Whiz Bang Science
A Colorado College Science Program for "Young Scientists" Entering 1st through 8th Grades next Fall.
The 2017 Whiz Bang Science Online Application is now open.
The following classes are now full: Food for Thought (grades 2-3), Elementary Engineers (grades 3-4), and Variables Experimentation & Innovation (grades 4-5). It's Raining Cats and Dogs (grade 1) has been cancelled.
The following classes are accepting applications for specific grade levels only: Matter Matters (5th graders), Unpowered Science (7th graders), and Drone Zone 2 (8th graders).
If your children love science, wonder how the world works, like to spend their free time exploring the mysteries of nature, and enjoy creating, planning, testing, and fixing, then Whiz Bang Science is for them!
Whiz Bang Science is a two-week morning summer science experience in July for elementary, middle and high school students who are interested in science and engineering. In 2017, the program enters its 41st year of operation.
This program features hands-on, exploratory, experienced-based activities that focus on a particular theme each year. Students are given the opportunity to develop creative, critical thinking process skills through a variety of scientific and engineering investigations. The staff consists of experienced classroom teachers from local schools who are experts in science education. They will mentor the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) students at Colorado College in planning lessons and instructing small groups of children. The pupil-to-teacher ratio is intentionally kept low, encouraging individual exploration and small group interaction.
Contact the program director, Cheryl Munoz-Kammerer or the Education Department at 719-389-6146 with any questions.
Remember to submit a separate registration for each young scientist wishing to attend this summer's program.
Tuition for the Colorado College Whiz Bang Science Summer Program is $300, which includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee. Based on parent feedback, we adjusted our start and end time to better suit working parents. This resulted in an increase of 40 minutes of instruction time. In addition, we will be providing a chaperone escort from Whiz Bang Science to FunQuest for kids who sign up for FunQuest. We would also like you to know that 10% of your tuition covers scholarships for kids in need of financial assistance.
Please do not apply if you cannot commit your child to attend for the ENTIRE two week program.
Your student will be fully registered ONLY when the online registration is completed and tuition or non-refundable registration fee is received within one week of registration. We do apologize, we are not able to accept credit card payments for this program (not even if you call it in), so please mail tuition at the time of registration to:
The Colorado College
Education Dept. / ATTN: WBS
14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Please make checks payable to "Colorado College." When registering more than one young scientist, it is perfectly fine to submit one check for multiple registrants. Please indicate registrant name(s), "WBS" for the program, and a phone # (if there isn't one already on the check) on the memo line so we can credit students correctly, or call if we have a question.
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is limited! Classes generally fill by mid-April, so hurry to reserve your "young scientist's" spot! When registration is full we will disable the online registration link, so as long as you can access the link, registering for the program is still open.
Requests received by May 1: full refund, not including $25 non-refundable registration fee.
Requests received by June 1: refund of whatever amount has been paid to date up to $250, not including $25 non-refundable registration fee.
Whiz Bang Science Program Important Information
Dates: July 10 - 21, 2017
Time: 8:45 to 11:45 am, Monday through Friday. Parent drop-off is at 8:30 am. Classes end at 11:30 am in time for parent pick up which begins at 11:45 AM and runs until it is finished - approximately 10-15 minutes.
Location: Palmer Hall, Colorado College (#28 on the Campus Map)
Application Deadline: Classes generally fill by mid-April, so hurry to reserve your "young scientist's" spot!
FunQuest Day Camp Option for Afternoons
We are delighted to offer financial assistance to those learners in need. Our financial assistance is based on whether a child is receiving free or reduced lunch at school. Please note: You must provide evidence that the child is on free or reduced lunch. Evidence includes a letter from the building principal or copies of paperwork submitted to a school. All information will remain confidential and shredded upon receipt.
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