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College for Kids Program 2017 Will Start On June 12

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The Penn State Behrend will be offering courses in 3D printing and videogame design for this year’s College for Kids, the summer youth program of the institution.

There will be more than 100 half- and full-day courses that will be offered. For those who are interested, registration is already open.

In 2016, there were about more than 600 children at the age of 6 to 14 years old who participated in the College for Kids that transpired for a week. Some of the courses offered last year will yet again be offered this year. This summer, kids will get the chance to enroll in quadcopter aerial photography, robotics, rocketry, stop-motion video animation, and roller coaster physics.

For those who are interested in art courses, selection would include stained-glass mosaic, dance, cooking, guitar, martial arts, dance, beach-glass crafting, and drawing classes.

The instructors will only be using the advanced facilities for their classes at the Penn State Behrend campus such as the computer and biology labs as well as the Yahn Planetarium.According to assistant director of Youth Education Outreach at Penn State Behrend Sonya Smith, College for Kids was intended to give kids the ability to explore their individual interests as well as a way for them to learn new skills in a fun, hands-on environment. She is also proud of the fact that many of the courses were designed and facilitated by career teachers, who actually use them to promote social and academic learning for the summer months.

The start of one-week courses will be on June 12 which will continue through July 28. There are no classes offered for the week of July 3.

For the older youth, they can now explore college and career options at the Penn State Behrend’s High School Academy, which is a full-day program designed for kids aged 14 to 18. This will be offered on June 29. The program will cover activities in engineering, business, humanities and science.

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