Children participating in kids at college 2019

Lakeland, Fla. July 17, 2019. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Kids at College Summer 2020 will include both new offerings as well as existing favorites.

The class list for 2020 will be updated when finalized.

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Kids at College Summer 2019

  1. 3D Modeling and Printing

    For those who like drawing and sculpting, this class develops and extends these skills with the use of computers. Participants are shown how 3D virtual models are designed and then turned into physical objects with the power of 3D printing. Students try 3D printing while in class, and also explore ways to use professional 3D printing services to produce fancier models from home. This exciting exploration in engineering is taught by Robert Lamar, Mathematics professor at Warner University. Course Fee: $65.00

  2. Act-It-Out!

    Theatre breathes life into simple stories and makes them unforgettable. This readers’ theater class enables participants to experiment with acting and the creation of characters through simple costuming, dramatic reading, and activities that build confidence. Exercises help actors find characters’ voices and explore their talents, while being enveloped in the fun and friendship of a theatre troupe. Susan Stewart of Magnolia Montessori Academy directs this production. Course Fee: $55.00

  3. Around the World

    Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, the Americas, and more – all in eight days! This exciting exploration of customs and cultures immerses participants in the study of far-off lands and peoples. Travelers taste foods, celebrate holidays, and “visit the sights” during this destination-discovery event. Erin Huggins, Science teacher at Dundee Ridge Middle Academy, serves as the tour guide for this two-week trip. Course Fee: $55.00

  4. Balloon Twisting

    Participants explore the whimsy and technique of balloon design through the creation of animals, hats, and other fun things. This class starts with the basics and continues as far as time allows. The instructor is Luis Campaneria, 2018/2019 Strolling Magic/Table Hopping Magic National Champion. Course Fee: $70.00

  5. Beginning Code

    Understanding the basics of coding develops critical-thinking skills, gives insight into how computers work, and is so much fun! Anyone can learn to code! Cara Helpling, lead teacher at Magnolia Montessori Academy introduces the basics of coding as students perform “unplugged” activities (without the use of a computer) and plenty of exciting computer-based exercises. Course Fee: $65.00

  6. BFF: Beauty, Fashion and Fitness

    Now that school is out, it’s time to grab a friend and start the party! This class brings out the inner diva and fashionista with an update on the latest fashions, including the “throwback” trends from favorite stars. Friendship and fun are emphasized as students learn about (and sample) better snack choices and practice workout routines such as the famous Hip-Hop Abs Dance Cardio. The excitement continues with a pampering day of facials and manicures. The grand finale is the Ultimate Diva Fashion Show! Megan Stevens, past Teacher of the Year and Discovery High School Math instructor, puts the fabulous into this fun-filled party. Course Fee: $65.00

  7. Clay Creations on the Wheel

    This class for the aspiring artist emphasizes the basics of proper wheel-throwing technique including centering the clay, creating a functional bowl, and other elements that allow for the production of varied clay projects. Participants find freedom and fun in this elegant art form. Theresa Meyer, Art teacher from Caldwell Elementary, leads this messy but magical learning opportunity. Course Fee: $65.00

  8. Create Studio: Art Journaling

    Art journaling, a personalized pathway of self-expression, involves reflecting on various quotes, poems, pictures, and books, and then creating art that represents the individual’s responses. Art journaling combines the aesthetic with the emotive; it uses paint, pen, and poignancy to help individuals find and express feelings in an unrestricted and truly unique way. Pricilla Jimenez, a High Impact Teacher from Alta Vista Elementary, facilitates this artistic endeavor. Course Fee: $60.00

  9. Create Studio: Mixed Media

    Mixed-media art projects allow for self-discovery, confidence building, and open-ended exploration. Students create collage-based, mosaic-style, crayon-melting, and paint-pour art, and then pair poetic responses to their artwork. With some space, experimenting, rule-breaking, and risk-taking, anyone can create beautiful and meaningful art. Instructor Pricilla Jimenez, a High Impact Teacher from Alta Vista Elementary, opens the door to creative expression. Course Fee: $60.00

