Kids in College summer camps continue in July

The Kids in College summer program that combines hands-on camps with the Pennsylvania STEM initiatives kicks into high gear during July with a variety of activities for students in grades one to 12 at Penn State New Kensington.

Students preparing for college entrance exams can review the SAT, which covers writing, critical reading and mathematics, with the SAT review course offered from 9 a.m. to noon from July 11 to 15. Course work includes test-taking strategies, study skills and proven tips. The cost of the course is $105 and includes a copy of "The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT."

If college is still a few years away, students can learn the basic aspects of physics, engineering and math at "Rocketry," set for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 11 to 15. Students in grades 4 to 8 will construct model rockets and launch them from the campus soccer field on the last day of the camp. The cost of the camp is $95, which includes the rocket.

Students in grades 1 to 3 can lean a little Spanish with "Un Poco de Todo," July 18 to 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $80. Fourth- to sixth graders can create movies using digital cameras and video-editing software at the "Digital Movie Studio," July 18 to 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $110.

In addition to these camps, more than 20 others are available at the New Kensington campus in July and August. Sports camps for soccer, wrestling and cheerleading are also held throughout the summer.

STEM initiatives are efforts designed to increase the number of grade-school students, especially females, minorities and the underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

STEM is a statewide effort dedicated to preparing Pennsylvania students for global competitiveness through a strategy of enhanced education and career development opportunities.

The Kids in College program is funded by a grant from the Grable Foundation whose mission is to enrich the academic, artistic, and social experiences for at-risk youth living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The grant is earmarked for scholarships and materials.

Based in Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation supports community and youth organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation reflects the philanthropic philosophy of Erret and Minnie Grable who were strong believers in the importance of education in helping children build productive, self-sustaining and meaningful lives.

To register, call the Office of Continuing Education at 724-334-6010.

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Last Updated June 29, 2011