Indiana Academy offers hands-on Youth Enrichment Programs

Topic: Teachers College

March 11, 2007

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is offering a wide variety of spring and summer programs.

Registration is ongoing for the Academy's Saturday Youth Enrichment Program, which provides opportunities for advanced sixth- through eighth-graders to explore topics with other children who have similar interests.

In addition, the academy also is accepting registration for its Saturday Youth Accelerated Program, which provides advanced learning experiences for sixth- through eighth-graders to develop their skills and knowledge in a specific content area.

The registration deadline for the Indiana Academy Summer Camp Program is May 27. The program offers a wide variety of camps for gifted students in sixth through 10th grade.

Registration for the Saturday programs is on a first-come, first-served basis and there are limited openings. Costs vary depending on programs selected. For more information, call the Academy's Outreach Office at (765) 285-5352 or visit www.bsu.edu/academy/youth.

The Saturday enrichment programs include:

  • "Bonjour!" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and "Bonjour Deux!" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 24. Students become familiar with simple vocabulary concepts, learn how to make sentences and study the culture of France.
  • "Chinese I" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and "Chinese II" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 24. Students learn how to greet people, count and sings songs in Chinese. 
  • "Staying Safe: Personal Safety and Survival Skills" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 31. Students practice interactive self-defense and tactical maneuvers with police officers while learning how to guard themselves against potential dangers.
  • "Japanese I" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and "Japanese II" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 14. Students are introduced to the Japanese alphabet, culture and geography. 
  • "Chicken Scratches" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 21. Students discover how a notebook and pen can turn everyday experiences into a riveting account of love, intrigue, betrayal or joy.   
  • "Crime Solvers I" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and "Crime Solvers II" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 5. Students learn the basics of evidence collecting and crime solving using science-based methods, such as fingerprinting and chemical analysis to solve imaginary crimes.  
  • "Fun Fitness Challenge" from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 12. Students discover interesting facts about the body while participating in challenging events. 
  • "Who Let the Dogs Out?" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and "Whose Fish Is It Anyway?" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 19. Students unleash their inner poet with an introduction to a wide range of poetry through songs, books and other media. 
     

Saturday accelerated programs include:

  • "Inside Invertebrates" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 31. Students study specimens from diverse animal groups such as insects, crayfish and earthworms. They also learn how organisms are related through external examination and dissection. 
  • "Inside Out: Get to Know the Human Body" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 14, 21 and 28. Students spend three consecutive Saturdays in the laboratory to examine human anatomy through hands-on activities and studying clinical topics relating to personal and family health concerns. 
  • "Crime Scene Interpretation" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12. Students learn how to identify, preserve and collect evidence from a crime scene. They will study fingerprint analysis, crime scene photography and DNA collection techniques.  
  • "Got Protein?" 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 19. Students study proteins and delve into biochemistry by learning to isolate proteins from milk, eggs, sport drinks and saliva. 
     

The summer camps include:

  • "Weekend Writer's Retreat" – For grades six through eight, June 8-10
  • "Academy CSI: Pieces, Powders and Shards" – For grades seven through nine, June 10-15
  • "Forensic Foray" – For grades seven through 10, June 15-17
  • "Academy CSI II: Blood, Bones and Tracks" – For grades eight through 10, June 17-22
  • "World Languages" – For grades six through eight, June 24-29
  • "Practicing Professions" For grades eight through 10, July 8-14
  • "Monsters, Machines, & Marvels" – For grades six through eight, July 15-21
  • "Explore the Windy City" – For grades six through eight, July 22-25
  • "Geology: This Camp Rocks!" – For grades six through eight, July 26-Aug. 3
  • "Math Mania" – For grades six through eight, July 22-27

By Chantel Arsenault

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