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Kids in College courses announced at Penn State - DuBois and St. Marys

5/11/2006 —

DuBOIS - Penn State DuBois’ popular Kids in College program returns this summer with a host of new workshops scheduled in DuBois and St. Marys.

“Each year, the campus adds a few new workshops to its schedule and brings back some tried-and-true favorites, and this summer we’ve added some great new programs,” explained Sueann Doran, program coordinator. “Combined, we’re offering over 50 workshops covering a variety of the hot topics local children are currently interested in, including wizardry, robotics, rocketry, playing the guitar, outdoor crafts, cooking, NASCAR®, animals, fun science experiments, K’NEX® model building, medieval times and crime scene investigation, just to name a few.”

Also new this year are classes for adults during Kids in College hours. Topics include child and women’s wellness, drawing, painting and computers. 

Since 1986, the Penn State DuBois Kids in College program has provided area children a cure for the "I'm-bored-there's-nothing-to-do" summertime blues. All classes are designed to motivate and inspire. "The main objectives of the program are to increase students’ knowledge in subjects of interest to them and to provide them with challenging experiences that are not part of the regular school curriculum," noted Doran.

Most classes are two hours long and are offered in a four-day workshop format. A limited number of courses are offered as one-day workshops. These classes range from three to six hours in length. The child's grade should be determined by the grade the student will enter in the fall.

Other youth programs this summer at Penn State DuBois include basketball and lacrosse sport camps and a new Art, Science and Technology Institute program for students in middle and high school that includes classes on painting, photography, creative writing, forensic science and videogame development.

Doran urges participants to register now; classes fill early and space is limited. For a registration form and fee information, contact Sueann Doran in the Penn State DuBois Continuing Education office at (814) 375-4716, 1-800-346-ROAR or go to their website www.ds.psu.edu/ce/youth.

The Kids in College program is offering a limited number of scholarships for deserving youth, through the generosity of local individuals and companies. To apply for a scholarship, contact the Continuing Education office before June 1.

June 12-15 (DuBois) 10 a.m.-Noon

Interesting Insects and Arachnids (Grades PreK-1) Instructor: Carol Smith
Don't "bee" afraid. See how ladybugs, spiders, caterpillars, butterflies, fireflies, bees, crickets and ants can be our friends.

Rainforest Ramble (Grades K-1) Instructor: Diane Zaffuto
Join us as we learn about the species and products of the rainforests.

Ooze, Drip, Bubble & Fizz! (Grades K-1)  Instructor:  Marge Pendzick
Carefully drip watercolors as you make a butterfly magnet; mix up oatmeal dough; have fun at the bubble pool and mix your own bubble solution; and more!

Kids on Stage:  Become a Star! (Grades 2-3)  Instructor:  Rachel Lydick
Do you love to act? This is the class for you! You will get into groups and work together to create props, costumes and rehearse a skit/play.

Japanese, Origami and Games (Grades 3-5)  Instructor:  Hisano Richeson
We will do many Origami (paper art) activities, language exercises with Japanese animation, calligraphy and many more fun games with language, numbers and shapes.

Action-Packed Science! (Grades 4-6)  Instructor:  Tammy (Nelson) Ott
Become a junior scientist in this class filled with action-packed science experiments.

Puttin' on the Glitz (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Denise Long
Come and enjoy this class filled with glamour and beauty -- exploration and creation! Learn how to develop formulas for beauty products as well as how to design your own jewelry and hair accessories. 
June 12-15 (DuBois) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

All About Dinosaurs (Grades PreK-1) Instructor:  Carol Smith
Roar through the world of dinosaurs with hands-on activities including art and science projects, songs, games and stories.

Space Explorers (Grades PreK-1) Instructor:  Peggy Wilson
Get ready for fun activities about space! We will “explore” space through stories, crafts and games.

Adventure in the Desert (Grades 1-3) Instructor:  Denise Long
Come for an all new adventure into the desert! Snack on crunchy cacti, sweet bugs and more as you learn about the interesting plants, animals and bugs that live in the desert.

Bang, Pop, Zoom, and Spin (Grades 2-3) Instructor:  Marge Pendzick
Bubble bombs will BANG and exploding play dough will POP. Balloon gliders and race cars will ZOOM across the room while we create SPIN art and design spinners. 

Wacky Science (Grades 3-5) Instructor:  Josh Logsdon
Make different slimes for a Slime Olympics, make bouncing balls and find out what makes them react differently, and much more!

Flower Power (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Diane Zaftuto
Our room will smell heavenly as we use wonderful wildflower scents to craft potpourri bundles, candles, soap and more.

3-2-1 Blast Off! (Grades 5-6) Instructor:  Robert Pendzick
Come and explore the basics of rocketry through a variety of hands-on-activities – balloon activities, Alka Selzer rockets and rocket construction. 

