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College for Kids and Teens to be held on campus

College for Kids and Teens to be held on campus

College for Kids and Teens prepping for an experiment.

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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 27-31 for the 30th annual Lycoming College for Kids and Teens (CFK) program. Join Lycoming College for Kids and Teens as they “Occupy Mars” this summer.

“When I founded College for Kids, it was important that the classes have a hands-on approach and many were in the science and arts,” said Melvin Zimmerman, Ph.D., College for Kids founder and professor of biology at Lycoming College. “I developed and directed the program for 20 years and in several of those years enrollment topped 300 students. It is a testament to the need and quality of the program that it has endured for 30 years!”

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.

In past years, students participating in the Junior Journalists class wrote stories and took photos about the summer program and then published these on the College for Kids and Teens 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 Engineers, Candid Camera, Global Arts, Ancient Egypt, Fantasy Storytellers, Junior Rangers, Young Inventors, Weblogs and Magical Wings, 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 Robin Van Auken, director of College for Kids. “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; the first class meets from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the second class meets 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. to 9 a.m. and again to 4 to 5:30 p.m. A supervised lunch break is held from 12 to 1 p.m. Lunch is not provided.

Registration for the full-day program is $200.00 for the first child in family, and $125.00 for each additional child. The cost for the half-day program is $125.00 each child. 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 the College for Kids website or by contacting Debbie Smith at 570-321-4180 or for an application form. Enrollment is limited, often to 10 to 15 students per class. Placement is based on the order in which the applications are received.

There are opportunities to serve as classroom volunteers for those who are 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 the College for Kids website or call 570-321-4180.