorite characters.
  • DSC 105 Prezis, PowerPoints, and Photos
    Spend a week learning how to improve your computer presentation skills. Research information to create Prezis and PowerPoints. Discovery how to digitally edit photographs to enhance your presentations. Learn the importance of citing your sources.
  • DSC 106 Time Travelers
    Build a time machine, and turn back the clocks. You may land in the Wild West, Roaring 20’s or a Renaissance Fair. Students will learn about different points in History, and what it was like to live during those time periods.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • DSC 107 Dissecting Disney
    Explore a variety of Disney movies in order to compare and contrast them to the original versions of the stories in history. Where did the story originated? Did the protagonist change from the original story?

Week 5: June 28-July 2, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 5 is June 23, 2021. Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • ESC 101 "Fun"damental Computing
    Everyone needs to learn the basics of a computer! Learn basic keyboarding and word processing. Explore various education games and safe sites of the Internet. Designed to introduce participants to the “fun”damentals of computing.

Grades 2-3

  • ESC 102 Computer Skills
    Take this class to learn all the basics of Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Excel. Students will learn safety tips while using the computer including how to deal with cyber bullying. Practice basic keyboarding skills as well.
  • ESC 103 Star Warriors Academy
    Is there life on another planet? Learn science fact from science fiction when you explore the planets, creatures, and vehicles in movies and books; as you learn about the real planets, robots, and other space technology used.

Grades 4-5-6

  • ESC 104 Archaeology Alive
    Learn what a real archaeologist does as you explore techniques used to dig, recover, and document artifacts. Make your own fossil impressions. Investigate to discover clues to our past.
  • ESC 105 The Great Escape
    Codes, clues, riddles, and puzzles will all be a part of this crazy adventure. Using teamwork and troubleshooting, students will solve a series of challenges to unlock the “breakout” box. Students will learn the premise of the popular Escape Room challenges and create their own breakout game to use with friends.
  • ESC 106 Codes and Ciphers
    Do you want to stop your younger sibling from reading your note? Do you want to feel like a real “secret” agent by passing a coded message to your friends? This class will show you many codes and ciphers, from simple letter switching to historic code tools. Students will also learn tips and tricks of breaking many types of codes.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • ESC 107 Social Psychology
    Have you ever wondered why you act, talk, or interact with your peers the way you do? Start with an introduction to social psychology. Examine your personality as we explore how brain structure and culture can explain only a portion of the question, “Who am I?”

Week 6: July 6-9, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 6 is June 30, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • FSC 101 Sight Word Smash Up
    Sight words everywhere! Get a head start on the school year, by learning your sight words. Using different sensory techniques, students will find, write, sing, and smash their way into reading.

Grades 2-3

  • FSC 102 Da Vinci Science
    Explore gizmos, gadgets, and ingenious inventions! Discover Leonardo and his amazing contraptions. Learn to write in “mirror writing.” Experiment with simple machines and build some of your own inventions.
  • FSC 103 Tree House Magic
    Experience the world of Jack and his little sister Annie, as we combine literature and art to create projects based on the popular Magic Tree House series. Join us as we enjoy their adventures as they travel through space and time.

Grades 4-5-6

  • FSC 104 Space Odyssey
    Explore outer space and become an amateur astronaut by studying planets, constellations, and the phases of the moon. Simulate discovery of a new planet and civilization.
  • FSC 105 Hogwarts
    Experience the world of Harry Potter as we combine literature and art to create projects and art based on the popular book series. Learn about the mythical spells, people, places, and much more. Discuss your favorite books and characters. Investigate Fantastic Beasts from the movie!
  • FSC 106 Junior United Nations
    Create your own government. Negotiate with other countries and experience diplomacy at its best. Create your own flag, native crafts, and traditions. Design your country’s parliament and develop laws to make your country succeed.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • FSC 107 Art Expo
    Drawing, sculpting, and computer designs are all forms of art. Explore with us as we create unique works of art from these and other various art forms. Students will also be introduced to artists and artwork that relate to their own creations.

Week 7: July 12-16, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 7 is July 7, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • GSC 101 Manipulating Math
    Solve math problems in fun and exciting ways. This class will cover a variety of concepts including: graphing, measuring, estimating, recognizing patterns, keeping track of time, and more

Grades 2-3

  • GSC 102 Magnetic Madness
    Examine the world of electromagnets as you investigate magnetic properties of various materials. Study rocks that contain magnetic properties. Investigate how magnets are used in building structures. Create your own magnetic slime.
  • GSC 103 Night at the Museum
    Help historical figures come to life! Learn about famous people from different decades. Stand in as a wax statue of your favorite historical figure in Discovery’s very own Museum of History. Create your own costume and show off your wisdom of the past when you come to life for museum visitors!

