JACKSON TWP. A month full of fun and learning started in early June at Stark State College and while the first three weeks are complete, the good news is that there is still time to register for the final week of classes.
Students who are in grades first through seventh as of this spring can find a variety of classes to sign up for and spend a week learning something new in a relaxed and fun environment.
"We have 150 to 175 registered so far this summer, we’ve had a great start for this year and there is still time to register for classes that run through June 29," said Danette Lund, program coordinator. "This is our 16th year. We have lots of new classes and returning classes. The newest thing this year is the online registration. Parents can visit www.starkstate.edu/kidscollege for details."
Classes range from music, art, sports, writing and science and technology to hobbies and recreational activities. Classes are available half-day morning or afternoon or full day. Kids are enrolled in classes by grades 1-3 and 4-7.
A few of the new classes include Music Around the World, Origami Basics, Intermediate and Advanced, Basic AutoCAD and Environmental Engineering. Some of the favorite returning classes are Balloon Man, Minecraft Masters and many of the science and technology classes.
Teachers in the program work full or part-time in school districts around the county or at local colleges. High school and college students volunteer to help every year. Registration comes from students all over Stark County and Tuscarawas County.
"We think Kid’s College is a great blend of kids having fun and parents and educators wanting to engage students academically," Lund said.
Environmental Engineering, Vintage Toys and Modern Kids, Princess 101
The first week of Kids’ College found some of the students learning to how to drop an egg without cracking it, playing some older outdoor games or learning manners and poise.
The Environmental Engineering class learns how to utilize energy from the sun to make solar robots and cars. They work with the effects of gravity using an old-fashioned egg drop among other activities.
In the Vintage Toys for Modern Day Kids, classes get familiar with some of the toys and games of the past such as Etch-a-Sketch, Tinker Toys and Silly Putty. Kids learn how the toys were designed, developed and how they became family favorites.
Students in the Princess 101 classes learn about being a princess including manners, poise, friendship and giving back to the community. They make tiaras, capes and scepters.