Courses for Kids

College for Kids

Two separate weeks this year!

Week 1: July 20-24, 2015

Week 2: August 10-14, 2015

College for Kids courses are designed to meet the special needs of highly motivated children and allow them to:

  • Learn at an appropriate level and pace through interesting activitiesInvestigate a broad variety of ideas & topics
  • Experience creative thinking & problem solving
  • Seek practical applications of knowledge
  • Develop self-awareness & acceptance of one’s own capacities, interests & needs

View the 2015 College for Kids brochure here. 

Grades 2-4

The cost for this half-day program is $100 for the week, which includes supplies and snacks.

Instructor: Nikole Wagner
Week 1: 10:30–11:45 a.m.; Week 2: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Discover cartooning techniques using characters from comics, television, video games and the movies. Animation skills will be introduced, such as showing emotion and expression; creating movement and action; and setting the scene. Experiment with sketching pencils, crayons, colored pencils and markers to create adventure scenes. Have a fun and educational experience in this Toon-rific class! Week 1’s projects will be different from week 2.

 Art Attack
Instructor: Nikole Wagner
Week 1: 9-10:15 a.m.; Week 2: 9-10:15 a.m.
Discover great art masters like Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso each day by looking at their most appreciated works of art, and get inspiration to imitate some of their unique styles using mixed media. Learn facts about the artist and what they were trying to express through their art, all while creating your own masterpieces. Use acrylic paints and watercolors on stretched canvas, canvas board and textured watercolor paper. Students should bring an old shirt or art smock to class. Week 1’s projects will be different from week 2.

Create Your Own Board Game 
Instructor: Megan Lueck
Week 1: 9-10:15 a.m.
Discuss your favorite games to play and the different types and styles of games. Explore materials available for production of games, then create the instruction manual and design a game board. Design the box or bag to transport and store the game and finally play the games created by each student.

 Loom Jewelry Making
Instructor: Jessica May
Week 2: 9-10:15 a.m. or 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Create a variety of loom jewelry projects using simple to advanced techniques in this creative course. Learn to read and create loom jewelry patterns for different types of looming, finger looming, and some crocheting, too. You’ll make bracelets, rings, key chains, bookmarks and even displays for your jewelry. All levels of jewelry makers are welcome!

Medieval Times
Instructor: Christine Zastrow
Week 2: 9-10:15 a.m. or 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Have fun learning about life in the Middle Ages, also known as medieval times. Learn about the coat of arms, seals and signets, as well as medieval attack and defense methods, games, knights and the process of knighthood. Participate in hands-on activities each day where you’ll be creating projects, playing games and working together in small groups.

Making Music
Instructor: Megan Lueck
Week 2: 9-10:15 a.m.
Use your artistic skills to create your own instruments with everyday household items in this engaging music class. Then use your creations — from kazoos to tambourines, maracas and more — to explore musical possibilities.

Shoebox Science
Instructor: Megan Lueck
Week 1: 10:30–11:45 a.m.; Week 2: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Choose from a variety of shoeboxes, each containing an experiment. Discuss basic science principles and use deductive reasoning to guess what will happen in each experiment, which can range from making rock candy to working with invisible ink, conducting balancing experiments, studying liquids and more.

Register one of three ways:

  1. Call the Office of Continuing Education at (608) 758-6565 ext. 360 
  2. Print and mail the College for Kids program registration form. 
  3. Register online here.

Grades 5-8

The cost for the full-day session is $175, which includes two snack breaks. Participants should bring a sack lunch each day. The cost is $100 for the week for only one class. 

Amazing Animal Diversity & Behavior
Instructor: Kristina Weisgerber
Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Explore the major groups of the Animal Kingdom and learn how to identify and classify different species of animals while looking at live and preserved specimens. Discover creatures’ special features that help them survive and do hands-on lab activities to explore certain aspects of animal behavior.

Aquatic Field Biology
Instructor: Dave Bendlin
Week 1: 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Go on daily field trips to investigate different freshwater habitats of Rock County. Field trips will be at city or county parks such as Carver-Roehl Park, Gibbs Lake Park, Happy Hollow Park, Beckman Mill Park and Sweet Allyn Park. Additional sites will be creeks like Bass Creek or Turtle Creek or rivers accessed from roadsides. At each site, students will collect, observe and identify different plants, animals and other aquatic organisms and then release them back into the wild.

