Lancaster – Registration for the 34th year of Kids in College at Ohio University Lancaster is now underway and some new courses are being offered this year. The program will run the weeks of June 10, June 17 and June 24.
Kids in College is a program that provides students entering the 4th through 9th grades the opportunity to get hands-on experience over the summer that reinforces the knowledge and instruction they received in school. It also introduces highly motivated students to a college campus and gives students the chance to interact with university professors. Class enrollment is limited so that students can receive individual attention.
"We've got several new classes this year," said Maryann Lape, Kids in College coordinator. "Archery is one of them. We have a few polymer clay classes that are new.They are called Exotic Birds in Flight, Masks, and Frogs, Snails and Salamander Tails."
Last year, dinosaur classes were added to the Kids in College line up and the classes filled up very quickly. The class allowed children to experience what an archaeological dig is like.
Kids in College 2012
"The dinosaur instructor is coming back again this year and we will have one class each week, because we had a lot of children closed out of that last year," said Lape. "We will have the same thing with Chemistry. We had a lot of children closed out of that last year."
Lape said that Crash Test Dummies is one of the most popular classes for kids.
"For the last project in that class, the students make a car and have an egg in it and they slide it down a slide and see if egg doesn't break," said Lape. "During the week they do all sorts of different things where they learn physics without realizing they are learning physics."
The classes are held in two separate sessions. There is a morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.There is a supervised lunch period from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can attend just one or two weeks of classes or they can attend all three weeks.
"I think Kids in College is just a neat program for the kids and it enriches what they already learned in school. It also allows them to pick up arts and things that they might not get in school," said Lape. "I have had several students that came to Kids in College and end up going to school here for college. Kids in College does help take the fear out of going on to a college campus."
Last year, Kids in College set a record for attendance. 237 students registered for classes during the three week run.
Registration may be completed by mail or in person at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus, Community and Corporate Learning Office, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH 43130.Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Except 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Monday through Friday.