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Award Winning Youth Program Enters 25th Year

4/14/2010 —

DuBois – Kids in College (KIC) returns to Penn State DuBois this summer for its 25th year.  Since the program's birth in 1985, it has provided fun learning opportunities in reading, science, art, and more for thousands of youngsters from infants to sixth graders.  The main objectives of the program are to increase students' interest and knowledge in the arts, science, and technology, and to provide challenging experiences which are not part of the regular school curriculum. 

“This is a really special year for Kids in College,” said youth program coordinator Jeannine Hanes.  "Not only does this year mark the 75th anniversary of Penn State DuBois, but it's also a big milestone year for our youth programs.  We have some exciting new things to offer for our 25th year, as well."

New for this year is a weekly drawing for various gifts, which will be held in honor of the anniversary.  Students participating in classes each week will be entered into the drawing. There will also be a free supervised lunch period for children attending both morning and afternoon classes in the same week. 

Hanes said she and other organizers have built upon their previous success and believe the 25th KIC will be the best yet. "We have brought back the best of the programs from previous summers and added new ones suggested by past participants and their parents," she said.  "The classes will involve children with hands-on projects to help them understand machines, art, music, science, or any number of things. We offer classes for almost any interest."  Some new class titles this year include: Galactic Training Academy, Pop Bottle Science, Backyard Birdwatchers, and more!


 Single and multiple-day sports camps are also available in tennis, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and soccer.  Please note that the dates for the volleyball camp originally scheduled an advertised for June 7-11 has been rescheduled to June 21-25. 


Students in middle and high school can also enjoy class offerings through the Art, Science and Technology Institute at Penn State DuBois.  Among the topics for these courses are podcasting, music recording, sci-fi facts, puppetry, cartooning, drawing, and oil painting, jewelry making, showchoir, robotics with LEGO®, videogame development, and exploration of college life, study skills.  We have also added another course since to the Art, Science and Technology Institute schedule, Videogame Development.  See www.dubois.psu.edu/ce/youth for details. 


Space is limited. For more information, call Jeannine Hanes at 814-375-4836. Registration information and a full list of courses is also available on the website at www.dubois.psu.edu/ce/youth/


Full Course List


DuBois, Monday-Thursday, June 14-17

All About Dinosaurs (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Carol Smith
Roar through the world of dinosaurs with hands on activities including art and science projects, songs, games, and stories.

Pets on Parade (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Peggy Wilson
Come and share stories about your pets and learn about many other pets.

Fantasy Island (Grades 1-3) 10 a.m.-Noon, Rachel Frederick
Books can take you on a fantastic journey!

Hop on the Wizardry Express (Grades 3-6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Franny Wales
Begin this magical camp with a sorting ceremony where you will be sorted into one of three Penn State “houses”.

Backyard Birdwatchers (Grades 4-5) 10 a.m.-Noon, Denny Shaffner
Come and learn how to identify birds in our area.

Around the World in Four Days (Grades 4-6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Rose Colson
Have you ever wondered what kids in other countries do for fun or what they eat?

Rockin' With Guitar (Grades 5-6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Mark Wurster
Learn some basics about chords, tab, music note reading, and strumming in order to play along with favorite rock, folk, and popular songs.

Interesting Insects (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Carol Smith
See how ladybugs, spiders, caterpillars, butterflies, fireflies, bees, crickets, and ants can be our friends.

African Animal Safari (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Peggy Wilson
Come on an African Animal Safari!

Storybook Art (Grades 1-3) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Melissa Fletcher
Have you ever wondered how pictures in your favorite books are created?

Homes Around the World (Grades 2-3) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Rachel Frederick
Come and discover different cultures through the homes of people from various countries. Children will hand-make several styles of homes, find the purpose of a home, and visit several countries!

Galactic Training Academy (Grades 3-5) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Tharren Thompson
Spend time “in a galaxy far, far away” as you explore the secrets of your favorite galactic heroes.!

A World of Fashion (Grades 4-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Rose Colson
Clothes…everyone, everywhere, wears some type of clothing.!

Robotics (with LEGO®) (Grades 5-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Sam Bundy
Use your imagination to create fun and exotic machines to meet a multitude of mechanical challenges and tasks.

Keys to the Keyboard (Grades 5-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Mark Wurster
Unlock the basics of playing the piano or keyboard!!

DuBois, Friday, June 18

Jr. Scientist (Grades K-2 ) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Carol & Stan Smith, & Peggy Wilson
Join us to experiment with liquids and solids, gravity, surface tension, and bubbles.

Music in Motion (Grades K-2) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mark Wurster
Practice moving in rhythm to rock, pop, folk, and dance music.

Crazy Cooking Kids (Grades 3-4) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rachel Frederick
We will be crazy chefs in our kitchen!

Ocean Discovery (Grades 4-6) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rose Colson
Have you ever wondered about the ocean and how we depend on it?

