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College Days for Kids

School of Education College Days for Kids

Welcome to College Days for Kids!

College Days for Kids is a program designed for high-ability sixth graders. Participating schools bring young people to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus for enrichment classes taught by university faculty and academic staff. From “A Quest with the Dragon to “Architecture Outside the Box” and “Your Amazing Ears,” students get hands-on classes in the college classroom.

Program Goals

  • Introduce sixth graders to a university setting and thereby encourage them to set appropriate educational goals.
  • Provide higher level enrichment through exposure to a variety of topics in the humanities and sciences.
  • Promote healthy effective development through interactions with peers from other schools.

Program Benefits

  • Attend multiple workshops of your choice.
  • Explore UW-Stevens Point campus and see/hear what it’s like to be a UW-Stevens Point student.
  • Enjoy interacting with youth from all over Wisconsin.
“It was super fun. I wish we could come back every year.”
“It was a great experience and I’m thinking about applying to this college since it has a lot of opportunities.”
“I want to stay here … I’m definitely going to this college.”
“The teachers made the classes REALLY fun to learn. I could stay here all day!”
“I loved how big the campus is and how welcoming everyone is.”
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FAQs

  1. The fee for each student is $50 for one session, $90 for two sessions, and $120 for three sessions. This includes all class materials as well as lunch and a T-shirt.
  2. The student fee also covers lunch for attending chaperones.
  3. Each school is responsible for providing its own transportation.

Headquarters for College Days for Kids is located in the Skyward Fieldhouse in the Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Hall (formerly Health Enhancement Center). All College Days classes will be held in surrounding academic buildings. UW-Stevens Point students escort sixth grade participants to and from their classes, “regrouping” at the headquarters several times during the day. Every effort is made to provide a safe and reassuring setting while taking advantage of the many resources the UWSP campus has to offer.

April 28 virtual classes will be held on Zoom. Virtual Requirements: High speed internet, computer/laptop/device with microphone and camera, free Zoom app—see our Zoom Tutorial webpage for how to install and use.

College Days course offerings vary from year to year. A full list of classes will be available in December. Most students report enjoying and learning from all classes available through College Days for Kids. A sample of the courses offered in the past sessions included: Amazing Reptiles, Backpacking and Camping 101, Chemistry Magic, Code Making & Breaking, Creative Writing, German, Origami, Taekwondo, and The Stargazer.

Since the first College Days event in 1985, over fourteen thousand sixth graders have participated. Interested school districts in counties surrounding the University are invited to select a certain number of sixth graders to attend College Days. Students may or may not be formally identified as “gifted” — they should, however, be able to benefit from stimulating, fast paced classes. Teachers and/or other adult chaperones in the ratio of 1:10 or less accompany each group. In addition to helping supervise lunch activities, adults are encouraged to attend College Days classes and provide evaluation feedback to the program director. A typical College Days session involves 20-25 school districts and a total of around 300 students. Some classes are taught in groups as large as 50 and others as small as 20.

The School of Education Talent Development Center sponsors College Days for Kids. The Center offers enrichment opportunities for high-ability students throughout Wisconsin. For further information regarding other programs the Center offers, visit our website or contact us at: gifted@uwsp.edu.

UWSP admits male and female students of any religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university. It does not discriminate on the basis of marital status, religion, race, color, physical handicap, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, recruitment and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices, and athletic or other university sponsored programs. The university is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of sex in all its educational programs, personnel policies, and employment practices in compliance with provisions of Title IX of the Federal Educational Amendments of 1972.

Our Staff

Emily Wahlquist

Emily Wahlquist

  • Administrative Program Specialist – School of Education
  • Graduate Student Success Coordinator
  • Harju Center Program Coordinator
  • Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator
715-346-2524
Uzeyir Ogurlu

Uzeyir Ogurlu

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force