Scheduling, Events and Conferences

Awesome Academic Adventures - look for new classes soon. Registration opens 4/2015

Four one-week sessions of fun, hands-on, lab-based activities for students entering grades 1-8. Themes of Wind, Fire, Earth and Water allow for integrated curriculum in Willamette University's state of the art facilities. Passionate Willamette University MAT graduates teach small groups--usually no more than 10 students to each teacher. Willamette University faculty and area professionals are invited guest speakers and share their excitement and expertise.

Previous topics of study included:

WIND WEEK - Weather, birds, rockets, math, astronomy, energy and motion 

FIRE WEEK - Chemistry, environmental science, fire, propulsion, pottery, Native Americans, writing and drums

EARTH WEEK - Biology, vertebrate and invertebrate live cycles and dissection, renewable energy, botany and sculpture 

WATER WEEK - Marine biology, turbines, early settlers, boat building, hydrology, printmaking, string instruments

Who can sign up?

Students who are completing grades 1-8 with an interest in learning more about science, the arts, world cultures and creative writing. 

Where is it held?

In the Collins and Olin Science Centers on the Willamette University campus in Salem.

When is it held?

  • WIND WEEK – July 7-11
  • FIRE WEEK – July 14-18
  • EARTH WEEK – July 21-25
  • WATER WEEK – July 28-August 1

Program Days/Times –  Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch Breaks – Please note that students should bring their own lunch. Supervision during the break will be provided.

Who can I contact for help?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Christine Speak

Youth Programs Coordinator



Registration is closed until April 2015.  See you next summer!

Register Online Today!

Deadline is seven days prior to the start date of the camp you register for.

If you are unable to register online it means the class is full or the registration deadline has passed.  If you would like to consider openings vacated by last minute cancellations or add your name to the waiting list please call Scott Forman at 503-370-6660 or call Christine 503-370-6513.



Payment – Registration can be completed online with your credit card or by mail with your check. Please see the Payment Options for complete details.


Scholarships are available when tuition revenue allows. The first-round scholarship deadline for Awesome Academic Adventures and Summer Explorations 2014 is May 16, 2014. A second round of scholarships will be awarded if tuition revenue allows. Contact Christine Speak to receive an application.