DuBois, Monday-Thursday, June 21-24

Who Lives in the Ocean (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 10 a.m.-Noon, 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 with Widgets (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Peggy Wilson
Discover how simple machines are made and how they operate.

Glamour Girls (Grades 2-4) 10 a.m.-Noon, Rachel Frederick
Find the true beauty inside of you! Learn how to respect and love your body, eat healthy, experiment with fun healthy meals.

Pop Bottle Science (Grades 2-4) 10 a.m.-Noon, Jennifer Olay
Come explore the worlds of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, weather, and even astronomy with amazing experiments and projects using a pop bottle.

Motorized LEGO0 Lab (Grades 3-4) 10 a.m.-Noon, Tharren Thompson
Get ready to build, experiment, and explore with LEGO®!

Frosting & Flowers (Grades 4-6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Jamie Thrush
Learn cake decorating basics!

Folklore, Tall Tales, and Blogging, Oh My! (Grades 5-6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Tara Kramer
Have you ever wondered what an author was thinking when he/she wrote a story?

Princess Palace I (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Rachel Frederick
Calling all princesses! This is a time for you to become a real princess!

Space Explorers (Ages 4, 5 & 6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Peggy Wilson
Get ready for fun activities about space!

Movin’ & Groovin’ with the Line (Grades 1-3) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Lynda Pontzer
Interpret body movements into stick figures of mobility and action in this unique drawing class!

Awesome Art (Grades 2-4) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Carol Smith
Come and explore different kinds of projects and media.

Physics in Motion (Grades 2-4) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Jennifer Olay
Labout gravity, light, motion,  while doing hands-on experimentation.

Amazing Space (Grades 4-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Tharren Thompson
Come on an exciting journey through our solar system-and beyond!

Fashion Jewelry Design (Grades 4-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Tammy Gaither
Craft 6 to 8 projects during this course and wear beautiful handmade jewelry home each day.

DuBois, Friday, June 25

Super Hero Hunt (Ages 4, 5 &6) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rachel Frederick
Learn about super heroes and what makes them great.

Amazing Habitats! (Grades K-1) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Peggy Wilson
Come join us as we explore a variety of natural habitats.

Pirate School (Grades 1-3) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Susie Maurer
Argh! This is no ordinary school! THIS IS PIRATE SCHOOL!

Mad Scientist (Grades 3-5) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Carol and Stanley Smith
Mad scientists wanted!

Digital Editing (Grades 4-6) 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tara Kramer
Create unique works of art using web applications, including a digital photo album that can be shared with friends and family. 

St. Marys, Monday-Thursday, June 21-24
(All St. Marys classes are located at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, unless otherwise noted)

Art From Life with Pete Winklbauer
Elk County Catholic School
10 a.m.-Noon, (Grades 1-3)
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Grades 4-6)
The beautiful setting of the St. Marys’ convent will be the location of this class, providing a backdrop of flowers, trees, and color patterns that can be used in your artwork.

Ocean Discovery (Grades 4-6) 10 a.m.-Noon, Rose Colson

Have you ever wondered about the ocean and how we depend on it?

Un Poco De Todo (A Bit Of Everything) (Grades 1-3) 10 a.m.-Noon, Tara Deemer

along and find out about the people and countries of the Spanish-speaking world. ¡Buen viaje!

Around the World in Four Days (Grades 1-3) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Rose Colson
Have you ever wondered what kids in other countries do for fun or what they eat?

Fiesta: Vamos a México (Grades 4-6) 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Tara Deemer
We will explore the culture, customs, and history of our southern neighbor – and learn a little Spanish along the way!. 

Special Developmental Classes!
Mommy & Me Music Time (Ages Infant-2) DuBois, Mon.-Thurs., June 14-17, 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.,For baby and mom! (or dad! or grandparents!) Learn to connect and communicate with your little one through music. Research shows that very young infants can get a head start on advanced motor skills, communication, and spatial reasoning when they are exposed to music and rhythmic movement. At least one parent must accompany each child. Instructor Becky Sensor is a music teacher and choral director at DuBois Middle School.

Little Genius Music Time (Ages 3-5) DuBois, Mon.-Thurs., June 14-17, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Research shows that very young children can improve motor skills, communication, coordination, and spatial reasoning when they are exposed to music and rhythmic movement. Participants will sing, play rhythm instruments, dance, and have a great time! An adult must attend with 3-year-olds and is welcome to attend with 4 and 5-year-olds. Instructor Becky Sensor.

Toddlers on Their Toes (Ages 2-4) DuBois, Mon.-Thurs., June 21-24, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., This ballet with yoga class will teach adult and child how to stretch and move together. The class will focus on basic and easy yoga poses and very basic ballet movements. Students and parents should wear clothes and shoes that are easy to move in and comfortable. Instructors Becky Sensor and Elizabeth Cogan.

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