Ages 12-16

2014 Class Schedule and Fees
All classes are listed by date and time.
Registration closes one week prior to class start date.

 

Week 1 (June 16-20)

Week 2 (June 23-27)

Week 3 (July 7-11)

Week 4 (July 14-18)

Week 5 (July 21-25)

Week 6 (July 28-August 1)

 

Week 1 (June 16-20)

 

Star Wars and the Roman Empire 

Whether a film critic or a history buff, this class is for you. You’ll discover the history behind Star Wars and its creator, George Lucas. Learn how the plot of Star Wars mimics real-life history in Rome roughly 2,000 years ago. This class will recognize and discuss the huge impact this film had in the world not only in the late 1970s but also upon its return as another huge hit in the 1990s. Join us as we delve into history, and may the force be with you! Please note that Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire attire is optional!

Price: $85       

Instructor: Dan Quiggle         

10 years and up, June 16-20, mornings

 

Roller Coaster Physics NEW         

Why do we like to ride rollercoasters? Many people think it’s for the thrill of speed. But for most people it's actually the twists, turns, drops and spins that keep us in line for hours to experience mere minutes of excitement. Learn about forces, energy transformation and mass relationship using the K'Nex building system to construct a large rollercoaster. Experience first-hand the design considerations in building a safe but thrilling ride. A behind the scenes trip to Waldameer will be the capstone of the course.     

Price: $90       

Instructor: Todd Talbot          

10 years and up, June 16-20, mornings

 

Videography 101: How to Make a Movie NEW     

Experience “behind the scenes secret techniques” that are used in movie creation and gain the knowledge necessary to create your own fun, high quality videos outside of the classroom using basic video equipment. Participants will get hands on opportunities with a variety of tools to include; digital video cameras, basic stage lighting, sound equipment, back drops and green screens. Participants will create a short video using editing software and can choose to appear on screen or work behind the scenes to create this “epic” production. Filming will take place indoors and outdoors. Outdoor aerial work will be via an RC Quadcopter equipped with a Gopro video camera.

Price: $170     

Instructor: Chuck Dill 

10 years and up, June 16-20, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Storm Chasing 101  

Learn about various types of storms, such as snow storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Discover how to spot severe storms by viewing cloud formations and using Doppler radar. We'll study tornado-chasing and end the week with a field trip to the WJET-TV studios and weather offices.  

Price: $105     

Instructor: Tom Atkins           

10 years and up, June 16-20, afternoons

 

 

Week 2 (June 23-27)

 

Video Game Development  

Played Mario, Pokémon, or The Legend of Zelda…? Ever wonder how they're put together? This course intends to show you! Students will be given an introduction to programming and design. This class will promote critical and analytical thinking, logic and reasoning for computer systems, creativity and expression and above all will engender an interest in STEM topics while still being fun!

Price: $105     

Instructor: Matthew White      

12 years and up, June 23-27, mornings

 

When the Whole World Was at War          

Are you a history buff? Did your grandparents or great-grandparents live through World War II? Join us as we travel back in time to examine this profound period in history. We'll examine the risks, the “what ifs,” and the major players—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. We'll research Nazi propaganda, the Holocaust, and weapons of mass destruction. You'll have an opportunity to voice your opinion during class debate. We'll even build our own plane and hold our own mock trial!        

Price: $85       

Instructor: Dan Quiggle         

10 years and up, June 23-27, mornings

 

Intro to Graphic Design and Multimedia Production NEW        

Participate with Penn State Faculty and discover the fundamentals of graphic design, multimedia production and visual literacy. This introductory course is designed for students who have little or no design knowledge, experience, or training. It combines instruction and hands-on experience using Adobe software to explore various aspects of digital media, focusing on image editing, animation, and web design. Students will develop not only production skills but also critical understanding of new media by analyzing their effectiveness as modes of communication. Students will also have a chance to develop creative capacities across media while creating production assignments. Legal and ethical issues surrounding emerging technologies will also be discussed in relevant contexts.          

Price: $105     

Instructor: Dr. Inkyu Kang     

12 years and up, June 23-27, mornings

 

Batter Battles           

Give old items a new life! This sculpture class will take the ordinary and create the extraordinary.

Price: $85       

Instructor: Julie Vavreck       

10 years and up, June 23-27, mornings

 

From Duct Tape to Fashion Queen           

Join in the duct tape craze creating fashionable projects such as flip flops, visors and bracelets; all using duct tape.   

Price: $90       

Instructor: Terri Chulick         

10 years and up, June 23-27, afternoons

 

Physics and Simple Machines with K'Nex           

Using the K'Nex system, explore the six simple machines: inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw, wedge, pulley, and lever from an experimental viewpoint. Participants will build examples of the simple machines and experimentally verify mechanical advantages          

Price: $85       

Instructor: Todd Talbot          

10 years and up, June 23-27, afternoons

 

 

Week 3 (July 7-11)

 

It's My Business with Junior Achievement          

If entrepreneurship is behind our country's economic success, then what's behind entrepreneurship itself? Can someone learn to think and act like an entrepreneur? Most definitely! This Junior Achievement program teaches students the four key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: believing in themselves; filling a need; knowing their customer and product; and being creative and innovative.      

