Summer Programs Give Youth an Educational Edge
Summer youth programs Kids in College (KIC), and the Art, Science and Technology Institute (AST) are in full swing at Penn State DuBois. According to program coordinators, children from infants, through twelfth grade will find opportunities to learn new things that will give them an edge when it comes to their education.
"So many of the courses are really designed to help children developmentally," said Summer Youth Program coordinator Jeannine Hanes. She explained that many courses in KIC use music and dance to help children learn. She said, "Research shows that music and creative exercises help to increase IQ and the ability to learn. It also makes the classes fun, which makes the kids want to be involved and learn more."
Hanes said courses like Toddlers on Their Toes gets youth up and dancing to music in activities that stimulate them both mentally and physically. Such activities can have an impact on children from an early age. This year, there is even one class offered for infants and their parents. Mommy and Me Music Time uses music to improve motor skills, communication, coordination, and spatial reasoning in very young children.
For kids with an interest in science, classes like Junior Detective introduce them to the scientific process, reasoning, and problem solving. Instructor of the Junior Detective course and campus faculty member Conny Pope said, "We're teaching techniques that are used in a forensics lab. It's the kind of thing you see on TV. They learn about things like microscopes, blood types, and DNA. They have a really good time."
Mother of four, Kyra Gray, enrolled all of her children in various KIC classes this summer. She said, "My children are really enjoying their classes this year. Thanks for running a fun, safe and well organized program for my children."
Since 1985, summer youth programs at Penn State DuBois have provided fun learning opportunities in reading, science, art, and more for thousands of youngsters from infants through high school aged kids. The main objectives of the programs 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.
KIC programs are for youth from infants through grade six. Art, Science, and Technology Institute programs are for youth grades 7-12. AST programs contain enrichment classes specially designed for middle and high school students.
There is still time to sign up for courses this summer. For more information, call Jeannine at 814-375-4836 or Betsy at 814-372-3005. A full list of courses and an online registration form can be found at www.dubois.psu.edu/youth