Youth activities offered

Youth activities offered

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 1:23 pm

The Messenger 05.04.11

The University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies is offering youth and children’s programs throughout the summer.
The courses get under way in June.
LEGO Camp, slated for June 20-24, is offering three classes for children ages 5-12. The registration fee is $140, including a LEGO Camp T-shirt.
Early Simple Machines, from 9-11 a.m., is for children ages 5-7. Students will build simple models including a seesaw, rolling vehicle, spinning top, raft and other pieces. They will experience manipulating the models with pulleys, levers, gears and wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy and balance.
Simple and Powered Machines, from noon-2 p.m., is for children ages 8-12. Students will build and explore machines and mechanisms, investigate motorized machines, calibrate and capture wind and study gearing mechanisms. The activities enable students to work as young scientists, engineers and designers and provides them with the settings, tools and tasks that promote design technology, science and mathematics. Participants will be involved in real-world investigations and problem solving. Students work in teams of two or three students.
Advanced Simple and Powered Machines, from 2:30-4:30, is for children ages 8-12. This class is for students who have mastered the basics of simple machines, structures and mechanisms. Using the simple and motorized mechanisms kits, four main activities, extension activities and problem-solving activities have been added to give students a more in-depth understanding of simple machines, mechanisms, structures and mechanical advantage. The class is recommended for students who have completed Simple and Powered Machines.  
For more information or to register, call (731) 881-7081 or go to
Young Writers Summer Camp is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20-24 in Gooch Hall. This is a day camp for two age groups: students in grades 3-8 and students in grades 9-12. The two groups will be separate and will engage in age-appropriate writing activities with teachers from their grade levels.
Students will be involved in writing workshops, mini-lessons on content and editing strategies, writing response groups and will have a one-to-one conferences with West Tennessee Writing Project Teachers.
Young Writers Summer Camp is a program of the West Tennessee Writing Project. Registration is $125 per camper, which includes a T-shirt, writing notebook, snack provided daily and an anthology of writing by campers. Parents should provide a bag or backpack for supplies and should register by June 13.
Reading Clinic, for students in grades two to 12, is a sequential and intensive course for reading improvement taught by reading professionals from the UT Martin Reading Center. Students will be individually tested to determine their specific levels of phonics and comprehension. Using the results, participants will be placed in a research-proven course designed to build their reading skills and strategies. The registration fee is $125 per week, including all supplies.
Students will meet twice a week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, for one hour per meeting. Times available are 9-9:50 a.m., 10-10:50 a.m., 11-11:50 a.m., 1-1:50 p.m., 2-2:50 p.m., 3-3:50 p.m. and 4-4:50 p.m.
The dates for the Reading Clinic are June 6-9, June 13-16, June 20-23 and June 27-30.
To register, call ECOS at (731) 881-7082.


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