Classes

Not all of these classes have been confirmed yet. Please contact Debbie Smith before registering to make sure class will be offered.

Grades 2-3

Young Artists – Do you like to draw, paint, work with clay? Be creative and explore the many types of art including mixed media. Create a masterpiece this summer and even visit local art galleries to see what area artists are doing. (Art/Grades: 2-3, Period 1 and Period 2.)

Super Science – Here’s an introduction to the amazing world of science with a different type of science each day. Learn all about rocks, geology and volcanoes in Vulcanology; look into the past and examine fascinating fossils in Paleontology; study the mysteries of the deep oceans in Oceanography, and then examine the living world around us in Biology. (Science/Grades: 2-3, Period 1 and Period 2.)

Buds and Bugs! – Students will participate in many hands on activities designed to give them an appreciation for the diversity of insect life and plant characteristics. As part of the class we will be working on a class insect collection, learning how to identify many of the more common insect species in our area, as well as learning about botany – the how and why plants grow. We will also be taking several field trips to sites around campus and to the park. (Science/Grades: 2-3, Period 2.)

A Sense of Wonder – This class endeavors to endow every child with "a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life," a legacy from scientist Rachel Carson, one of the greatest nature writers of America and one of America’s Top 100 Scientists according to a Time magazine poll. Your child will take a journey of discovery and overcome the sense of inadequacy when confronting the complex natural world and instead concentrating on how they "feel" instead of what they "know." (Science/Grades: 2-3, Period 1.)

Grades 3-4

Junior Rangers – Become a zoologist as you research animals and where they live. Find out how animals have adapted to their environments and the role that humans play in protecting those habitats. You’ll become familiar with many species of wildlife as you learn about such places as wetlands, dry lands and woodlands. You’ll also explore our environment by investigating soil, and cleaning up an actual oil spill. You’ll enjoy hands-on lessons including making plaster casts of paw prints, leaf-print T-shirts, scavenger hunts, picture frames, bird mobiles, "garbage" projects, taking home animal lesson books and so much more. (Science/Grades: 3-4, Period 1 and Period 2.)

Structure It! – Did you know that shovels, wheelbarrows, hockey sticks and wooden bats are all simple machines called levers? Simple machines make work easier by enabling us to decrease our effort to move objects. The six types of simple machines are often combined into complex machines. Come learn about the types of simple machines and create some original machine designs of your own using Legos. Add the concept of motorization in this extremely hands-on and independent class. Through the building of realistic motorized models, students develop a strong understanding of mechanical principles. This class is limited to 10 students. (Science/Grades 3-4, Period 1 and 2.)

Wizards Workshop – In this class, you’ll receive instruction in a skill, just like your favorite literary character, Harry Potter, does at Hogwarts. The first step is to divide into houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Students also will make their own wand. You’ll learn that "magic" really has its roots in the natural sciences such as chemistry, optics and physics. (Science & Art/Grades: 3-4, Period 1.)

Grades 4-5

Global Art – Did you know that the Huichol Indians of Central America used beeswax warmed in the sun to create elaborate yarn paintings? Did you know that Australian aborigines created rock wall and bark paintings to show the "dreamtime?" That the Senufo of Africa created paint out of mud and leaves? That the Japanese made prints from the fish they caught to prove the size of their catch? From the beginning of time, cultures the world over have used art in many ways. Make these and other projects as we explore art from cultures all around the globe. (Art/Grades: 4-5, Period 1.)

Forensics 101 – Whodunit and how did they do it? Crime scene investigations are fascinating places and the scientists who uncover the evidence are becoming the Superheroes of the 21st century. Investigate the power of science and logical reasoning as you evaluate evidence to solve mysteries and crimes. Using the same equipment as forensic scientists, you will conduct a DNA experiment, apply the principles of chromatography, dust for fingerprints, and learn to crack secret codes. (Science/Grades: 4-5, Period 2.)

Grossology – That is so Gross! Experiment with ingredients and foods found at the grocery store to discover the chemical nature of substances, their properties, reactions and uses in daily life. Excite your curiosity with observation and hands-on experiments. This course is an excellent way to introduce you to the fundamentals of chemistry and laboratory procedures. From volcanoes to crystal gardens to edible experiments, Grossology promises to be an "egg-citing" time. (Science/Grades: 4-5, Period 1 and 2.)

Where’s the Cache? – Enjoy technology gadgets AND the outdoors? Then this class could be for you! Bring along your GPS (if you have one) and your sneakers (yes…LOTS of walking will be involved) as we sneak around Williamsport looking for Geocaches. You never know where you may find these little caches and what treasures they may hold inside, like geocoins or travel bugs. You’ll learn all the geocaching rules, make some tradables, hide-n-seek some caches, and explore a bit with benchmarking and letterboxing as well. (Science & Art/Grades: 3-4, Period 2.)

