Grandparents University® Majors
Choose a major that best fits your interests. You will remain in the same major for the entire two-day program. Adults must accompany children to majors. Learning experiences, age recommendations and physical activity levels vary by major – please note instructors' requests. View a 2018 sample Grandparents University® Itinerary (PDF). Below you will find the course titles and majors for 2018.
Terrific Trees of the WSU Campus - Exploring Our Living Classroom
Lego Mindstorms - Introduction to Robotics
Taught by Eric Paulsen
This class will offer you the opportunity to embark on an adventurous challenge with Lego EV3 technology in order to design, assemble and program robots.
In past years, this course used NXT technology. We are very excited that this is the first year we will have access to the EV3 robots! No prior experience with computer programming or robots needed. You will program your robots to perform tasks, compete in races, run an obstacle course, and complete other challenges created by you!
Physics in Everyday Life
Taught by Richard Shields
Physics is in your life and you might not even know it. This class will cover four topics of physics that you use everyday.
In a combination of interactive lecture demonstrations and hand-on activities, we will cover the topics of motion, waves, electricity and light. Some demonstrations will amaze you, but all are designed to make you think about the world you live in. This class will be team taught by Professor Gary Shields and Professor Emeritus Richard Shields. This father and son team has many years of experience teaching physics to both children and adults.
Explore the Secret Life of Bees
Taught by Bruno Borsari
What’s the buzz? Take this course to learn all about domestic honeybees and native bees!
You will learn about their basic biology, ecology and their relevance to food production through pollination. Be prepared for hands-on activities that will allow you to observe real bees at work, both in their hive and also in the field. Buzz into this class for some un-bee-lievable fun!
Past Grandparents University Programs
2017 Highlights (PDF)
2017 Flyer (PDF)
2016 Highlights (PDF)
2016 Flyer (PDF)
2015 Highlights (PDF)
2014 Program (PDF)
2014 Highlights (PDF)
2013 Program (PDF)
2013 Highlights (PDF)
2012 Highlights (PDF)
2012 Flyer (PDF)
2012 Itinerary (PDF)
2011 Majors (PDF)
2011 Program (PDF)
2011 Highlights (PDF)