Broadoaks hosts “Family Night at the Academies” at Whittier College

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634

July 14, 2003
Reference: 2003-04: 1
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974, or Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216

Broadoaks hosts “Family Night at the Academies” at Whittier College

          Students from the summer academy at Broadoaks School will display their work at an open house on Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the school, located on the Whittier College campus.

          At “Family Night at the Academies,” the public is invited to see students’ summer academy work; explore science-rich, hands-on activities with the students; and screen digital video projects, including music videos, film previews and original screenplays. The evening will includes a series of activities—each in a different classroom or area. The children who attend the academies will assist their parents and guests from the community. “From dissecting fish to producing newscasts, the students’ work impresses and thrills both teachers and parents,” said Vann Priest, associate professor of physics at Rio Hondo College and co-director of the academies.

          Judith Wagner, director of Broadoaks and professor of education and child development at Whittier, said the most important aspect of the summer academies is “the integration of science, technology, and artistic expression as students record images and impressions of what they are learning through writing, drawing, painting, and filming.” Wagner said science and art are typically among the least-taught subjects in elementary schools, so Broadoaks has “devoted considerable attention in the last few years to developing an intellectually rigorous, highly engaging science and technology curriculum that integrates seamlessly with children’s artistic-aesthetic ways of thinking and expressing themselves.”

          This year is the first time the Science Academy has included dissection as a vehicle for understanding anatomy and experiencing the excitement of scientific discovery. “Even the youngest children approach this experience of dissecting fish as scientists, when we teach them about the scientific approach,” Wagner said. “We want them to learn to love science and to find it fascinating before they have a chance to develop stereotypical ideas that science is too hard or just involves learning a bunch of meaningless scientific names.”

          An accredited private school, the Broadoaks Children’s School provides services for preschool through sixth-grade students during the school year, and preschool through ninth-grade students during the summer academies. Broadoaks is located at 13514 Olive Dr. on the Whittier College campus. For more information, call Kathleen Pompey at (562) 907-4937.

          Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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