Summer Of Hands-On Learning For ‘College For Kids’ Students

By Sarah McCarthy, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — College for Kids, a learning-based summer camp for middle school students, is happening this month in Cedar Rapids.

“You have this magical equation of instructors that are passionate about a topic that they’re teaching and students who are highly interested in the topic they’ve selected,” said program director Susie Green. “You get this equation of learning that’s taking place outside of testing and outside of the pressures that some people feel during the regular school year.”

The program runs for two sessions each summer that are each two weeks long. Students have the opportunity to take classes on topics like engineering, Broadway, and even dissection.

“I’m taking Photography first hour and then I come to Auto Desk Inventor and then I go to Chemistry of Food Science,” said Jacob Green, a 7th grade student attending the camp.

The program director said most of the camp curriculum is hands-on learning.

Today, the kids were able to see an Indy racing car, which was brought to campus by Verizon.

“Opportunities like this through Verizon, are all great opportunities to get kids touching things and feeling things, and learning about things even more,” Green said.

Other classes dissected frogs, rehearsed scenes from the Disney movie ‘Mulan,’ and used 3D printers to create Legos.

The program is offered only to certain students, based on their academic achievement.

“It took a lot to get College for Kids up and running but it is so worth it to see that sparkle in their eye,” Green said.

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