Middle School U

Choose it.  Try it.  Love it!  Middle School U (MSU) offers students the opportunity to try a variety of week-long programs during the summer all in one convenient location!  Our experienced and talented instructors enjoy sharing their passions with course participants.  MSU provides students an ideal environment to develop their independence and build supportive relationships with peers and staff.  Students spend their summer days exploring and developing new interests with over 80 different courses to choose from, including fencing, archery, baking, computer programming & coding, dog behavior & training, Lego robotics and rock climbing and more! 

Middle School U is located at Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Road, Madison 53717.


 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Summer information is under construction at this time.

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Ages | Entering grades 6-9.

Enrollment & Fees | The number of participants in each course is based on an appropriate instructor-student ratio and is, therefore, limited.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fees for each course are listed next to the course descriptions.  A $25 deposit per course is due at the time of registration to be applied toward the course fee.   The remaining amount of fees is due Monday (5 p.m.) five business days prior to the start of the program week.  Middle School U offers courses from June 12-August 18.  There are no courses Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4. Courses with low enrollment will be canceled.

Registration Deadline | You may register or add weeks any time until the end of the business day on Friday (5:30 p.m.) six business days prior to the week being requested, provided space is available.

Hours | Morning courses are from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Afternoon courses are from 1-4 p.m.  All-day courses are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Students enrolled in a morning course can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and can remain as late as 1 p.m.   Students enrolled in an afternoon course can arrive as early as 12 p.m. and can remain as late as 5:45 p.m.  Students arrive and depart from courses independently and are expected to sign into and sign out of each course on an attendance sheet.  Parents should call the attendance line, 608-276-9898, before the course start time, to report absences and late arrivals. Please note:  on Friday, August 18, all MSU participants must be picked up by 4:45 p.m.

Course Location | Madison's west side. Some are taught off-site at area businesses and schools.  Course descriptions will note off-site course locations.

Off-Site Courses & Field Trips | Transportation from MSU for field trips or to other course locations is provided by school bus, shuttle bus or van.  Due to the number of courses and the number of students being transported, the bus or van schedule may vary by 10 to 15 minutes.  It is imperative that students taking off-site courses be on time for the start of their courses, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Buses will not be held for late arrivals.  Course transportation schedules for the current week will be emailed to parents the week prior and available at MSU for the convenience of students and parents.

Snacks and Lunches | Students who are on-site for lunch need to bring their own meal which does not require refrigeration or heating.  Snack is provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and milk is provided for lunch and snacks.

Non-Course Time | MSU staff supervise free-choice, independent activities before and after course time and during the lunch hour.  There is no additional charge for this time. 

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Personal Property | MSU is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing.  Students are discouraged from bringing personal items beyond what is needed for the day.  Parents and students are encouraged to label their personal items.

Participation in Middle School U: Differing Abilities and Health Concerns | Each registration that indicates a student has differing abilities or health concerns will be reviewed to determine necessary accommodations that will best meet the needs of the student.  Our goal is to provide a safe and successful environment for every student.  MSU program management staff will work with parents to create an accommodation plan that meets the needs of the student and the program.  This plan will be shared with staff and course providers as necessary.  We acknowledge that MSU may not meet the individual needs of all students and families.

Behavioral Expectations | If a student is experiencing difficulty due to an inappropriate behavior, the program staff will work with the student and family to help the student improve his/her behavior.  MSU reserves the right to remove or suspend a student from the program if the student has needs that cannot be accommodated within the normal staffing pattern or if the safety of the student, staff or other students is jeopardized.

Sunscreen/Insect Repellent | Wisconsin Youth Company will provide Rocky Mountain SPF 30 sunscreen and Cutter All Family Pump Spray, 7% DEET to MSU students.  MSU staff, instructors and contracted businesses are not responsible for these applications.  If your student requires a different strength or brand of sunscreen or insect repellent, please have your student bring it.

Acknowledgement of Risk Forms | Course-specific acknowledgement and assumption of risk, waiver and release of liability forms are required at time of registration.

Qualified and Experienced Staff | Courses are led by instructors and staff from area businesses selected for their course-related skills and experience with and interest in working with middle school students.  MSU is also staffed by site directors and youth leaders who assist instructors, and supervise and support students during non-course time.

