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Award Winning Summer Youth Program Returns

5/13/2009 —

DuBois – Kids in College (KIC) Returns to Penn State DuBois again this summer, offering youngsters from infants to sixth graders fun learning opportunities in reading, science, art and more.

Last year KIC was recognized as one of the Best Summer Kids’ Programs at Universities and Four-year Colleges by LERN, an international association of lifelong learning which offers information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. LERN recognized the KIC program at Penn State DuBois in its July/August 2008 publication.  This year, organizers say they've built upon their previous success and have made the program even better. 

“We have brought back the best of the programs from previous summers and added new ones suggested by past participants and their parents," said Sueann Doran, Youth Program Coordinator for Kids in College. "Fun with Widgets, for example, for four, five, and six year olds will involve children with hands-on projects to help them understand simple machines.  Virtual capabilities will enable grade 2-6 aged students to explore the Smithsonian Art Museum, without ever leaving DuBois, in A Day at the Smithsonian."  She said programs are designed for a specific age group and include experiences that children in that age group will enjoy.

According to Doran, single and multiple-day sports camps are also available.  Tennis, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and soccer sports camps are offered.

Students in middle and high school can also enjoy class offerings through the Art, Science and Technology Institute of Penn State DuBois.  Among the topics for these courses are scrapbooking, cartooning and drawing, jewelry making, theatre arts, robotics with LEGO®, videogame development, exploration of bacteria, biofilms, the immune system, and theme park engineering. 

Space is limited. Questions about any of the Kids in College courses, including fees and course availability, can be answered by calling Sueann Doran at 814-375-4716. Participants registering before June 1 will receive a free t-shirt.  Registration information and a full list of courses is also available on the website at www.dubois.psu.edu/ce/youth/.

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