Ages 8-10

2015 Class Schedule, Descriptions, and Fees
All classes are listed by date and time.
Registration closes one week prior to class start date.

 

Week 1 (June 15-19)

Week 2 (June 22-26)

Week 3 (July 6-10)

Week 4 (July 13-17)

Week 5 (July 20-24)

Week 6 (July 27-July 31)

 


Week 1 (June 15-19)

 

Creative Hoop Dance and Storytelling NEW

Join us for this unique, fun and creative learning opportunity. Discover and obtain hoop dance techniques, make your own hoop and begin to understand the elements of dance and composition while developing writing skills through creating and writing your own story. Your original story will then be transformed into a hoop dance to be performed for your parents at the end of the week.

Price: $90
Instructor: Jennifer Dennehy
8-12 years, June 15-19, mornings

 

Making Video Games!

Ever played a video game? Ever wanted to make *make* a video game? Participants will utilize a program that uses very basic programming to teach STEM concepts, engage students in technical development activities, develop logical thinking and reasoning skills, and above all, have fun!

Price: $90
Instructor: Heather Cole
8-10 years, June 15-19, mornings

 

Mind Odyssey NEW

Do you like to "think" outside the box?  Does solving problems as a team sound exciting to you?  Participate in creative problem solving activities using models and computer aided design.

Price: $85
Instructor: Terri Chulick
8-10 years, June 15-19, mornings

 

Beginner Model Rocketry

Explore the exciting world of model rocketry. Following strict safety rules, participants will build a reusable model rocket  they will launch during class and then again at home. Participants will design their own launch system which will include a wooden launch pad and electronic ignition system. Family members will be invited to watch participants successfully launch their rockets on the final day of class.

Price: $90
Instructor: Ed Beck
8-10 years, June 15-19, afternoons

 

Introduction to Robotics

Come and explore the world of robotics. From toys, to robots used in industry, to the robots used in the space program, robots are everywhere. We will be experimenting, programming, creating and completing projects using the Lego Mindstorm system, VEX Robotics Kits, TriBot, Robosapien, I-Cybie, First-Bot, Junk-Bots, and more.

Price: $85
Instructor: Paul Semrau
8-10 years, June 15-19, afternoons

 

Safari Search - Informative Writing Fun NEW

Become and edifying author of a full-fledged animal report. Develop researching and informative writing skills as you work through unlimited pieces of information about an animal of your choice. A fully completed animal report will be created to show off all of your animal-loving work!

Price: $85
Instructor: Ali Lenze
8-10 years, June 15-19, afternoons

 

Week 2 (June 22-26)

 

Reptiles Rule

It may not be love at first sight, but reptiles have much more to offer than their looks.  Children are sure to warm up to these captivating, cold-blooded critters through a visit from the traveling Erie Zoo, 4D puzzles, crafts, and many more interesting activities.

Price: $90
Instructor: Lisa Pearson
8-10 years, June 22-26, mornings

 

Stained Glass Mosaic

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

Price: $90
Instructor: Barbara Nodes-Nakoski
8-10 years, June 22-26, mornings

 

Water Whirled NEW

Have fun exploring the properties of water, the importance of watersheds, and why we need water to survive through participating in hikes, games, arts, crafts and water play. Water and soil samples will also be collected for lab observation.

Price: $85
Instructor: Ann Quinn
8-10 years, June 22-26, mornings

 

Engineering MythBusters

Based on Discovery Channel’s  hit TV show “MythBusters,” this class explores engineering concepts ”just to see what happens.” Which type of racing car goes faster? What are the different kinds of bridges, are they safe, and how do we build one? How does an electric circuit work? We will have design contests, explore the college’s engineering facilities, and have lots of fun. This class is for all girls and boys who want to learn about the different fields of engineering.

Price: $85
Instructor: Amber Wildfire
8-12 years, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Knitting 101 NEW

Get ready to “cast on” and start your knitting adventure! Participants will learn how to knit with needles and/or looms and will be on their way to creating their favorite cold weather accessories, washcloths, and more! Advanced knitters will learn to make even more intricate patterns.