Price: $85       

Instructor: Jan Leonardi         

10 years and up, July 7-11, mornings

 

Sea Perch: Underwater Robotics NEW    

SeaPerch is a “hands-on”, “minds-on” innovative underwater robotics program that equips students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) The SeaPerch Program, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), provides students with the opportunity to learn about the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) of robotics while building an underwater ROV. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications that include:                               

• Ship and submarine engineering & design

• Buoyancy/displacement

• Propulsion

• Soldering/tool safety and usage

• Electricity/circuits and switches

• Ergonomics

• Waterproofing

• Depth measurement

• Attenuation of light

• Basic physics laws of motion

The 2014 College for Kids SeaPerch course will be conducted, in its entirety, on the Penn State Behrend Campus.  ROV construction is scheduled for Monday through Thursday.  On Friday, students will test their completed SeaPerch ROVs in a variety of underwater challenges at the Junker Center Pool.    

Price: $230     

Instructor: Paul Semrau and Todd Talbot     

12 years and up, July 7-11, mornings

 

Cookie Monsters     

Did somebody say cookies? Learn how to make and decorate a variety of cookies that will make your mouth water. 

Price: $85       

Instructor: Julie Vavreck       

10 years and up, July 7-11, mornings

 

Golf: Beginner Level 2        

Young golfers with some experience will have a chance to concentrate on swing and short-game skills improvement. Golf clubs are NOT provided and must be brought by the participant. A driver or fairway wood, a putter, a pitching wedge, and a 5-, 7-, and 9-iron recommended. This is an outdoor class, so don’t forget your sunscreen! Individual skill levels will be addressed. Price: $90

Instructor: Jon Sedelmyer     

8 years and up, July 7-11, afternoons

 

Intermediate Robotics         

Are you ready for the next robotics challenge? Intermediate robotics will focus on design, motion, structure, power, sensors, and programming involved in building robots. Two robotics platforms will be used: Lego Mindstorm and Vex Robotics kits.     

Price: $85       

Instructor: Paul Semrau         

10 years and up, July 7-11, afternoons

 

Computer Programming with C++              

Using Microsoft Visual Studio, students will learn the basics of programming using the C++ programming language.  We will learn conditional statements, loops, functions, and ideal procedures.  Students must be proficient at typing (12+ WPM) and have had pre-algebra   

Price: $105     

Instructor: Amber Wildfire      

12 years and up, July 7-11, afternoons

 

Step it Up! Sculpture with a Purpose!      

Want to create some unique sculpture? Give old items a new life. This sculpture class will take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Participants will use wire, plaster, wood, plastic, paper, and polymer clay to create their own sculpture pieces. This class will challenge you to rethink your possibilities.          

Price: $85       

Instructor: Tami Hritzay         

10 years and up, July 7-11, afternoons

 

Week 4 (July 14-18)

 

BizWiz: The Importance of Saving and Investing           

BizWiz is a program developed by BizWorld, Inc.  It is a Stock Market game that teaches the basics of money management and investing. During the course of this project-based program, students are divided into “Investment Teams” that set a financial goal, develop an investment strategy and trading plan, create a diversified portfolio, and track their investments. Together, teams participate in simulated trading sessions to work toward meeting their financial goals.    

Price: $85       

Instructor: Amber Wildfire      

10 years and up, July 14-18, mornings

 

Presque Isle Field Studies 

This all day class is the perfect mix of academics and fun. This program based out of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) combines classroom and field studies, including water quality analysis, beach sediments, discovery labs, kayaking in lagoons, fishing in ponds, boating on the bay, biking and hiking the trails. What more could you ask for? Come join the fun! Pick up and drop off take place at TREC with extended care for drop off from 8:30 AM and extended care for pick up until 4:30 PM. CFK staff will be present all day.           

Price: $175     

Instructor: D. Bradford Boughton

11-15 years, July 14-18, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

The Great Cake Bake          

Go backing crazy! We'll design an all edible display with the theme of your choice. This class will use basic kitchen skills while learning advanced design and decorating techniques and take baking a simple cake to a new level.       

Price: $170     

Instructor: Julie Vavreck       

12 years and up, July 14-18, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Guitar Basics           

This class is for kids longing to play some strings. Novice guitar players will also benefit from this class. We'll go over basics such as string order, scales, reading music, and site reading tablature. In addition, playing a musical instrument improves memory, organization skills, coordination and even reading comprehension. PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN ACOUSTIC GUITAR WITH ALL SIX STRINGS OR ELECTRIC GUITAR WITH SMALL AMP TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS.           