Keeping Parents Informed | Parents registering online will receive an emailed confirmation of their child’s registration along with a welcome packet including a student/parent handbook and payment instructions.  You may request a printed welcome packet by contacting the administrative office.  Parents who do not provide an email address will receive a printed confirmation of their child’s registration along with a printed welcome packet.  During the summer, parents will receive an email the week prior to the course with helpful reminders, and the sign-in area will have posters or notices providing important information.  Parents should feel free to contact our office or any of the on-site directors with questions or concerns.

Social Media | Follow Wisconsin Youth Company on Facebook! In order to share our summer fun with our friends and families, we will periodically post photos of our amazing MSU adventures on our Facebook page. Feel free to like and share them. Wisconsin Youth Company abides by our photo release policy which can be found on the registration form (part 1A) and in the MSU Student-Parent Handbook which will be sent out after registration and will be available at site.

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From skateboards to bridges, engineers design and build just about everything! We'll have a brief introduction to basic principles of engineering, then you will quickly begin to experience the design process. As teams of engineers, you will be given tasks where you must develop, construct and test solutions.  But you must keep in mind real life constraints, such as time and money. Get the chance to design and build different projects ranging from bridges to cars and even design your own gliders.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

What skills do the world's strongest leaders have in common? Discover the answer to this question and show off you leadership talents in this week-long team-building challenge. Navigate daily challenges and complete tasks together to meet your goals! End the week with Adventure Learning Program's (ALPS) low ropes course and see if you and your team have what it takes to complete the challenge.

Transportation provided for field trip.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Cassandra Meyer

What do Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have in common?  They have strong characters, fantastic lands and an amazing menu! Dress up your food and yourselves for this culinary expedition through your favorite novels. Explore the culinary side of your favorite stories in this cooking meets fiction course. You'll be sure to create a meal worth reading about!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Create new and unique projects, from wall art to intricate stuffed creatures with a soft, easy to work with and versatile crafting material; felt! We'll bring the supplies, you bring your imagination and start creating. Explore the versatility of this fabric. The creativity will flow and the possibilities are endless. Creating never felt so awesome. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Kati Walsh

is an elementary art teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and has just finished her eighth year teaching. She has taught all ages through MSU, MSCR and Monroe Street Arts Center. Last summer, she taught the MSU painting course through Monroe Street Art Center and it was such a pleasure she is back for more!

It's an Olympic sport and a time-honored symbol of nobility and refinement, the sport of fencing represents one of the most exciting and challenging of athletic events. This brief introduction to the sport will allow you to experience some of that excitement as well as the tradition and self-discipline which marks fencing as a unique martial art. Necessary equipment and protective clothing is provided.

Transportation provided daily to off-site practice facility located at 1201 McKenna Blvd.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Joe Monarski

is a teacher in the Stoughton School District and coach of the Stoughton Community Fencing Club.  Since the 1980s, Joe has spent his summers in youth programs including Middle School U sharing his interests in topics like fencing, board and role-playing games, and archeology.

Cool off and chill out with these different and unique ideas for making delicious treats to enjoy all summer long. Make your own popsicles, sodas, slushies, sundaes and smoothies over the course of three days. Treats that taste good and cool you down during the warm summer months, what more could you ask for? Yum!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Get your hands in the dirt! Discover the joys of gardening while learning plot design and tending techniques. Visit local gardens and farmer’s markets around Madison, lending a helping hand and bringing home local foods. Discover creative garden designs for the smallest areas or even indoor spaces! Take home knowledge and start your own gardens!  

Transportation provided for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

In this three-day course, you will learn all about glass fusing. Complete several projects and learn about the chemistry of melting glass. Make pendants, slumped plates and scrap glass vases. Projects completed on the last day will have to be picked up the following week at Middle School U-memorial High School.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
The Vinery
The Vinery

is a teaching stained glass studio.  They offer classes in stained glass, glass mosaics, glass fusing, bead making, flame working, and art silver clay.  Over the last 30 years, The Vinery has taught thousands of students in all these areas.  In each of these areas they have many samples to inspire and help with design ideas. They are committed to students learning and having fun!

