March 31, 2006
The College for Youth (CFY) program at Morningside College has opened registration for its summer 2006 Aerospace Education Classes and the Summer Institute. The programs are geared to students in elementary and middle schools.
|(Participants in the 2005 Aerospace Education Classes at Morningside College)
Aerospace Education Classes, held on Morningside’s campus, are offered to students who have completed grades 1 through 6.
“Space Cities,” designed for students who have completed first and second grades, is scheduled for Monday through Friday, July 17-21, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Students will participate in hands-on science experiments dealing with gravity, weightlessness, space mud, and astronaut foods. Enrollment is limited, and the cost per student is $75.
“Aerospace Education” classes, Levels I and II, are scheduled for Monday through Friday, July 10-14. The Level I class, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon, is for students who have completed third or fourth grades or who completed “Space Cities” last year. The Level II class will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is for students who have completed fourth, fifth, or sixth grades or the Level I class. Enrollment is limited, and the cost per student for these classes is $78.
Level I students will study air transportation, rocketry, weather, layers of atmosphere, and space suit technology as it relates to health care. They will also consider technological advancement careers in aerospace fields and the ways in which these advancements impact the quality of life on earth.
Level II students will learn the ways that the space program has improved life on earth through rocketry, satellites, space stations, and hydrophonics. These students will also have the opportunity to interact with an educational specialist from the Johnson Space Center, study topics in geology involving the moon rocks, and utilize the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).
The Aerospace Education Classes are organized and taught by Connie Richardson Smith, a Sioux City educator and consultant, and Mary Richardson Tester, a computer specialist in preschool education from Pawleys Island, S.C. Kathy Christiansen, a Sioux City teacher, will assist with the “Space Cities” class. For more information or to register, please contact the Morningside College Education Department at 712-274-5106.
The Summer Institute, also held on Morningside’s campus, offers a selection of two-week courses for academically talented students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grades. The 2006 program will take place Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 7-11. Courses begin each day at 9:30 p.m. and end at 3 p.m., with a 25-minute lunch break that is followed by a 20-minute activity period.
Courses offered include: “The Writer’s Experience: A Workshop,” in which students will publish an online magazine of their works; “Examining the Evidence,” in which students will recover evidence from a crime scene to determine the perpetrator; “FUNdamentals of Physics,” which will allow students to use high-tech tools, ride a hovercraft, and design their own lab; “Physics of Space Flight,” involving hands-on experiments utilizing high powered water rockets (HPWR); “Patterns, Fractals, and Chaos,” uncovering the hidden number patterns in nature; and “Math Outside the Box,” where students will explore infinite geometric series through team work and hands-on projects.
According to Pamla Hoadley, the Summer Institute’s coordinator, each student will take only one course during the session to allow for intense immersion in the subject area and extensive interaction among the students in the course. Each course is taught by teachers from colleges and public and private schools and is limited to 15 students.
Cost per student is $380, and a limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Hoadley at 712-274-5150 for information or to register. The deadline for application has been extended to May 31.
For more information, please visit www.collegeforyouth.org.