If the lineup of classes for this summer’s 26th Annual IU Northwest Kids College seems especially familiar, that’s probably because some of this year’s class topics reference such mind-bogglingly popular youth pastimes as video games, hip-hop, and the “Twilight” series of young-adult vampire novels. History is also a major theme this year, with classes like “Mummy Mysteries,” “The Arts of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome” and “Samurai Warriors.”
Other subjects for the popular summer education program, which offers one session from Monday, June 15, through Thursday, July 2, and a second session from Monday, July 6, through Thursday, July 23, include “American Red Cross Babysitting,” “Broadway on Broadway,” “Beginning Ballet,” “Crime Busters,” “Experiments in Science,” and “Frolic Through Fairytales,” among many others. Kids College also offers more academic-oriented classes for students who would like to prepare for the ISTEP, and language courses in French and Spanish are available.
Kids College is divided into two age groups: New Kids on Campus (ages 7-9) and Young Juniors (ages 10-13). Each group is offered classes tailored specifically to those ages and knowledge levels.
Fees for Kids College classes are $65 per student, per course. Each class consists of 15 total hours of instruction.
Although many of the Kids College courses are taught by IU Northwest instructors or area high school teachers, these classes are designed to serve as fun, interactive explorations of interesting topics. Students will learn about some of their favorite interests or pastimes while also absorbing 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. Kids College has served more than 10,000 students from across Northwest Indiana.
For more information on Kids College 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The Kids College office is located in Room 300 Sycamore Hall, at the corner of 35th Avenue and Jefferson Street on the IU Northwest campus.
To see a complete Kids College schedule, visit the Web at http://www.iun.edu/~kidscol/ and view the 2009 Kids College Brochure.