There’s plenty for kids and teens to do in the Syracuse area during the summer, including some great educational opportunities. Here are the top five.
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Camp
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo will run several educational camps during summer 2011. All camps promise educational opportunities for campers, including hands-on learning and animal encounters. The Zoo offers separate camps for kids entering kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6 and grades 7 and 8.All camps run for one week, Monday through Friday. The camps for kindergartners run from 9 AM to 12:30 PM and cost $115 for zoo members and $135 for non-members. Kids entering 7th and 8th grades will also have half days from 1 PM to 4:43 PM Monday through Thursday with a sleepover Friday night. The cost is $149 for members and and $160 for non-members. All other camps cost 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM and cost $195 for members and $215 for non-members. All camps feature numerous educational activities (too numerous to detail here) and animal encounters. A page with FAQs is provided and the registration form is available now online. The camps run continuously from 11 through August 19. Registration starts April 1 for members and April 15 for non-members.
Active Learning Services at Christian Brothers Academy
From August 1 through August 5, Christian Brothers Academy will host Active Learning Services from USA Chess. Topics of learning will include Chess Camp (ages 5-15), Introductory Video Game Creation Program (ages 8-15), and Video Game Creation–The Sequel (ages 8-15). Chess camp promises improved chess skills through chess instructors utilizing demo boards, worksheets, stories, and historic games. Introductory Video Game Creation will focus on programming basics and then campers will use Game Maker software to create their own unique game. Video Game creation–the Sequel will introduce further programming techniques and more exposure to the Game Maker software. Each camper will create a unique adventure game. Half day sessions will cost $250 for Chess Camp and $280 for the Computer Camps. A Full Day of Chess costs $400, and a half day of Chess followed by a half day of Computer camps costs $430. Online registration is available.
Syracuse University Summer College
From July 5th to August 12th, Syracuse University Summer College will host high school students for 2, 4, and 6 week pre-college programs . Some programs will award college credits and residential programs are available. The Summer College will offer a wide variety of programs, including architecture, engineering and computer science, forensic science, public communications, graphic design, interior design, and eco-fashion, just to name a few. The programs are taught by Syracuse University faculty and include introductory material to the fields and the careers associated with them, as well as hands-on skill building activities. Residential students will live on campus in residential halls dedicated to high school students. The costs range from $2325 to $7642 depending on the program. Financial aid is available, as is online registration . These programs promise a rigorous and exciting summer.
The Sheldon Institute at SUNY Oswego
The State University of New York at Oswego will hold a two-week educational enrichment program for students entering grades 2 through 10 from July 25 through August 5. Children entering grades 2-4 will have a set program featuring art, science, technology, and writing. The older students will choose their own workshops in arts, communication, cultural appreciation, science, technology, and writing. Tuition for the program is only $320 and a downloadable application is available.
MOST Summer Science Camp 2011
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology will conduct three science camps. Session 1 will run June 27 through July 1; Session 2 runs July 11 through July 15; and Session 3 will run August 1 through August 5. All camps will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 3:30 PM. The camps are for students entering grades 3, 4, and 5. Campers will enjoy games and hands-on science activities, demonstrations and experiments related to museum exhibits and nanotechnology. The cost for members is $250, while non-members will cost $280.
With so many camps to choose from, it may be hard to decide which is best. To make matters worse, this is just a sampling of the educational summer activities available in our area, and your child can’t fit in every camp. However, there’s always next summer!