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Summer Kids@Carroll Offers Tech Courses

Release Date: 3/15/2007


CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Community Relations Coordinator/ Web Editor

Summer Kids @ Carroll Inspires Youth to Become Tech-Savvy

Where can youth from pre-school through middle school learn how to make a movie using a computer, learn how to create a web page, or understand GPS technology, all in one summer? Carroll Community College offers all of this and more during Summer Kids @ Carroll from June 18 through August 17, 2007. The college will host over 100 summer enrichment programs, including 42 totally new adventures, at its 1601 Washington Rd. campus.
"Technology is our future," said Mary Anne Marsalek, coordinator of Lifelong Learning at the college. "We want to help children use it creatively to understand their world."

Computer Explorer's Claymation
Clay and animation-what a perfect combination! Your team will do it all-from story creation to making the characters and sets. Animate, record, download, assemble & edit your own claymation movie. Get creative, have fun, be as complex as your skills allow with this new course!
Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ304A78 July 9 - 13, 1 -  4 p.m. (Ages 12 - 14)
Course #: XXZ304B46 July 30 - Aug. 3, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 11)

Computer Explorer's Dinosaur Dig
Dinosaurs, fossils and bones…oh yeah! This new course will teach you about dinosaurs and fossils. Then use technology to go on your own fossil dig, analyze and assemble skeleton pieces, produce a fossil reconstruction, create a mural… and take home a movie documentary of your discoveries!
Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ303A13 July 9 - 13, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 6 - 8)
Course #: XXZ303B46 July 30 - Aug. 3, 1- 4 p.m. (Ages 9 - 11)

Computer Explorer's GPS and Go!
This new course offers a new perspective on the world in this outdoor action-based class! Your team will learn the fundamentals of Global Positioning Systems technology as they use a hand-held GPS to search for treasure and leave replacement "valuables" for another adventurous group to find, and then play geogolf and go geodashing!

Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ321A46 July 23 - 27, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 11)
Course #: XXZ321B68 Aug. 13 - 17, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 12 - 14)

Computer Explorer's Microscopic CSI
You're the detective after an elusive criminal! With this new course you will examine clues and specimens and use the Scientific Method and the QX3+TM Microscope to solve the mystery. Finally, compose a sketch of your criminal using the special effects of the microscope software.
Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ302A47 June 25 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 9 - 12)
Course #: XXZ302B47 July 23 - 27, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 9 - 12)

Computer Explorer's Movie Making
Is the future Steven Spielberg enrolled? We'll find out after the students create and develop an adventure movie and build a movie studio! Students will then film their movie using a PC Movie Camera. After adding/editing movie dialogue, sound effects, music and graphics, they'll create titles, credits and text. Go home with the movie on a CD of your own.
Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ221A46 June 25 - 29, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 11)
Course #: XXZ221B78 July 16 - 20, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 12 - 14)

Computer Explorer's Technology Mania
Get to know the digital world by combining several technologies. Through the digital camera, microscope, robots and more, you will prove out scientific method, solve mysterious problems and create multimedia presentation along the way. You will discover and explore endless investigations, including fingerprints, learn how machines work and many, many other fascinating topics.
Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ224A69 June 18 - 22, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 11 - 14)
Course #: XXZ224B14 June 18 - 22, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 6 - 9))

Computer Explorer's Video Gaming
With this new course you can design, create and edit your own arcade-style video game: design the action, create the characters, and edit the objectives and outcomes. Take home a CD with your game on it so that you can challenge your friends and family! You'll receive a copy of the software at the last session.
Cost: $116
Course #: XXZ305A46 July 2 - 6, 9 a.m.  -  noon (Ages 9 - 11) Four sessions, no class July 4

Cost: $145
Course #: XXZ305B46 July 16 - 20, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 9 - 11)
Course #: XXZ305C13 Aug. 6 - 10, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 6 - 8)

