March 16, 2004– Spring’s sunnier days and warmer temperatures are a reminder that it’s time to sign up for summer camps, classes and activities. Parents, children, teens and educators who want to avoid the “I’m bored” summer syndrome can now explore the many courses and youth learning experiences offered by the University of Utah at http://www.smartkids.utah.edu/. Also featured on the Web site is a calendar and guest column on the importance of education, as well as easy access to and navigation of the diverse youth-oriented learning experiences at the U.
With the overarching goals of developing “smart kids,” keeping the community informed and integrating University youth-oriented information into one site, the U’s Youth Marketing Council (YMC) initiated the SmartKids project. Courses are designed to keep children and teens learning during June, July and August-and throughout the year. Classes for educators interested in expanding their expertise are also posted.
“The SmartKids Internet Web site is easy to navigate and helps children, parents and educators find U courses to fit their needs and interests,” notes Anne Asman, chair of the U’s YMC. “Courses are offered by age group and by subject so they are easy to find.”
Youth classes, designed specifically for three- to eighteen-year-olds, run the gamut-from first aid to fencing; from labs to languages. Students may choose from arts courses, including acting and filmmaking. They may also choose from numerous sports and recreation camps and classes, which include kayaking and yoga.
Four- and five-year-olds enrolled in LegoMania, a one-week course, can explore basic mechanical principles and understand cause and effect through investigative play. A four-day Club Ute river trip, for 13- to 15-year-olds, teaches students about the wonders of the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River in the Moab area. Club Ute’s weekly activities provide a way for youth to explore, create and make new friends. High schoolers may enroll in ACT or SAT preparation classes or pre-college credit or non-credit courses. Classes are offered through numerous University departments, including the Utah Museum of Natural History, Red Butte Garden, the Theatre Department, College of Fine Arts, College of Science and Academic Outreach and Continuing Education’s (AOCE) Youth Education.
For more information on youth programming at the University of Utah, go to http://www.smartkids.utah.edu/.