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Lycoming to host College for Kids and Teens

Lycoming to host College for Kids and Teens

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While most Lycoming College students are enjoying their summer breaks, the campus continues to serve as an environment for learning. Nearly 200 area elementary and middle school-aged students in grades two through eight will be on campus July 21-25 for the 28th annual Lycoming College for Kids and Teens program. 

“Lycoming College for Kids and Teens began more than 25 years ago,” said Robin Van Auken, director of College for Kids. “Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology at Lycoming, founded the program and served as its first director. He began CFK as a small, half-day, summer-education opportunity for advanced students. Today, CFK serves all students and even offers scholarships to qualifying families.” 

Lycoming College for Kids and Teens is an opportunity for students to experience a hands-on, educational environment that’s stimulating and safe. Workshops 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. 

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 dozens of exceptional classes that have been developed throughout the years and leave the students returning to the program with anticipation.  

Last year, students participating in the Junior Journalists class wrote stories and took photos about the summer program and then published these on the CFK website. Others learned about simple machines using mechanized Legos, developed their own photographs or created crystals and volcanoes. Examples of this year’s classes include: Geocaching, Young Explorers, Global Arts, Ancient Egypt, Fantasy Storytellers, Junior Rangers, Young Inventors, Weblogs and Social Media, Structure It, Super Science and Grossology. The Aeronautical Workshop, a favorite for the middle school students, allows participants to make and launch their own rockets. 

“Most parents are concerned about their children’s summer vacation and CFK offers education and adventure,” said Van Auken. “At CFK, instead of becoming couch potatoes watching television or playing video games, children learn how to make crystals and slime, solve a mystery, build a bridge, experiment with levers and gears, launch a rocket, go on a geocache and invent toys.” 

The summer program consists of two classes each day; Period 1 meets from 9 a.m. to noon, and Period 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Extended care is offered for parents who need to drop off and pick up children between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A supervised lunch break is held from noon to 1 p.m. Students must supply their own lunch. 

Registration is $175 for the five-day workshop. Discounts are offered for each additional family member. Extended care fees range from $2 to $5 daily. Checks and credit cards are accepted for all fees. 

Parents may enroll their children online at or by contacting Debbie Smith, 321-4180 or, for an application form. Enrollment is limited, often from 10 to 15 students per class. Placement is based on the order in which the applications are received, so register early to avoid closed classes. 

Classroom volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. In the past, high school students have used this opportunity for community service hours. 

For a complete list of classes and descriptions, and for further information on the program and application, visit or call 321-4180. 

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit