Western Oklahoma State College kicked off its eighth annual Kids College on Monday, and so far this year’s workshop has been a huge success.
WOSC’s Kids College began with a Cooking With Kids class taught by the Jackson County Memorial Hospital Nutrition Department and Waterworks taught by Leslie Conrad.
The Cooking With Kids’ workshop aimed to teach kids that cooking is not only a necessary skill but can also be fun. In this workshop, kids learned how to make a variety of meals, became educated on the importance of eating healthy and learned all the food groups and how they can be pieced together to create a healthy meal.
The Waterworks class was a fun and educational lesson about the properties of water and how water is essential to every aspect of life. The class examined the properties of water with fun-filled hands-on activities. Conrad helped the children discover and analyze their own footprints and learn what steps to take to lessen their impact on this valuable natural resource.
Although these two workshops have come and gone, there are more slated to take place before the month of June is over.
Worried about before and after workshop care? WOSC offers that too. The program gives children a place to go to ease the burden on working parts. Kids will be able to watch a movie and play games until their parents can pick them up. The cost for this program is an additional $35 per week.
Monday through Thursday there are four classes sure to keep the kiddos engaged and entertained.
Cooking with Ms. Jenny is for the 8- to 12-year-olds, costs $70 to attend, and runs 9 a.m. to noon. Kids in this workshop will learn how to read a recipe from Jenny Rucker and set up their own workspaces for cooking. The kids will also practice preparing each dish by following the recipe. At the end of each day, the children will be able to taste their own creations.
World of Science is for the 6- to 8-year olds, costs $65 to attend, and runs from 1-4 p.m. The structures and functions of living organisms will be taught by Lisa Chaney in a fun and entertaining way to the children. On top of that, children will also learn the basic understanding of the characteristics of life, basic ideas of chemistry and the chemistry of water, and cell structure and function. The children will get get to work with microscopes and have plenty of fun hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Recycled Arts and Crafts is for the 8- to 14-year-old youngsters, costs $65 to attend and runs from 1-4 p.m. The workshop, taught by Joanne Huff, will teach kids how to take materials they might normally throw away and transform them into gifts, decorations or toys. It is a perfect workshop for the artistic kids in town or for any child just wanting to learn a new hobby.
Cupcake Mania is for the 5- to 11-year-olds, costs $70 to attend and runs from 1-4 p.m. In this workshop, taught by Mary Jones, kids will spend their time baking and decorating a new type of cupcake each day. It is a fun and engaging introduction into baking and decorating.
Starting on June 20 and running through June 23, are four more classes for kids of various ages.
Wearable Art is for the 8- to 18-year-olds, costs $65 to attend, and runs from 9 a.m to noon. Carey Monroe and Sophie Stoeckl will be teaching attendees how to make tie-dye and galaxy print fabrics as well as how to heat press designs and create new garments without sewing.
Cheer Camp will be for the 5- to -15-year-olds, costs $65 to attend, and runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Attendees of the cheer camp will be taught by WOSC cheerleading coach Maegan Martin and the WOSC cheerleaders. This camp will allow attendees to meet and improve basic cheer skills with others from all around the area.
Yoga Arts is for the 8- to 12-year olds, costs $65 to attend, and runs from 1-4 p.m. This class, taught by Kristin Clark, will improve strength, flexibility, coordination and kids should have lots of fun doing it. Children can expect to build self-confidence, mindfulness and control through games, poses, flowing sequences and breathing exercises. The instructor asks the parents to please bring a yoga mat for their child.
Intro to Lego Mindstorms NXT Robotics will be for 7- to 18-year-olds, costs $65 to attend, and runs from 1-4 p.m. This class is taught by Gary Strickland and will be a great workshop for Lego enthusiasts. Attendees will use Legos, a laptop and an NXT programmable brick to build a robot creation using sight, sound, ultrasonic and light sensors plus interactive servo motors and many more creations. For Jackson County verified 4H members, the class will cost only $35.
Virtual reality, 3-D prints and more, was full by the time of this release.
Parents are encouraged to enroll their children into one of the workshops listed. It is an entertaining and engaging way to get kids to use their brains during the summer months and a sure way for children to learn something they can always carry with them.
Already this summer, 84 children have enrolled in Kid’s College and the workshops are filling up quick.
For more information, call 580-477-7907 or visit kids.wosc.edu.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.