  10. Creative Clay Creatures

    This course merges creativity with newly learned skills to build a variety of decorative clay items to bring home. Through the use of hand-building techniques and a variety of glazes and paints, students create an octopus, crab, sea turtle, and other oceanic animals out of clay. Theresa Meyer, Art teacher at Caldwell Elementary, leads this under-the-sea adventure. Course Fee: $65.00

  11. Cricut Exploration

    Cricut Design Space inspires a variety of interesting projects, as students are guided through the creative process, introduced to the technology, and shown how to cut and assemble items with a Cricut Air Explorer 2. Among other projects, participants produce a personalized acrylic cup featuring a unique decal! Christen Alvarez of Dundee Elementary Academy, an avid crafter of thirty years, directs the designers. Course Fee: $65.00

  12. Dino-mite Dinosaurs

    During this adventure, Dino-enthusiasts travel to the Triassic to study species and dig up details about their lives. Participants practice paleontology with some funky fossils, and then build a habitat for a favorite dino-friend. Kids get crafty in the Cretaceous while designing dinosaur eggs and making other projects. Guiding this adventure is Carrie Spruell, Kindergarten teacher at Brigham Academy. Course Fee: $55.00

  13. French 101

    Bonjour! This class is for those who want to explore the culture, history, cuisine, and language of France. Participants learn how to count, say the alphabet, sing “Happy Birthday,” and apply basic conversational skills. Along with an exploration of the language, students also study the history of France and then use maps to find famous historic buildings and streets. Culture, cuisine, and creativity combine as students read recipes and then prepare, cook, and taste French food. This fabulous foray into French culture is led by Megan Stevens, Discovery High School Math instructor and past Teacher of the Year. Course Fee: $55.00

  14. Fun with Force and Motion

    This class encourages the inner engineer through experiments on energy and motion. Participants design and create hands-on models such as rubber-band cars, suspension bridges, balloon rockets, and even a small hovercraft, then run tests to study the science of the outcomes. This class allows participants to test Newton’s laws using interactive activities that are both fun and memorable. Jeremy Bohnenstiehl, South McKeel Academy Science teacher and past Teacher of the Year, leads this innovative investigation. Course Fee: $65.00

  15. Gadgets with Goldberg

    As a famous engineer, cartoonist, sculptor, and reporter, Rube Goldberg’s impact on American culture is as multidimensional as his famous machines. This course is for the kid who can’t get enough of challenging chain reactions, domino drops, and OK GO videos. To follow in the steps of Rube Goldberg, participants must be curious and enjoy trial-and-error experimentation with lots of hands-on activities. This class includes drawing simple-machine cartoons and experimenting with building basic contraptions, as well as actually designing and creating a Rube-Goldberg-worthy device. Jeremy Bohnenstiehl, South McKeel Academy Science teacher and past Teacher of the Year, leads this course. Course fee: $65.00

  16. Games Unplugged

    In this class, participants experience the excitement of classic board games like Monopoly, Risk, Life, Stratego, and others. These are just a few of the great games featured in these interactive encounters. Each day new games are explored, including what they can teach about life, counting, planning, saving money, strategy, and other skills that are helpful in school and in life. This class is for the novice and board-game enthusiast alike! Chris Euverard, “Coach E,” a Lake Region High School Social Studies teacher, makes a game out of learning! Course Fee: $55.00

  17. Global Art

    Gallop the globe in this artistic adventure where students seek works within the worlds that inspired their creation. Participants study and create pieces inspired by Panamanian Molas, Indian Mendhi, and Japanese fans, among other crafts. This multicultural multi-media experience is led by Chantel Bohnenstiehl, Art educator from McKeel Central Academy. Course Fee: $60.00

  18. Harry Potter

    On this journey to Hogwarts, enthusiasts immerse themselves in the magical world of Harry Potter. Using excerpts from the books to inspire the imagination, Muggles magically transform into aspiring witches and wizards, and apparate into exciting new adventures. Along the way, fans wield wands, conjure potions, compete at Quidditch, vanquish Voldemort, and discover details of their favorite characters from this sensational series. The fantastical trip begins at Platform 9 ¾ with Susan Stewart of Magnolia Montessori Academy. Course Fee: $55.00

