College for Kids and Teens offers fun, educational workshops

Lycoming College for Kids and Teens will offer its one-week educational workshops this year from July 22 to 26 on the Lycoming College campus. Available to students entering grades 2 through 12, the courses consist of hands-on activities in a variety of subjects including art, photography, storytelling, science and more.

By continuing to add classes for teenagers, the program strives to welcome students back year after year, until they are ready to enroll in college as undergraduates.

Each year the summer workshops add fun and challenging classes to its lineups, such as Scuba and Snorkeling, Comic Book and Character Art and Intro to Computer Programming.

The Comic Book class allows students to bring their greatest fantasies and ideas to visual life. Whether they are into drawing superheroes, fairies, princesses or characters from favorite cartoons or video games, this class will teach the basics of how to draw what they see, or what they want to see.

Scuba and learning how to snorkel can make youth into better swimmers and teach them safety and confidence while in the water.

Budding reporters can participate in the Mobile Journalists class, where they will write stories and take photos and videos about the summer program and then be published.

Youth who enjoy arts and crafts that preserve photographic memories will love Picture This, a creative class that offers myriad activities that go beyond scrapbooking.

The Aeronautical Engineering workshop, a favorite for the middle and high school students, allows participants to make and launch their own rockets.

Another unique class, Black and White Photography uses traditional cameras and teaches students the art of photography. Students learn how to develop their own photographs in the darkroom and have an art show at the end of the week.

Other classes this year include Art of Mexico, Junior Rangers, Grossology, Detective Academy, Mythic Storytellers and Wizards Workshop.

Open to elementary, middle and high school-aged students entering the second to 12th grade, 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.

College for Kids and Teens offers extended care offered at no cost to parents who need to drop off and pick up their children between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunch is offered in the college cafeteria, as another convenience for busy parents.

Students return to the program yearly with anticipation — they know they’re going to have a great time, and they’re guaranteed a spot someday as junior assistants. This year, College for Kids is hosting nearly 20 junior assistants, each former students of the program who enjoy returning in a leadership role to share their experiences.

The junior assistant program is a leadership opportunity for students who wish to work in a volunteer capacity at College for Kids and often will lead to future summer employment as teaching assistants and even teachers with the program.

College for Kids and Teens workshops are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and are designed to enhance creativity and problem-solving.

For more information on the program, including a complete list of classes and descriptions, and to register, visit www.CollegeForKids.org.