Lycoming College for Kids and Teens is an opportunity for students to experience these opportunities and more in a hands-on, educational environment that’s stimulating and safe. Who knows? Maybe a Lycoming College for Kids graduate will be one of the first Astronauts to travel to the Red Planet. We hope so!
Lycoming College’s one-week workshops are held all day July 27-31, 2015 on the historic, Williamsport campus. Here, scientific, artistic and magical classes are taught by some of the area’s most respected professionals, and are designed to enhance creativity in elementary and middle school students.
This year’s program offers dozens of exceptional classes that have been developed throughout the years and leave the students returning to the program with anticipation.
This year’s theme is “Occupy Mars” with many of the classes emphasizing space exploration and pioneering. One class — Ready, Set, Go — introduces its students to the concept of colonizing Mars. NASA-developed curriculum enhances this class that prepares second- and third-graders to work together to build a new civilization on a new world.
Students participating in the Junior Journalists class will write stories and take photos and videos about the summer program and then publish these on the College for Kids and Teens website.
Another unique class class uses traditional cameras and teachers students the art of photography. Students learn how to develop their own photographs in the darkroom and have an art show at the end of the week.
Others will learn about simple machines using mechanized Legos. or create crystals and volcanoes in science-oriented workshops.
Examples of this year’s classes include: Candid Camera, Global Arts, Ancient Egypt, Junior Rangers, Young Inventors, Weblogs and Social Media, Young Engineers, Magical Wings, Structure It and Grossology. The Aeronautical Workshop, a favorite for the middle school students, allows participants to make and launch their own rockets
Classes are closing fast, but there are still plenty of openings for students to enroll in Lycoming College for Kids. For a complete list of classes and descriptions, and for further information on the program and application, visit the College for Kids classes page.
College for Kids and Teens, celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, was designed to enhance creativity in elementary and middle school students. The program consistently offers outstanding, hands-on classes in the areas of science, literature, art, history, culture, communications, math and engineering, and is still as exciting as when it was launched in 1986 by Melvin Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor of biology at Lycoming College.
“When I founded College for Kids, it was important that the classes have a hands-on approach and many were in the science and arts,” Zimmerman said. “I developed and directed the program for 20 years and in several of those years enrollment topped 300 students. It is a testament to the need and quality of the program that it has endured for 30 years!”
Workshops are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic local teachers and student assistants, and are designed to enhance creativity and problem-solving while providing students with a variety of fun, academic opportunities. Each student participates in a morning and afternoon workshop, which gives them the opportunity to explore two topics of their choice.
Open to elementary and middle school-aged students entering the second grade, through the eighth grade, the summer program consists of two classes each day; Period 1 meets from 9 a.m. to noon, and Period 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Extended care is offered for parents who need to drop off and pick up children between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
A supervised lunch break is held from noon to 1 p.m. Students must supply their own lunch. Snack and soda machines are available.
Registration is $200 for the five-day workshop. Discounts are offered for each additional family member. Extended care fees range from $2 to $5 daily. Checks and credit cards are accepted for all fees. Parents may enroll their children online,or by contacting Debbie Smith, 321-4180 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for an application form.
Enrollment is limited, often from 10 to 15 students per class, so apply early. Placement is based on the order in which the applications are received, so register early to avoid closed classes. Classroom volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. In the past, high school students have used this opportunity for community service hours.
For a complete list of classes and descriptions, and for further information on the program and application, please visit the CLASSES LINK or call (570) 321-4180.