  19. Intermediate Programming with Scratch and Python

    Computers are great to use, but they are far more fun to control! In this course, students explore how to write programs and use software to control a computer’s actions. Students are introduced to computer code and learn to write their own programs for all types of functions. Interactive activities abound as students cooperate and challenge new concepts. At the end of the course, students can compete for the title of “Best Programmer.” Robert Lamar, a professor at Warner University, enjoys merging math with computer programming. Course Fee: $65.00

  20. Jedi Academy: Beginner

    For over a thousand years, the Jedi were guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Their order was all but destroyed and forgotten…until now. This course builds a New Hope though skill development of young padawans seeking to become true Jedi Knights. Special Jedi conditioning forms, unarmed defensive skills, and light saber usage are covered during this interactive training academy. Jedi Master Richard Ganey has over 30 years of experience in Japanese sword and Karate techniques. Course Fee: $65.00

  21. Jedi Academy: Advanced

    The Return of Jedi: This class is for those wishing to continue their Jedi Academy training by building on skills from former training sessions. This course covers advanced Jedi conditioning forms and unarmed defensive skills, enabling more complex techniques with the lightsaber. Aspiring Jedi use The Force to calm their mind and clear their thoughts for better listening skills and critical-thinking ability–tools that are necessary not just for the Jedi, but for all beings. Upon completion, trainees receive a lightsaber to continue practice. Jedi Master Richard Ganey has over 30 years of experience in Japanese sword and Karate techniques. Course Fee: $65.00

  22. Jedi Academy: Dueling

    The lightsaber is the weapon of the Jedi– its proper use requires a deeper connection to The Force, but also many hours of training. When Jedi connect with their lightsaber, they can feel The Force flowing through their bodies, giving them the focus and strength to protect others from the Dark Side. This higher-level training course applies the ancient teachings of the Jedi Temple, training padawans in actual lightsaber dueling techniques and enabling them to hone their skills. To conquer the Sith, Jedi must learn to apply strategy and concentration, using the power of their minds as well as their movements. Prepare for when the Empire Strikes Back with Jedi Master Richard Ganey, who has over 30 years of experience in Japanese sword and Karate techniques. Course Fee: $75.00


  23. Journey down the Nile

    Adventure awaits those who dare to discover the mysteries of the pharaohs. Explorers sculpt sacred scarabs and masks, then design royal amulets to recreate this ancient world. Participants rebuild the pyramids to learn of their secrets, then write hieroglyphics and demystify mummies. Individuals engage in Egyptian games to better understand this fascinating culture. The adventure concludes with a fabulous feast and royal jubilee by the banks of the Nile. Heidi Reed, of Magnolia Montessori Academy, guides this archaeological expedition. Course Fee: $55.00

  24. Journey into Space

    Saturn, satellites, and stars… Daring astronauts can don their gear and join an out-of-this-world experience! It’s T-minus ten, and this rocket is about to blast into orbit, exploring the solar system and beyond. During this course, students use hands-on, STEAM-based activities to reinforce information for a memorable mission. Students create a model of the solar system so they can study more deeply, then design galactic slime to add to the adventure. Marissa Spruell, Science teacher at Lake Wales High School, leads this interstellar experience. Course Fee: $65.00

  25. Just Gotta Dance!

    Life is so much sweeter when it is set to music! This class explores music and dance from around the world including circle, square, and line dances, as well as a variety of other forms of group dancing that are interactive and fun to do! Participants learn lively folk songs as well as a variety of enjoyable activities for musical expression and engagement. The dance director is Kelley Cunningham, National Board-Certified Music Instructor at McKeel Academy Central. Course Fee: $55.00

  26. KAC Ninja Warriors

    In Kids at College (KAC) Ninja Warriors, fitness, fun, and fandom combine to develop strength, flexibility, and coordination. Warriors work toward overcoming obstacles designed for their specific skill levels while conquering challenges that build confidence and endurance. Participants channel their own “American Ninja Warrior” experience while becoming more physically fit and mentally focused. Lauren Smith, a Health and Physical Education teacher at Discovery High School, is the trainer for this tournament. Course Fee: $55.00

