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Discover U Classes for Youth Still Open

JUNE 1, 2007--Students in grades 4 through 9 seeking a twist on the typical camp experience need look no further than the Discover U program at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls.

Spots are still available for this educational summer opportunity. Program dates are July 16-19 and July 23-26.

A merger of the former College for Kids and Teen University summer enrichment programs, Discover U provides its participants with the chance to explore fun and fascinating topics in a university environment. Classes, which are taught by university faculty and other specially selected instructors, are designed to ignite imagination, expand perspectives and provide a fun, hands-on environment for learning.

The College for Kids and Teen University programs were joined for efficiency, said Cynthia Wells-O'Malley, noncredit youth and adult program manager at UWRF.

"Combining the programs offers flexibility for families and students," said Wells-O'Malley. "The previous programs were set so teens had to attend all-day classes and elementary students could only attend morning programs. Instead of running the programs on separate weeks, we will now offer them at the same time."

Another notable difference is the adoption of an open-enrollment policy. In the past, College for Kids and Teen University participants had to be referred by a school counselor or teacher, she said.

Discover U offers both half- and full-day options, and gives students Fridays off. With class subject matter ranging from slam poetry to biotechnology, the program has something for most students' interests.

Additionally, a partnership with Minnesota-based comprehensive education program Science Explorers gives students four new science enrichment classes to choose from this summer.

Tuition for each class is $105, which covers all materials and supplies. Pre-college tuition scholarships are available from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 who currently receive free or reduced lunches.

Wells-O'Malley hopes that the Discover U program will be worthwhile for its participants. "I hope that they enjoy their experience and that they will return next year," she said.

For more information about the program or to register, visit or contact the UWRF Graduate and Outreach Studies office at 715-425-3256 or


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