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Serious Fun for Kids at UWFox This Summer

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Explore…discover…investigate….create…. Expand your child’s horizon this summer by exploring the variety of summer youth programs available through the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s Office of Continuing Education. There are enrichment and learning programs offered for a wide range of ages. All classes are being held on the UWFox campus in Menasha.

If your child is entering first or second grade in the fall 2006 check out “Ready-Set-Discover!” It runs from June 20-22, 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. “Ready-Set-Discover!” is an exploratory program designed to give children the opportunity to discover themselves through a variety of exciting projects, activities, and experiments in science, art and technology-all of which are designed to stimulate the creative and explorative side of any young mind.

Students entering third through sixth grades can participate in “College For Kids,” July 10 -14, 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 pm. “College For Kids” has 40 different classes to choose from, including “Egyptian Art: Treasures of Ancient Egypt;” “The Mad Scientist;” “Pop! FIZZ! Bang! ... Celebrating Science;” “Drama Extravaganza;” “Writing with Pizzazz!!;” “Math Mania;” “Broadway Musical;” and more.

Children in this same age group can also attend “Grandparents' U at UWFox,” an inter-generational program that brings grandparents and grandchildren together to learn from each other in a dynamic atmosphere. “Grandparents' U at UWFox” takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on August 3 and 4. Participants will choose two classes to take during the two days. This summer’s classes are biotechnology, art, physics, music, theater, photography, chemistry, engineering, and robotics and technology.

“Middle School University,” is open to young adults who will be in grades six through eight in the fall of 2006, and runs from July 24- 28, 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. “MSU” gives middle school students the opportunity to stimulate creativity and develop their interest and abilities in a broad range of in-depth exploratory classes. Classes are three hours in length. Class offerings for 2006 include “Explorations in 3 Dimensional Art;” “Extreme Art;” “ Lights! Camera! Action!;” “Surreality Photography, Movie Making Breakdown;” “Creative Dramatics;” “Junk Box Wars Science Competition, Crime Scene Science;” “Computerized Cartooning;” and “Dance With Style.”

“MindStorms™ Mission...A Robotic Challenge,” is also open to students who will be in grades six through eight in the fall of 2006. This program uses gizmos and gadgets from the LEGO® MindStorms™ Robotics Inventions System, to create and program robots as well as carry out several challenges within a mission. Students then compete with three other teams in a tournament of imagination and engineering ingenuity. Sessions are scheduled 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, with session offered from mid June through late July.

There are three levels of increasing challenges, problems and complexity in “MindStorms™ Mission.” The challenges presented in MSM I will be designed to introduce students to the kits, and familiarize them with basic robotic concepts. Students will work in teams of four to design and program a robot that will guide itself through an obstacle course. Emphasis will be placed on programming. No prior experience is needed.

In MSM II students will be challenged with problems of increasing complexity. They will be given additional sensors and motors with which to work. A challenging twist will be added in that teams will have to consult with other teams, and develop robots that cooperate with the other team’s robots to achieve the objective of the mission. Teams will be limited to four members allowing all members to program and all members to build.

MSM III will be the culmination of all that was experienced and learned in MSM I and MSM II. At this level, teams will be given two MindStorms™ sets to work with. With twice the motors and twice the sensors, MSM III offers twice the RCX programmable controllers for twice the challenge and twice the fun! It’s the ultimate test of creativity, teamwork, and MindStorms™ Mission mechanical madness!

The three levels of each MindStorms™ Mission session are limited to 16 students, allowing all participants adequate opportunity to program and build.

All of the 2006 Summer Youth Programs emphasize hands-on learning and are open to students who have a keen interest in a wide variety of topics and enjoy learning in a fast-paced environment. Individuals may register on line at www.uwfox.uwc.edu/conted, by mail or in person. Early Bird Discounts are available for all programs For more information contact Cathy Paynter, at 920-832-2636 or at cathy.paynter@uwc.edu subject line Summer Youth Programs.

Posted 5/15/2006