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Kids’ College to Offer New Summer Camps

Kimberly Buck, coordinator of community development programs for Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), said the theme of the summer camps is “Full STEAM Ahead,” which stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

“We hope these camps will help students have fun and exercise their creativity while they explore potential careers,” Buck said. “Our goal is to offer them a taste of the college experience by giving a chance to learn from professors at PHCC and the New College Institute.”

Buck said this summer’s lineup includes “familiar favorites” such as CADD for kids, Junior Top Chef and Cupcake Wars, as well as new offerings in Photography, the Art + Science of Color, and a two-week Clay and Glaze Camp, she said.

Another new camp this year, taught by Kara Carter-Hundley, is “Make It Your Business.” “With all the e-commerce resources on the internet, there’s no reason why a pre-teen or teenager can’t start a business and make money right now. It takes students through the basics of how to get started, brainstorm ideas and create a business plan,” Buck said.

Any students who enjoyed the first Martinsville Mini Maker Faire on May 3 can explore further during the Fab (fabrication) Lab and 3-D printing camps. They will be taught by Fab Lab coordinator and Martinsville Mini Maker Faire organizer Matthew Wade at the Fab Lab, which is located inside the Artisan Center.

“Students will learn how to design their own stickers, make t-shirts, and learn how to use these machines to possibly start their own business one day,” Wade said. “The uses of 3-D printing are evolving every day, and through these summer camps, they can learn the latest 3-D printer applications for business, medical, personal use – or even to print food.”

Steve Keyser, coordinator of community engagement for New College Institute (NCI), said these camps keep students engaged in the learning process throughout the summer.

“Summer camps provide students the opportunities to meet other area students, improve interpersonal skills and develop communities of learning,” he said. “Many of the camps offered by Kids College model how science, technology, engineering and math are used in everyday life. During the weeklong camps, instructors provide students with project-based learning, encourage creativity, and students develop a team concept of learning.”

NCI added an extra session of Math in Everyday Life this year due to the camp’s popularity, as well as offering Creative Thinking & Design In Everyday Life camp for the first time, taught by artist Karen Despot.

Buck said the camps fill up fast and encouraged participants to register early.

Camps include Math in Everyday Life, The Art + Science of Color, 3-D Printing Camp, Creative Thinking and Design in Everyday Life, Cupcake Wars, Fueling Creativity: Junior Motorsports Camp, Technology in Everyday Life, Clay Camp, Artist Adventures Camp, Architectural Model and Design Camp, Junior Ace of Cakes, Fab Lab Innovation Camp, CADD Engineering Modeling and Design Camp, Photography Camp, Junior Top Chef, Creature and Character Modeling, Make It Your Business! Camp, Video Game Design and Development and Advanced Video Game Design and Development.

Camps will be held at various locations in Martinsville including the Artisan Center at 54 W. Church St., PHCC at 645 Patriot Ave., the Virginia Motorsports Technology Institute at 67 Motorsports Drive, and New College Institute, located at 30 Franklin St.

The program begins in June and runs to Aug. 1 for children ages 10-14. Prices range from $30 to $135 with supply fees, depending on the camp.

Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Call (276) 656-5461 or 656-0343 to register for Kids’ College (except where noted below).

Camp Descriptions:

Math in Everyday Life – A licensed middle school math teacher will demonstrate how everyday math, recreation and life skills are used to balance the quality of daily activities.  The camp will include a trip to Philpott Dam and a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lesson will be taught by a New College Institute (NCI) professor of engineering. It’s designed for rising seventh and eighth graders and will be held at NCI from June 2-6 and June 9-13 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch and snacks provided. The cost is $35. Contact Steve Keyser at (276) 403-5612 or with any questions.

The Art and Science of Color – Participants will create beautiful art projects while exploring the science behind them with instructor Greta Ledyard, an artist and former science museum educator. Students will do a variety of hands-on activities including creating optical illusions, bubble paintings and kaleidoscopes. Classes will be held at the Artisan Center from 1-4 p.m. June 9-13. The cost is $75.

3-D Printing Camp – Students will enter the world of 3-D printing with instructor Matthew Wade and learn how the printers can be used to print prototypes, jewelry, food, building materials and even human tissue. The camp runs from 1-4 p.m. June 16-20 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

Creative Thinking and Design in Everyday Life – During this weeklong camp, students will brainstorm and design projects from creative resources in the community. The camp is designed for rising seventh and eighth graders and includes a visit to the Fab Lab at the Artisan Center. It will run from 8:45 a.m. to noon at New College Institute. The cost is $30 and snacks will be provided. Contact Steve Keyser at (276) 403-5612 or with any questions.