June 16 (DuBois)

Creatures of the Night (Grades PreK-K)  10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Instructors:  Carol Smith and Peggy Wilson
This day camp will let you have fun with two very special creatures of the night, bats and owls. Learn about them through silly songs, stories, games and crafts. Remember to pack a lunch.

Basketball Fun-damentals (Grades 4-6) 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Instructor:  Gretchen O’NeilA learning experience for Basketball Stars of the future! You will be actively involved with some basketball skills: including dribbling, ball handling, passing, shooting and game play. Please bring your own basketball, and pack a lunch.

Penn State DuBois’ School of Wizardry (Grades 1-3) 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 9:15) Instructors:  Long-Pendzick-Demi-Richeson
New professors, new activities and old favorites! Become a Master of Potions and make cauldron bubbles and bat grog; make ordinary ‘extraordinary’ in your Transfiguration class; and take a trip to Magic Alley where you will make your magical creature companion and more! Lunch will be a feast of pizza donated by Mike and Dave’s Pizza and other special treats

Explore a Planet: Earth (Grades 4-6) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Instructor:  Dr. Janice Norris
Explore Earth as if we are space travelers and scientists who are trying to find a new planet to colonize.  Activities include:  building a model of earth, making a model of a trilobite, making a fossil and much more! Remember to pack a lunch.

June 19-22 (DuBois) 10 a.m.-Noon

Who Lives in the Ocean (Grades PreK-1) Instructor:  Carol Smith
Through stories, crafts, songs, and games we will learn about some of the fascinating creatures that live in the ocean and at the beach.

Fun in the Sun (Grades 1-3) Instructor: Rachel Lydick
So you love to make crafts…this class has a wonderful variety of nature crafts.  We’ll make nature book marks, nature wreaths, garden stones, rock necklaces, leaf people and possibly a bird feeder.

Medieval Times (Grades 3-5) Instructor:  Josh Logsdon
Come and explore the age of medieval times! Explore dragons, knights, castles and more through stories and hands-on activities.

Outdoor Crafts and More! (Grades 4-6)  Instructor:  Michele Singer
Come and learn how to use things found indoors and outdoors to make marvelous crafts! Activities may include: a birdfeeder from a pop bottle or milk carton, picture frame from twigs, pressed flower decorations, dyed, flower-pressed paper, fabric bookmarks, and more!

Get K’Nected with K’Nex (Grades 4-6)  Instructor:  Tammy (Nelson) Ott
Calling all builders!  Let’s build models using the latest educational toy K'NEX® consisting of colorful plastic connectors and rods. K'NEX® is a registered trademark of K'NEX Industries, Inc. Used herein with permission. K'NEX® is not a sponsor of the Kids in College program.

May I Take Your Order? (Grades 5-6) Instructor:  Allison Sayers
Want to learn the basics of cooking? In this class you will prepare and sample recipes each day.

Lacrosse Camps, Instructor:  Maureen Horan
Learn the basics of a great new sport that dates back to the North American Indians. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers–mouth guards are required.
Grades 7 – 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Grades 9 – 12, July 17 – 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
June 19-22 (DuBois) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Circus Time (Grades PreK-K)  Instructor:  Peggy Wilson
Explore the wonders and excitement of circus life.  Join us as we travel with the people and animals that make up the circus. 

Awesome Art (Grades 2-4) Instructor:  Carol Smith
Explore different kinds of projects and media. Activities may include:  paper-mache, rock critters, write stories and illustrate with finger print art, clay sculpture, origami, windsocks, and more!

Jr. Detective (Grades 2-4) Instructor:  Michele Singer
What is the CSI all of the older kids are talking about? It is about using forensic science to solve a mystery—it is like being a detective! In this class, you will learn basic experiments that can be used to solve a crime.

NASCAR® Speed Zone (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Stacie Peles
Learn all about NASCAR® from people inside the sport.  Plus, you’ll visit and tour a real race shop and meet real race car drivers!

Guitar for Beginners (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Joe Sensor
Learn basic fundamentals for recreational guitar playing. Students should bring a working acoustic guitar or an electric guitar with a small practice amplifier. 

Girls from America's Past (Grades 5-6) Instructor:  Allison Sayers
This course will introduce you to the American Girls Collection - its books, publications, and most importantly, Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha and Molly.  We will learn about the girls - the era in which they lived, their games and crafts and their spirit.

June 23 (DuBois)   

Penguins and Polar Bears (PreK-K) 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Instructor:  Carol Smith
Through stories, crafts, songs, and games we will learn about these fascinating creatures that thrive in the frigid cold. Remember to pack a lunch!

African Animal Safari (PreK–K) 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Instructor:  Peggy Wilson
We will be discovering which wild animals are native to Africa.  Posters, stories, games and art projects will help us create our journey. Remember to pack a lunch!

Paper Crafting Camp (Grades 1-3) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Instructor:  Kristen Meterko
Come and learn the basics of paper crafting and scrapbooking.  You will be amazed at the beautiful things you can make out of paper! Remember to pack a lunch!

