Cal U offers summer programming for kids, teens

Need to keep your little ones out of trouble this summer? Check out day camps at Cal U! Photo by Amy Capiross, Amy Cap Photography (www.amycapphotography.com)

Need to keep your little ones out of trouble this summer? Check out day camps at Cal U! Photo by Amy Capiross, Amy Cap Photography

California University of Pennsylvania welcomes elementary and high school students to its campus in California, Pa., where educational summer day camps are scheduled. Registration is open now for these programs:

SEEK, Cal U’s annual Summer Educational Enrichment for Kids program, offers two weeklong sessions for children entering grades 1-8. Since it was founded in 2000, the award-winning program has provided elementary and middle-school students with summer learning experiences that are entertaining, yet academically challenging.

This year, “Sand & Sea” classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22-26 and July 20-24 in various campus locations. Campers choose from a menu of age-appropriate classes ranging from Physics Tricks, SEEK Shark Week (business) and CSI: California (forensic science) to Sea Me Sew and Best Dances for the Beach Party.

Cost is $135 per child for a full-week, full-day program, or $90 per child for a full-week, half-day (morning or afternoon) program.

Participants are escorted between classes and supervised at lunchtime. Each child should bring a bag lunch; refrigeration is not available.

To review the 2015 SEEK brochure and register your child, visit www.calu.edu.

Children in grades 3-8 can explore, create and innovate this summer at the California University of Pennsylvania Center for Innovation at Southpointe, in Canonsburg.

Beginning June 17, the center’s Summer of STEAM programs take a hands-on approach to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, with classes ranging from historical architecture to 3-D printing, robotics, entrepreneurial skills and theater arts.

Innovator Wednesdays feature engaging, design-based STEAM activities that foster learning, problem-solving creativity and teamwork.

Students in grades 3-5 meet from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 17-Aug. 19. Cost is $20 per session, and a different topic is covered each week.

Students in grades 6-8 meet Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $25 per session; topics change weekly. Students bring their own lunch.

Parents may register children for individual Innovator Wednesday programs or the entire series.

Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs (grades 3-8) also are welcome at the Cal U Center for Innovation, where a program hosted by Arts. Inc. meets from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7-August 13.

Each student creates a logo, website, press kit and branding materials for a business based on his or her passion. The young entrepreneurs write a company biography, resume and business plan, develop marketing and sales strategies, film testimonials, and practice networking to promote their business and build entrepreneurial skills.

Cost is $600 per student for the six-week program.

Your youngsters will have a great time at Cal U summer day camps. Photo by Amy Capiross, Amy Cap Photography

Your youngsters will have a great time at Cal U summer day camps. Photo by Amy Capiross, Amy Cap Photography

Theater Arts (grades 7-12), hosted by Brian Lane, takes an insider’s look at the performing arts. Sessions (from one to five classes each) explore Acting Basics, Writing for Stage/Film/Television, Creating a Digital Short, Behind the Scenes, and Creative Dramatics.

Classes meet from 8 a.m.-noon June 15-July 27. Prices range from $20-$60, depending on the number of classes per session.

Seating is limited for all Summer of STEAM programs.

To see program topics and schedules, or to register, visit calu.edu/innovation.

The Cal U Center for Innovation at Southpointe is a hub for lifelong learning, a link between California University of Pennsylvania’s resources and the wider community, and a home for creative thinking and innovative ideas. Details: calu.edu/innovation or contact Christopher Allen at allen@calu.edu or 724-938-2765.

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