Lego Robotics 1
Join us as we set out for a week of building and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Campers will learn mechanical design, construction, programming and teamwork skills. In small teams, using LEGO blocks, motors and sensors, campers explore gears and pulleys, build and control a robot that can find its own way and avoid obstacles. Campers use a computer to teach their robot to move, react and make sounds in order to
solve challenges.
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ206A48 June 18 - 22, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 13)
Course #: XXZ206B48 July 9 - 13, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 13)
Course #: XXZ206C48 Aug. 6 - 10, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 13)

Lego Robotics 2
Join us as we explore intermediate level topics in building and programming robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Students with previous LEGO Mindstorms experience learn mechanical design, construction, programming and teamwork skills. In small teams, using LEGO parts, motors and sensors, students build at least two different robot models and use a computer to program their robots to move, react, and make sounds in order to solve challenges. Prerequisite: LEGO Robotics.
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ229A48 July 16 - 20, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 13)

LEGO NXT Robotics Engineering I
Whether you've been using the current generation of robotics products from LEGO or this is your first time, this new class will get you up to speed on the latest robotics system from LEGO, NXT. Program using the new graphical, drag and drop language from LEGO, NXT-G and create an amazing NXT creation!
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ314A69 June 18 - 22, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 11 - 14)
Course #: XXZ314B69 July 16 - 20, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 11 - 14)

LEGO NXT Robotics Engineering II
Watch Robots come to life! In this new class you will investigate the fundamentals of robotic development while constructing and operating Lego NXT components. Use acceleration, velocity and electric motors to create truly sophisticated projects. Physics has never been so fun!
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ315A69 July 30 - Aug.3, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 11 - 14)

LEGO Exploration Mars
Take the field trip of your life to the Red Planet by attending this new class! Your team will integrate math, science, and technology into exciting inquiry-based activities. Build an obstacle field out of LEGO bricks on a 4' x 8' vinyl mat that mimics the surface of Mars. Collect and analyze data; navigate obstacles built out of LEGO bricks; conduct meteorological, hydrologic, and geologic experiments; and more! Prerequisite: LEGO Robotics 1.
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ316A48 June 25 - 29, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 14)
Course #: XXZ316B48 Aug.13 - 17, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 14)

LEGO Wilderness Dataloggers
Build environmentally-friendly robots that are commissioned to perform tasks in the Green Geyser Wilderness Park after a storm hits, endangering the ecosystem and human visitors. Attend this new class and help the park recover from the natural disaster through hands on activities including art, science and technology. Prerequisite: Lego Robotics 1
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ317A48 July 23 -  27, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 9 - 14)

Super Science: Roly Poly Robotics
Build a working robot that will fumble, tumble and stumble but will always get back up and continue on its path of exploration. Use the ROBOTIX building system to design robots from your own imagination and enter them into the Battle-Bot competition. Learn to program simple commands and make your robot do tricks with Robotix hand-held computers by attending this new class.
Cost: $130
Course #: XXZ332A24 June 25 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 7 - 9)
Course #: XXZ332B24 July 16 - 20, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 7 - 9)

Pro Desktop-3D Software
Bring out the designer in your child! Learn the basics of 3D design using ProDesktop and discover how cutting edge technology is used in industry and manufacturing. Design cool assemblies and engineering drawings such as a model car, airplane or other model of interest to you. Then, create a portfolio of color and design variations using the Album feature. Each student will work on a creative project of his/her choice.
Cost: $140

Course #: XXZ230A68 July 9 - 13, 9 a.m. - noon (Ages 11 - 14)

Web Site Design
Express yourself with a personal website!  Learn to create dynamic web pages including text, images, hyperlinks, jazzy Flash features and multi-media elements. Learn how to get your website online and then take it home with you at the end of the week.
Cost: $140
Course #: XXZ126AA68 June 25 - 29, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 11 - 14)
Course #: XXZ126B68 July 23 - 27, 1 - 4 p.m. (Ages 11 - 14)




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