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DATE: January 23, 2013 6:52:53 AM PST
Western's Summer Youth Programs Offer Engaging Classes and Activities for K-12

Contact: Debbie Gibbons, Western Washington University Extended Education Youth Programs manager, at (360) 650-6820 or debbie.gibbons@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM –Western Washington University's Youth Programs offer the opportunity to experience a summer of adventure and discovery with choices that range from geology and astronomy, to theatre and art, to sailing and windsurfing on Lake Whatcom.

The programs take place on Western’s campus, at its Lakewood facility on Lake Whatcom and Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes. In addition, classes are being introduced at North Seattle Community College with the “Grandparents ‘U’” program.

Summer 2013 programs include:

College Quest for Grades 10-12: College Quest introduces students to the excitement of university life from dorm to classroom. Participants will live in a dorm, make important connections, complete a college course taught by Western faculty and earn one college credit. Some of the courses offered this summer include Visual Communication and Marketing, Behavioral Neuroscience and Creative Writing for the Stage.

Global Connections and Western Kids Camp for Grades K-6: This program provides a theme-based blend of academic and recreational learning environments unique to a college campus. Each morning, participants will engage in activities that encourage exploration and discovery utilizing university classrooms, labs and equipment followed by energizing recreation at the Wade King Student Recreation Center. Some themes for this year include: Things that Fly, Earth Science: Quakes and Shakes, and Deep in the Forest.

Grandparents "U" for ages 7-14: This intergenerational summer program is designed for grandparents and grandchildren. Participants choose from exciting classes like astronomy, chemistry, visual arts or marine ecology taught by Western faculty. Each class provides opportunities to have fun and create lifelong memories. Grandparents "U" is offered at Western’s Campus in Bellingham, Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, and at North Seattle Community College.

Odyssey of Science and Arts for Grades 4-9: Students attend classes, participate in fieldwork and experiment in specialized labs that engage them in a wide range of activities that include science, art and technology. Area school teachers offer signature courses in a fun, hands-on environment.

Summer Youth Theatre Institute for Grades 1-12: All elements of theatrical production from script development to the final show are explored in workshops held in Western's Performing Arts Center (PAC). Participants will develop characters and scenes, speak and move effectively on stage, work in an ensemble, search the costume and scene shops and rehearse for a grand finale showcase on stage in Old Main Theatre.

WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp for ages 11-18: In the oldest and most comprehensive sailing program in Whatcom County, young sailors and windsurfers master skills in a natural environment that few activities can match.  The emphasis is on fun with the goal of becoming self-reliant and efficient.  Camp is located at Lakewood Water Sport Facility, one of the Northwest's premier facilities on the south shore of Lake Whatcom.

Registration is now open for all Western Youth Programs and early registration is encouraged to reserve your favorite topic. Current Western faculty, staff and Alumni Association members are eligible for a discount on some of the summer youth programs.

For program details and registration information, visit www.wwu.edu/youth, e-mail youth@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-3308.

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