Summertime adventures at College for Kids
After 25 years of keeping education fun for kids, Minot State University's College for Kids continues to emerge with new and enticing opportunities for children ages 6-14 to discover and explore. Of the 31 camps available this summer, nine are new.
"Exploring Engineering," is in collaboration with Ackerman-Estvold Engineering of Minot, and the brainchild of Jessica Ackerman, also the camp instructor. Through hands-on activities and experiments, participants will learn what civil engineers do in areas such as water resources, structures, transportation and more.
"Exploring Engineering is geared for those campers who want to discover more about science and technology," said Amy Woodbeck, MSU professional development and community education coordinator. "It is the first time we have offered this camp and so far, interest is high."
Another new camp offering is "Creating with Clay," the only camp that runs longer than one week. Students will create clay projects using coil, slab and pinch techniques with different kinds of clay. It invites students to interact with shape and form and tap into creativity.
For those not up to an extended art camp, "Mixed Media Madness" is a one week camp that will have students combining paint, pastels and watercolor to create original artwork.
Other new camps include "Bully Dance," where children will discuss the role of victim and aggressor in a "bully dance" and discuss creative ways to address the act of bullying. "Yoga for Kids" will focus on concentration, strength, flexibility, body awareness, relaxation, self-control and respect for others.
For creative writers of all ages, "Super Heroes Rule!" and "It's a Bird; It's a Plane?" will encourage students to read, write and create super hero puppets, shows, cartoon books, poetry and murals. "Fairytales: Then and Now" and "Fairytales of Today" will explore modern fairy tales in books and in current media and movies. Students will write and illustrate their own stories.
Perennial favorites on the roster include "Cheer Camp," "Salamanders, Frogs, and their Homes" and "Business of Babysitting." Woodbeck said the each year both "Salamanders" and "Babysitting" camps attract boys and girls alike.
College for Kids begins May 28 and runs through July 31. Prices per session range $35 to $85. To view the entire camp list and register, visit: www.minotstateu.edu/cel or contact Woodbeck at email@example.com or 858-3989.