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Kids College Enrolling Students Through May 31
May 15, 2013

Walters State Community College is now enrolling for this summer's Kids College. Sessions are June 18-21 and June 25-28. Kids College is open to rising third through eighth graders. Students attend four classes each week on the college's Morristown campus. Walters State instructors lead most classes.

"Kids College is based on Walters State's Talented and Gifted Program in regards to the classes we offer. We pull our most popular classes and add some new ones," explained Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of community education.

"This year, I expect bot-ball to be one of the most popular classes. Students actually build a robot and then have competitions. The class is teaching basic engineering and physics. Students love every day of it," Cardwell-Hampton said. She said other classes that are popular include pottery, in which students create works of their own design.

Other classes expected to fill up quickly are forensic files and geometric explosions. Students in the latter will build a house and then send it off with a balloon. Another class, entitled "dendrochro…what?" explores violent and extreme weather. Archeology, spy kids, marine biology and blast off are also popular. Students in blast off build rockets that are launched on the last day.

"We've also made sure the arts are well represented this year," Cardwell-Hampton said. In addition to pottery, classes will teach acting, drawing (ranging from nature to animation), basic watercolor, jewelry design, guitar and film. In the film class, students actually make and edit movies on equipment provided by the college.

In addition to giving young minds a challenge during the summer, Kids College also provides a chance for young students to explore a college campus, make new friends and interact with professors.

Each week is $140. Walters State alumni, employees and students receive a $20 discount. Students are dropped off at 8:30 a.m. and may be picked up between 4-5 p.m. Registration continues through May 31.

For more information, contact Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton at (423) 585-6756.

CUTLINE: Guitar instructor Matthew McNabb, seated, discusses this summer’s Kids College with Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of community education at Walters State Community College. The college offers two one-week sessions of Kids College in June. Registration ends May 31.