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 Tuesday, May 27, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Summer programs offer kids fun learning experiences
By Joanna Nasar, graduate student, environmental journalism

This summer the CU-Boulder campus – normally teeming with young adult students – will expand to include students in grades K-12 and high school as part of the CU-Boulder summer programs for school children. These programs are designed to educate and engage children in everything from science to Shakespeare in fun, creative ways.

Students can try an aerial dance workshop, play at the boy's or girl's basketball camps, act at Camp Shakespeare, explore the CU Museum of Natural History, participate in the Engineering High School Honors Institute or in Music Works, explore with Science Discovery overnight wilderness camps and summer classes, play at soccer camps, and enjoy programs at the Speech Language and Hearing Center. With these and other choices children are bound to find something they enjoy, to learn and meet friends.

One such opportunity for students is the 10th annual Aerial Dance Festival, which offers workshops for all levels of experience and live aerial dance performances on Aug. 8, 9 and 10. The Department of Theatre and Dance is a sponsor of the festival and some workshops will be held on campus.

Students participate in low flying trapeze, swing from bungee cords and do modern dance off the ground in a safe environment. Rona Cantor is the executive director of Frequent Flyers Production Inc., a nonprofit aerial dance theatre company. According to Cantor, the novelty of the sport is one reason children love it. "They will be doing something no one else is," she said.

For a more traditional sport experience, kids can participate in basketball camps. The boy's basketball camp is made up of three different programs designed to meet participant's abilities and needs. The individual camp is designed for the novice or students who need more one-on-one help, the father/son camp is designed as a way for parents and students to connect and the elite camp is an invitation only camp designed for high school varsity players looking to continue on to a university basketball team.

Director of basketball operations Jody Bailey said the father/son camp is a great opportunity for working fathers. "Most dads work nine to five jobs and don't get a chance to be with their child as much as they want," she said. "This camp gives them that opportunity." In addition, fathers learn drills that they can practice with there sons over the summer. Bailey said students will gain a variety of skills from participating in the camps. "We feel confident that at the end of the week students are not only better ball players but also better human beings because we also work on character traits," she said.

There are many other campus-related activities for young students looking for summer adventures and learning opportunities. For more information check out the Community K-12 website through the Office of Community Relations.

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