Price: $85       

Instructor: Matthew Flowers  

10 years and up, July 14-18, afternoons

 

Introductory Chemistry NEW         

Do you have a high interest in Chemistry? Introductory Chemistry will engage participants in hands on analytical and experiential chemistry. Participants will learn how to mathematically predict the products of a reaction based on the number of moles present as reactants.  They will then run the reactions and compare theoretical to actual yield and hypothesize why the difference, if any, exists. Proficiency in algebra is required for participants in this class as math is not the language of science, it's the alphabet.         

Price: $85       

Instructor: Todd Talbot          

12 years and up, July 14-18, afternoons

 

 

Week 5 (July 21-25)

 

The Wonders of Water NEW          

Explore the many wonders of water and its importance. Participate in hands on activities learning about the water cycle, watersheds, wetlands, water conservation, water pollution and water treatment and distribution.            

Price: $85       

Instructor: Nate Millet 

10 years and up, July 21-25, mornings

 

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls NEW      

Join Behrend Faculty in our "Specialized Programmable Logic Control Lab” and explore the world of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). A PLC is simply a special programmable computer device used to structure and manage electromechanical processes, such as the movement of machinery on an assembly line, amusement park rides, or traffic lights. Participants will learn to program ladder logic inputs, outputs, timers and counters to configure and operate model traffic lights, elevators and conveyors. In addition to programming with specialized software, participants will learn to follow electrical diagrams, perform documentation functions and wire simple circuits.

Price: $105     

Instructor: Roger Kuntz         

12 years and up, July 21-25, mornings

 

Glee Club      

This class is for the singers out there... especially those who love the show "Glee". Students will put songs and dance moves together throughout the week culminating in a high energy show for parents and friends to enjoy. So get out those jazz hands and sign up.        

Price: $85       

Instructor: Steve O'Donnell   

10 years and up, July 21-25, mornings

 

Frog Guts: Adventures in Biology

Adventures in Biology is a five day journey through some of the fascinating concepts in biology including homeostasis (how organisms react with their environment to maintain life); photosynthesis (turning sunlight into energy); cellular respiration; the properties of water, water quality and its importance to supporting and sustaining life; as well as frog anatomy and dissection.        

Price: $105     

Instructor: Paul Semrau         

12 years and up, July 21-25, afternoons

 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun            

Instead of a day at the Spa, let's make it a week at the Spa. Enjoy making your own spa products and then have fun using them during this week of girly fun.    

Price: $85       

Instructor: Melissa Weismiller

11 years and up, July 21-25, afternoons

 

Advanced Drawing  

This class is designed to give the young artist a better grasp on drawing more realistic. We will work with pencils and colored pencils. Shading, perspective, and texture techniques will be the focus.         

Price: $85       

Instructor: Tami Hritzay         

10 years and up, July 21-25, afternoons

 

 

Week 6 (July 28 - August 1)

 

Archery as Related to Native America      

Students will learn the fundamentals of archery. Safety rules, parts of the bow, parts of the arrow, traditional shooting methods, and string making will be learned.           

Price: $85       

Instructor: Tim Lucas 

12 years and up, July 28-August 1, mornings

 

Stained Glass Mosaic         

Design and create your own beautiful mosaic masterpiece! Students will learn the history and techniques of mosaic art then create their own mosaic artwork using stained glass and ceramic tile.      

Price: $85       

Instructor: Barbara Nodes-Nakoski  

10 years and up, July 28-August 1, mornings

 

Stop Motion Video Animation NEW          

Create video animations that appear to come to life using polymer clay, self-created backdrops, Lego mini figures, cameras, lights and computers. Students will also participate in a stop motion video project using the student as the animated object. Students will appear to be transported about without moving their legs or feet. Students will leave with the skills to continue creating animations on their home computers.

Price: $170     

Instructor: Chuck Dill

10 years and up, July 28-August 1, All Day 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Engineering Bridges NEW 

Participants will be provided with the knowledge in physics and mathematics used to engineer and build  various types of bridges including beam, truss, cantilever, arch, tied arch, suspension, and cable-stayed. Participants will gain the experience of working together as a team to construct the strongest bridge. The final project of the course will be the design and construction of a bridge.          

Price: $105     

Instructor: Lauren Falco and Peter Olszewski          

11 years and up, July 28-August 1, afternoons

 

Improv           

Join us as we play some classic improv games and exercises geared for young actors. These games will help you build your ability to think fast whether you are on stage or in a classroom and learn about theatre in a fun and hilarious way. This class will culminate in a performance modeled after the improv based show "Whose Line is it Anyway." This fun performance might even draw in the audience to participate! 

Price: $85       

Instructor: Steve O'Donnell   

10 years and up, July 28-August 1, afternoons