At CSM, The Fun—and Learning–Lasts All Summer Long

College Faculty Lead Summer Adventures at Kids’, Teen College

Robotics, Rock Star, Fantastic Fairy Tales and Pirates of the Caribbean are just a few of the summer courses offered through the College of Southern Maryland’s Kids’ and Teen camps beginning June 20. Half-day and full-day courses are also available for parents of children attending camps.

Camps are held at campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick in half-day or full-day sessions. Kids’ College provides enrichment programs for children ages 5-10. Teen College courses are designed for teens ages 11-17.

New online registration allows users to sort programs by location, age appropriateness and dates offered. To register, visit www.csmd.edu/kdscollege.

Robotics is all the rage and CSM is offering camps for beginners and novices of all ages. For kids, “Red Hot Robots” presented by Mad Science of Southern Maryland, June 20-24 and June 27-July 1 on the Prince Frederick Campus, introduces students to the uses of robots in many fields. Hands-on activities allow students to experiment with sound-sensing robots, line-tracking robots, amphibious robots and even robots that can play soccer. Students will learn how robots use sensors to explore the world around them as they build their own robot to take home with them.

For teens, “Robot Design,” taught by CSM professors at all three campuses June 20-24, and Part II June 27-July 1, explores the principles of designing computer-controlled robots. Students will build robots using the LEGO Mindstorm Robot Kit and computer software. This is the same kit used in local, state and national robotics competitions. Students will also explore training and employment opportunities in the professional field of robotics. Part II builds on computer software knowledge and explores competition strategies for teams.

Among the Kids’ and Teen Camp robotics instructors is CSM Technology Professor Joe Burgin who will take a break from college-level web and program design courses to teach students ages 11-17 computer programming and robot design skills.

Burgin, with a bachelor’s degree in special education and work towards a master’s degree in linguistics, taught himself about computers. “It was gratifying when I could take a machine, open a book and teach myself,” he said, adding that he learned that if you are motivated you can teach yourself anything. He brings that same love of discovery into his classes.

Burgin started teaching Kids’ and Teen College 10 years ago, adding ideas for camps such as creating video games, robotics and 3-D programming each summer. He will teach “VEX Robotics,” a full-day camp of problem-solving projects, to prepare students for high-school-level competition.

Production company, Black Rocket, will present “Camp Rock Star” for teens Aug. 15-19 at the La Plata Campus. Using tools like GarageBand and other music production software, students will explore the basics of composing songs, editing tracks and creating music videos. Student-created songs, music videos and other products will be available on a password-protected website for students to share with friends and family. This class is designed to mirror real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the creative process. Students work in pairs or teams for most of the class.

In addition to music and robotics camps, Kids’ and Teen College offers camps in art, engineering and information technology, health and medical, languages, photography, science and sports.

Registration is underway for all summer offerings at Kids’ and Teen College. For information and to register, visit www.csmd.edu/kidscollege or call CSM Course Manager Shaunda Holt at 301-934-7634.

Information and registration for adult course offerings during Kids’ and Teen College is available through www.csmd.edu/PersonalEnrichment or call CSM Program Coordinator/Adults Vicki Grow at 301-934-7652.

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