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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) Introduction to Computer Science (Grades 5-8)

Learn about object-oriented programming and how to write and execute code using the Java programming language, via the Greenfoot programming environment. Explore coding by exploring a set of interesting scenarios, solving coding problems and competing at a fun coding challenge. Then begin to design your own game or simulation! Students will learn programming fundamentals while participating in authentic coding activities that place an emphasis on problem-solving and creativity.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) Biotechnology Lab: Engineering Life (Grades 7-8)

In this laboratory-intensive course, you will learn how DNA and proteins are analyzed to improve food products, diagnose a disease, or identify a suspect. Gain valuable laboratory skills such as micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, DNA extraction and protein analysis.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) Laws of Negotiation and International Relations (Grades 7-8)

In Laws of Negotiation and International Politics, students will be put in teams and assigned a country to represent. All the countries (teams) will be a part of a sub-committee in the United Nations, asked to come up with a plan that deals with an international issue. After researching their country and the issue, students will partake in a committee conference where they will be allowed to present their country’s position on the issue and a possible proposal for a resolution. 
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) Mythology 101 (Grades 5-8)

Discover mythology throughout the world, starting with the ancient Greeks and traveling the globe. Mythology 101 will look at mythology through various lenses, reading myths, acting stories and creating new myths of our own while examining commonalities and unique qualities of each culture's mythological tradition.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) Space Exploration Adventures (Grades 5-6)

This class will ponder the question, What's next in the field of space exploration? We will explore the evolution of space exploration, from rockets and satellites to animal explorers and the manned space missions of today. This discussion-based class will utilize space imagery and study recent developments in the field as we continue to ask, How much farther, and further, can we go?
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) UW Art: Behind the Curtain (Grade 5-8)

Spend each day discovering one of the many art areas on the UW–Madison campus, like theatre, visual art, dance, music, or creative writing. Part of our day will be spent delving into the creation of pieces, and the other part of the day will include visits to campus arts hubs.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

Anime: Exploring the workings of culture through the 2D world (Grades 5-8)

This course explores the diverse worlds of “anime,” an animated entertainment medium that originates in Japan and has achieved extensive popularity all over the world. By viewing and discussing a series of anime films/series that represent various time periods, themes, genres, and styles, we will develop a critical appreciation for the meanings and experiences of anime and its legacy today both in Japan and the United States.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 10–14, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) Mission Impossible: Engineering Challenges (Grades 5-6)

From ski resorts under a dome in the middle of the desert to rotating skyscrapers, nothing is impossible for contemporary designers. This class will help you start thinking like an engineer and engage you in a series of increasingly complex competitive design challenges.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) Neuroscience (Grades 7-8)

With the explosion of innovative technologies and new knowledge about the brain, the field of neuroscience remains on the frontier of contemporary science. This course will give a solid foundation in the anatomy and physiology of the brain and expand your understanding of how basic neurological processes relate to cognition, emotion and behavior.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

(FULL) UW Science: Behind the Scenes (Grades 5-8)

This class will introduce you to new fields of research, engage you in hands-on experiments, and offer you the opportunity to visit labs and science departments around campus. Past fields of exploration have included limnology, geology and a behind-the-scenes visit to the primate lab.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

Beyond Once Upon a Time: The Truth About Fairy Tales (Grades 5-6)

Princes and princes, talking animals, magic, and of course, happily ever afters are all familiar parts of fairy tales. Did you know fairy tales are much more than that? Fairy tales have long been reflections of cultures, values, and morality throughout the world. In this course we will study the history of the fairy tale from its origin in the oral tradition to modern day. We will examine traditional fairy tale structure and emulate it in our own writings. We will discuss how fairy tales reflect culture and how they are a part of culture. Finally, we will look at stereotypes and morality in fairy tales.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

Human Anatomy (Grades 5-6)

Take a closer look into the main organs and systems of the human body and their important functions. Topics covered are the format and function of major human organs such as the heart and lungs as well as body systems such as the musculoskeletal system, circulatory system and digestive system.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

Math Behind You: Survey of Algebra 2 (Grades 7-8)

A broad introductory overview to Algebra II, this course is a hands-on, collaboration rich option for students seeking to challenge their math skills. This one-subject enrichment will allow students to explore a new kind of math. It is the expectation that students have a strong foundation and content knowledge of Algebra I and Geometry prior to enrolling in this course.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person

Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Understanding How Historical Narratives are Shaped and Evolve (Grades 5-6)

This discussion based class uses critical thinking and analysis to examine the question, "How do we know what we know?" in terms of historical narratives. By exploring commonalities over time, students will reflect on how dominant cultures control the narrative, "to the victor goes the spoils" and answer the question, "Who writes history and how do these viewpoints impact the narrative?"
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17–21, 2023
    Early bird tuition: $520
    Regular tuition: $550
    Application fee: $35
    In-person