College for Kids

A Community Education Enrichment Program
At Mt. SAC we are looking forward to working with your children this summer during our College for Kids Program. This is an enrichment program that provides opportunities for your children to expand, enhance or review areas of interest and study with the added benefit of introducing them to the college environment. Our entire staff is committed to making this a safe, positive and rewarding experience.
In order to ensure the safety and security of each child, we ask you to read and follow the General Policies and Procedures found at our website  http://communityed.mtsac.edu/.  You can also find the Medical Release Form and Daily Timeline at this site.
 
Our program runs Monday-Thursday.  The first class starts at 8:00am and the last one ends at 4:45pm. 
 
Session I:  June 19 – July 6
Fees:         $162 (does not include material fees)
Holidays:    None
Session II:  July 10 – July 27
Fees:          $162 (does not include material fees)
Holidays:     Tuesday, July 4
 
 

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DESCRIPTIONS 

ARTS 

Ceramics and Painting: Fun with Clay and Paint
All fired up and ready to get creative with mud and paint!  Hands-on instruction in ceramics and painting.  Explore ceramic hand building including mold, slab, coil and sculpture techniques and a variety of painting techniques.  Build and glaze functional ceramic projects.  Create original paintings using painting, drawing, collage and printing techniques.  All projects will be available to be picked up during the last week of classes.   No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
Ceramics and Painting
Discover the artist inside you. Explore ceramic techniques including hand building and sculpting, as well as painting and printing techniques. Participants will build and glaze ceramic projects and create original paintings and prints in a variety of techniques.   All projects will be available to be picked up during the last week of classes.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
Healthy Cooking for Kids
Healthy Cooking for Kids is a culinary arts class designed for students 3rd to 8th grade.   Students will have a fun time doing hands-on learning in a professional teaching kitchen.   Participants will learn the basic principles of food preparation, learning recipes, food identification, food safety and sanitation, as well as the use and identification of kitchen tools and equipment.   This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.   No previous experience necessary to be successful in this class.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of essentials of food preparation: ingredient identification, knife cutting techniques and creating a food production schedule.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to properly use large and small kitchen equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to efficiently and safely produce food.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper food standards and cooking methods of meats, poultry, fish/shellfish, vegetables, and starches.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Graphic Design: Photoshop and Illustrator
Graphic Design will focus on a digital approach to design. This includes utilizing personal computer systems to manage files, folders, and documents. Students will be using professional computer applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator while learning the essential elements of design.   This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.   No experience necessary, lots of imagination required.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • The students in Graphic Design will demonstrate visual communication techniques through the use of professional computer applications.
  • The students in Graphic Design will display their ability to integrate text and photos through completion of a class project.
Google Publishing
Writing is an essential skill that students need to master to be proficient in school. In addition to being an effective writer, students also need to successfully communicate their ideas and publish their works of art. In the Google Publishing class, students will learn how to use Google Slides and Sites, as well as an online book publishing site to make a production out of their written work. Students will be learning how to compile projects such as newsletters, brochures, website pages, to publishing their own ebook. They will be learning tasks such as manipulating images, links, and videos within the various programs. Upon the completion of the course, students will gain knowledge in creating projects that use text and various forms of graphics, audio, and video to communicate ideas. Students must be proficient with basic writing and knowledge of word processing.   This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Use a variety of age‐appropriate technologies to communicate and exchange ideas.
  • Create projects that use text and various forms of graphics, audio, and video to communicate ideas.
  • Publish their own ebook online.
Introduction to Google Apps
Technology is one of the most fundamental skill that all students need in order to be successful in the 21st century. Not only do students need to be proficient in the use of technology, they also need to learn ways to apply different applications for various assignments in school. In the Introduction to Google Apps class, students will learn how to use of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and identify the best application use for each specific tasks. Students will be working with Google Drive and applying different applications within its domains. They will be learning basic tasks, such as copying and pasting files and manipulating with images within the various Google programs. Upon the completion of the course, students will gain knowledge in the use of computers and applications, as well as the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media, and demonstrate the ability to use technology for research and presentation. Students must have basic understanding on the use of technology. This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Use a word processing application to write, edit, print and save simple assignments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the spreadsheet as a tool to record, organize and graph information.
  • Create, edit and format text on a slide, and create a series of slides and organize them to present an idea.
 