Price: $85
Instructor: Emily Cassano
8-12 years, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Photoshop Fun NEW

Explore Photoshop fundamentals, tools and techniques and create a final project with your new skills. Discover how to utilize shortcuts, layering techniques, adding captions, background tools modifying graphics and more.

Price: $85
Instructor: Ali Lenze
8-10 years, June 22-26, afternoons

 

Week 3 (July 6-10)

 

Dinosaur Digs

Participate in a dinosaur dig and make your own fossil. Learn about meat and plant eating dinosaurs and theories about how they reached extinction.

Price: $85
Instructor: Theresa Tonelli
8-10 years, July 6-10, mornings

 

Kids with Cake

Let your imagination run wild and build it with cake. Learn how to design, construct, and decorate your own cake masterpiece while learning about measuring and baking techniques. *Peanuts may be used in cooking classes*

Price: $85
Instructor: Julie Vavreck
8-12 years, July 6-10, mornings

 

Authors Club NEW

Become an author! Learn about story elements, narrative story writing, illustration and create your very own hard-back book.

Price: $85
Instructor: Ali Lenze
8-10 years, July 6-10, mornings

 

Engineering Bridges with K'Nex

Ever wonder why you only see a few bridge designs? Using K'Nex building materials, come explore the mechanics of why bridges are designed as they are. Students will build bridges of increasing span, place weight on them, and learn how to make them both stronger and lighter.

Price: $85
Instructor: Todd Talbot
8-10 years, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Once Upon an Island! NEW

What would your own special island be like?  This week, participants will design their own island from start to finish!  Learn about landforms and geographic features, then put them to use by designing an island that you will name, plan, draw, and then create using salt map technique. Be sure to wear your most colorful island clothes, too!

Price: $85
Instructor: Patti Rial
8-12 years, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Dragon Quest NEW

Are you a person who likes to imagine new worlds and creatures?  Have you ever read a fantasy book or story and thought, “I could write that.  I want to do make up a world of my own.” If you said yes to either question, sign up for this class and unleash your creativity as we map new worlds and cultures in the process of writing an adventure set in a place of your imagining.  We’ll make artifacts, develop characters, create maps and learn time-tested ways of bringing your new world to life.  Join the quest!

Price: $85
Instructor: Scott Strasser
8-10 years, July 6-10, afternoons

 

Week 4 (July 13-17)

 

Drawing Adventures

Attention:  If you are a young artist excited about drawing and learning new skills, this is the class for you.  Tired of just using one pencil? Want to learn how to shade and make your drawings look real?  Then step inside  my classroom and prepare for a drawing adventure.  We will study animals, people, landscapes, cars, and trucks.  Wow...put that in a week of learning how to use pencils, colored pencils, and pens.  Add you interest in drawing and learning more; and you're ready to embark  on a great art-filled week!

Price: $85
Instructor: Tami Hritzay
8-10 years, July 13-17, mornings

 

Making Video Games!

Ever played a video game? Ever wanted to make *make* a video game? Participants will utilize a program that uses very basic programming to teach STEM concepts, engage students in technical development activities, develop logical thinking and reasoning skills, and above all, have fun!

Price: $90
Instructor: Heather Cole
8-10 years, July 13-17, mornings

 

Scrap, Stamp, and More

Come join us for a fun-filled week of scrapbooking, stamping, and more. Learn creative techniques while creating keepsakes that will last a lifetime.

Price: $85
Instructor: Melissa Weismiller
8-12 years, July 13-17, afternoons

 

Simple Machines

Simple machines are everywhere.  Learn how the six classical simple machines – Lever, Wheel and Axle, Pulley, Inclined Plane, Wedge, and Screw - work individually as well as together to create more complex machines.

Price: $85
Instructor: Amber Wildfire
8-10 years, July 13-17, afternoons

 

The Iceman and Friends NEW

Meet the world's oldest mummy who was discovered in 1991 by two hikers in the Italian Alps when they stumbled across his body melting from the glacial ice. Explore techniques of archaeologists, ice age skills and life and the worlds of the past as we investigate not only the Iceman, but other natural mummies of ice and bog.  What can they tell us?  How did they live? Discover how bodies are mummified and archaeological sites are studied by opening and documenting a site. 

