By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Education | Issue: June 2010
“Camp Scrubs – It’s A Guy Thing!” is a class for 10 to 13 year old boys this summer at TCC.
You know that Tulsa Community College (TCC) has great education classes for adults. But, are you aware of their College For Kids summer programs that provide education for kids 5 to 10 years and for teens 11 to 18? College For Kids provides academic and youth enrichment each summer.
As you review the Summer Youth Guide for 2010, you’ll find more than 150 classes that reflect TCC’s goal of instilling the desire for lifelong learning at an early age. Classes meet four days each week, Monday through Thursday.
“I’m a Bird Watcher” for five year olds introduces participants to Oklahoma’s state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher, plus many others. Students share in the joy of bird watching and create art projects featuring their favorite feathered friends. “Junior Paleontologists” will study all types of dinosaurs, including the tyrannosaurus rex, stegosaurus, and brachiosaurus. Students will learn that people who study dinosaurs are paleontologists. In “Make No Bones About It,” students learn that without bones, we wouldn’t be able to eat, sleep, play or stand. Kids become “bone-a-fide” experts on the skeletal system.
Classes for 6 to 7 year olds include “Ecology For Kids,” an opportunity to learn more about the ecosystem. Participants become eco-savvy and learn about climate change, nature and the environment. “Gardening For Kids” studies plant propagation and explores the topic of gardening.
The TCC staff of continuing education for Academic, Family and Youth Enrichment includes (L to R): Rochelle Ishem, Chris Tsotsoros, Nancy Butler and Sheila Moore.
“Wild About Wildlife” and “Beginning Robotics For Kids” are for 8 to 10 year olds. Kids learn that a lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away. Teamwork, beginning engineering principles, and hands-on learning are provided in the robotics class. Students engineer a pro-bot, or a car robot. “Solar Cooking” is a new class and teaches that the sun warms us, provides light, and even cooks for us. Using the sun’s power, this “hot” class has students creating a solar oven and using it to cook.
“Camp Scrubs – It’s A Guy Thing!” is a class for 10 to 13 year old boys. The cost includes a set of scrubs, a stethoscope and possible field trips. Instructor Jim Hicks is a certified nurse instructor from the National League of Nursing.
Some super cool technology classes include “Webpage Design,” giving students the opportunity to design and publish their own website, and “Game Generator,” providing participants the opportunity to explore the world of video game creation, plus design their own video game and create game characters, actions and levels. “GPS Explorer” is an introduction to this technology tool. Attendees learn about geocaching with a field trip and scavenger hunt. The class will explore geography, utilize math skills, teach students web search safety, and introduce them to career opportunities in the GPS field.
Extreme classes for ages 11 to 15 include “Extreme Junior Apprentice,” “Extreme Robotics,” “Extreme Study Tools” and more. Young people will also enjoy the “Sensational Creative Expression” classes.
“Young GlueDobbers Camp,” for ages 13 to 17, teaches a skill and hobby by working in a team setting to build and fly a radio-controlled airplane. The program is sponsored by the Tulsa GlueDobbers as a community service.
“Medical Apprentice Camp” provides an opportunity to explore health careers. Students will explore allied health fields including occupational therapy, optometry and phlebotomy. Class includes a hospital tour and guest speakers in the health profession, and is sponsored by Northeast Area Education Center, TCC Allied Health, Tulsa Technology Center, and Continuing Education.
TCC is the place to enroll your children this summer. They are certain to look forward to each fun-filled day of hands-on learning. Classes run from early June through July. Call or check online for more details and complete class schedules.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.