Open to children ages 6 to 12, Kids’ College offers more than 50 hands-on classes, along with art, sports and games camps during six sessions that run through Aug. 10. Several specialty camps also are offered.
● For the serious gamer, Black Rocket camps are scheduled throughout most of June. Taught by teachers trained in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), campers will use higher-level supplies in Minecraft Designers, Minecraft Modders, LEGO video games, Star Wars Stop Animation, ROBLOX Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs and Virtual Reality: The Future is Now courses.
● Art Specialty Campers will have the opportunity to create various projects inspired by famous artists. Weaving, printmaking, painting, tessellations, and bookmaking are among the techniques that will be explored.
● For the budding athlete, the Sports and Games Camp will give enrollees the opportunity to try their hands at badminton, baseball, basketball, flag football, Frisbee, golf, horseshoes and other activities.
“Whatever the child’s interest, Kids’ College 2018 has something that will appeal to them,” said Michael Listau, Pensacola State’s coordinator of Continuing Education, Recreation and Leisure.
“Our campers can learn how to swim or how to build a robot or create a television commercial. The courses offered are as varied as our students.”
Kids’ College also has been named an Inweekly “Best of the Coast” for the past two years.
“The recognition is voted on by the Pensacola community each year and we truly work hard to make sure our program is the best option for parents to choose from,” Listau said, adding Kids’ College emulates the higher education experience.
“Children can take several courses for the entire day or they can take one course a day. It really depends on what they like – whether it’s the arts, the environment, martial arts, jewelry making, sports…,” he explained.
Kids’ College which started in 1990 usually attracts 400 to 500 students each summer. Courses are offered in three age groups during one- and two-week sessions. Tuition starts at $29 per course, depending on selections.
Classes are taught by teachers from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who are assisted by 60 to 70 teenage volunteers.
To learn more or to register a child in Kids’ College, visit www.pensacolastate.edu/ce or call 858-484-1797.