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Kids in College summer camps continue in July

6/15/2012 —


July 9-13 and July 16-20

The Kids in College summer program that combines hands-on camps with the Pennsylvania STEM initiatives kicks into high gear a week after the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of activities July 9-13 for students in grades one to 12 at Penn State New Kensington.

Students preparing for college entrance exams can review the SAT, which covers writing, critical reading and mathematics, with the SAT review course offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Course work includes test-taking strategies, study skills and proven tips. The cost of the course is $125 and includes a copy of "The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT."

A new camp," Center Stage: A Dance and Choreography Workshop," is designed for students who are in grades 6-12. The two-week session runs from 9 a.m. to noon, July 2-13. Participants will be taught various styles of dance and choreography such as jazz, ballet, modern, African and Latin, and will have an opportunity to create their own choreographed routine. The cost is $135.

Younger students can learn the basic aspects of physics, engineering and math at "Rocketry," set for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students in grades 4 to 8 will construct model rockets and launch them from the campus soccer field on the last day of the camp. The cost of the camp is $95, which includes the rocket.

Students in grades 1 to 3 can delve into the sciences--physical, life, earth and space—through experiments and observations. Second to fifth graders who are animal lovers can learn about being a veterinarian. Both camps offer two sessions, 9 to11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and cost $85 per session.

Fourth- to sixth graders will assemble computer-programmable robots from 9 a.m. to noon. The class is $110. Students in grades 5-8 can combine text, video sound and pictures to create presentations from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $85.

In addition to these camps, six others are available during the second week of July. More than 10 camps are slated to run the following week, July 16-20. Sports camps include girls volleyball, 9 a.m.-noon, June 25-29 for grades 4-9, and boys and girls soccer, 9 a.m.-noon, July 30-Aug. 2, for grades1-6.

STEM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math initiatives, are efforts designed to increase the number of grade-school students, especially females, minorities and the underrepresented, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. STEM is a statewide effort dedicated to preparing Pennsylvania's students for global competitiveness through a strategy of enhanced education and career development opportunities.

The Kids in College program is funded by a grant from the Grable Foundation whose mission is to enrich the academic, artistic, and social experiences for at-risk youth living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The grant is earmarked for scholarships and materials. Based in Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation supports community and youth organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation reflects the philanthropic philosophy of Erret and Minnie Grable who were strong believers in the importance of education in helping children build productive, self-sustaining and meaningful lives.

To register, call the Office of Continuing Education at 724-334-6010.

To see a complete brochure, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/CE/41091.htm online.

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