Scrap-It I* – Discover the world of scrapbooking in this exciting, creative class. Not only will you learn about photo preservation, but you will complete your own scrapbook. By documenting your own life with photos, art and journal entries, you’ll learn perspective as you review your entries and see which things are no longer important to them (think: The Spice Girls), and which things are (think: high grades in math). It is also a great way to preserve the importance of your friends, your family and your history. (Art/Grades: 4-5, Period 1 – Requires an additional $15 fee for supplies.)

Young Inventors – These are do-it-yourself hands-on science projects with a twist. We will investigate Cartesian divers and figure out how they work, build and launch water rockets, make batteries out of fruit and much more. Students will leverage their knowledge of forces, work, simple machines and conservation of energy to design and build Rube Goldberg machines and other complex contraptions to complete simple tasks. This is a hands-on class so students will be directly involved and use problem-solving skills. (Science/Grades: 4-5, Period 2.)

Grades 5-7

Junior Journalists – People read, listen to, and watch the news in order to be informed about things that are happening all around them. This class will give you the opportunity to play the role of a news journalist. You’ll have the chance to write, edit and report the news as you use computers to design and post a new type of publication — the 2007 Lycoming College for Kids EZine – an all-Internet newspaper! (Creative Writing and Computer Design/ Grades: 5-7, Period 1.)

Scrap-It II* – In this advanced version of our popular Scrap-It class, you’ll again discover the world of scrapbooking in this exciting, creative class. Not only will you learn about photo preservation, but you will complete your own scrapbook. By documenting your own life with photos, art and journal entries, you’ll learn perspective as you review your entries. It also is a great way to preserve the importance of your friends, your family and your history. (Art/Grades: 5-7, Period 2 – Requires an additional $15 fee for supplies.)

Digital Photography – Photography is not just about pointing and pressing a button; it’s a decision-making process. We will explore different ways of photographing a scene (rules-of-thirds and hot-spots), importing our photos into Adobe Photoshop and learning some of the tools in Photoshop to alter your photos before printing them. On the first day, we will start with a scavenger hunt. I will give you some close-up photos of an object and it will be your job to find and re-photograph that same object. Make sure to bring your camera with fresh batteries on the first day of class. Each day we will decide as a group which assignment we will work on for the next day. Some of the assignments will include: photographing certain colors, portraits, a sequence to tell a story, work "in the style of" of famous artists such as Jerry Ulesman and David Hockney, abstract alphabet, etc. (Science/Grades: 5-7, Period 1.)

Aeronautical Engineering* – In this course you will learn the basic principles of aerodynamics. You will see how these principles apply to the real world by constructing and flying your own kites, planes and rockets. This course is for students who work responsibly, independently and enjoy solving problems. Class limited to 15 students. (Science/Grades: 5-7, Period 2 – Requires an additional $15 fee for supplies.)

Young Engineers – Engineering Marvels: Buildings, Structures & Machines by K’nex are the basis for this class that allows you to build nine real world models that demonstrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, (STEM)and History concepts. Models include: Eiffel Tower, Seattle Space Needle, Flying Buttress System, Windmill, Crane, Big Ben, Arc de Triomphe, the CN Tower and the first iron bridge. (Science/Grades: 5-7, Period 1 and 2.)

Grades 7-8

Aeronautical Engineering* – In this course you will learn the basic principles of aerodynamics. You will see how these principles apply to the real world by constructing and flying your own kites, planes and rockets. This course is for students who work responsibly, independently and enjoy solving problems. Class limited to 15 students. (Science/Grades: 7-8, Period 1 – Requires an additional $15 fee for supplies.)

Candid Camera* – Learn the ins and outs of photography and how the tools of the craft are improving. Students will learn how to use a traditional SLR 35-mm camera, as well as digital cameras. Use the darkroom and print your own photographs. Students must supply their own black-and-white film. The instructor also will have B/W film for sale at beginning of the program. (Art/Grades: 7-8, Period 1 and 2 – Requires an additional $15 fee for supplies.)

Graphic Design – Have you ever noticed the white arrow shape in the FedEx logo? It is the white space between the "E" and "x." In this class, we will look at some of jobs and tools of a graphic designer. Using Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, you will create a poster that will include a vector illustration you have made from a photograph or drawing. We will look at many examples of illustrations and logos. So, start looking around you and begin collecting illustrations and logos to bring to the first day of class! (Science & Art/Grades: 7-8, Period 2.)

Environmental Experts – Why is the world green? Are smart cars the answer? These commonly asked questions and others will be investigated in the fields of earth and environmental sciences. Each student will pick a controversial topic and we will research the issue or science behind each via videos and computers. A midweek field trip to a local state park will allow students to gain a greater appreciation for the ecology of streams, and forests in their backyards. On the final day, student presentations will allow the class to discover what is behind many environmental problems and what the possible solutions are. (Science & Art/Grades: 7-8, Period 1 and 2.)

Classes with an asterisk (*) require an additional $15 fee for supplies.