Learn the basics of mosaics and transform glass scraps into beautiful art objects! You will have plenty of glass in every color of the rainbow available, and our instructors will teach you how to use a mosaic nipper to cut and shape the pieces of glass for your projects, such as mirrors and flowerpots. Once your pieces are cut, you will learn about different types of adhesives and grout. This is a fun opportunity to work in a studio and take a few art pieces home that you will be proud to display or give as gifts. It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
The Vinery
The Vinery

is a teaching stained glass studio.  They offer classes in stained glass, glass mosaics, glass fusing, bead making, flame working, and art silver clay.  Over the last 30 years, The Vinery has taught thousands of students in all these areas.  In each of these areas they have many samples to inspire and help with design ideas. They are committed to students learning and having fun!

Learn the basics and work on your golf skills. This course will review the fundamentals of grip, club selection and other techniques of course play. Each day will include one hour of instruction from a PGA professional at George Vitense Golf Academy. Time on the practice range and the par-3 course will be based on the skill level of your group. You can bring a starter set of golf clubs, if you have them. Summer will be in full swing in this course!

Transportation provided daily to Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Rd., Madison.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
    • a.m.
Course Provider
George Vitense Golfland Academy
George Vitense Golfland Academy

offers high-quality year-round golf instruction from six PGA professionals who offer a wide variety of lessons and league opportunities.  The Vitense Golfland facility includes a top 100 rated golf range in America open all year, the first lighted golf course in the state of Wisconsin and the only lighted golf course in the area, the #1 rated mini golf course in Dane County, and the new “putting edge” INDOOR Madison Landmark 18 hole mini golf course.

Select a club, get your ball and take a swing at this course. Head over to Vitense Golfland for a 3-day crash course in golf basics. Go out on the par-9 course, drive a bucket of balls and a spend a day with one of their PGA certified golf professionals. This course is sure to be a hole in one! 

Transportation provided daily to Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
George Vitense Golfland Academy
George Vitense Golfland Academy

offers high-quality year-round golf instruction from six PGA professionals who offer a wide variety of lessons and league opportunities.  The Vitense Golfland facility includes a top 100 rated golf range in America open all year, the first lighted golf course in the state of Wisconsin and the only lighted golf course in the area, the #1 rated mini golf course in Dane County, and the new “putting edge” INDOOR Madison Landmark 18 hole mini golf course.

Are you ready for your next adventure? Build your outdoor skills as we explore great state parks like Governor Dodge and Devil's Lake. Get hands-on with bike maintenance and go trail riding on one of Madison's bike paths. Make sure you keep your swim suit handy to cool off after a good hike or ride. All students will need a multi-gear bike in good working condition, a bike lock, a bike helmet and a water bottle. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • all-day
Course Provider
Kelsey Hanson

Get ready to experience some of the most beautiful trails and waterways in Southern Wisconsin. Spend three days on the water and two days on land. Travel the waterways of Madison as we explore Lake Mendota, Monona and Waubesa. Visit Governor Dodge State Park and hike through geologic history at Natural Bridge State Park and Pewitt’s Nest State Natural Area. Please bring water shoes. Good hiking shoes, daypack with water bottle and stamina for sustained hiking are necessary. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

Transportation provided daily to area trails, state parks and waterways.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • all-day
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

What do crab rangoon, bruschetta and spinach artichoke dip have in common? They make great appetizers! Get prepared to start off any meal with a variety of bite sized and delicious snacks. Whether you call them finger foods or hors d'oeuvres, no matter how you serve them up, this course will be easy to enjoy.

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

This course will teach you the necessary knowledge and skills to be a responsible and safe hunter. Learn how hunting accidents are caused and how they can be prevented. Hunter responsibility and safety are the focus throughout the course, which consists of lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises and individual study and activity assignments. Hunter education graduates receive a certificate that is accepted in every state, Canadian Province and Mexico.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jamie Ruiz

is a Florida native who has been in Wisconsin since 2005, started working with the DNR in 2014, and has certified over 160 kids in hunter education since.  He is very passionate about teaching youth and is looking forward to connecting and making more memories with Middle School U this summer.  “Hunter education is about safety, safety is no accident.”

