World of Wonder

                                       WOW 2018

Session One:  June 18 - 22, 2018
Session Two:  July 30 - August 3, 2018

About World of Wonder

World of Wonder (WOW) is a series of one-week summer programs at Bradley University designed to provide a variety of challenging, hands-on courses  for gifted and talented students entering grades 1-8.

Students may choose to take one, two, or three classes that are geared at one to two grade levels above each student's current school grade.  Our curriculum features courses in multiple disciplines that promote collaboration and experiential learning, including language arts, social sciences, literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and art.

Program Dates

Session One:
Family Orientation:  Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.
Classes:  Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22

Session Two:
Family Orientation:  Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Classes:  Monday July 30 - Friday, August 3


Bradley University, Bradley Hall


$99 per class
$30 per week of recreation (optional)

Registration Deadlines

Session One:  June 8, 2018  
Session Two:  July 20, 2018

Related Links

National Association for Gifted Children 

Bradley University College of Education and Health Sciences
Illinois Association for Gifted Children 
National Association for Gifted Children 

Student Aide Information

2018 Application (PDF)



Oops!  We found a mistake in the printed brochure, but corrected it in the 2018 WOW brochure (PDF) link below.  Please note this correct description of Class 2101:

Jurassic Jewels: Triceratops, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Oh, My! (Christy Gardner).  World of Wonder paleontologists are on duty!  Travel back 250 million years to a time when dinosaurs ruled the world.  In this class, we'll learn about the three different prehistoric eras in which the dinosaurs lived, find out more about their classifications as carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores, and so much more!  Let's go on an adventure and learn about these fascinating creatures.  (This Grade 1 class meets at 8:00 am during Session 2.)

View the 2018 WOW brochure (PDF)


2018 Instructor Application and Class Proposal (PDF)

WOW faculty is comprised of a talented group of individuals from area pre-K-12 public and private schools, as well as from the Bradley University teacher education faculty. WOW student aides are an enthusiastic group of Bradley University students who choose to work with the program by helping WOW participants between classes, assisting in their classrooms, and providing recreational activities.


Since 1983, the Bradley University Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth and its predecessor, the Peoria County Foreign Language Immersion Program, has offered summer educational program opportunities for Central Illinois youth. The Institute's summer program, World of Wonder (WOW), features a broad array of one-week classes, which enables first through eighth grade students to explore and expand their interests and abilities in a university environment.  Now in its 35th year, World of Wonder remains a high-quality, thriving program for area youth.