Augustana Summer Academy 2015
June 21-26, 2015
High school students can experience a unique college atmosphere and summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy.
The academy's courses range from one to five days and take an active, hands-on approach within a close-knit learning community based on the beautiful Augustana campus. You'll find fun outside of class, too, through field trips, evening activities and ventures off campus — maybe even on the Mississippi River.
Classes are taught by popular Augustana professors. Investigate your interests, whatever they may be, and have fun while enriching your education on Augustana's campus this summer.
Courses and workshops
Note: Students participating in courses starting Monday, June 22, should plan to arrive on campus the evening of Sunday, June 21. Students will check in beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet professors and fellow students at a welcome reception, and get acquainted with campus and the residence hall. Cancellation policy is at the bottom of this page.
Dr. Ian Harrington and Dr. Rupa Gordon
Session I: June 21-23
Session II: June 23-25
In this two-day workshop students will be introduced to the organization and function of the brain, our most amazing organ! Participants will learn about the brain in the same way the neuroscientists do by asking questions, performing hands-on experiments, and drawing conclusions from their findings. Activities, including sheep brain dissection, the recording of electrical potentials from the legs of cockroaches, and the collection of biophysical signals from the human brain and body, will be supplemented by videos, short lectures, and discussions of topics that most interest the group. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the field of neuroscience and its practices.
Dr. Forrest Stonedahl
In this course, we'll explore both the yin and the yang of computer science... and the interconnectedness of this digital glue. You will learn basic coding (computer programming) skills in the accessible (but powerful) NetLogo language, and use these skills to code a scientific simulation, and create beautiful artwork and 3-D animations. You'll also learn about some special effects for cinema, and how even simple computer simulations can lead to surprising results, in fields such as biology, physics, geology, social justice, and more. To top things off, you'll learn a little bit of the Java language and develop a small adventure game for Android phones/tablets.
Dr. Bradley Kennedy
Session I: June 21-23 (filled)
Session II: June 24-26 (filled)
During this program students will learn and reflect on the sacred gift of body donation. Students will be introduced to proper dissection techniques. Students will also learn superficial anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal cavities, superficial and muscular anatomy of the upper and lower limbs through dissection. Students will learn about the donor and be able to answer anatomical questions based on what is learned during the course.
Dr. Michael Edmondson
You can have a successful career with any major so pick one that makes you happy. How to pick a major will help students understand the assumptions and realities behind launching a career today. This course will also allow students to realize that the road to success is best traveled with an open mind, a high level of energy, and a commitment to excellence.
There isn't much time to write creatively in high school, so come to Summer Academy and write prose poetry and short stories, movie scripts and plays, and more. You will try writing exercises to get your creativity flowing and do activities to have new experiences to write about. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different forms and genres and by the end of the week you will have a notebook of ideas, at least a couple of completed new pieces, as well as lots of fun memories and new friends. No prior experience necessary!
Dr. Mary Ellen Biggin, Dr. Patrick Crawford, Dr. Greg Domski
Crime scene investigation may rule prime-time TV, but how does Hollywood get forensics wrong? In this course you'll be introduced to the scientific reasoning behind forensics, focusing on DNA, bones and trace evidence. Discover the truths CSI can reveal by using Augustana's state-of-the-art equipment, critically evaluating evidence and applying your findings to a simulated crime.
Dr. Joshua Dyer and Dr. Nathan Frank
Dates: June 21-26
Students will learn the basics of Computer-Aided Design (CAD)/3-D modeling, the requirements and limits of 3-D printing and will 3-D print an item that they design (up to 8 cubic inches). They will also learn how to program a microprocessor called an Arduino to control a simple circuit or machine. Students should come with an idea of something they would like to 3-D print. Students will also tour John Deere 3-D printing facilities.
Dance lovers will hone their skills in Augustana's newly remodeled dance studio. Students will practice jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance while learning stretching techniques, improvisation and choreography. Participants will showcase their new moves and techniques in an informal performance on the final day.
Dr. Umme Al-wazedi
In this two day workshop, students will build a collaborative learning community through reading and interpreting graphic novels. Learning activities include but are not limited to: classroom discussions, scenes from films, and artistic projects (you will create your own sequence for a graphic novel).
Dr. Erin Freund
In this course, students will be a part of an intensive three day harp experience. Students will take part in daily lessons and practice. Daily workshops will offer practical tips and instruction in the topics of music theory, ensemble playing, memorization and gigging as a freelance musician. The academy will conclude with a participants’ recital.
Dr. Mary Neil and Dr. Charles Schmidt
In this course, you will be part of an intensive three day experience hosted by the piano faculty of Augustana College. You will receive one on one instruction in music theory, keyboard history, and keyboard technology. In addition you will take part in daily lessons and practice. The academy will conclude with a participants’ recital, which will be open to the public.
Dr. Jessica M. Schultz
Dates: June 24-26
In this two-day workshop, we will explore questions of happiness through the lens of psychology. Participants will learn how psychologists study these topics through discussion, mini-lectures, videos, experiential activities, and hands-on studies. We won’t just talk about happiness, we will actually try out the evidence-based strategies designed to increase it.
Session I: June 21-24
Session II: June 24-26
Discover the importance of communication in this hands-on experience in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. You will observe children with communication disorders, talk with their parents, and assist professional speech-language pathologists in our fun summer therapy program for children with communication impairments.
Session I: June 21-24
Whether performing contemporary drama, slapstick comedy or Shakespearean tragedy, actors are frequently required to learn and perform stage combat choreography. From stumbling and falling to punching and strangling, students attending combat camp will learn how to safely and effectively perform staged violence with confidence and ease.
Dates: June 21-24
Learn from Augustana vocal music professors on campus and Augie alumni at River Music Experience across the Mississippi. Students will strengthen skills in classical, musical theatre and popular genres. They will also perform onstage, record a piece in a studio session and leave with a professionally produced college audition CD.
Pastor Richard Priggie
Dates: June 21-24
Now that the seven-book series is complete and eight movies have been screened, Harry Potter fans have a chance to step back and delve more deeply into the saga which experts have called “the shared text” of this generation. Participants in this unique Harry Potter immersion will learn to use interpretive keys such as alchemy to read the books at a deeper level and will experience how it helps our reading to learn traditional literary archetypes, such as the shapeshifter and the shadow. We will concentrate on Deathly Hallows, comparing and contrasting how the book and the movies complement one another in exploring the deeper meanings of scenes and characters. Along the way, you will have a chance to discover your Patronus, use a Marauder’s Map on a Hogwarts scavenger hunt, walk a labyrinth, and even play a bracing game of Quidditch.
Cancellation refunds for cancelled courses — Courses not meeting minimum enrollment will be canceled. Students who signed up for a canceled course will have the option to sign up for another course or receive a full refund. Courses meeting maximum enrollment will be closed as soon as maximum enrollment is reached. Students wishing to participate in a closed course can choose to be placed on a wait list and will be notified should an opening become available. All students on wait lists will be notified by June 1.
Cancellation refunds for participant registration cancellations — Students who signed up for a course and cancel their registration before May 1, will be entitled to a full refund. Registrations canceled from May 1-15 will be charged a $100 administrative fee. Registrations canceled after May 15 will not be refunded. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Jessee at 309-794-7395.