Who screams for ice cream? We all do! Learn how to make homemade ice cream and other ice cream desserts. From ice cream sandwiches to classic sorbets we've got your ice cream favorites covered. Experiment with you favorite recipes and create your own unique flavor! We've got your summer scoop right here!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School, 4807 Waukesha St.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

Alexis  Larson-Simon has been working in the culinary field for over 15 years.  She has a culinary degree and 12 culinary certificates including:  Baking and Cake Decorating, International Cuisine, Meats & Seafood, Garde Manger, among many others!  She is currently the Dining Manager on UW Madison's campus; working with culinary teams to produce food for hungry college students, and works part time jobs as a cake decorator and prep/production of foods.  This is her third year with Middle School U and she's excited to share all her true passion for the culinary world with the students!

Practice your theatrics, get in the spotlight and bring on the laughter. Have a blast learning mind-stretching improv warm-ups, short-form improv games and the art of listening, awareness and cooperation in making great improv. No acting or performance experience required! This class is packed with laughs!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Discover a lifetime craft; jewelry making. Explore modern twists on a craft that is hundreds of years old. Use multiple mediums and learn new techniques to create unique and personalized pieces. Wear your own creations or give them as gifts! Pick up your jewelry making tools, select your elements and get creative!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Have you ever wanted a robot that can do your chores? Using Lego kits, design and build a variety of robots. Explore, problem solve and get creative while you learn how machines work. Use a variety of concepts throughout this course including basic engineering principles, gearing and gear ratios, electric motors and energy, problem-solving, and communication skills.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 11-15
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) June 11-15
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Hop down the rabbit hole and join us for an in-depth exploration of this exciting book. Follow young Alyss as she navigates growing up as the Princess of Wonderland. Bring the characters to life through scene acting and comic strip creation. The way you see this fairy tale world will never be the same after this journey. Let's explore it together. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Swing the gavel, create the argument and put your debate skills to work. Whether you’re an attorney, the defendant or part of the jury you will present the arguments, hear the opposition, prepare a counter argument and put your knowledge of the judicial system to work. Who will win the case? You can be the judge.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Cassandra Meyer

Get up and get moving with a week of net sports and games!  Dive into volleyball, swing into tennis and badminton, paddle your way through table tennis, pickle ball and more. Learn strategies of many popular net sports and receive beginning skill instruction. Whether you discover a new game or improve your skills with an old favorite, this course is sure to score some summer fun points!

Transportation provided daily to off-site facilities, if needed.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Kelsey Hanson

Fill your palette, select your canvas, dip your brush and create your own masterpiece. Explore painting mediums including watercolor, acrylic and water-based oils while learning the different techniques and styles for use with each of them. Pull inspiration from the works of well-known painters and let new creativity flow through your brush. No matter how you paint it, this class will challenge and inspire you.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Brittany Fahres

Brittany Fahres is thrilled to be instructing students in Manga/Anime as well as Painting at Middle School U! She is a passionate artist as well as a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate. She has been student teaching full time in elementary, middle, and high schools around the Madison area, and has come to treasure the students she instructs and the lessons she has planned. Her approach to teaching is fresh, yet continually updated with new lessons, teaching strategies, and different sources of inspiration for her students. She strives to bring passion for the arts into the classroom, and create an environment for lifelong learning.

Mac and cheese, yes please! Pad Thai, let's give it a try! From pasta primavera to pleasing pesto, pair the perfect sauce with the perfect pasta and create a dish that's out of this world! Create your own pastas with a pasta machine, whip up your own sauces from scratch, and of course, taste-test your work.

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School, 4807 Waukesha St, Madison, WI 53705


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

Alexis  Larson-Simon has been working in the culinary field for over 15 years.  She has a culinary degree and 12 culinary certificates including:  Baking and Cake Decorating, International Cuisine, Meats & Seafood, Garde Manger, among many others!  She is currently the Dining Manager on UW Madison's campus; working with culinary teams to produce food for hungry college students, and works part time jobs as a cake decorator and prep/production of foods.  This is her third year with Middle School U and she's excited to share all her true passion for the culinary world with the students!

