Education

Kids and College Make a Great Combination

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If you’re dreading the annual “I’m BORED” mantra from your kids this summer, take heart. MCC’s summer Kids and College program offers programs and camps for kids entering first through ninth grades that are specifically designed to keep kids busy, engaged, and maybe even light a spark for a future career.

Kids and College offers two options—half-day Summer Academy classes, either morning or afternoon with the option to stay for lunch, and full-day MCC Tech Camp that gives kids a choice of six different hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences.

For Tech Camp, each week brings a different STEM theme such as “Extreme Engineering,” “Junior Medical School” and “Minecraft Engineers: Building a Sustainable Community.”

On the other hand, MCC’s Summer Academy classes include academic and enrichment classes designed to tap into kids’ creativity and critical-thinking skills.

“We have creative writing and reading workshops for all grade levels,” said Laura Beaupre, coordinator of college and career readiness at MCC. “And our digital media classes for fifth through ninth grade are also very popular.” Those include web design, computer gaming, and 3D modeling and printing.  New technology classes for second through ninth grade include APP Attack (app development) and STEM Medley featuring robotics and coding.

For those students interested in culinary, MCC has also added Scot’s Teen Chef Challenge (fifth-ninth) and Scot’s Star Baking School (second-fifth). The students will learn baking, cooking techniques, and food preparation.  In Scot’s Teen Chef Challenge, students will compete against other culinary teams for the Top Scot’s Teen Chef Award.

“They don’t even know they’re learning,” Beaupre said, “because they’re having so much fun."

Classes, which run from June 19 through August 10, are flexible to work with parents’ schedules.

For more information contact Beaupre at lbeaupre@mchenry.edu, or visit www.mchenry.edu/kidsandcollege

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