EXCEL Exhibit Highlights 30 Years of Experiential Learning

excelmural.jpgA retrospective exhibition celebrating 30 years of learning in the EXCEL program at Sonoma State University will be on view at the University Library Art Gallery from June 21 to July 27. The public is invited to a reception on Wednesday, June 27 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. featuring robots and special animal guests.

EXCEL for Youth, a program of the School of Extended Education, is a unique academic enrichment program that offers students entering 4-9th grades accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing.

Since its inception in 1982, EXCEL has grown from a schedule of 14 choices to offering over 50 innovative classes a year on the campus of Sonoma State University. It has included almost 20,000 students in the North Bay.

The one to two week classes use the University's specialized arts, science, and technology labs, as well as providing guest speakers and field trips. EXCEL classes are designed to provide experimentation with materials and ideas, and to make learning fun.

Students have built computer games, dissected sharks, solved crimes, performed scenes from Shakespeare, made movies, petted alligators, and assembled giant sculpture.

Exceptional mentor teachers include university faculty, professionals from specialized fields, and teachers from area school districts who develop classes to capitalize on each student's interest, creativity, and curiosity.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Parking permits ($2.50) are required Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Alison Marks at alison.marks@sonoma.edu or call (707) 664-2645.

EXCEL for Youth is accepting registration for summer 2012.

For a complete schedule of classes visit www.sonoma.edu/exed/excel.

Above: Mural created by EXCEL students is featured in the 30th anniversary exhibit in the University Library Art Gallery.

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