Cupcake Wars – Students will follow recipes, learn how to measure and decorate cupcakes, and participate in a Cupcake Wars competition throughout this camp with instructor Colleen Butker. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. from June 23-27. The cost is $75.

Fueling Creativity: Junior Motorsports Camp – Students will learn about a career in motorsports that includes mechanical engineering, electronics and mechanical design with instructor Denver Smith. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Virginia Motorsports Technology Institute. The cost is $75.

Technology in Everyday Life – New College Institute’s Technology Camp provides exciting learning experiences for students demonstrating the everyday use of innovations in technology. The camp is designed for rising seventh and eighth graders and will be held at NCI from June 23-27 from 8:45 a.m. to noon with snacks provided. The cost is $30. Contact Steve Keyser at (276) 403-5612 or with any questions.

Clay Camp – In week one of this two-week camp with instructor Jessica McAlexander, students will work with clay and learn different hand-building techniques and create projects like sculptures, vases or pots. In week two, students will learn techniques for surface decoration and glazing in a variety of colors and textures. The camp runs from June 23-26 and July 7-10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Artisan Center. The cost is $135.

Artist Adventures Camp – Students will spark their creativity and explore a variety of artistic techniques while drawing, painting, printmaking and more with instructor Sarah Reyburn. The camp runs from 1-4 p.m. July 7-11 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

Architectural Model and Design Camp – Using AutoDesk Revit Architecture 2012 and Building Animation software, students will create a virtual model of a house that will be used to create a set of residential drawings with instructor Lloyd Cannaday. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 7-11 at Patrick Henry Community College in Philpott Building, Room 128. The cost is $75.

Junior Ace of Cakes – Students will learn how to make crazy confections or traditional three-layer cakes by learning the fundamentals of mixing, baking, filling and carving with instructor Colleen Butker. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 7-11 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

Fab Lab Innovation Camp – During this four-day camp with instructor Matthew Wade, students will learn how to conceptualize, design and prototype new ideas for new products. They will use Fabrication (Fab) Lab equipment including plasma cutters, lasers cutters and 3-D printers to manufacture their ideas. They can design and take home a variety of items like t-shirts, stickers and 3-D printed objects. The camp runs from 1-4 p.m. July 14-17 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

CADD Engineering Modeling and Design Camp – Using AutoDesk Inventor 2012 Adaptive Modeling Software, students will create sophisticated engineering part models, drawings, assemblies and animations with instructor Lloyd Cannaday. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 14-18 at Patrick Henry Community College in Philpott Building, Room 128. The cost is $75.

Photography Camp – Students will learn the art of photography from instructor Rick Dawson, a certified professional photographer, as they walk along scenic uptown streets and trails of Martinsville. The camp also includes instruction on the use of digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop. Classes run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. from July 14-18 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

Junior Top Chef – Students will explore the world of cooking, learn proper kitchen safety and how to set a table and serve a meal with instructor Colleen Butker. No experience is necessary. This camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 14-18 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

Creature and Character Modeling – Students will learn to use Autodesk Mudbox to create creatures using software creating a virtual clay modeling environment with instructor Lloyd Cannaday. Participants will begin with a default shape of clay, and then they will deform, sculpt and shape the clay into creatures and characters. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. from July 21-25 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $75.

Make It Your Business! Camp – This camp is for students who want to be their own boss. They will be introduced to the basics of starting a business by instructor Kara Carter-Hundley. They also will develop leadership and critical thinking skills and create a business plan. The camp runs from 9-11:30 a.m. July 21-24 at the Artisan Center. The cost is $60.

Video Game Design and Development – Students will have fun learning how to design their own video games and learn other computer applications in this computer science field with instructor Bobbie Hubbard. Participants also will receive software to take home to design their own games or make changes to games already developed. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. from July 21-25 at Patrick Henry Community College in Frith Building. The cost is $60.

Advanced Video Game Design and Development – This camp will expand the participants’ existing knowledge of basic video game design during this camp with instructor Bobbie Hubbard. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 28 through Aug. 1 at Patrick Henry Community College in Frith Building. The cost is $60.