College for Kids and Middle University

July 2, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - Playing video games, swimming at the pool and shooting hoops are just some of the things kids will be doing this summer while taking a break from school. Oh, and going to college. That's right, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Office of Continuing Education is hosting College for Kids and Middle University, summer camps for students who have just completed kindergarten through seventh grades. The camps emphasize the arts, science and technology fields. Students who are active listeners and involved in their education are encouraged to register.

"College for Kids and Middle University classes are hands-on and interactive," said Marian Maciej-Hiner, director of continuing education at UWP and head of College for Kids and Middle University. "To get kids actively engaged in learning, participants are able to explore subjects they may not have access to in their regular classrooms, especially science and engineering classes, which are taught in labs, by college professors!"

College for Kids is offered to children in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. The different courses offered vary from learning about dinosaurs to African drumming. One course offered to first and second graders is "Insects and Their Relatives", taught by Elizabeth Duewer from the UWP Biology Department. Duewer has been involved with College for Kids since the program started in 1982. In her class, students will learn about insects and the differences between them, as well as collecting insects in the field and observing them under a microscope. Duewer will also teach students how to catch bees and wasps without being stung.

"I have yet to have one student get stung in my class," Duewer said. "This course is a great way for students to stimulate their scientific curiosity and may even help with any fears a child may have about insects."

Another course offered to third and fourth graders is "Caves and Rivers", taught by Harry Henderson of St. John's Mine in Potosi along with UWP graduate student and West Salem social science teacher, Jennifer Morgan. Henderson has taught this course for College for Kids for more than 15 years.

"I enjoy teaching this class because it give students a hands on experience with natural resources, history and outdoor adventure," Henderson explained. "The course will teach students about manmade and natural caves in the Potosi area and will also give students an opportunity to canoe down the Mississippi River -- after learning about equipment, paddling and safety."

Middle University is offered to children in grades 5-7, with courses such as "Low Rope Adventure and Horsing Around" available. Taught by Scott Ringgenberg of the UWP Physical Education Department and his wife, Renee Ringgenberg, a UWP graduate student, "Low Rope Adventure and Horsing Around" will have two sections. In section one, students will participate in cooperative games involving ropes. For example, students will weave a spider-like web around each other and then have to work together to untangle the web. The second part of this course will teach participants how to groom, tack, saddle and ride a horse. This part of the course will take place at River Ridge Stable, south of Platteville on Highway 151.

"Our goal is to promote lifetime fitness, helping children to become more active, all the while building a healthy happy heart, said Renee Ringgenberg.

Between catching butterflies, canoeing down a river and learning to ride a horse, College for Kids and Middle University will have kids graduating to excellence through fun in no time.

"We are really excited about the line-up of College for Kids/Middle University classes we have this summer," Maciej-Hiner said. "There are classes for kids who want physical, outdoor activities, classes for kids who love science, math and computers and classes to help kids express themselves through art, poetry and music. There's something for everybody!"

The camps run from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 14-17, at various locations on the UWP campus. Camp fees are $50 for the one-class option or $95 for the two-class option. The fees include instructions, materials and a t-shirt. Some courses may have additional fees. The registration deadline is June 20.

For more information on College for Kids and Middle University, please check the website at http://www.uwplatt.edu/cont_ed/youth or call the UWP Continuing Education office at 608-342-1314.

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