March 10, 2008
The College for Youth programs at Morningside College are accepting registrations for the summer 2008 Aerospace Education Classes and the Summer Institute. The programs, which begin in July, are designed for elementary and middle school students.
Aerospace Education Classes are offered on the Morningside campus for students who have completed first grade through middle school.
“Space Encyclopedia” meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 9 and 10. The course is designed for students who are middle school age or who have completed the “Level 2” class from last summer’s program. Students will use the space encyclopedia computer software program to research answers to questions such as: How did NASA technology help the game of baseball? What happened in space history on your birthday? What caused the Apollo 13 damage that required a space rescue? Enrollment in “Space Encyclopedia” is limited, and the cost per student for the course is $40.
”Level 1” and “Level 2” classes are scheduled for Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18. The “Level 1” class will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day and is designed for students who have completed grades three and four or who completed the “Space Cities” class from last year’s summer program. The “Level 2” class will run from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. It is designed for students who have completed grades four, five or six or the “Level 1” class from last year’s program. The cost for each class is $85.
Students in “Level 1” will study air transportation, rocketry, weather, layers of the atmosphere and space suit technology as it relates to health care. They also will consider technological advancement careers in aerospace fields and ways in which these advancements impact the quality of life on earth. “Level 2” students will learn how the space program improves life on earth through rocketry, satellites, space stations and hydroponics. Students also will interact with an educational specialist from the Johnson Space Center and study topics in geology involving moon rocks.
“Space Cities” is designed for students who have completed first or second grade. The class is scheduled July 21 through 25 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Students will design a space station using recycled materials and participate in experiments dealing with gravity, weightlessness, “space mud” and astronaut foods. Enrollment is limited, and the cost is $80 per student.
Aerospace Education Classes are organized and taught by Connie Richardson Smith, a Sioux City educator and consultant; Mary Richardson Tester, an educator from Pawleys Island, S.C.; and Stacey Snyder, a science and Talented and Gifted (TAG) educator from Tripoli, Iowa. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are accepted at the Morningside College Education Department, which is located at on the second floor of Lewis Hall at 1501 Morningside Avenue. For more information, call the education department at 712-274-5106.
The Summer Institute, also held on the Morningside campus, offers a selection of two-week courses for academically talented students who have completed the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grades. Courses are offered Mondays through Fridays, July 28 through August 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. According to Summer Institute Coordinator Pamla Hoadley, students must meet specific academic guidelines to participate in the program. Each student will take only one course during the session to allow for immersion in the subject and to promote interaction among the students in each course.
Course offerings include “Dynamics of Military Engagement,” which teaches students about leadership, strategy, tactical decision-making, probability theory, topography and meteorology; “Examining the Evidence,” which delves into the world of forensic science as students recover evidence from mock crime scenes and use forensic tools to determine who is the perpetrator of the crime; “FUNdamentals of Physics,” which allows students to meet some famous historical scientists, ride a hovercraft, use high-tech computer sensing equipment and design their own lab; “Math Patterns and Fractals Around Us,” which develops a deeper appreciation for mathematics by teaching students to program graphing calculators to see geometric structures produced by number patterns; “Physics of Space Flight,” which involves hands-on experiments in rocketry using high powered water rockets; “The Writer’s Experience: A Workshop,” which gives students a first-hand experience with writing and publishing an on-line magazine of their work.
Each course in the Summer Institute is taught by teachers from colleges and public and private schools. The cost for each course is $300. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information or to register, contact Hoadley at 712-274-5150. The deadline for application is May 16, and applications forms can be downloaded from www.collegeforyouth.org.