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KC offers Kids College through the summer

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST
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Kishwaukee College’s Continuing Education department is offering a series of Kids College Academies this summer, beginning with the Kish-U-Pick Art/Science/Technology Academy on June 23 to 27. Other Academies offered this summer include: Cooking Academy, Art Academy, Kishwaukee Area Space Academy, and Learning Skills Academies. There also is a Quilhot One Room Schoolhouse Camp. Pictured is a Kish U-Pick camper from last summer preparing to launch a rocket she constructed in the Blow It Up science program.

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department is offering five Kids College Academies – including a new Kishwaukee Area Space Academy – this summer.

In the Academies, elementary- and middle school-aged kids can spend a week learning and having fun exploring a particular subject area. There also are academic preparation academies for elementary and middle school kids and high school youth. Academy participants can choose to attend all week or select specific days and topics. It is more cost-effective to register for the full-week Academy. A new summer program added to Kids College this year is a Quilhot One Room Schoolhouse Camp.

The Quilhot One Room Schoolhouse Camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 30 through July 3. Students will experience life in a one-room schoolhouse and spend the morning enjoying old-time crafts and activities such as butter churning, root beer brewing, weaving, soap felting, calligraphy and more. This camp is for students entering grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. The Quilhot School house is located at 102 S. Indian Road in Shabbona.

The Kish-U-Pick Art/Science/Technology Academy will be held from June 23 through 27 and is for students entering grades 4, 5 and 6. Students choose from a variety of short courses that are offered in morning (8:45 to 10:45 a.m.), mid-day (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and afternoon (1:45 to 3:45 p.m.) sessions to create a week of activities that is uniquely their own. Participants can select a few courses or an all-day schedule for the entire week. Course offerings include: Blow It Up! (rockets and science), Green Screen (video), Clay Creations, Be A Rock Star (music video), What’s Inside? (electronics), Outdoor Cooking, Masquerade Masterpieces (mask making), Crime Scene Investigation, Take A Bow (theater), Digital Photography, Out of This World (space/astronomy) and We’re Rockin’ (geology) 

The Cooking Academy will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7 through 10 and is for students entering grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. Each day will focus on one culinary topic, skill and activity. The four topics are: Breakfast Bonanza, Tutti-Frutti Fruit, Scrumptious Snacks and Chocolate Mania.

The Art Academy will be held from July 14 to 17 and is for students entering grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. The Art Academy meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each day will focus on one art skill and activity. The four activities are: Watercolor with Chalk, Mixed Media, Clay Creations and Monster Mash.  

New this year: Kishwaukee Area Space Academy (KASA) meets from 9 a.m. to noon July 21 through 24. It is for students entering grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. NASA Ambassador and teacher Michelle Szybowicz created KASA and will share her knowledge and excitement of outer space with students as she guides them through a variety of activities to develop a better understanding of space and space travel. Students will learn about flight by making kites, paper airplanes, fizzy flyers and a Goddard foam rocket. Other activities include Lost on the Moon, Space Jingo and Cosmic Cuisine.

The Learning Skills Academy classes will be offered over a two-week period. Classes designated for middle school students are for students entering grades 6 through 8 and classes designated for high school are for students entering grades 9 through 12. During the week of July 28 through 31, two classes will be offered: Study Skills – High School will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Jump Start High School Algebra will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both of the July Learning Skills Academy classes will meet at Genoa-Kingston High School.  

During the week of Aug. 4 through 7, the following Learning Academy classes will meet at Kishwaukee College: Study Skills – Middle School from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Jump Start Middle School Math  from noon to 1:30 p.m.; Jump Start High School Algebra from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Study Skills – High School from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

For more information or to register, call 815-825-2086, ext. 2040, or visit www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/go/kidscollege.

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