Roll out an assortment of prints over the course of this week. Design your image and create a print; cut it into linoleum or using screen printing techniques to create a unique print. Keep the ink flowing all week by exploring multiple print styles and ink types. There is bound to be something here for everyone. Discover famous ink prints from your favorite artists and find inspiration to create new ones of your own. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Learn how to act using only your voice just like you hear on the radio. Perform the radio show Twisted Tales of Poe, by Philip Grecian. Delve into the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, including The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. We'll record the show to take home and share it with others! Discover the power of your own voice.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Join us for a comprehensive three-day mini-camp full of climbing, teamwork and fun! Participants will learn how to work with ropes and tie climbing knots, belay with a tube-style belay device, and rappel down from heights. Work together and use your problem-solving skills to reach new heights and accomplish things you never thought possible! Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors will work closely with students to teach responsible belaying and rappelling practices along with basic climbing technique and terminology. Students will leave with a newfound confidence that will stay with them for life! 

Transportation provided daily to Boulders Climbing Gym, 3964 Commercial Ave., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Boulders Climbing Gym
Boulders Climbing Gym

has over 8,000 square feet of sculptured climbing walls with some of the most varied and creative angles.  Programs focus on teaching belay techniques, safety practices in climbing, climbing technique development and lead climbing.  Instructors have a strong background in outdoor climbing and have taught belay skills and climbing techniques as part of Boulders’ weekly course programs.  All instructors have American Red Cross First Aid certification and CPR training.  

Check out one of the hottest sports around, rock climbing! This course will cover all the basic skills that are needed to climb safely indoors. You will progress through the week learning knots, belaying skills, climbing technique and proper stretching for healthy, injury-free exercise. Of course, there will be plenty of challenging climbing as well. (Upon successful completion of the course, students will become certified Boulders Belayers.)

Transportation provided daily to Boulders Climbing Gym, 3964 Commercial Ave., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Boulders Climbing Gym
Boulders Climbing Gym

has over 8,000 square feet of sculptured climbing walls with some of the most varied and creative angles.  Programs focus on teaching belay techniques, safety practices in climbing, climbing technique development and lead climbing.  Instructors have a strong background in outdoor climbing and have taught belay skills and climbing techniques as part of Boulders’ weekly course programs.  All instructors have American Red Cross First Aid certification and CPR training.  

Whether you’re interested in aviation or just like to watch things go BOOM, this course is for you! Learn how to build and safely launch model rockets. Engineer a balsa glider and study the science of aviation. Build several different rockets ranging in difficulty and look at how various designs affect the flight.  Take your knowledge to the sky!  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Dive into what makes “role” playing different from “roll” playing. If you have enjoyed table-top role playing games, this course will help you find new ways to plan adventures, build a character and play the games. You will learn about new resources (especially the FREE ones) and tried and true tricks of the trade from an instructor who first started gaming in 1978. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Joe Monarski

is a teacher in the Stoughton School District and coach of the Stoughton Community Fencing Club.  Since the 1980s, Joe has spent his summers in youth programs including Middle School U sharing his interests in topics like fencing, board and role-playing games, and archeology.

See the sights, watch the animals and be a part of a great community. Join us for a week of running, jogging, walking and fitness fun! Tour Pheasant Branch Conservatory and tread the same trails as President Lincoln! On a hot day after some good exercise, stop at Memorial Union for a scoop of ice cream. It's not just running; design fitness challenges for each other to try. Madison has a great community of runners and walkers, come and see how much fun moving can be!

Transportation provided to off-site trails.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Adam Graf

Is there a better way to spend a summer day other than fishing? We don’t think so! Fish some of Madison’s hot spots. Spend time in beautiful natural areas, learn to fish or hone your skills. Discover fishing techniques, equipment use, knot tying, fishing safety and fish identification. Get “hooked” for a week of angling fun and adventure! Please bring water shoes. 

