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IU Northwest Kids College offers two three-week sessions during its 25th year

Fun class topics include “Future Mad Scientists,” “Police Work” and “Math Attack,” and basketball and volleyball classes

It’s summer session at Indiana University Northwest, and that means it’s time for the 25th Annual Kids College!

With summer break right around the corner, many parents are looking for ways to engage their children’s minds and get them out from in front of the television or computer during their vacation from school. At IU Northwest, the Kids College program offers two three-week sessions filled with fun yet challenging classes on everything from wacky science, foreign language, and police work to dance, arts and crafts, and even basketball and volleyball!

Kids College is a summer program that offers more than 40 classes for students age 7 to 16. These classes relate to fun, interesting topics that hold students’ attention while also teaching them concepts and information that will be useful to them during the school year.

By emphasizing in-class demonstrations and hands-on learning rather than textbooks or homework, Kids College helps build students’ excitement about education and the places it may take them. So far, Kids College has served more than 10,000 students from across Northwest Indiana.

Kids College is divided into three age groups: New Kids on Campus (ages 7-9); Young Juniors (ages 10-12); and Young Collegians (ages 13-16). Each group is offered classes tailored specifically to those ages and knowledge levels.

The first Kids College session runs from Monday, June 16, until Thursday, July 3. The second session begins on Monday, July 7, and concludes on Thursday, July 24. Each session features three 75-minute classes for each age group, the first beginning at 8 a.m. and the last concluding at 12:15 p.m.

The following classes are available in June for News Kids on Campus: Future Mad Scientists, Explore Spanish, and Math Review for ISTEP at 8 a.m.; Sew What, The Artist in You, and Reading & Writing for ISTEP at 9:30 a.m.; and Phonics Fun, Creative Crafts, and Math Builder at 11 a.m.

June classes for Young Juniors include: A FUNdamental Math Review, Whip Through Writing, Basketball for Young Juniors, and Let’s Be Civil – History Comes Alive, all at 8 a.m.; Super Science, Say It in Spanish, Reading Explorers, and Police Work, all at 9:30 a.m.; and Weird and Wacky Science, Volleyball Session 1, Read It/Understand It, and Writing About Us, all at 11 a.m.

June classes for Young Collegians include: Crime Scene Investigation at 8 a.m.; The Big Math Attack at 9:30 a.m.; and So You Want to Go Into Healthcare Professions? at 11 a.m.

July classes for New Kids on Campus include: Spanish for Kids and Magic Numbers, at 8 a.m.; Beginning Ballet, Jewelry 101 and Learn French! at 9:30 a.m.; and Walking Through a Writing Wonderland and Reading with Dr. Seuss at 11 a.m.

July classes for Young Juniors include: Put on Your Thinking Cap, Story Starters, Be a Young Artist, and Reader’s Theater, all at 8 a.m.; Simple Spanish, Word Problems (Math), Bubbles 101, and Whodunit at 9:30 a.m.; and Hip-Hop/Jazz Dance (limited enrollment), Scrap Yourself Silly, Bonjour!, and Volleyball Session II at 11 a.m.

July classes for Young Collegians include: Basketball for Young Collegians at 8 a.m., College-Bound Writers at 9:30 a.m. and Hip-Hop/Jazz Dance (limited enrollment) and Plan Your Future Success NOW! at 11 a.m.

This summer’s basketball classes will be taught by IU Northwest men’s head basketball coach Pete Trgovich. Volleyball classes will be taught by IU Northwest women’s head volleyball coach Omar Vazquez. Most other classes are taught by IU Northwest faculty or other educators from across Northwest Indiana.

Tuition for Kids College is $65 per student, per class. Parents who register their students before May 31 receive a $10 discount off their total tuition bill. Registration hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information on June or July classes, or to register by phone, contact Kids College Coordinator Joan Wolter in the IU Northwest Division of Continuing Studies at (219) 980-6805, or email her at



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