June 11, 2010

Students and faculty in Baker Hall accustomed to hearing the sounds of active undergrads may be surprised to hear the roar of dinosaurs this summer.

Bradley’s World of Wonder for gifted and talented youth invades Baker Hall for its 26th year this summer, providing a wealth of classes for elementary students from the Peoria area.

“It’s important for the young people to get a taste of what college feels like,” said Jon Neidy, director of Bradley’s Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth, which runs WOW. “They get to experience the atmosphere of a university campus. In Baker Hall, regular university classes are happening and students feel like they’re going to college.”

WOW offers a series of one-week programs designed to provide a variety of learning options for students. Some classes include “Yummy Math,” “The Land Before Time” and “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs.”

Older students can take classes in poetry, weird science, bridge building and sharks, among many others.

“World of Wonder exposes a group of bright, interested students to the Bradley experience at an early age,” Neidy said.

But not only young students benefit from the program. Bradley hires six undergraduate students to work as student aides during WOW. The students, typically education majors, get first-hand experience working with gifted students and observe area educators in the classroom.

The programs also take place during freshmen orientation, allowing incoming Bradley students to witness the university’s commitment to youth education.

“To have incoming freshmen see that Bradley embraces learning at all ages is very important,” Neidy said.

WOW runs from June 21-15 and from Aug. 2-6.

Youngsters aren’t the only students experiencing learning on campus this summer. The Hilltop will be filled with students young and old who are beginning a new educational path or continuing a life full of learning.

Summer orientation for incoming freshmen and transfer students started June 6 and runs through Aug. 20. The 13 sessions provide new students a chance to meet fellow freshmen, register for classes and learn about the university while staying in residence halls for three days.

Bradley students hoping to pick up a few extra credits toward their degrees will be on campus during interim and summer sessions, as will students in the masters of elementary education and  environmental science education programs.

The Institute for School and Public Librarians offers continuing education credits through the summer for those attending a week’s worth of sessions and activities.

Nancy Pearl, an award-winning author and commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition” will be in the Marty Theatre on June 14 to give a humorous and informative talk about diving into a good book.

Those in grade school can find fun and learning on campus. In addition to the World of Wonder, students can participate in band camps, athletics camps, the Madame Curie Club and Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow internships.

  • June 5  – Paula Buscher Basketball Position Shooting Camp, girls grades 4-12
  • June 6 – Paula Buscher Become a Brave Day Basketball Camp, girls grades 9-12
  • June 6-Aug. 20 – Freshmen and transfer student 3-day orientation sessions
  • June 7 – BEST programs begin
  • June 7-10 – Paul Buscher Individual Basketball Camp, grades 4-12
  • June 10 – Madame Curie Club
  • June 11-13 – Paula Buscher Team Basketball Camp
  • June 13-17 – Tennis camp
  • June 13-18 – Institute for School and Public Librarians sessions and activities
  • June 14 – Award-winning author and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl in Marty Theatre, 6:30 p.m.
  • June 14-17 – Volleyball evening multi-skill camp
  • June 14-17 – Jim Les Basketball Day Camp, boys ages 8-16
  • June 14-25 – Environmental Science Education Professional Master of Arts students on campus
  • June 14-25 – Elementary Master of Science teacher education degree students on campus
  • June 14-18 – Middle school band camp
  • June 18-20 – Jim Les Team Basketball Camp, boys grades 9-12
  • June 20-23 – Jim Les Individual Skills Basketball Camp, boys ages 8-16
  • June 20-24 – Tennis camp
  • June 21-25 – World of Wonder, Session One
  • June 27-July 1 – Tennis camp
  • July 9-11 – Volleyball libero camp
  • July 9-11 – Volleyball college prep camp
  • July 11-14 – Volleyball all skills and high potential camp
  • July 11-24 – Summer Forensics Institute
  • July 14-16 – Volleyball setter/hitter camp
  • July 16-17 – Volleyball varsity team challenge
  • July 18 – Volleyball serving clinic; speed, agility and quickness clinic
  • July 23-24 – Volleyball junior varsity/varsity team challenge
  • Aug. 2-6 – World of Wonder, Session Two
  • Aug. 13 – BEST program symposium

To sign up for programs offered by the Gifted and Talented Institute, please call 677-2374.

To sign up for programs offered by the Athletic Department, please call 677-2671.