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Summer Explorations 2014

Enrichment classes for children in grades 4-8. Students spend 15 hours - 5 days, 3 hours each day - with other curious, creative and intelligent students in small classes usually a 10:1 student: teacher ratio.

Summer 2014 Courses:

Math Circle – Explore mathematical games, solve puzzles and apply mathematical principles to everyday activities.  This is a class for the young person who loves mathematical riddles and puns!  As one participant explained:  'Math Circles is like a board game, there is no right answer, each decision changes the problem.'

Japanese Culture and Language – Learn about contemporary Japanese games, family life, holidays and school while practicing speaking and writing in Japanese.

Creative Writing – Write with interesting prompts and new techniques to develop your best ideas into stories.

Beginning Robotics – Design, build and program a robot to race, 'sumo' wrestle and play songs you compose.  Learn and use the Lego Mindstorms robots as well as learn computer programming.

Advanced Robotics – Engineer robots for specific environmental conditions.  Program more complex robotic movements. Design, build, program, test and revise your solutions.

Underwater Robotics – Explore advanced engineering and programming concepts while learning to build and program a remotely operated underwater vehicle.  Robots get wet; students do not. Underwater Robotics is offered Session 2 only and runs all day, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

When is it held?

This summer, we are offering two sessions:

Session 1:  June 23-27, 2014

  • Morning Classes: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon Classes:1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2: August 4-8, 2014

  • Morning Classes: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon Classes: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Each class is 5 days long and 3 hours each day.  Morning classes run 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and afternoon classes run 1 p.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Lunch Breaks – Please note that students who are enrolled in both class times (i.e. present for both morning and afternoon classes) should bring their own lunch. Supervision during the lunch break (from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) will be provided.

Underwater Robotics is offered Session 2 only and runs all day, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where is it held?

Classes are held in Ford Hall and Olin Science Center on the Willamette University Campus.

Who can I contact for help?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Christine Speak

Youth Programs Coordinator



Register Online Today! 

Online registration Deadlines:
Session 1 – June 15, 2014
Session 2 – July 30, 2014

Although online registration for session 1 is closed we still have openings in the morning sessions of Math Circle, Creative Writing and Japanese Culture and Language and the afternoon session of Advanced Robotics.  If you are interested in enrolling in one of these classes please call Scott at 503-370-6660 or Christine at 503-370-6513.


Early Registration – Register early and the price is $100* per class. The deadline for Early Registration is:

  • Session 1:  Early registration is closed
  • Session 2: Register before June 23

Regular Registration – After the early registration deadlines have past, the price is  $115* per class.

*Fee includes all supplies and materials.

Payment – Register online with your credit card or by mail with your check. Please see the Payment Options for complete details.