CSM of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for travel, sum­mer camps

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Now is the time to plan chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the sum­mer months. Par­ents who would like to give their child the chance to have fun while learn­ing should con­sider the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Kids’ & Teen Col­lege, a more than 30-year proven pro­gram of en­rich­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties de­signed to ex­pand a stu­dent’s idea of what is pos­si­ble. CSM’s Kids & Teen Col­lege is the largest sum­mer camp pro­gram in South­ern Mary­land and has op­tions for chil­dren ages 5 to 14.

Reg­is­tra­tion opened Feb. 15 for ap­prox­i­mately 300 classes be­ing of­fered over eight weeks at all CSM cam­puses — Foren­sic Sci­ence, Lego Math, Minecraft De­sign­ers, Speak­ing Spanish, Ju­nior Chef, Make Your First 3-D Video Game, Dig­i­tal Pho­tog­ra­phy, Cup­cake Wars and Space­flight In­sti­tute are just a few ex­am­ples that show the range of avail­able classes, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“We want ever yone to have a great ex­pe­ri­ence here,” said John Ter­lesky, CSM’s youth pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor in a press re­lease.

New classes this year that Ter­lesky ex­pects to be par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar in­clude Vir­tual Re­al­ity, where par­tic­i­pants will cre­ate their own vir­tual worlds, ex­plore sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ments and craft mem­o­rable 3D ex­pe­ri­ences. Par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a Google Card­board viewer to take home af­ter the pro­gram. Cy­ber­se­cu­rity, which will be taught by CSM pro­fes­sors, is an­other new class that is ex­pected to be pop­u­lar with stu­dents, Ter­lesky said. Other his­tor­i­cally pop­u­lar classes in­clude those in­volv­ing STEAM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, Art and Math­e­mat­ics), ro­bot de­sign, LEGO, Minecraft, theater and cook­ing themes.

“They fill up very quickly,” Ter­lesky said in the re­lease, en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to regis­ter early.

Ap­prox­i­mately 20 per­cent of the cour­ses of­fered at CSM’s Kids’ & Teen Col­lege this year are tech­nol­ogy-re­lated classes pro­vided through Black Rocket, a cre­ative sciences en­rich­ment provider based in New Jer­sey. Black Rocket as­sists camps with project-based pro­grams that foster 21st cen­tury skills like peer learn­ing, cre­ativ­ity and tech­nol­ogy aware­ness. The Black Rocket classes don’t end af­ter the week-long CSM ses­sion. Stu­dents are given links to con­tinue their learn­ing at home through an on­line train­ing por­tal. The Vir­tual Re­al­ity class is an ex­am­ple of a Black Rocket class.

“The kids re­ally re­spond to project-based learn­ing,” said An­gela Russo, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for Black Rocket in a press re­lease. “It makes it real for them … We be­lieve ev­ery hu­man be­ing is unique in their abil­ity and tal­ents. Black Rocket’s mis­sion is to help ig­nite, un­leash and en­hance these dis­tinct tal­ents.”

Angie Rohrer is a sixth-grade math teacher at Esper­anza Mid­dle School through­out the school year. Rohrer be­lieves that stu­dents of ev­ery age should take ad­van­tage of the sum­mer months to con­tinue to ex­pand their math and sci­ence skills, as well other in­ter­ests, just in a dif­fer­ent way. Rohrer is the su­per­vi­sor for Black Rocket classes in South­ern Mary­land and an en­thu­si­as­tic ad­vo­cate.

“I think in the sum­mer they can re­ally have fun and ex­plore,” Rohrer said in the re­lease. She ob­served the stu­dents’ re­sponses to last year’s Black Rocket classes as CSM’s Kids’ & Teen Col­lege and noted the en­thu­si­asm of the stu­dents.

“The kids just come into the class so ex­cited,” she said. “I love see­ing kids love learn­ing.”

Rohrer also said that Black Rocket classes come with phe­nom­e­nal tech­ni­cal sup­port, which “in­spires stu­dents’ cre­ativ­ity, imag­i­na­tion and cu­rios­ity in tech­nol­ogy.”

Rohrer en­cour­aged area par­ents and their chil­dren to re­view the classes be­ing of­fered and regis­ter for some­thing that in­ter­ests them, even if it is some­thing that they have no pre­vi­ous knowl­edge in. “Kids don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to have pre­req­ui­site knowl­edge to ben­e­fit from our classes,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to sign up for some­thing that in­ter­ests you. We’ll have a great time.”

CSM’s Kids’ & Teen Col­lege fea­tures two ses­sions, the first is from 9 a.m. to noon and the sec­ond is from 1 to 4 p.m. There is a su­per­vised lunch hour in be­tween the two ses­sions for those stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in both the morn­ing and af­ter­noon ses­sions.

For work­ing par­ents, CSM of­fers the op­tions of ex­tended day su­per­vi­sion of stu­dents from 7 to 9 a.m. and/or from 4 to 6 p.m. for an ex­tra fee.

For in­for­ma­tion, go to www.csmd. edu/go/kid­scol­lege. Start­ing Feb. 15, regis­ter at www.csmd.edu/Go/Regis­ter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS Three stu­dents work to­gether in a LEGO Math class at last year’s CSM Kids’ & Teen Col­lege pro­gram at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus.

A stu­dent learns cook­ing skills in the Ju­nior Chef class at last year’s CSM Kids’ & Teen Col­lege pro­gram at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus.

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