Transportation provided daily from Memorial High School to: 

Monday: Dorn Hardware and Gov Nelson State Park
Tuesday: Wingra Creek and  Brittingham Park
Wednesday:  Lake Farms Park
Thursday: Picnic Point
Friday:  Lake Farms Park


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Sofia Coppola all started their directing careers by making short films. With the latest technology, making a short film is now easier than ever. Write the script, play the starring role and direct your own movie. Lights, camera, action!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • all-day
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Grab your stickers, notebooks, embellishment and favorite memories and let's get smashing! Collect what matters to you; there's no need to be too organized! Smash in movie tickets, cards, cutouts, favorite quotes, photos and anything else you can find. We'll provide the journal and supplies; you bring the memories!  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Kristin Hubers

fell in love with running three years ago and has completed many races including three half-marathons.  In her everyday life she is a high school/middle school social studies teacher, and she is excited to share this new found love with another generation of individuals through Middle School U. 

Mold, make and decorate soap. Experiment with sachets and salts, soap on a rope and more! Add scents and change the color to see what you can create. Personalize your soaps and turn them into gifts or keep them for yourself. The soaps will look and smell so great that you won't want to wait to wash! 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Make a high-quality, one of a kind, stained glass panel. Choose your pattern and glass colors and our instructors will guide you through the whole process. The steps include pattern work, glass-cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and applying patina. Although it is a lot of work to complete your first panel, you’ll love this class from day one, when you learn to cut glass! It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
The Vinery
The Vinery

is a teaching stained glass studio.  They offer classes in stained glass, glass mosaics, glass fusing, bead making, flame working, and art silver clay.  Over the last 30 years, The Vinery has taught thousands of students in all these areas.  In each of these areas they have many samples to inspire and help with design ideas. They are committed to students learning and having fun!

Combine Victorian fashion with Industrial Revolution flare and a little post-apocalyptic functionality and what do you get: steampunk! Join us as we explore the world of steampunk fashions from its beginnings to its modern day appearances. Design your outfit and make accessories to wear at our very own mini Steampunk Convention. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Risk it all on a roll of the dice, move your pieces carefully on the board and enjoy a brain-exercising week of social interaction. Play some of your favorite games and new ones. You’ll gain insight into good sportsmanship, cooperation and social etiquette that make face-to-face board games more fun than just a video screen. Is it your turn?


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 11-15
    • p.m.
  • June 11-15
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Brad Knight

Here is your ultimate summer sports sampler! From field games and sports to lawn and gym games, play a variety of active summer favorites. Select the games and sports that you already and enjoy and the ones that you want to learn. Get up, get moving and have some fun!

Transportation provided to off-site facilities, if needed.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Summer fun doesn't stop! Let's explore the best of what summer has to offer. Visit Governor Dodge State Park for swimming, hiking and fishing. Travel to Milwaukee for a hands-on experience at Discovery World Museum. Travel underground at Cave of the Mounds. And of course, send summer off with a splash at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Let’s go for one more round of summer fun! Because we want to have as much fun as possible this course will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. on Friday. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.

Transportation provided daily from Memorial High School to: 

Monday: Discovery World Museum:  Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday: Original Wisconsin Dells and Dells Lumber Jack Show
Wednesday:  Governor Dodge State Park
Thursday: Cave of the Mounds and Blue Mounds State Park
Friday: Noah's Ark Water Park


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Cari Hauge

Cari Hauge is a middle school science teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District and has been teaching middle school for six years. She loves being outside and on a nice summer day you'll find her biking, hiking, gardening, or swimming! She's looking forward to sharing her love of the outdoors and science with Middle School U this summer!

Would you like to be able to make your favorite candy in your very own kitchen? Try your hand at sculpting and molding candies. Whip up some fudge, caramel and much more. Learn kitchen safety and correct handling of these delicate foods. Turn your yummy creations into easy gifts to share with family and friends. This course is sweet!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Clear the plates and shove that homework aside, this tabletop is spoken for! Enjoy games of foosball and test your skills with shuffleboard. Find out that table tennis is more than just a rec-room game. It requires lightning fast hand-eye coordination and strategy. It’s the second most played sport in the world. Learn to play at a higher level with tactics, stroke techniques, spins and serves. You’ll want seconds of these tabletop games. 

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School, 4807 Waukesha St, Madison, WI 53705


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Take a swing at a new sport. Learn and practice forehands, backhands, volleys, serves, baseline shots and net play. You'll love learning basic terminology and how to keep score. Take your game strategy to the next level for both singles and doubles tennis. You’ll be paired and grouped according to your experience. All levels are welcome. You’ll love it!

