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Kids in College celebrates 25 years with a full schedule of summer fun

5/14/2012 —

Sports, scrapbooking and STEM-related subjects are just a few of the offerings of this summer’s Kids in College program, which begins in June at Penn State New Kensington. A range of classes is available for students in grades one through 12.

The program’s offerings continue to expand and evolve as it enters its 25th year. According to Jana Welch, youth program coordinator in Penn State New Kensington’s continuing education department, this summer’s line up of camps will offer not only established favorites but also seven new programs.

“Every year we like to add new and exciting camps along with our camps that continue to be successful,” she said. “We take pride in serving the community and offering these programs each summer. We have many students return each year, so we feel we are fulfilling their needs.”

New camps this year include Spy Camp, Budding Biologist, Dance and Choreography, Daring Designs, Advanced Photography, Scrapbooking and Native American Adventures. Among other classes are SAT Prep, Babysitting 101 and a number of sports camps like volleyball, basketball and soccer.

“Students enjoy making new friends, participating in group activities, and making camp keepsakes,” Welch said.

With nearly 30 classes offered all together, they’ll have the chance to do all that and more. Students can get a taste of the dramatic in Acting 101, where they will work on acting exercises, develop stage presence and check out new roles. In Theater Camp, they will have the chance to get involved in a production of “Annie, Jr.” for a fun-filled time singing and dancing. And in Digital Movie studio, students will create movies with digital cameras and Lego editing software that their families will be invited to view on the last day of camp.

Among the STEM-related classes, which offer experiences with subjects like science, technology, engineering and math, are courses like the Daring Designs class. There, students will draw scale plans for a bedroom or game room using scientific perspective and create accent pieces from reclaimed materials. In the Rocketry class, students will build their own model rockets and launch them on the last day of class. The Math ROCKS! camp promises to make math fun with puzzles and games.

“Kids in College provides hands-on learning and continued education throughout the summer months,” Welch said. “It also creates cooperative interaction with children from various school districts as well as broadens their creativity and independence. We also like to advertise that we offer free camps for students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program."

For more information on Kids in College, call 724-334-6010, or view the Kids in College 2012 course schedule (pdf).

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