College for Kids Summer Youth Programs

children playing with molecule model next to the College for Kids logo

College for Kids is a summer program that exposes participants between 11 and 16 to learning opportunities available in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Some of the available programs focus on arts and sports.

College for Kids will give tweens and teens the chance to have fun and learn.

Programs

Art Basic Design

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 11-14
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 10 kids

This studio course is an introduction to the basic language of two-dimensional design, providing the foundation needed to engage students with a variety of visual problems and creative processes. Working through a series of visual exercises, students will explore the formal elements of design: line, shape, value, texture, color, space, and form. Additionally, students will investigate the design principles: balance, rhythm, proportion, movement, variety, emphasis, contrast, harmony, and unity in conjunction with a variety of compositional concepts, including: symmetry, asymmetry, cropping, bleeds, figure/ground relationship, and abstraction. A grounding in the history of graphic arts will be established from outside reference sources as well as individual assignments.

Basketball and Physics

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 11-14
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 30 kids

The Springfield Ballers will help players of all abilities develop their athletic skills and enhance their skill set in all positions. During this summer program players receive personalized instruction, defensive/offensive instruction, participation in scrimmages, proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, and health and nutrition fun facts. Our staff will be college basketball coaches. The Springfield Ballers' core values are a focus on academics, respect, community, and leadership. We will work with your child by enriching their intellectual and social skills through sports in a challenging and safe environment. Each child will walk away from this summer program with drills and skill development routines to progress their individual basketball skills with the purpose of creating a complete and well-rounded student-athlete.

JUS10H University

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 13-16
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 15 kids

Will be a class educating fashion on a totally new and unique level. Pulling Fashion 101 out of the box, creating, developing, and teaching Fashion and Style basics. This class will also teach basic fundamentals in sewing, modeling, and styling. Last but not least, this class will educate participants on how to build a long lasting career in the fashion industry.

Theater

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 11-14
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 20 kids

What makes theater so powerful is that it teaches us to discover how we feel while giving us the courage to express ourselves. Throughout this class, our main goals will be building self-awareness, cultivating self-confidence, and exploring our inner creativity. Students will learn teamwork through theatre games, acting exercises, and improvisation. A large portion of each day will be spent on the creation of a short, original performance piece. There, students will learn how to create, stage, and work together to put on a production for family and friends at the end of the week. It is our hope that each child will leave the class with a newfound belief that there are no limits on our own creativity.

It's Your Turn, Take the Mic

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 11-14
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 15 kids

A workshop in public speaking that seeks to empower your girls to have more confidence and self-esteem and develop the poise and communication skills needed to engage in effective public speaking. The program includes a series of three two-hour workshops that focus on topics that shape the girls sense of self and presence and includes instruction on dressing for success, body language and the mechanics of public speaking. After the second session the participants will be assigned a speaking topic and asked to prepare a three to five minute speech to be represented at the final session. Presentations will be evaluated not only for preparation and presentation, but the participant’s personal presence during the speech.

Airbrushing

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 13-16
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 8 kids

Does your child love painting? Using vibrant colors and designs, students will learn how to operate an airbrushing machine to design projects.

This program is offered in partnership with the STEM Starter Academy and HSI STEM.

Create Mobile Apps

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 13-16
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 24 kids

This session is an introduction to the exciting world of developing apps for mobile and tablet devices. Students will create applications for mobile computing devices that culminate with a student portfolio of Android Apps.

This program is offered in partnership with the STEM Starter Academy and HSI STEM.

“Who done it”? (Forensic Science)

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 11-14
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 20

This course is a modern-day twist on crime scene investigation. Children will actively engage in data collection, observation, analysis, and problem-solving while performing a fun interactive group-style investigation. Using crime scene activities, books, and investigations children will learn life skills and most of all learn to love STEM education the Extreme Science Way.

Say It Loud!! (Great Debaters)

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: 13-16
Cost: TBD
Program Capacity: 20

This special course gives children a voice to debate topics of interest while exploring the fundamentals of respectful insightful conversation. Children will learn critical thinking skills, respectful dialog, research techniques, and fact-checking tips for making valid thought-provoking points that may help change the world around them.

Lunch

Lunch will not be provided. Parents are responsible for providing lunch and students should come prepared with a packed lunch. Peanut products are not allowed.

Contact

If you are interested in participating in the College for Kids program, please complete the College for Kids interest form.

If you are interested in teaching a College for Kids program, please complete the College for Kids teaching form.

For all other questions, please contact Kristy Santos at krsantos@sekhemonline.net or 413-755-4090.