Grandmother and her Grandson work on a science project together

Grandparents U Bellingham: Grades 1-8

Grandparents U is an opportunity to bring grandchildren and grandparents to campus together. The various course options provided promote different intergenerational learning. Grandparents and Grandchildren can also choose to stay together on campus and participate in various evening activities on campus.


All Grandparents U activities are held in facilities and outdoor areas of Western Washington University.  Most are accessible to individuals who have physical limitations. All courses require walking in between campus buildings, and some courses include walking short distances. (Please check the “physical activity level” notation for each course.) There is an approximately 7-12 minute walk from the classroom areas, Dining Hall, and the on-campus housing location.

At a Glance

Grades 1-8 (Ages 7-14)

Monday - Tuesday, July 1-2, 2019

Western Washington University
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per grandparent/grandchild pair; additional fees may apply
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Computer Programming for Beginners

Young and young-at-heart alike will learn the basics of computer programming through hands-on exercises. The culmination of the course will be designing, writing, and testing a custom computer program. 

Recommended age: Ages 7-14
Physical activity level: Low

Instructor: Filip Jagodzinski

Storytelling through Technology: Audio books and Podcasts

Explore audio/visual recording and editing technologies and communication skills in this hands on course! Grandparents and grandchildren will work together to create and edit an audio story that the grandchild can take home, or a podcast about their family tree!

It is recommended to bring headphones for each participant and a favorite story from the grandchild.

Recommended age: Ages 7-14
​Physical activity level: Low

Instructor: Jason Lind

Acoustics and Instrument Design

Discover the relationship between the sciences of acoustics and engineering with the art of music. Participants will construct four different instruments while studying a variety of acoustic production techniques to understand the four types of sounds present in a symphony orchestra.

Recommended Age: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low
Instructor: Gustavo Camacho


WWU Outdoor Collection: Inspired Sculpture Making

The sculptures at Western are not just to be looked at. Many are meant to be entered, even climbed on, to view the bay, the sky or the bustling life on campus. In the class, students will interact with the artworks and learn about environmental sculpture and changing ideas in contemporary art, then construct their own book and sculpture inspired by what they observe.

Recommended age: 7-14
Physical activity level: Moderate – Expect a fair amount of walking throughout the day
Instructor: Tami Landis

Students are asked to bring:

  • A rain jacket
  • A healthy snack
  • A water bottle
  • A curious mind
  • Good walking shoes

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6:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m.  Residential check-in (for those who purchase housing package)


Day One

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Class Orientation and Session #1
noon - 1:00 p.m. Dining Hall Lunch (all participants)
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Class Session #2
2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Class Session #3
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Optional activities (Self-guided Tree Tour, Planetarium Show)

Evening Activities

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Dinner (On your own or in the Viking Commons Cafeteria if you have purchased a housing/dining package)
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Optional activities (Swimming at Wade King Recreation Center, Additional Activities TBA)

Day Two

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Viking Commons (for those who have purchased a housing/dining package)
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Class Session #4
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Class Session #5
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies & Resident check-out

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Location Details

Western Washington University
516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Parking is available on campus, however, costs for parking passes are not included with this program as it varies with what housing option is selected.

For detailed parking instructions, please refer to the confirmation letter.

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Cost Details

Registration is $260* for one grandparent and one grandchild.  Additional grandparents can register for $150 each and additional grandchildren can be added for $90 each. This includes all class/instructor fees, t-shirt, optional activities, and the Dining Hall lunch.
*WWU Alumni, Faculty and Staff are eligible for a $20 discount at time of registration.


On Campus Housing and Dining

All participants will receive lunch in the dining hall on Monday, 7/1 with their general registration

Get the full college campus experience and purchase the housing and dining package!

On-Campus Housing & Dining

All participants will receive lunch in the dining hall on Monday, 7/1 with their general registration.
Get the full college campus experience and purchase a housing and dining package!

Housing &/or Dining Package Description Cost
Two-Night Housing & Dining Package

Two nights (Sunday, 6/30 & Monday, 7/1) in a 1-bedroom suite (with two twin beds) standard linens* (1 pillow, 1 washcloth, 1 towel, 1 bar of soap, sheets/pillow case, light blanket, and a coverlet), and a semi-private bathroom/shower.

$280 for Grandparent/ Grandchild Pair

Extra: Two Night Housing & Dining Package

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for two in the cafeteria starting with Dinner on Sunday, 6/30 through Breakfast on Tuesday 7/2

$140 for one additional Grandparent or Grandchild.

For those registering an additional grandparent or grandchild, this package will reserve an adjoining Single Bedroom (with one twin bed) to the previously selected Double Room on Monday, 7/1, and Tuesday, 7/2.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for one in the cafeteria starting with Dinner on Sunday, 6/30 through Breakfast on Tuesday 7/2

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Cancellation Policy

All courses are subject to enrollment. A full refund is granted if a program or course is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure, or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to 12 working days prior to the program start date. A refund will be granted for requests made in that time less a $100.00 handling charge.

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“What a great and positive impact [this program] will have on my seven year-old granddaughter’s life, for both music and attending school in general.” – Past Grandparent

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