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 Please note: All youth participants must complete the parent/guardian consent form to participate in our programs.

 UWCE RockBand

This June, you can be in your very own Rock Band!

UW-Waukesha Continuing Education is excited to bring you My First Sound Check Rock Band this June. We are looking for young musicians and singers ages 12-17 years that have at least a year experience with either guitar, bass, drums, horns, strings, piano/keys, or singing. We are flexible! Let us know what you play and we'll see if we can get you in the band! Students will learn the many different aspects of running a band from picking the songs, a band name, the 'look' of the band to the best practices of promoting their band (including a photo shoot and poster!). This is a great experience for all students. Please call Mike Grassman at 414-949-5650 or UW-Waukesha Continuing Education at 262-521-5460 prior to registering. The week-long class will end with a live performance on Friday, June 19th at 7pm. Performance will be held at UW-Waukesha. Bring your family and your camera...you won't want to miss this!
 
View last summer's bands that performed at State Fair!
Roar Shack on YouTube
Midnight Neon on YouTube
 

Advanced LEGO®Mindstorm (Ages 11-14)

Instructor, Dennis Roscoe, PhD
Want to be an engineer? This class will use all engineering concepts and programming. You will explore and use all of the Lego Mindstorm EV3 programming blocks, including the more advanced programming tools.  You will be provided with pre-built EV3 robots fully equipped with all sensors (touch, ultrasonic, color, and gyroscopic) and ready for action. After an overview of all of the programming blocks, you will be given a series of robot challenges of increasing difficulty. You will work in teams of two on each challenge.  Charge up your imagination and come join us for three incredibly fun classes! Please bring a snack.
Session 1: Class meets Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 8 - 10, 8:30am-10:30am, $89
Session 2: Class meets Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 15 - 17, 8:30am-10:30am, $89

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Pinwheel Galaxy - Photo courtesy of roscoeskies.com

Our Amazing Universe (Ages 10-14)

Instructor, Dennis Roscoe, PhD
These two classes will take you on an amazing journey through our universe. You will start at planet Earth and end up at the farthermost galaxies in the universe. You will learn how our sun and all of the planets in our solar system were formed.  Discover how stars die and provide all of the building blocks of life itself.  We will explore our own Milky Way galaxy and other galaxies, some of which are nearly 100 times larger and billions of light years away.  There are no prerequisites for the class, and all are welcome to take this fantastic journey.
Classes will meet every Saturday, July 11 - 18, 9:00am -11:00am, $79

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The Dirt on Dirt! (Ages 11-14) Friends of the Field Station Class  Friend of the Field Station

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Suzanne Joneson, PhD
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to get dirty! This class will take you to the UW-Waukesha Field Station, where we will become field scientists for the day!  We will learn how everything that matters to us can be linked to soil. We will collect soil samples to examine under our dissecting microscopes and find out what is alive and bustling in our soil.  Come find out who lives in and contributes to our soil, and how soil actually grows the clothes that you wear and the food that you eat! In this afternoon session, we will hunt for soil inhabitants beneath our feet, prepare a small take-home compost bin, and test soil for nutritive components. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty! This class is on-site at the beautiful and idyllic UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc.
Class meets Saturday, June 20, 1:00pm-4:00pm, $69

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Life in Mud Puddles, Ponds, & Streams (Ages 11-14) Friends of the Field Station Class Friend of the Field Station

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Marlin Johnson, Professor Emeritus
It’s time to get your feet wet! Head with us out to UW-Waukesha Field Station to wade in a mud puddle, a pond, and a stream where we will collect live algae, crawfish, tadpoles, water scorpions, minnows, and many other critters! We will look at specimens through microscopes and hand lenses to identify and learn about adaptions animals have for living underwater. You will also make your own one-gallon aquarium to take home. Wear shorts and old shoes or crocs to wade in shallow water. Recommended: Pond Life (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press), by George Reid, ISBN: 978-1582381305, approx. $10). This class is on-site at the beautiful and idyllic UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc. Register now – space is limited to 15 students.
Class meets Saturday, June 27, 9:00am-noon, $69

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Bird Watching or Ornithology? You Decide! (Ages 11-14) Friends of the Field Station Class  Friend of the Field Station

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Glen Grieger
Grab your binoculars and get ready for a colorful morning on the trails of the UW-Waukesha Field Station! We’ll discover why knowledge of ornithology (a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds) is important to help care for and protect birds. We’ll identify birds by their song, behavior, and markings and discuss what they eat, where they live, and why they are important to our ecological system. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis or hiking shoes. This class is on-site at the beautiful and idyllic UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc.  
Class will meet Saturday, June 20, 9:00am-noon, $69

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Insect Adventure! (Ages 9-12)   Friends of the Field Station Class  Friend of the Field Station

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Teresa Schueller
Have you ever wondered how many insects there are and what they do all day? Come and delve into the life of an entomologist and learn about science and insects including fun insect facts through interactive activities and art projects. We will interact with live bugs! Join the adventure as we explore UW-Waukesha Field Station in our search for insects. Make your very own insect collection to take home! This class is on-site at the beautiful and idyllic UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc.
Classes meet every Saturday, Aug 1 & 8, 1:00pm-3:30pm, $89

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App Attack! app attack

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of webbased

apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Download/Print Consent Form

July 20-24 Monday - Friday
Session 1: Ages 9-11, 9am-Noon, $199
Session 2: Ages 12-14, 1pm-4pm, $199

 

Make Your First Video Game! 3D

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one of a kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in teams for most of the program. Download/Print Consent Form

August 3 - 7 Monday - Friday
Session 1: Ages 9-11, 9am-Noon, $199
Session 2: Ages 12-14, 1pm-4pm, $199

 

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Minecraft Designers

If you love the game Minecraft, but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings for your games this class is for you! Learn the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, create skins for characters, and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in teams for most of the program. Download/Print Consent Form

July 27-31 Monday - Friday
Session 1: Ages 9-11, 9am-Noon, $199
Session 2: Ages 12-14, 1pm-4pm, $199

New! Minecraft Modders

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in teams for most of the program. Download/Print Consent Form

August 10 - 14 Monday - Friday
Session 1: Ages 9-11, 9am-Noon, $199
Session 2: Ages 12-14, 1pm-4pm, $199

Pick TWO Sizzling Summer Special!

Register for 2 weeks for only $349!*

*valid only for the same person in two different workshops. Cannot be combined with any other offer or combination of age ranges. Valid only for 2 workshops, App Attack!, Make Your First 3D Video Game!, Minecraft Designers, or Minecraft Modders. Please choose your age range on the registration site and specify which 2 workshops you are registering for in the notes section. Download/Print Consent Form