MU camp for high school students links art and science

Media contact:

Linda Geist
University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-9185

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Story source:

Lee Ann Woolery, 573-882-7547

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Openings remain for the “Arts as a Portal to Science” camp during Summers@Mizzou, July 24-28.

Registration for those who need accommodations is closed, but spaces remain for those who wish to commute daily to the camp held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, says MU Extension community arts specialist Lee Ann Woolery.

In its second year, the camp allows high school students to explore a science lab and work beside world-famous scientists, and experience an art studio and explore the arts as a way to understand the complexity of science, Woolery says.

“Students will learn how to use the visual language, digital storytelling and the performing arts to communicate the science story,” says Woolery. “They will learn theater techniques that enhance their presentation skills when communicating scientific research.”

MU faculty lead the event. Katina Bitsicas focuses on digital storytelling, Suzanne Burgoyne leads sessions on theater techniques and Woolery brings the visual language to life during the weeklong camp.

Bond Life Sciences Center researchers Heidi Appel, Jack Schultz, David Mendoza and Mannie Liscum will engage students to learn how immobile plants cope with a changing world.

Commuter enrollment is $305 and registration deadline is June 30. To enroll, go to

Scholarships are available through MU Extension 4-H. For more information, go to