By Bonnie Gordon
The staff and faculty of UNM-LA are excited to welcome kids and teens to the campus when UNM-LA presents two unique programs for those in grades 4-12 this summer.
UNM-LA will host “University Experience,” from July 23-27. This program is a newly designed and invigorated version of what was once called “Children’s College.”
This program includes two components, the “University Adventures” program for students entering grades 4-7 and “University Explorations” for older students entering grades 7-12.
Seventh graders may select either program, depending on their interests.
For students entering grades 4-7, the “University Adventures” component of the program will be held 8 a.m. to noon each morning.
Students will rotate through five different courses, once course per day. The topics will include robotics, chemistry, alternative energy, rockets and biology.
Courses will present concepts and include a hands-on activity or experiments to reinforce the material, as well as provide some interesting and fun ways to learn.
Students may bring their own snack. Water will be provided. This program will be limited to 100 students.
The second program, University Explorations, is aimed at students entering grades 7-12.
Seventh graders are free to choose either program, depending on their interests. These students will select a specific course to focus on for the week.
Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Available courses will include Robotics, Game Development, Forensics, and “Capture the Flag” a Cyber Security Challenge.”
Classes are limited to 25 students. A limited number of scholarships are available for teens with learning or physical disabilities or financial need.
These scholarships are provided by RASI (Regional Alliance Summer Science Institute-Reaching the Pinnacle) and funded by the National Science Foundation.
“Interest in reinvigorating our programs for youth is based on our strategic planning activities,” said Department Chair for Business Dr. Cindy Rooney. “Part of UNM-LA’s mission is to support a passion for life-long learning. We are excited to be bringing back an opportunity for students in grades 4-12 to have a positive experience with education on our campus. We want to be known for providing unique, forward-looking learning opportunities.”
“There has been great enthusiasm for this program on campus and in the community,” Rooney said. “Numerous instructors and staff members on campus have committed to assist with the program. Individuals from the Bradbury Science Museum have also been involved with the planning process and will be assisting the week of the program. We are excited that Tiffany and Steve Anton of the FIRST Robotics team will be will be working with the robotics portions of the program.”
Learn more about Summer Youth Programs and explore scholarship opportunities at www.la.unm.edu or call the Community Education office at (505) 662-0346 or (505) 697-8037.