Awesome Artists
Instructor: Mary Haakenson
Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon
Use several types of media to create art with a global influence. Learn how to make a coiled basket relating to Native American design. Get inspiration from Egyptian hieroglyphics as you do metal foil tooling. Sketch from nature. Create original watercolor paintings from your sketches. Create a tile mosaic with Panamanian mola design.

Beginning Stained Glass
Instructor: Richard Snyder
Week 1: 12:30 -3:30 p.m.;
Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30 -3:30 p.m.
Learn the basic techniques of stained glass work sufficient to complete a project from start to finish. Techniques include using a copper foil technique in stained glass construction; glass cutting and grinding; learning the proper use of tools; pattern tracing and transfer onto the glass; choosing glass colors and textures for design; and lastly, soldering and assembly of pieces into a completed project.

Crime Scene Chemistry
Instructor: Kristin Plessel
Week 2: 12:30 -3:30 p.m.
Discover “who dunnit” through chemistry! This class will investigate ways to determine unknowns through physical properties of tears and soap, plus bubbly, colorful, and glowing chemical reactions. Discover secret messages, identify suspects through blood typing and lip prints. All through the power of chemistry! Student skills will be put to the test by working together as an investigative team to analyze a crime scene and link possible suspects to a simulated, non-violent crime scene.

Finding Your Writer’s Voice
Instructor: Joshua Gottlieb-Miller

Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Read, listen to, write and share stories, essays, poems, comic strips, plays, and even kid-friendly stand-up in this writing workshop. Practice daily exercises that teach literary techniques, extend your vocabulary and encourage creative expression. Explore different literary genres and develop your own writing voice in a supportive environment that includes individual attention and group interaction. You’ll develop your writing voice as you discover how writing.

Fun with Photoshop
Instructor: Nikki Schoeny
Week 1: 12:30 -3:30 p.m.; Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon
Discover the world of computer-generated art as you create your own masterpieces using Adobe Photoshop. You’ll begin with the basics – learning how to use draw and paint tools to create a simple sketch, and then bring on the fun! Learn how to use layers to add excitement to an imported photograph. Finish the week by creating a magazine cover featuring you!

Introduction to Fencing
Instructor: Brian Duckwitz
Week 2: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Get an introduction to modern sport (Olympic) fencing. Often called “chess at 100 mph,” fencing is a modern sport with ancient roots. In this course, you will learn how to fence, referee and compete. You’ll find the class to be both physically and mentally challenging and rewarding, but also infectiously fun.

Play Tennis
Instructor: Bill Peyer
Week 1:12:30-3:30 p.m.
Learn the rules of tennis and how to play either on the court or, in case of inclement weather, through video presentations and discussions. Transportation will be provided to Craig High School’s tennis courts. Students need their own tennis racquet.

Rockin’ Rockets
Instructor: Melissa Lueck
Week 1: 9 a.m.-noon; Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon
Learn about topics related to rocket flight including propulsion, navigation and pay loads and then complete experiments related to these topics. You’ll also build your own rocket and launch it on the final day.

Show Choir
Instructor: Fran Thorpe Peyer
Week 1: 9 a.m.-noon 
Work on stage presence, performance, dancing, vocal solos and harmonies as you practice songs for the performance on the last day of classes. You’ll also discuss your interpretations of the songs as you fine-tune your pieces for the presentation.

Story to Stage: Become a Playwright
Instructor: Fran Thorpe Peyer
Week 2: 9 a.m.-noon
Delve into the creative process as you write, direct and produce a play. Take a look at some types of plays and then write a script for your own play. Learn about what goes into staging a play as you work with props, blocking and rehearsals and then invite your family and friends to the world-premiere of your production.

The Art of Auditioning: Vocal Solos
Instructor: Fran Thorpe Peyer
Week 2: 12:30 -3:30 p.m.
Want to nail your next audition, whether you are trying out for a part in the next school musical or maybe to be the next finalist on American Idol or The Voice? Get tips and tricks on singing and how to polish and perform a vocal solo from a seasoned professional.

Register one of three ways:

  1. Call the Office of Continuing Education at (608) 758-6565 ext. 360 
  2. Print and mail the College for Kids program registration form. 
  3. Register online here.

UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra

Please see the Youth Orchestra page for complete information.