Scheduling, Events and Conferences

Awesome Academic Adventures

Four one-week sessions of fun, hands-on learning and activities for students entering grades 2-8. Weekly themes allow for integrated curriculum.  Classes take place in Willamette University's state of the art facilities. Passionate certified teachers design lessons and instruct small classes of students grouped by grade. Willamette University faculty and area professionals are invited guest speakers and share their excitement and expertise.

July 6 - 10  SPACE  - The final frontier.  Explore the universe beyond Earth's atmosphere or ... to infinity and beyond without leaving Willamette University

July 13- 17 SPORTS  - Throw me a curve.  Investigate the science and math behind competitive sports.  Many people play games and sports, come learn what the best players know. 

July 20 -24 TRANSPORTATION AND PROPULSION Where we go and how we move. From feet and wheels and jets to transport humans to wires and satellites to transport ideas, this week will have our minds traveling.

July 27 -31 IS IT ALIVE?  From animals and plants, to crystals and the atmosphere, what is alive?  What makes it alive? 

All new themes this year!  Look for new teachers, new curriculum and new guest speakers as we delve into science, math, humanities and anthropology as it relates to the theme.

Who can sign up?

Students who are entering grades 2-8 with an interest in learning more about science, the arts, world cultures and creative writing. 

Where are classes held?

In the Collins and Olin Science Centers on the Willamette University campus in Salem.

When are classes held?

  • SPACE WEEK – July 6-10
  • SPORTS WEEK – July 13-17
  • IS IT ALIVE? WEEK – July 27- 31

Program Days/Times –  Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch Breaks – Students should bring their own lunches each day. Supervision during the break will be provided.


$200 per week-long session if received before May 15, or $250 per week on or after May 15. Sign up for all four sessions and the price is $700 before May 15, or $850 on or after May 15.


Register now

Online registration is immediate and requires a credit card or debit card.  Once registration is completed, download, print, read, and complete the two-page liability release form, English or Spanish, and bring it to the first day of class or mail it on or before June 12, 2015 to the address below.

Registration deadline is seven days prior to the start of a class.  If you are unable to register online it means the class is full or the registration deadline has passed. To add your name to the waiting list, or check for last minute cancellations, please call Christine 503-370-6513.

Mail-in registration

Mail-in registration is subject to delays as registration occurs when the mailed registration is received by Willamette University Youth Programs staff. Email or US mail confirmation will be sent once registration is received and accepted.

To complete a mail-in registration,

  1. Download and print the registration form and the liability release form, English or Spanish.  
  2. Read, complete, and mail both the registration and the two-page liability release form with payment, your check made out to Willamette University, to
Willamette University
Scheduling, Events and Conferences
900 State Street 
Salem, OR  97301

Scholarships are available when tuition revenue allows.

The first-round scholarship deadline for Awesome Academic Adventures and Summer Explorations 2015 is May 15, 2015. A second round of scholarships will be awarded if tuition revenue allows. Contact Christine Speak to receive an application.


Please call 503-370-6513 or email to

C. Speak

Christine Speak
Youth Programs Coordinator

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