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McHenry County College to offer academic summer camps, classes

Children start solar power rovers in a Tech Camp class called Exploration 2050: Future of Space Exploration and Drones at McHenry County College.
Children start solar power rovers in a Tech Camp class called Exploration 2050: Future of Space Exploration and Drones at McHenry County College.

Keep your children busy this summer with academic and enriching programs at McHenry County College with the MCC Kids and College program, offered June 18 to Aug. 9 for students in first through 12th grade.

This year’s theme is “Dream Big: Where Creativity and Innovation Meet Summer Fun.” Children can attend for one week or for all six weeks. Flexible programming is available, including before and after care to accommodate parents’ busy schedules.

“These quality and affordable programs aim to keep kids engaged in learning, sharpen critical thinking skills, inspire creativity and maybe even light a spark for a future career,” said Laura Beaupre, coordinator of College and Career Readiness at MCC.

New this year are high school STEM Boot Camps for students in ninth to 12th grade. Kids and College also offers half-day academic and enrichment classes and full-day STEM camps to prepare students for the upcoming school year, expose them to 21st-century learning skills and expand their knowledge in many content areas.

Instructors include MCC faculty, certified teachers and support staff who bring their passion and enthusiasm to MCC each day.

Kids and College offers a full menu of digital media and technology classes, including computer gaming, 2D animation, APP development and web design.

The popular MCC Tech Camp STEM offers weeklong sessions Monday to Thursday for students in first through ninth grad. The full-day MCC Tech camp is a one-week camp offering hands-on learning in the areas of science, engineering, art and technology, as well as outdoor fun. All campers in MCC Tech Camp will be placed in their age group of no more than 20 students.

Summer Academy classes include academic enrichment classes designed to tap into kids’ creativity and critical-thinking skills. Popular classes include Baking and Culinary Academies, Creative Writing, Essays and Presentations, Digital Storytelling, Persuasive Writing, Girls Only STEM: Tiny House Design and Décor, Intro to Web Design, 3D Video Game Design with Unity and more.

Flexible schedules are available, including one- and two-week Summer Academy classes, offered in both the morning and afternoon with an option to stay for lunch. Before and after care is available, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m., and 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For cost information or to register, visit www.mchenry.edu/kidsandcollege. For information, contact Laura Beaupre at lbeaupre@mchenry.edu.

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