Price: $85
Instructor: Scott Strasser
8-12 years, July 13-17, afternoons

 

Week 5 (July 20-24)

 

Acting for the Stage 2

This class picks up right where Acting for the Stage I lets off. Participants will learn through games and acting exercises how to bring the characters in a script to life. Laugh and learn many of the same techniques your favorite actors use while preparing and performing their roles. The class will culminate with a performance of one of the acts on the last day of the class.

Price: $85
Instructor: Steve O'Donnell
8-12 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

A Week in the Life of a Citizen Scientist NEW

Participate in authentic science research as a Citizen Scientist while you learn about important wildlife species, like native birds, bugs, bumblebees and bull frogs. Learn how to put scientific practices to work, asking questions, conducting tests, collecting data, and using technology to contribute to our global understanding of how our world works and the important environmental issues it is facing.  At the end of the course, take your knowledge and experience with you to continue your work as a Citizen Scientist.

Price: $85
Instructor: Nicole Fuhrman
8-10 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

Felicity's Tea Party NEW

Spend a week with Felicity, an Early American colonial girl.  Have fun discovering her world by using a quill pen to write, and sewing your own ‘pocket’ to carry special treasures. Each day we will explore more about colonial times, play colonial games, and even make our own butter to have at our special Tea Party.

Price: $85
Instructor: Patti Rial
8-12 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

Having a Ball! NEW

Have a ball learning new skills and strategies in the classic games of Ping-Pong and croquet. Participants will develop sportsmanship skills as well as tournament and match play.

Price: $85
Instructor: Kaye Fleming
8-10 years, July 20-24, mornings

 

Cryptozoology

Spend a week in the world of hidden animals.  We'll look at the more famous cryptids like sasquatch and lake monsters, and learn the best ways to investigate their existence.  You'll learn the history of cryptozoology, famous cryptozoologists, and some "found" cryptids as we study zoology and ecology to decide just how likely it is that any of the creatures are roaming the world.  Might they be real?  Answer that question yourself by the end of the week!

Price: $85
Instructor: Scott Strasser
8-12 years, July 20-24, 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
8-12 years, July 20-24, 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, paper, polymer clay and more to create their own sculpture pieces. This class will challenge you to rethink your possibilities.

Price: $85
Instructor: Tami Hritzay
8-12 years, July 20-24, afternoons

 

Week 6 (July 27-July 31)

 

Cool Chemistry! NEW

See how cool chemistry is while indirectly applying the scientific method with hands-on laboratory activities involving color, slime, long lasting bubbles, crystals, and gases.

Price: $85
Instructor: Gina Schilajew
8-10 years, July 27-31, mornings

 

Beginner Model Rocketry

Explore the exciting world of model rocketry. Following strict safety rules, participants will build a reusable model rocket  they will launch during class and then again at home. Participants will design their own launch system which will include a wooden launch pad and electronic ignition system. Family members will be invited to watch participants successfully launch their rockets on the final day of class.

Price: $90
Instructor: Ed Beck
8-10 years, July 27-31, mornings

 

Tie-Dye Crafts

Learn the tie dye process and create beautiful tie dye wearable crafts. Let your imagination be colorful!

Price: $85
Instructor: Sandee Caccavo
8-10 years, July 27-31, mornings

 

Building with Toy Construction Bricks

Explore the fun and creative world of Lego's. Express your own creativity using Lego's latest technology and bricks to design and construct various buildings and structures, as well as other projects.

Price: $85
Instructor: Theresa Tonelli
8-10 years, July 27-31, afternoons

 

Science Projects/Crafts for Kids NEW

Discover the scientist and inventor in you. Find out how things work and why things happen through hands-on science projects, activities and crafts.

Price: $85
Instructor: Barbara Nodes-Nakoski
8-10 years, July 27-31, afternoons