Courses

Courses for Children 

The courses allow children with exceptional intellectual ability to extend their existing fund of knowledge through first-hand experimentation and creative experiences.  The courses provide children with an earlier, more in-depth, and more multi-faceted perspective than is usually available in traditional educational settings.  The courses are challenging, but developmentally appropriate for each two-year age range.  Above all, courses are FUN!    Perhaps the greatest benefit for children is the opportunity to enjoy the company of intellectual peers.  Courses are designed and taught by practicing professionals, and public or private teachers.  Courses are different for each summer.

2017 Courses

 

4 years old or entering K:  WIGGLY WORMS

Do worms like light or dark? Are they wet or dry? Can they smell, hear or see? How many hearts does an earthworm have? Explore the micro world of these recyclers and how they help to balance nature. While our main focus will be on phylum Annelida, better known as earth worms, we will learn about all three types of worms: segmented, flat and round. We will create a worm habitat, measure worms, observe worms and maybe even eat some worms! 

Entering K or 1st Grade:  Fanciful Flights

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! From Daedalus and Icarus to Amelia Earhardt, people have wanted to fly like birds through the ages. This summer, let’s launch into the world of flight. We will learn about the energies that create force to send objects into flight. We will explore the ideas of thrust, drag, gravity, and lift. Would you like to create your very own flying machine? Experiment with paper airplanes, hot air balloons, ornithopters, boomerangs, kites and the like. Use plain paper, tissue paper, balsa wood, rubber bands, paper clips and yes, even feathers. Collaborate with other College for Kids scientists and make tail fins, rudders, rotors, ailerons, spilers and flaps to control your vehicle for aviation. Fancy or plain, celebrate and fly your magnificent machine with a gala launch on the lawn.

Entering 1st or 2nd Grades:  IT'S ELECTRIC

What travels at the speed of light and can be made by wind, water, the sun and even animal poop?  Electricity!  Investigate the different types of electricity and how they work.  Learn more about how these types of power are used by people. Can you create your own static electricity?  Simulate lightning to see the spark and learn more about why it occurs.  Explore conductors and insulators by building circuits using different materials like wires, batteries and even playdough.  Use littleBits to create an electrical invention.  Spark your curiosity and scientific skills!

Entering 2nd or 3rd Grades:  Amazing aves

What makes a bird a bird?  Learn about bird biology, habitats, and behavior.  Why do birds sing?  Do different bird species eat different things? How are birds specially adapted for flying? How does flying help birds to survive?  Why do some birds migrate? How do they find their way?  Why do many bird species migrate at night?   Did you know that birds have different types of feathers and wings?  How are owls' feathers and wings different from bluebirds'? We will explore for birds on campus and we will research birds to understand how these fascinating creatures are an intricate part of the natural world.

Entering 3rd or 4th Grades:  Brilliant biologists

Your body has trillions of them, they’ve been around for over 3 billion years and they come in many shapes and sizes. Why yes, cells, of course! Let’s study these microscopic structural and functional units of an organism. What do plant and animal cells look like? If organelles could talk, what would they say? We’ll analyze the nature of the relationships between plant and animal cells and learn the functions of each part. How is a eukaryotic cell like a factory? How do cell parts compare to a thriving community? Let’s swab our cheek and observe our own DNA under a microscope. How will those cells compare with the cells in an onion skin? Let’s extract deoxyribonucleic acid from a banana. Work with other CFK biologists and report your findings to the class. We’ll make our own models of plant and animal cells, even edible ones! Get ready to have an exCELLent time as we CELL-ebrate science!

Entering 4th or 5th Grades:  Riveting reactions

Did you know that if you lined up one million atoms, they would only be as wide as one of your hairs!? How can something so small be so powerful? Chemical reactions are happening all around us. Why does a nail turn rusty when it’s left out in the rain? What causes a banana to turn brown? How strong of an acid do you have in your stomach? Discover how different elements of the periodic table interact and which ones surround us every day. Create Alka-Seltzer rockets as we see carbon dioxide in action. Observe an exothermic reaction as we create “elephant toothpaste.” Watch soda separate as its phosphoric acid attaches to milk. Through our investigations, you will feel like a magician as you uncover the mystery of chemical reactions. Be a part of the riveting discoveries as we bond together.  

Parenting Course - Parenting the Gifted Child

Join other parents and discover answers to questions about gifted children.  Who are they and how are they identified?  How does their giftedness impact on their school and family environments?  How do major issues in gifted education relate to your child's future?  What vocabulary do you need to communicate effectively?  Analyze your child's needs and develop a productive plan of action.  Acquire the knowledge and skills to become a personal advocate for your child. 

If your child is attending the College for Kids program, please contact us at for more information.  You will be attending the course while your child is participating in the camp.  If your child is not attending, you will need to complete a parenting course application form.