Awesome Academic Adventures

Three one-week sessions of fun, hands-on learning, and activities for students entering grades 1-8. Weekly themes allow for integrated curriculum. Classes take place in Willamette University's state of the art facilities. Passionate certified teachers design lessons and instruct small classes of students grouped by grade and/or age. Each week guest speakers, professors and area professionals, will augment the lessons with their knowledge and studies. 

July 11-15  COMMUNICATION - Who, What, Why and How? From smiles to smoke signals and satellites, humans and other animals, and even plants, communicate to collaborate and compete.  Your fantastic teachers will design lessons exploring how, what, and why the planet's residents communicate.  

July  18-22 MOTION - From under the microscope to outer space.  Physics, atmospheric movement, migration, flight, anatomy and physiology, motors, and things that go BOOM!  You will explore the science behind motion and movement. MOTION IS FULL!  

July 25-29 CHANGE, The Only Constant.  You will study and experience ideas, inventions, even mistakes, which have changed our world. What will you invent? What motivates change?  How does innovation and invention set us apart from, and make us similar to, other people, and animals, throughout the world? CHANGE is FULL!

All new themes this year!

Look for new and returning teachers to develop new curriculum based on these themes. You will delve into science, math, humanities, and anthropology as it relates to each theme.

Who can sign up?

Students who are entering grades 1-8 who are interested in learning more about science, the arts, world cultures, and creative writing.

Where are classes held?

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

When are classes held?

  • MOTION WEEK – July 18-22
  • CHANGE WEEK – July 25-29

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

Lunch Breaks – Students should bring their own lunches each day. Supervision will be provided.


$200 per week-long session if received before May 16, or $250 per week on or after May 16. Sign up for all three sessions and the price is $550  before May 16, or $675 on or after May 16.