  27. LEGO: Mindstorm Robotics

    LEGO Mindstorms kits engage students in exciting hands-on learning experiences, allowing those with a basic knowledge of LEGO to incorporate engineering and design into their creations. Fun, interactive, and cooperative activities allow participants to build solid structures and gain proficiency with the use of motors, sensors, and programming. Exciting robotic-design challenges unleash creativity and a collaborative spirit. Sara Garcia, of Dundee Ridge IB Middle Academy, leads this learning laboratory. Course Fee: $65.00

  28. LEGO: WeDo Exploration

    This course is designed for younger students who are interested in building and programming with LEGO. Using creative-thinking skills, participants design and build a working model, and then use the LEGO WeDo software to program specific behaviors for effect. Cara Helpling, lead teacher at Magnolia Montessori Academy, and Sara Garcia of Dundee Ridge IB Middle Academy lead this adventure. Course Fee: $65.00

  29. Magic: Close Up

    This course for the magic enthusiast teaches the fundamentals of magic using props such as cards, coins, and more, and then explores the techniques used to create personalized magic tricks. Students learn many other skills too secretive to announce. This class emphasizes practicing skills that build confidence and performance techniques. The instructor is Luis Campaneria, 2018/2019 Strolling Magic/Table Hopping Magic National Champion. Course Fee: $60.00

  30. Math Goodies and Games

    Food, games, and fun—this class is for everyone! Through the use of snacks and games, various math concepts are introduced and reinforced. Students learn to look at math in a whole new way through this yummy, fun-filled adventure! The instructor is Heidi Reed of Magnolia Montessori Academy. Course Fee: $55.00

  31. National Parks Expedition

    This course allows explorers to discover the beauty of America’s National Parks through their varied wildlife, histories, and ecosystems. Travelers pack their imagination to journey to the Grand Canyon, Everglades, Mount Rushmore, and several other breathtaking wonders of the natural world. As they trek the trails, students study monuments and encounter animals, learning how they survive in their habitats. Packers prepare and sample regional foods, then create crafts and maps from their adventures. Tour guide Heide Tanner is an avid national parks enthusiast and a local camping coordinator for the Girl Scouts of America. Course Fee: $65.00

  32. Puppet Palooza

    During this course, students explore puppetry while creating captivating and play-worthy projects based on this ancient art form. Students formulate, fabricate, and fascinate with several puppets built in a variety of styles including sock, pull-string, spoon, and storytelling-glove puppets. The fun continues with presentation skills, story development, and shadow-play techniques. Puppeteer Heide Tanner has 25 years of experience in theatre crafting, costuming, and prop-construction techniques. Course Fee: $65.00

  33. Rocketry: Beginner (Alpha)

    Calling all intrepid adventurers! In this class, first-time rocketeers can explore the outer reaches by learning the basic techniques of model rocketry. With the one-stage rocket kit provided, the student creates the model, designs the exterior, and flies the rocket hundreds of feet into the sky. With rugged high performance and parachute recovery, the Estes Alpha rocket is the perfect starter model. Instructor Polly Burkhart is a National Board-Certified Science Educator. Course Fee: $65.00

  34. Rocketry: Advanced (Loadstar II)

    For the engineering enthusiast who has already taken Rocketry: Beginner and is now looking for a more spectacular launch, this course teaches advanced techniques using the Estes Loadstar II Rocket. The Loadstar II is a two-stage rocket equipped with a large clear payload section and parachute-recovery system, enabling multiple launches of up to 1000 feet in the air. With a customized paint job and careful assembly, launch day awaits! Instructor Polly Burkhart is a National Board-Certified Science Educator. Course Fee: $75.00

  35. Safari

    This sensational safari takes animal enthusiasts on an African adventure. This imaginative and informative investigation explores the habitats and homes of favorite zoo creatures, allowing students to gain appreciation for many beautiful but endangered creatures. Participants create an animal habitat, engineer their own elephant feet, and produce safari slime. This class uses STEAM-based activities to provide a memorable journey. The expedition’s leader is Marissa Spruell, who teaches both Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology at Lake Wales High School. Course Fee: $65.00