Grades 4-5-6

  • GSC 104 CSI
    Learn to solve crimes by gathering evidence including fingerprints, chromatography, shoeprints, and more. Discover the importance of using good logic to help solve the crime. Practice your interviewing skills and learn what questions are important to ask.
  • GSC 105 Popular Books
    Do you love reading? Explore what makes a book great and what it takes to make it popular. From Goosebumps, to Harry Potter, to Dork Diaries, and more, discuss popular themes throughout the stories. Play games, create art, and make a favorite snack from one of the many popular books.
  • GSC 106 Starting From Scratch
    Computer programming for beginners. Scratch block programming from MIT will be used to create stories and interactive games on the computer. No prior experience needed. Just some creativity and a lot of imagination to help get you started into the world of computer science. This class is at a beginner’s level and not for those with coding expertise.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • GSC 107 Forensic Science
    Curious about a career in science? Learn various skills used by investigators to solve a crime: fingerprints, shoeprints, hair analysis and more. Put your skills to the test to solve the “crime scene."

Week 8: July 19-23, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 8 is July 14, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • HSC 101 Art and Science Safari
    Set your compass for an adventure. Explore different trees, animals, bugs and their habitats around campus. Create art projects using natural resources you find while exploring!

Grades 2-3

  • HSC 102 Creative Clay
    Coil it, pinch it, and work it with your hands! Using self-hardening clay, you will create many unique clay objects. Express your creativity as you use beads, ribbons, and more to decorate your pottery.
  • HSC 103 Young Leaders
    Learn the importance of good character and leadership. Explore how one can be a good leader and a great team player through a variety of games and activities. Discover what it means to be a good sport at all times and how to work with others. Develop new skills you can use at home, school, or camp.

Grades 4-5-6

  • HSC 104 Mathtastic
    Do you want to learn methods that will help you solve problems and understand math? Topics include spatial visualization, logic problems, and geometry. Discover short cuts to math and learn how math can be fun and fantastic.
  • HSC 105 It Can Fly
    Investigate airplanes, hot air balloons, kites, birds, and more. Discover the aerodynamics that allows these items to fly. Work on your own designs to build the most efficient flying contraptions. Use research and trial and error to improve your flying machines.
  • HSC 106 Fractured Fairy Tales
    Write your own fantastic fairy tales and develop a different ending to a familiar tale. Make crafts about the fairy tales you create and read about. Prepare to use your imagination. Students will create adventures to remember.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • HSC 107 Leadership
    Learn the importance of good character. Complete a variety of tasks that require cooperation and leadership. Improve on your problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, and communication skills. Discover your leadership style.

Week 9: July 26-30, 2021

The registration deadline for Session 9 is July 21, 2021.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Discovery (Grades K-6)

Grades K-1

  • JSC 101 Discovering Dinosaurs
    Have you wondered what happened to the dinosaurs of long ago? Study different dinosaurs, what they ate, where they lived, and discover how scientists have learned so much about them.

Grades: 2-3

  • JSC 102 Wacky Science
    Enter the wacky world of science that allows you to explore a different area of science every day. Learn about plants, animals, rocks, ocean creatures, and the human body. Do experiments and conjure up the budding “ologist” in you.
  • JSC 103 Cartoon Comics
    Put your creativity and drawing skills to the test! Learn how to draw cartoon characters and caricatures. Add special effects to make your cartoon creations unique. Create your own Discovery Comics to share with others.

Grades 4-5-6

  • JSC 104 Movie Magic
    Explore movie making using computers. Learn how to add interest with photos, videos, music, titles, and more. Develop a commercial. Learn how to work in groups and individually on different projects.
  • JSC 105 DC vs. Marvel
    Who would win a fight between Superman and the Hulk? Explore the DC and Marvel Universes. Compare and contrast superheroes and their powers. Learn how to deliver a persuasive speech on who would win. Create your own superhero and develop your own illustrations.
  • JSC 106 Design Dreamers
    Like to overcome a challenge? How can you overcome physics to build a tent or table out of newspaper? Using minimal resources, how can you mail a single potato chip without it breaking? Can you build a bridge that can withstand enough weight? Students will be encouraged to dream, design, build, and test in this class.

Camp Odyssey (Grades 7-9)

  • JSC 107 Webmaster
    Have you ever wanted to make your own Web Page? Learn the basics about developing and creating your own page. Discover how to make links to cool sites, add graphics, and your own pictures. Learn the importance of safety while using the Internet.