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Badger Precollege Classes

Think like a Badger. Badger Precollege offers in-person and online programs in humanities, music, business, psychology, government, STEM, college prep and more — all designed to help students in grades 1–12 find their passion, meet new friends and explore their future.

Use the search filters to find the class, program or workshop that matches your interests.

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(FULL) Adventures in Coding (Grades 3-4)

Adventures in Coding will spark your curiosity about the connections between math, computer coding and programming. If you geek out about video games, computers, equations or even different mathematical languages, join us for this coding adventure!
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person
  • June 17–21, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) Gross Biology (Grades 3-4)

Prepare to be amazed, astonished and maybe even a little grossed out in Gross Biology! Here you'll go on a mind-boggling quest to uncover the squirmy, slimy, creepy, crawly and downright bizarre features of the natural world. You'll be intrigued by parasites, mucus, bacteria and more! Put on a brave face, and maybe some gloves, as you complete hands-on experiments to uncover the purpose of some of nature's oddities.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person
  • June 17–21, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) Inside Out/Upside Down (Grades 3-4)

Inside Out/Upside Down will introduce students to the world of psychology using the movie Inside Out as a base for exploring emotions, actions, and memories. Students will be learning about the foundations of psychology through role play, hands-on activities and class discussions.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) Mystery Detectives: Intro to Forensic Science (Grades 2-3)

Are you interested in finding out more about how forensic science helps us solve mysteries? Intro to Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary class that builds upon the skills explored in our Secret Agents class. We introduce forensic science techniques used in the field.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) Nose to Toes: Intro to Human Anatomy (Grades 2-3)

We introduce students to the major systems of the body through interactive and engaging activities. They will not only learn how the inner body looks, but also how it works. We explore the muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive, respiratory and immune systems through models and experiments.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) The Actor's Toolbox (Grades 2-4)

It is time to explore the skills of presenting and public speaking! This class will help you develop your own powerful voice. Through both group and solo presenting, you will build self-confidence and strengthen your social interaction. We will learn how to inhabit a character, speak on the fly and even convey a message without using any words! If you want to build effective speaking skills of all kinds, then this class is for you.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) The Green Team: Introduction to Environmental Science (Grades 3-4)

The Green Team: Introduction to Environmental Science offers a multi-disciplinary approach to learning about environmental issues by increasing knowledge and building critical-thinking skills that will help our students make informed and responsible decisions in an age-appropriate format.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) Thinking and Tinkering: Exploring Engineering (Grades 2-3)

During Exploring Engineering, each class will focus on a different discipline of engineering, with stations and hands-on projects to foster exploration and discovery.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person
  • June 17–21, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

(FULL) Word Play (Grades 2-3)

Fall in love with words! In this class, you'll begin by going back in time to discover the foundations of our language and explore Latin and Greek roots. We'll explore figurative language, such as idioms and puns through engaging active play. We will also connect words to art through illustrations and shape poems. Finally, you'll put your creative thinking to good use by creating your own words and finding new ways to use language. This is not your traditional writing class! Be ready to push your knowledge of words to new heights!
Upcoming Dates
  • June 10–14, 2024
    Registration fee: $35
    Tuition: $470 per session $20 multi-session registration discount available.
    In-person

Acting Up: Curtain Call

This course explores theater and writing in a high-paced environment in order to help develop your skills as a writer and an effective member of an ensemble. After exploring new acting techniques, the class will culminate in a virtual presentation using different topics and skills learned in the course.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Building with Vex Robotics

Design and build robots, then test them against each other in challenging games. Using math, science, and technology, students will determine what factors need to be considered to create a competitive robot. Design, test, evaluate and operate a robot built from the Vex Robotics Design System.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Engineering Design Challenges

In this class, you will dive into the blueprints of structural engineering and design. You will be asked to design and create models based on creative parameters and specifications. As a team, you will take on and propose solutions to real-world design challenges.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Everyday Chemistry

This hands-on, lab-based class will help you scientifically explain your chemistry successes and disasters. You will be introduced to the essential molecules in food, water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils, and learn how they interact with each other.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Forensic Science

Collect and analyze evidence from crime scenes and use logical thought processes and scientific inquiry skills to interpret evidence and explain crimes. Learn to interpret evidence such as fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, impression analysis, forensic entomology and anthropology.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Game Design: Introduction to Programming

In this class, you will have the opportunity to build a character from scratch as well as code brand-new interactions with an environment. You will learn about essential processes in game development and experiment with coding to generate characters with unique powers.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Human Body Systems

Did you know that in 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to boil a gallon of water? The human body is a complex machine made up of systems that keep us active and alive. In this class, you will take a closer look at the main systems of the human body and their important functions.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Law 101

Law 101 is an introduction to the law and the legal system in contemporary American society. Using the case study method, we'll analyze individual rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and as interpreted by the courts. We also examine the two major branches of the law: criminal and civil.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Mysteries of the Mind

If you've ever wondered why your brain does what it does, this class is for you! We'll cover topics like motivation and emotions, learning and forgetting, intelligence and personality, and social behavior. You'll have the opportunity to apply it to your own life through a final research project.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person

Summer Music Clinic Junior

Summer Music Clinic offers the opportunity to learn from experienced educators from around the country, develop new music skills and enhance existing ones, meet and collaborate with those who share your interests, develop and express your unique, creative style, and enjoy new experiences in a welcoming, supportive community.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–22, 2024
    Residential tuition: $1,020
    Commuter tuition: $770
    Application Fee: $75
    In-person

Writing, Creatively

Explore your creativity and discover what it takes to be a compelling writer. This class is designed for avid readers and writers who read well above grade level and are serious about improving their skills and preparing for high school writing.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 16–29, 2024
    Early bird tuition: $2,850
    Regular tuition: $3,000
    Application fee: $75
    In-person