 ENGLISH

Creative Writing: Writing your own adventure
Writing is one of the most important skills kids can learn and a fundamental life skill that will prepare for college and career readiness. In this creative writing class students will learn the key elements of creative writing: character, setting, problem/action and solution, to engage their imagination and express their feelings. It is designed to help students foster their creative writing skills by clarifying their own ideas, beliefs and discovering what they know and think about a topic. This course falls under the Communication and Critical Thinking Institutional Level Outcomes.  
 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Students will be able to write a three to five paragraph narrative of real or imagined events.
  • Students will be able to outline the basic structure of essay writing by identifying the introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs.
  • Students will be able to apply the writing process as needed with prewriting, drafting, revising and editing.
The Reading and Writing Experience
This program is designed to enrich and enhance your child's reading and writing skills. They will build their fluency and comprehension skills. The class will also focus on the four basic writing styles: narrative, expository, descriptive and informative. We will journey through the writing process with an array of exciting projects. 
Study Skills-How to Get that “A”: Students focus on skills needed to be successful in class. Interesting skill-building activities will be used to improve student achievement in the areas of note taking, paragraph and report writing, summarizing, reading comprehension, test taking and vocabulary building. These skills will greatly enhance your child’s success throughout their future school years. This will be a fun, fast-paced class designed to raise your child’s study, writing and test-taking skills.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
A Creative Writing Workshop
Have you ever felt that you had a story inside just bursting to come out, but didn't quite know how to get started? Then this is the class for you! Learn how to brainstorm topics, create a great "hook" lay out an appropriate setting, develop believable characters, plot out an engaging storyline and publish the completed work for friends and family. Greatly improve your writing mechanics-spelling, punctuation, grammar and editing. By the end of the course, you will have a self-published composition ready for presentation. Past participants are encouraged and welcome to attend. They will have the opportunity to further their writing and editing skills, producing one or two finished pieces.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
Advanced Writing Skills
Topic sentences, main ideas, supporting sentences, commentary sentences - learn how to put it all together and make it interesting. Students will focus on turning their writing skills into captivating pieces of literature from narratives, expository writings and persuasive writings. No experience necessary to be successful in this class.  This course falls under the Communication and Critical Thinking Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Students will be able to construct a five paragraph essay in one of the three genres of writing: narrative, expository and persuasive.
  • Students will be able to critique their writing skills through the writing process and peer review.
  • Students will be able to present their writing to an audience of their peers as a strategy to strengthen writing.
Study Skills: How to get an A
Students focus on skills needed to be successful in class. Skill building activites will be used to improve student achievement in areas of organization, study routines, paragraph and report writing, collaboration, test taking and learning styles. These skills will greatly enhance participant's success throughout their future academic career. It is a fun, fast-paced class designed to improve your study habits and boost your competitive edge. No experience necessary to be successful in this class.  This course falls under the Communication and Critical Thinking Institutional Level Outcomes.  
 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify planning tools and resources to establish academic goals.
  • Define the study habits needed to improve comprehension of homework and or curriculum.
  • Practice test-taking strategies to improve assessment results.
 

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MATH

All about Fractions
Fractions can be a difficult concept to understand. This class will focus on all the rules one needs to know about fractions.   Participants will learn about lowest common denominators, comparing fractions, adding/subtracting/multiplying / dividing fractions and much more. Each lesson will include manipulative and will culminate to creating game board using all of the rules taught.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
Math Review and Improvement
Does your child need extra help with fractions? What about subtraction, multiplication and division? Help with understanding ratios and percentages? We will identify those problem areas and improve your son/daughter needs with tools to better understand and apply math concepts. They will also gain confidence and expand their self-esteem.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
Math: Expressions and Equations
This course will provide students with essential skills and critical thinking techniques needed for success using proper applications solving algebraic equations. Emphasis will be placed on four of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs), which are outlined by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and embedded into California Common Core State Standards K-12 mathematics curriculum for all grade levels.  This course falls under the Communication and the Critical Thinking Institutional Level Outcome (ILO). 
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to break down a word problem and set up an equation.
  • Students will be able to translate word problems into numeric and algebraic expressions to solve for the unknown variable.
 
Math: Reading Behind the Numbers
This course will provide students with essential skills and critical thinking techniques needed for success in any mathematics course. Emphasis will be placed on four of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs), which are outlined by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and embedded into California Common Core State Standards K-12 mathematics curriculum for all grade levels.  This course falls under the Communication and the Critical Thinking Institutional Level Outcome (ILO)
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Read mathematical problems using signs and symbols.
  • Translate a word problem into mathematical problem using previous learned techniques.
  
