UWF to offer summer programs for kids
Summer programs provide K-12 students opportunities to increase their knowledge in a variety of fields, develop friendships and build character in enjoyable environments. The University of West Florida's Division of Continuing Education has a wide variety of programs that will be offered to first through 12th graders this summer.
Summer programs provide K-12 students opportunities to increase their knowledge in a variety of fields, develop friendships and build character in enjoyable environments. The University of West Florida’s Division of Continuing Education has a wide variety of programs that will be offered to first through 12th graders this summer.
Summer programs hosted by UWF will last from four days to two weeks depending on the program. Generally, programs will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Costs range from $129 to $300 depending on the program. Summer program categories include science, technology, math, engineering, English/writing and theater/drama.
“Explore Summer Programs are designed to enrich incoming first through 12th grade students by providing authentic environments, engaging curricula and highly experienced instructors,” said Jennifer Rohman, director of Explore Summer Programs. “By presenting an array of choices, students are able to pick and choose what best fits their interests.”
The science category contains many programs for incoming first through sixth graders, while also focusing on our incoming seventh through 12th grade students. Programs offered in the science category include “Marine Youth Science Camp at Pensacola Beach,” “Marine High School Research,” “Jr. Forensic Science,” “Energy Middle School Camp: Presented by Gulf Power,” “Environmental Science” and “Science Quest at UWF’s Pensacola Campus and Combs Campus in Fort Walton Beach.” These programs provide an exhilarating opportunity to tamper with the sciences and have fun at the same time.
The technology program category offered to seventh through 12th graders provides four different options which include “Animate This!” “Illustrate This!” “Girls in Technology” and “Game Program/Design.” These programs offer hands-on learning experiences guided by UWF faculty and staff.
The programs which focus on engineering include “Construct This!” “Robotics” and “Architecture.” Students who participate in any of these options will learn how to use tools associated with that field and become more knowledgeable of what engineering involves.
UWF will also offer a unique summer program focusing on math. The “Math and Chess Camp” is designed for incoming first through sixth grade students. All children in this category will leave with a better understanding of math, and some will also leave with more chess strategies.
The youth visual arts program, “Creative Summer,” will give children the chance to visually design different 2D and 3D projects centered around maritime. And, the theater/drama program, “Shakespearean Survivor,” will provide new challenges and tasks for budding performers. A showcase will be held at the conclusion of the session for all family and friends to attend.
The English/writing category includes the “Writing Boot Camp.” Participants who attend this program will emerge with a strategic writing mind and a better understanding of the writing process.
“I believe UWF’s Explore Summer Programs are one of a kind,” said Rohman. “No other programs regionally, remotely compare to our level of offering for our community.”
For more information, visit the UWF Explore Summer Programs Web site.
Written by Josh Lyons, University Marketing Communications