Susquehanna University Kids’ College Registration Underway
Published on May 10, 2012
Elementary and middle school children can engage in a unique educational experience at Susquehanna University’s Kids’ College during three summer sessions in July and August. Kids’ College is open to all students who have completed grades 2 through 8. The camps are designed to challenge students academically and help them develop their creative, critical- thinking and cooperative-learning skills in a welcoming educational environment.
July 16–20: Completed Grades 2–5
The morning Kids’ College session will be held from 8:30 a.m.to 12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fee is $190 per student. Participants will take part in three programs:
Globs, Goop and Guts! offers campers experiences in “grossology,” the science of slime, mold and other icky matter. A little bit of art and a little bit of science combine to make this workshop a stimulating educational experience.
In The World in a Whirl, campers participate in a simulated travel experience, discovering the customs of other cultures. The itinerary includes Scandinavia and the Vikings, Peru and the Incas, China, an African safari and Australia. Hands-on activities introduce campers to traditional crafts, local cuisine and the uniqueness of people throughout the world.
Spy Gals and Guys introduces the world of spies and espionage using a mix of fantasy and real-life adventure. This workshop employs imagination, creativity and critical thinking through stimulating, hands-on projects that involve campers in theme-related, problem-solving tasks.
Students have the option of continuing their day at camp to explore an afternoon special interest topic. The afternoon session, from 12:45 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, includes lunchtime supervision and costs $80.
Afternoon sessions from which students may choose include Let’s Act Up!, an interactive workshop in creative dramatics featuring a variety of theatre games and improvisational techniques; and Project Funny Bone Returns, an opportunity to create comic strip characters and step into their lives, with a guest appearance by professional cartoonist John Gallagher, creator of the Buzzboy comic series.
Junior Writers’ Workshops
July 30–August 3: Completed Grades 3–5
August 6–10: Completed Grades 6–8
Junior Writers’ Workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon daily. Participants use the creative writing process in conjunction with age-appropriate computer illustration and word-processing programs to create an original story. Attention is given to content and ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and the basic conventions of writing through individual and small-group instruction. The workshop’s focus is on nurturing students’ growth in the writing process and moving their individual talents and abilities forward in a positive direction, not on producing a polished, published final piece of work.
In addition to trained instructors, Susquehanna creative writing majors work closely with junior writers to develop and extend their skills. The experience is interactive and designed to encourage confidence and communication skills in an engaging environment. Experience with computers and familiarity with word processing are recommended. The fee for the workshop is $185 per student.
All sessions are held on the campus of Susquehanna University. For more information on Kids' College, or to register, call the Office of Event Management at 570-372-4354 or visit www.susqu.edu/about/32802.asp.
Karen M. Jones