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While most Lycoming College students are enjoying their summer breaks, the campus continues to serve as an environment for learning. More than 200 area elementary and middle school-aged students in grades two through eight are on campus July 23-27 for the 26th annual "Lycoming College for Kids and Teens" program.
Workshops, held each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic local volunteers and are designed to enhance creativity and problem solving while providing students with a variety of fun, academic opportunities.
"The classes are one-of-a-kind and more thrilling because they take place in an actual college lab," says Robin VanAuken, College for Kids director.
Each student participates in a morning and afternoon workshop, which gives them the opportunity to explore two topics of their choice. This year's program offers more than 20 different courses in subjects ranging from art to history and science. Examples of classes include Aeronautical Engineering, Ancient Egypt, Buds and Bugs, Candid Camera, Grossology, Weblogs and Social Media and Young Inventors.
Classes take unique and stimulating approaches to teaching students a variety of subject matter. For example, students in the Wizards Workshop are taught concepts in chemistry, optics and physics through Harry Potter-themed activities. Junior Journalists gives them the opportunity to write, edit and report for the Lycoming College for Kids online newspaper. Other classes teach students about simple machines using mechanized Legos, allow them to develop their own photographs and teach them how to create crystals and volcanoes.
"For more than 25 years, College for Kids has been the go-to summer program for parents who want to engage their children in unique, educational opportunities," states VanAuken. "The program is so successful that many of the students begin as first-graders, take classes each year until they're in high school and often return as teen volunteers. Some even return as adults to teach the very classes they enjoyed."
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic vigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.
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