Academic Adventures at UGA are open to current 5th and 6th grade gifted students and are comprised of a full Saturday of intensive academic study.
Aircraft and Spacecraft Design: In this class, you will explore the amazing world of flight and see how aircraft and spacecraft are designed and tested. You will discover how scientific principles, such as energy, momentum, pressure, and gravity, have led to incredible advances in aerospace technology. Experiment with various structural, propulsion, and control system designs, and take part in hands-on activities like designing, assembling, and flying styrofoam gliders, launching two-liter compressed air/water rockets, and trying out flight gear used by Air Force test pilots. Come find out what it means to make something fly!
Cellular Gene-ius: Introduction to Microbiology and Genetics: Ever wonder why you look like your parents? Do you want to be a scientist, or just learn more about biology? This class will introduce you to those tiny organisms that live all around us (and inside of us) as we explore what makes us, US! Build your own DNA model, learn the scientific method, and discover how those teeny-tiny cells work. In this class, we will cover general biology, microbiology, and genetics in a fun, hands-on environment.
Engineering Design Challenge: Ever wonder about the exact process an engineer goes through to design and create, well,… anything? Did you know that there are particular steps, processes, and metrics that all engineers must learn, whether they are designing a bridge, a parachute, or a roller coaster? Come learn this design process and start to think like an engineer as you are challenged to complete many engineering projects with your very own design team! In this class, your group will compete against others as you design comically complex Rube Goldberg machines, elegantly supportive egg cradles for our egg drop challenge, and much more! The skills you learn in this class will be indefinitely useful to you as you continue to grow as a problem-solver and future engineer.
Magical Murder: The law of the Ministry of Magic, which coincidentally copied the American legal system, is swift and just. Harry Potter stands accused of criminal homicide. The victim...Lord Voldemort! Learn the basics of trial advocacy and legal analysis, and utilize those skills to argue for or against Mr. Potter. Public speaking, group work, creative thinking, and logic will set the stage for the trial of the century! Muggles welcome, witches and wizards preferred. SPOILER ALERT: Actual plot elements, characters, and events from the Harry Potter series are discussed in this course.
Psychology and the Law: The study of human behavior is incomplete without assessing how the law controls human behavior. The leading legal principles assume that people act in certain ways in certain situations, but how does that correlate to the psychological principles that aim to define human behavior? This class explores the application of behavioral science research and practice to the legal system. An overview of topics such as ethics, morality, justice, insanity defense, eyewitness identification, crime theories, and sentencing will be discussed.
Shark Attack!: Come and spend the day learning about an apex predator of the sea... sharks! During this class you will be learning from marine biologists about the natural history, biology, ecology and conservation of one of the most intriguing and ancient creatures of our oceans. This class is not for the squeamish, for it will culminate with a dissection of a real shark, and will bust any myths you have about who sharks are and what they are capable of doing.
Cost: $145 (includes lunch)
Financial assistance is available; please see our financial assistance form for application details.
Courses fill quickly, so be sure to apply early.
Registration deadline: Feb. 25
We look forward to welcoming you to the UGA campus!