Awesome Academic Adventures

Four one-week sessions of fun, hands-on learning and activities for students entering grades 2-8. 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. Willamette University faculty and area professionals are invited guest speakers and share their excitement and expertise.

July 6 - 10 SPACE - The final frontier. Explore the universe beyond Earth's atmosphere or ... to infinity and beyond without leaving Willamette University

July 13- 17 SPORTS - Throw me a curve. Investigate the science and math behind competitive sports. Many people play games and sports, come learn what the best players know.

July 20 -24 TRANSPORTATION AND PROPULSION Where we go and how we move. From feet and wheels and jets to transport humans to wires and satellites to transport ideas, this week will have our minds traveling.

July 27 -31 IS IT ALIVE? From animals and plants, to crystals and the atmosphere, what is alive? What makes it alive?

All new themes this year! Look for new teachers, new curriculum and new guest speakers as we delve into science, math, humanities and anthropology as it relates to the theme.

Who can sign up?

Students who are entering grades 2-8 with an interest 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?

  • SPACE WEEK – July 6-10
  • SPORTS WEEK – July 13-17
  • IS IT ALIVE? WEEK – July 27- 31

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

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


$200 per week-long session if received before May 15, or $250 per week on or after May 15. Sign up for all four sessions and the price is $700 before May 15, or $850 on or after May 15.