The Center for Lifelong Learning

College for Kids

Ages 11-14


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Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is teaming up with Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Kid City summer camp program to bring three unique week-long camps to participants ages 11–14 yrs. Ivy Tech offers fun college-style classes in the morning and then transports campers to Rhino’s Youth Center to meet the Kid City staff for an afternoon of games, field trips, or swimming. Staff-to-camper ratio is 1:10.

Classes meet Monday through Friday at Ivy Tech’s Ferguson Academic Building, 200 Daniels Way, in Bloomington, with the exception of two classes. Look Who’s Cooking is held at Liberty Crossing, 2088 S. Liberty Dr., Bloomington. Biotech Pioneers is held at the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, 501 N. Profile Parkway, Bloomington. Students will select one class each for Block A and Block B.

Cost per session:

Full day - $200 Includes programming at Ivy Tech and Kid City, transportation in-between, and an afternoon snack. Campers should bring a sack lunch. Camper pickup at Kid City is between 4 and 5:30 PM.

Half day - $100 Campers may attend morning-only classes. Camper pickup at Ivy Tech is between 11:40 AM and 12 PM. For more information about Kid City afternoon camp sessions, call 349- 3731. For more information about Ivy Tech class sessions, call 330-4400.

SESSION I: JUNE 9-14

Block A: 8:30 - 10am (choose one)

Radical Robots: Discover the world of robotics, automated systems and their operating characteristics as you build your own Radical Robot. Use your problem solving skills and study the fundamentals of electronics and engineering. For the more experienced a more advanced robot is available!

Digital Modeling Basic: Use computer software to transform a lump of digital clay into your own original painted sculpture Create sculptures of action figures, dolls, characters, abstract sculptures, animals, aliens, space transportation vehicles...anything your imagination can conceive that can be sculpted using our 3D printer!

Patterns in Nature: Use geometry to explore the symmetry in the natural world. You will understand the golden ratio, construct and design symmetrical figures, and create a mosiac using your designs.

Block B: 10:10 - 11:40am (choose one)

Animation Station: Discover the art of animation and allow your imagination to run wild! Even if you can’t draw, you’ll be able to create your own animated masterpieces. With development of computer technology, quality animation is more economical and easier than ever.

Shazam Science: You’ll learn and demonstrate the weird science that is all around you. Be prepared! You might get wet; you might begin to glow in the dark! Best of all, you’ll discover that the best science is the hands-on science.

Rockets: Experience model rocket builders needed. Rocketeers will build a rocket from a choice of three different kits. Kits will include wooden fins, small payloads, and your choice of paint colors for decorating your rocket.

All-Morning option (8:30 - 11:40am)

Jewelry Biz and 3D Modeling: Using 3-D modeling software, campers will translate their jewelry design ideas to a working prototype and use a 3-D printer to bring their designs to life! Young master jewelers will then create and present their business plan to market and sell their jewelry.

Kid City Afternoon: 11:40am - 5:30pm

Location: Rhino’s

SESSION II: JUNE 16-20

8:30 - 11:40am (choose one)

Look Who’s Cooking: Learn from the best as Chef Jeff Taber invites you into his kitchen. You will learn all the basics in this one-of-a-kind, hands-on class; from basic knife skills, shopping list, proper nutrition, and prep. We culminate in a feast for you and your family, prepared by you in Chef Taber’s amazing, fullly equipped kitchen. This class takes place at Ivy Tech’s Liberty Crossing location.

Biotech Pioneers: Have you ever wondered how we make pharmaceuticals? Medical devices? How do we make our agricultural crops resistant to insect pests? It is all through biotechnology! This week we will try out a number of common biotech activities, including measuring and making part of a medical device, practicing the gowning up process used to keep pharmaceuticals clean, extracting and sorting. This class takes place at the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences.

Advanced Rockets and Robots: Experienced model rocket builders needed. Rocketeers will build a rocket from a choice of three different kits. Kits will include wooden fins, small payloads, and your choice of paint colors for decorating your rocket. In addition, explore the world of robotics, automated systems and fundamentals of electronics and engineering as you build your own Radical Robot.

Kid City Afternoon: 11:40am - 5:30pm

Location: Rhino’s

SESSION III: JUNE 23-27

Block A: 8:30 - 10am (choose one)

Rebuilding Ancient Ruins: Discover math and it’s history in this class. You will use measurement techniques of the period to create an ancient ruin. Students will use fractions, decimals, and proportional reasoning to produce a replica, and research pertinent historical facts.

Great Graphics: Head to the Ivy Tech computer lab to learn the guiding principles of graphic design. Gain hands-on experience with Adobe Photoshop and indulge your movie star fantasies by producing a movie poster and t-shirt starring (who else?) you!

Edit Audio Like a Pro: Learn the tricks of the trade that will prepare you with the essential skills needed for creating superior music mixes, audio for video, radio, television, theater and media production. Once the basic skills are taught, students will create and edit their own personal audio projects.

Block B: 10:10 - 11:40am (choose one)

Shazam Science: You’ll learn and demonstrate the weird science that is all around you. Be prepared! You might get wet; you might begin to glow in the dark! Best of all, you’ll discover that the best science is the hands-on science.

Cartooning: In the world of cartoons and comics, a pencil, pad of paper, and your imagination unlock untold adventures. Tell your own unique story by exploring how to create characters, ideas for gags and stories, and learn how to design a comic book. It is not a question of skill, or drawing ability. Every great idea begins with a doodle, and the rest is history!

Digital Modeling Advanced: Refine your digital sculpting models and prepare for presentation and display. We will go into further detail on more advanced sculpting and painting techniques and developing artistic integrity. Topics include; advanced software interface, advanced understanding of computer 3D graphic geometry, advanced sculpting and painting techniques, refining and preparing your models for display.

Kid City Afternoon: 11:40am - 5:30pm

Location: Rhino’s