Edgewood Summer Scholars

Pre-College Program
July 15 – 19, 2019
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

We know that the transition between elementary school and middle school is an important one for young people. We also know that successfully navigating that transition and building a self-image as an academically curious and successful person can impact the trajectory of a child’s future. Data suggests that participation in quality pre-college programming increases a child’s inclination toward attending college and it is our goal to encourage diversity in higher education. All these facts, coupled with Edgewood College’s commitment to community engagement and work toward building a just and compassionate world, have led us to develop Edgewood Summer Scholars.

Edgewood Summer Scholars is designed for a diverse group of students entering sixth grade in the fall of 2019, and will give them experiences that build their academic skills. Throughout each day, small groups will be led by Edgewood College students to various project-based classes taught by Edgewood College faculty. Classes will be in the Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. At the end of the week, there will be a student showcase and a mini graduation ceremony for family members. We are looking forward to a fabulous summer of exploration and discovery as we help build the next generation of leaders, scholars, and thinkers.

  • The program is open to students entering sixth grade in the fall of 2019. All students, including those from public schools, private schools, and home-schooled students are welcome to apply. Students who apply should be behaviorally mature and ready for an advanced, supported academic challenge.
  • Students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Students applying will need to have a non-related adult complete a recommendation form for them as part of their application.
  • 60 spots are available.
  • Students will attend four classes each day in the areas of Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science.
  • Classes will be project-based.
  • Cost of the program is $500. Scholarships are available.

Courses

Students will attend four classes each day in the areas of Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science. Classes will be project-based and focus on inquiry, organization, collaboration, time management, creative thinking, and problem solving.

Ceramics - Clay, Fire and the Physical World

Clay, Fire and the Physical World

A hands–on introductory studio experience in ceramics. Students will work with clay using a range of techniques to understand the nature of clay, glaze and kilns and will learn about the transformative nature of fire in the ceramic process. This will be a tactile experience in which gravity will pose a challenge. Presentations and demonstrations given each day will provide students with a basic working vocabulary and guide the assigned activities. Connections will be made with the long history of ceramics and the associated global traditions that have evolved since pre-historic times. Students will be exposed to all of the equipment and be informed of safe practices within the ceramics studio.

Capturing Crime

Capturing Crime

In this course, Summer Scholars will be introduced to the topic of criminology, with a focus on how to measure and account for crime. They will learn about the major tools to measure crime and will have the opportunity to interact with real crime data. Additionally, Summer Scholars will get a brief introduction to different theories of deviance, and, by the end of the course, will understand how criminologists use data tools to help us better understand why people commit crime. Students will learn how to ask criminological questions and learn to identify the appropriate data sources to answer those questions.

Citizenship in American History

Citizenship in American History

A history course that will examine the concept and practice of citizenship in American history from the 18th century to the present. This course will study how the idea and exercise of citizenship have changed and developed from the early republic to the 21st century. Students will work collaboratively to consider how major figures, events, and movements have shaped the understanding and practice of citizenship through time. Over the course of the week students will apply these ideas by establishing a class “government” while other students act as citizens mobilizing to encourage passing legislation to address issues we brainstorm in class.

Modeling Body Organs

Modeling Body Organs

How do body organs look in real life? How long is the arm bone? Is the heart bigger than the kidney? What happens to their shape when we get sick? We’ll investigate all these questions and more. During the week we’ll find out how bones change when we do not drink our milk and make models of healthy and damaged bones. We’ll look inside the skull and see how it and the brain inside it grows. We’ll make a lung model and look at the impact of asthma on breathing. Last but not least, we’ll create a model of the kidney and figure out how the kidneys remove waste from the body.

Sample Schedule

 

8:00-8:30 Energy Boost!
8:30-9:00 Small group preview
9:00-10:00 Session #1
10:00-10:30 Small group time
10:30-11:30 Session #2
11:30-12:00 Small group time
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Session #3
2:00-2:30 Small group time
2:30-3:30 Session #4
3:30-4:00 Small group debrief

Faculty

David Smith

Professor of Art

David Smith

For nearly thirty years, David Smith has developed a national and international reputation in the art of wood-fired ceramics. He received his BA from Albion College and his MFA from The University of Montana. David teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-dimensional design at Edgewood College and has taught numerous classes and workshops to students of all ages and abilities.

Matthew McCabe

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Matthew McCabe

Matthew McCabe was born in Green Bay, WI. He earned a BS in economics from UW-Madison in 1994 and a PhD in history from Central Michigan University in 2008. For the last 11 years he has taught courses in American and European history at Edgewood College and Madison College. Matthew lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and five daughters.

Allison Gorga

Assistant Professor

Allison Gorga

Allison Gorga is a professor of sociology and criminal justice. At Edgewood College, she teaches Criminology, Introduction to Sociology, Women and Crime, and Sociology of Law. Her research looks at the experiences of people who live and work in women’s prisons. In her free time, she enjoys jogging through the Arboretum and binge-watching crime documentaries on Netflix.

Donika Rakacolli

Adjunct Professor

Donika Rakacolli

Donika Rakacolli was born in Tirana, Albania, but her family moved to Wisconsin in 1998 and has lived here since. Her husband and her have two children and a pet snake. They like to read, listen to music, cook and hike. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Tirana – Albania, and a PhD in Endocrinology from the University of Bologna, Italy. Donika has been teaching undergraduate students for 15 years and is looking forward to exploring some of the most fascinating organs of the human body together.

Questions?

Sarah Stoehr
sstoehr@edgewood.edu
(608) 663-4150