Lacrosse (Grades 4-6) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Instructor:  Maureen Horan
Come and learn the “fun”damentals of a great new sport that dates back to the North American Indians. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers–mouthguards are required–under 1$ at Wal-Mart. Remember to pack a lunch!

Penn State DuBois’ School of Wizardry (Grades 4-6)  9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 9:15) Instructor:  (Nelson) Ott-Pendzick-Demi-Peles
New professors, new activities and old favorites! Grow magical crystals; become a Master of Potions as you make bewitching brews such as bat grog, bug juice, and slime; and visit Magic Alley where you will make your magical creature companion and more! Lunch will be a feast of pizza donated by Mike and Dave’s Pizza and other special treats.

Keyboards for Beginners (Grades 4-6) 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Instructor:  Joe Sensor
This class will explore the use of electronic musical keyboards.  You must bring your own keyboard to class. Remember to pack a lunch!

June 26-29 (DuBois)   

Robotics (Grades 3-4) 10 a.m.-Noon
Come and explore the world of robotics! Build your own robot to take home! Must register by May 26.

Robotics (Grades 5-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Come and explore the world of robotics! Build your own robot to take home! Must register by May 26.

PSU DuBois Lions Basketball Camps, Instructor:  Dave Bennett
Acquire the basic fundamentals of basketball as well as the team aspect of the sport. Grades 1 - 4 (Boys and Girls) 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Grades 5 - 8 (Boys only) 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Marys Classes

June 19-22, (St. Marys) 10 a.m.-Noon

Ooze, Drip, Bubble & Fizz! (Grades K-1) Instructor:  Marge Pendzick and LuAnn Demi
This class was so popular in DuBois, that we decided to let St. Marys kids in on all the fun! Carefully drip watercolors as you make a butterfly magnet; mix up oatmeal dough; and more!

Our Amazing Body (Grades 2-3) Instructor:  Lisa Bauer
Snack on things like a heart and vessels made from a strawberry and red and blue licorice, bone sandwiches with cheese or peanut butter and more as we have fun learning how our bodies work!

Fun with Scrapbooking (Grades 2-6) Instructor:  Heather Hanes
Enjoy putting together all of your memories in a beautiful keepsake created completely by you.  You will learn techniques and many ideas to use in this class. 

Guitar for Beginners (Grades 4-6) 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Instructor:  Joe Sensor
Learn basic fundamentals for recreational guitar playing, including first position melody note reading and basic chords to accompany a variety of simple tunes. Please bring your own guitar.
 
3-2-1 Blast Off! (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Steve Bauer
Come and explore the basics of rocketry through a variety of hands-on-activities –a pop can engine, antacid rockets and rocket construction. 

The Mystery of Uncle Eli’s Will (Grades 5-6) Instructor:  Lisa Lepovetsky
Do you have what it takes to be a detective? Follow the clues, examine the evidence and solve the puzzles to determine who should inherit the Blackmoor fortune!

June 19-22 (St. Marys) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bang, Pop, Zoom, and Spin
(Grades 2-3) Instructor:  Marge Pendzick
Bubble bombs will BANG -exploding play dough will POP -balloon gliders and race cars will ZOOM - art will SPIN!

To the Top of the School! (Grades 2-3) Instructor:  Steve Bauer
Do you love rockets? Come and learn the basics of rocket propulsion through simple and fun hands-on activities.

Carnival of Art & Science (Grades 2-6) Instructor:  Beth Horning
Learn about survival of the fittest, rainbows, centrifugal force, volcanoes, stalagmites, bubbles and how to make yummy carnival treats through fun hands-on activities.

3-D Paper Craft Toys and Games (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Lisa Bauer
Learn the art of paper folding while making fun toys! Some of the projects include:  a flying bird ring, helicopter, jumping frog, super glider, spinner, and more!!

June 26-29 (St. Marys) 10 a.m.-Noon

Who Lives in the Ocean (Grades PreK-1) Instructor:  Carol Smith
Through stories, crafts, songs, and games we will learn about some of the fascinating creatures that live in the ocean and at the beach.

Clowning Around (Grades 2-6) Instructor:  Tom Schultz/Cliff Wood
Everybody loves a clown! Have you ever wanted to be a clown? Come and give it a try!

Kitchen Chemistry (Grades 4-6) Instructor:  Steve Bauer
Come and join us for a fun and fascinating exploration of chemistry –- kitchen style! Discover how the elements affect our daily lives. Work with common kitchen items and experience hands-on experimentation with various mixtures and solutions.

June 26-29 (St. Marys) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

All About Dinosaurs
(Grades PreK-1) Instructor: Carol Smith
Roar through the world of dinosaurs with hands-on activities including art and science projects, songs, games and stories.

Fun with Kitchen Chemistry (Grades 2-3) Instructor:  Steve Bauer
Why do boats float? Which bubble is better? How is slime the result of a chemical reaction? Come and learn the basics of chemistry through hands-on, fun-tastic investigations using common household items.


 

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