For many families, summer presents a doubled-edged sword: the fun and freedom from school often comes with the common complaint of “I’m bored.” Rather than spend the days off glued to a television, programs abound that not only keep students engaged but can help maintain their educational momentum before the start of the new school year. Summer camps have become big business with programs designed to give students a taste of whatever suits their interests throughout their vacation.
Some camps, though, can do more than keep a student’s attention and mind active. At universities and colleges throughout the state, summer programs aimed at younger students also give a taste of life on a college campus and help instill a “college-going” mindset while still providing fun that stimulates both the brain and the imagination.
Here are just a few of the programs available at campuses around Iowa:
- The University of Iowa offers programs for students ranging from elementary, to junior and senior high school in subjects as diverse as art, sports, science and communications.
- Iowa State University’s College of Engineering offers camps throughout the summer introducing elementary school students to engineering concepts and robotics.
- Kirkwood Community College’s Interactive Camps programs bring students ages 9-15 career exploration through fun, hands-on activities in such areas as Arts and Communication, Business and Career Prep, Culinary, Digital Content Creation and STEM subjects.
- At four different Des Moines Area Community College branch campuses, students can find classes on everything from carpentry and automotive repair to movie making and 3-D animation.
These programs are just the tip of the iceberg, as many community colleges offer programs for students in an equally wide variety. Families can reach out to their local community college to see what summer “kids college” programs are available in their area.