  36. Science Magic

    This lively laboratory provides a hands-on approach to science with dazzling experiments and dozens of chemical tricks, including painting with milk, exciting explosions, and sticky silly putty. Participants discover why diapers don’t drip, then manipulate the mechanics of the mysterious Mobius strip. Future scientists experiment and create while learning the science behind the sorcery! Guiding the adventure is Michelle Frabotta, Language Arts teacher at Discovery Academy Middle School. Course Fee: $55.00

  37. Science Workshop

    This mad scientist’s laboratory is for hands-on explorers who don’t mind getting a bit messy while learning. With engaging engineering experiments such as egg drops and catapults, and interactive activities such as balloon cars and scientific slime, there are plenty of daily discoveries, including the secret formula for elephant toothpaste! Erin Huggins, a Dundee Ridge Middle Academy Science instructor, leads this journey into the unknown! Course Fee: $60.00

  38. Sensational Stories

    Imaginations come alive in this spectacular story-time event that combines creativity and wonder into a truly engaging experience. After an immersive reading of each beloved children’s tale, participants create crafts, adding themselves into the author’s world and forging forever-friendships with their favorite characters. Children become part of the paint party in Mouse Paint, make majestic Rainbow Fish, create their own Very Hungry Caterpillars, and design truffala trees for the lovable Lorax. This class inspires a life-long love of literature. Channeling the charismatic characters is Chantel Bohnenstiehl, a McKeel Academy Central Art educator. Course Fee: $55.00

  39. Trick-Talking Puppetry

    This class is for the enterprising entertainer who craves a comic companion! A skilled ventriloquist must learn scripting, puppetry, and the secretive art of talking without moving the lips. To master the fundamentals, individuals invent a simple hand puppet to practice and perfect performance techniques. Then they create, customize, and rehearse jokes and routines with their new “buddies” so they can entertain family and friends. Luis Campaneria, 2018/2019 Strolling Magic/Table Hopping Magic National Champion, leads this exciting opportunity. Course Fee: $55.00

  40. Ukulele

    Participants in this class can sing and strum along while learning to play the ukulele. Starting with basic chords and melodies, this awesome team of musicians explores the basics of this instrument while singing and playing along with music videos to popular songs. With some practice, individuals can improvise melodies and add songs to their repertoire. The conductor is Kelley Cunningham, National Board-Certified Music teacher from McKeel Academy. Course Fee: $55.00

  41. Under the Sea

    This class is buckets of fun, with tons of sea-worthy art projects and plenty of ocean commotion! Kids dive into imaginative under-the-sea adventures, then are reeled in with “tide-in” crafts and activities. This class shells-out a bit of maritime math while soaking up the shoreline scene. Sea-goers set sail with Carrie Spruell, a Brigham Academy Kindergarten teacher. Course Fee: $55.00

  42. Video Game Creation

    This class is suited for the video game enthusiast who wants to see “behind the scenes” regarding how games are created. This class shows the concepts of video game creation and enables students to build their own games to play online and share with friends, all while using the content available at The instructor is Christin Martin of Jewett School of the Arts. Course Fee: $65.00

  43. Viral Video

    This class demystifies the production of YouTube videos, music videos, and television shows by placing students in control of the process! With cameras, creativity, and software for editing, this class enables participants to create, edit, and share videos with friends and family. Students can “go viral” with their creations! The instructor is Christin Martin of Jewett School of the Arts. Course Fee: $65.00

  44. Word Up!

    Word Up! encourages students to use a bit of sass and silliness while challenging their minds through word play, humor, rhyming, and a twist of poetry. Participants play a variety of word games—with some collaboration, friendly competition, and prizes thrown into the mix. This class builds critical-thinking skills amid laughter and creativity. Turn up the beat with Michelle Frabotta, Language Arts teacher at Discovery Academy Middle School. Course Fee: $55.00