YSU Summer Honors Institute on campus this week

The Youngstown State University Summer Honors Institute is held this week. Pictured are two students participating in one of the offered courses.

Summer Honors Institute students study the effects of vacuum on marshmallows.

More than 80 gifted high school students throughout the region are participating this week in the 2012 Summer Honors Institute at Youngstown Sate University.

Students attend a variety of courses and hands-on activities in a wide range of disciplines taught by university professors and area school educators. Among the courses: Potato Cannon, Entrepreneurship, Crime Scene Analysis, International Business, Harry Potter, Geocaching, Healthcare in the 21st Century, Documentary Filmmaking, Acting Improvisation and Game Theory.

Participants spend Monday through Thursday immersed in classes and hands-on, active learning experiences. On Friday, students participate in learning activities in the morning and are provided information about YSU majors and services during a college fair. The week concludes with an afternoon Friday celebration where participants demonstrate what they learned in their courses to friends, family members and guests.

For more information, visit the YSU Scholars and Honors Programs website.