Transportation provided daily to off-site courts, if needed.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Strike up the music and turn up the lights! The audience is ready and the sets are built. You’ll learn how to organize all of this and more to help polish and promote Wisconsin Youth Company's Theater Immersion Camp's Production of Stronger than Strong: Great American Tall Tale Heroines. Learn how to set up stage lighting and use music to deepen the theater experience. Put your marketing skills to work and promote the production. Finalize and construct the sets and props. This course will teach you the skills to start on the path of producing shows. The curtain is about to go up. Family and friends are invited to watch the full-length production on Friday, July 21 at 2 p.m.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Ukulele isn't just fun to say, it's fun to play! Find success with one of the simplest stringed instruments on the planet. No musical experience necessary to become a musician here. Take your new skills on the road one day this week to one of our day camps and put on a show. Then take home your ukulele to keep the music flowing.

Transportation provided for field trip. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Rose Johnson-Brown

has been a Middle School U instructor for more than 6 years now.  She is a life-enrichment coordinator and regularly performs on guitar and vocals for the senior community.  She is experienced in ukulele and participates in MAUI (Madison Area Ukulele Initiative) jam sessions.  Rose is excited to share her love of the ukulele with the students at Middle School U.

Want to know how to take something old and turn it into something new and better? That's what this course is all about! Discover what a little bit of time, knowledge and some paint can do to turn your old stuff into modern, customized and functional pieces. Take a trip to a local thrift store and hardware store to pick out your own small starter projects. The possibilities here are endless, let's get upcycling!

Transportation provided for field trip. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Do you have old t-shirts that you never wear or jeans you've out grown? Use them to make something fun and creative! Learn different cutting, tying and stitching techniques to make unique projects like pillows, blankets, purses and more. Even if you have never touched a needle and thread before, this course will teach you how to transform old clothing into something that is fun and new!

Transportation provided for field trip. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Calling all aspiring scientists! Spend a week on the UW campus learning from professors and faculty in all types of the science field. We'll spend our days exploring several different departments and venues including the Physics Museum and Primate Center. Discover what different professions do in their fields. Get hands-on with the Stem Cell Lab and Biotech Workshop. Finish out the week at Babcock Dairy Hall with a tour and a tasty treat! Join us for a week of discovery, hands-on exploration and world-class fun!

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
University of Wisconsin Science Alliance
University of Wisconsin Science Alliance

helps science outreach programs at UW Madison to synergize their work and to make it easier for the public to find and use the people, facilities and other scientific resources on campus.  UW Visitor & Information Programs (VIP) serves as the central access point for visitors, students, faculty and staff to answer questions, locate information and navigate UW–Madison and the surrounding community.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? This five-day, hands-on, immersive course will give you the tools, information and experience to feel confident in your abilities to survive outdoors in all conditions. Build shelters and fires, cook outdoors, identify wild edibles, use a compass and GPS unit, and much more! Expect to head home muddy, tired and grinning as we explore wild spaces. Previous outdoor knowledge not required. Bring an open mind and willingness to try new things.

Transportation provided daily to: 

Monday-Thursday: Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Black Earth Campus, 10648 Sutcliffe Rd., Black Earth
Friday:  Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Dr., Monona


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Aldo Leopold Nature Center

is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interests, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.

Get a little relaxation this summer! Join us for a fun week of yoga and mindfulness! Learn yoga poses to gain strength and flexibility, breathing techniques and mindfulness tools for stress relief while relaxing together. Spend time with team-building activities and creating journals, eye pillows and other relaxation crafts to help bring your yoga practice home!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
    • p.m.
Course Provider
little om BIG OM
little om BIG OM

brings fun yoga and mindfulness classes  to kids, tweens, teens, and families in the Madison area.

  • = Course Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Full & Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Cancelled
Dates Morning Courses
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
All-Day Courses
9:00 a.m.–4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1–4 p.m.
June 11-15Lego Robotics
Lego Robotics
Strategy Board Games
June 18-22
June 25-29
July 2-6
(no courses 7/4)
July 9-13
July 16-20
July 23–27
July 30-August 3
August 6-10
August 13-17