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Programs for Youth

Annual High School Chemistry Contest

May 6, 2015
This competition brings together the area's most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry.  Every other year, Bradley University is the host for this exciting contest. 

BEST/CREST Program

BEST: June 15 - August 5, 2016
CREST: mid-June - mid-August, 2016
Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow (BEST) and CREST (Clinical Research for Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow) are summer programs developed by Bradley University’s Center for Stem Education and designed for high school students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Participants are placed in research labs in the Peoria area to gain research experience, working side-by-side with top researchers and their teams to learn first-hand about the research process. Students also receive training in science methods, scientific ethics, safety, and related topics.  Students involved in the BEST program work 150 - 300 hours in labs; CREST participants work 200 - 300 hours in area labs.  BEST is designed for high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology-based areas.  CREST is geared toward underrepresented and/or minority students and others who are underrepresented in the field who are interested in clinical research in STEM.  

Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

March 15 - 18, 2017
The Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students.  The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges presented in the Season Challenge/Robot Game.  The robots are the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and project deadline management. 

Music Preparatory School for Youth 

January 20 - May 11, 2016
Our distinctive Music Preparatory School offers outstanding private piano and classical guitar instruction for Central Illinois youth.  

SAT/ACT Review

February 7 - March 7, 2017
Learn strategies to help you prepare for the ACT and SAT college entrance exams.  If you're a high school student taking the test for the first time, or if you are looking to improve your previous score, this review will help you!

Summer Forensics Institute 

July 9 - 22, 2017
Every summer, students travel from around the world to attend our Summer Forensics Institute (SFI) for personalized instruction by Bradley University's forensics champions.  Your high school student will learn skills that are essential for communicating ideas - not just in competition but in life!  Take your skills to the next level at this 2-week residential camp.

Summer Reading Programs for Children and Adults

June - July, 2016
Interested in an enjoyable activity for your child that has lifelong benefits?  Why not invest in one of these summer workshops that will improve your child's reading skills!

World of Wonder (WOW)

Session One:  June 19 - 23, 2017
Session Two:  July 31 - August 4, 2017
Your child is unique.  Why not give him or her the opportunity to participate in a gifted and talented program that offers in-depth study, by enthusiastic teachers, with peers, in a university setting.  It's gifted education at its best!