Area elementary and middle school students have a unique opportunity to experience college this summer through a special program at Walters State’s Morristown campus.
Kids College serves two age groups: grades 3-5 and 6-8. Each student chooses four classes to attend. This year’s sessions are scheduled for June 16-19 and June 23-26. The cost is $140 per week with a $20 discount for children of Walters State alumni.
“Kids College is based on our popular Talented and Gifted Program. We pull out our most popular classes and add some new ones,” said Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of community education.
“Young people have a great time in classes that match their interests. They also experience a college campus for the first time, with most classes taught by Walters State instructors.”
One new class Cardwell-Hampton expects to be popular is “Nature Detectives,” which is centered on the college’s arboretum. Walters State’s arboretum is certified by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and the trail includes 60 different species of trees.
“Students will explore the trail and the plant life. In a short time, the class conveys the essentials about how plant life works,” she explained.
Other new classes focus on web design, leadership and teamwork and rock guitar. Additional popular classes include Spy Kids, Just Dig It (archaeology), Pottery, Drawing and Animation, Acting, Forensic Files, Shark Attack, Bot-Ball Wars (introduction to robotics), Filmmaking, Get Your Bling On (jewelry design) and Blast Off (physics with model rockets).
“We have many academic areas represented, but the main focus is on fun. Students also enjoy meeting others from different schools and making new friends,” Cardwell-Hampton said.
Classes meet from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Parents may drop kids off at 8:30 a.m.
Class sizes are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is May 23. To register, contact Cardwell-Hampton at Nicole.Cardwell-Hampton@ws.edu or (423) 585-6756. Online registration is available here
CUTLINE: Playing a game of “bot ball” from the Kids College Bot Ball Wars class are, from left, Dr. Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, coordinator of community education at Walters State; Andy Aarons, associate professor of electrical/electronics technology and Kids College graduate Niki LaRoy. Two weeks of Kids College will be offered this summer at Walters State’s Morristown campus.