DENTON -- Linda Purcell and her 8-year-old grandson, Joseph Purcell, did not fry an egg on the pavement, but they did learn to cook using the sun during a two-day program at the University of North Texas.
The Purcells majored in Saving the Environment: Cooking With the Sun, one area of study offered this week at Grandparents University.
They were among 106 graduates -- grandparents and grandchildren -- who received their diplomas in a ceremony at UNT's Gateway Center on Thursday.
"It was wonderful because you get one-on-one time with your grandchild," Linda Purcell said.
Since 2009, UNT has offered grandparents and grandchildren ages 7 to 12 an opportunity to learn in a college setting. The program is offered through UNT's Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning.
Participants can earn a degree by majoring in two areas of study. This year, topics also included robotics, astronomy and So You Want to Be a Vet?
Grandparents and their grandchildren can stay in a dorm overnight.
Purcell said the program allowed her and her grandson to focus on science while having fun.
They converted a pizza box into a sun oven using aluminum foil and plastic. Once the oven was made, they cooked s'mores using the sun.
They then ate their experiment.
The Purcells also took a chemistry class in which they learned about dyes. They made tie-dyed shirts and goggles. They had so much fun that they plan to come again next summer, Purcell said.
The program culminated with a graduation ceremony complete with caps. Graduates turned their tassels from one side to the other to mark the graduation, Purcell said.
"We had a wonderful time," she said.
Diane Smith, 817-390-7675