Geometry
Want to learn how to make geometric shapes out of construction paper so they can fly? Want to discover the concepts of geometric shapes, size and why they are so beautiful? Join the fun academics of Geometry. Students will engage the basic concepts of various formulas, terms, angles, figures, area, perimeter and the famous Pythagorean Theorem formula.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.
 
 

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SCIENCE

The World of Physics: Rockets, Coasters, and Waves
The World of Physics: Rockets, Coasters, and Waves, will be exploring several aspects of Physics: Newton’s Laws of Motion, as well as Light and Sound. Students will design, construct, test and launch a 2-Liter bottle rockets powered only by air and water. Students will study potential and kinetic energy as we construct our own roller coasters, and we will also hear and see the physics of light and sound as we “surf” these waves to understand how they work!   No experience necessary, but an understanding of basic math/algebra is helpful. This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and use Newton's three laws of motion.
  • Understand the interaction of potential and kinetic energy, as well as momentum.
  • Understand the properties of waves and how they apply to light, sound, and physical waves.
 World of Physics: Bridges, Motors, and Matter
The World of Physics: Bridges, Motors, and Matter will be exploring the physical attributes of forces, electricity and magnetism on the world we live in. Students will put up a fight against the forces of gravity as they design and engineer popsicle sticks bridges to withstand gravitational forces of concrete bricks. Students will hypothesize and test how much weight bridges can hold before gravity wins! Bridges that were constructed in the past have held more than 200 times their weight before subsiding! Students will study electricity and magnetism and how they can be combine into a working motor they build themselves. Students will explore density, buoyancy and heat using liquids, solid and gases. No experience necessary to be successful in this class. . This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Comprehend the basic concepts Physics on the topics of forces, electricity and magnetism.
  • Engage in laboratory activities to test and hypothesize the elements of forces, electricity and magnetism.
  • Learn basic terminology related to World of Physics (.i.g) gravity, forces, friction, law of gravity, weight distribution, opposite attraction of objects.
Introduction to Chemistry
Open your mind to the field of chemistry.   This class will allow participants to investigate and learn the basic concepts of chemistry around our world. Daily laboratory experiments and activities will provide safe hands-on experience on chemical reactions, state changes of matter, acid and base chemistry and much more. You will be introduced to the Periodic Table of Elements in a fashion that will enable you to remember the content for future classes.  If you want a fun challenge, this class is for you!   No experience necessary to be successful in this class.  This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Define terminology of chemistry as it relates to class lectures and activities  
  • Decipher physical and chemical changes and reactions from laboratory activities
  • Students will be able to relate and distinguish the contents of the Period Table when doing laboratory experiments
C.S.I: Forensic Investigator
Enter the fascinating world of forensic science as we learn practical applications of the scientific method and discover the many sides of investigative science. Students will challenge their critical thinking skills as they learn to use the tools of a CSI Investigator- including: fingerprinting, DNA analysis, handwriting analysis, ink chromatography, and much more! This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and use many scientific tools used in forensic science.
  • Understand the importance of the scientific method and how it can affect investigations.
  • Understand the importance of critical thinking and using the right tool(s) for an investigation.
 Sustainable Science
Students in this hands-on course will build many creations that are powered using sustainable and renewable energy sources! Experiment with solar powered vehicle kits, compressed air and water powered systems, and harness the power of the wind! Explore the many possibilities of “green” power!
This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.   No experience necessary.
 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the use of many renewable energies, and the science behind them.
  • Understand the importance of using renewable energy and how it can help the planet.
  • Understand the responsibility we have to use our resources wisely.
CPR, Health and Safety for Kids
This exciting and innovative course will teach our youth of today how to recognize and treat medical emergencies like cardiac arrest, and administer First Aid as needed with age appropriate preparedness materials. Students will learn easy action steps for environmental emergencies that will be fun and effective! All participants will use interactive games and hands on activities to learn and practice how to be better prepared for the unexpected while in a safe and stress free environment. Each student will receive a participation completion certificate from Mount San Antonio College in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines.   This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.   No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Recognize when and how to call for help
  • Identify, and treat different types of medical / First Aid Emergencies
  • Demonstrate how to Administer CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) for Adults and Children
  • Administer the Heimlich for a choking Adult or child
  • Utilize strategies for Environmental Emergencies
  • Identify Appropriate first aid kit content   
Robotics for Kids
Robotics for Kids is an exciting hands-on introduction to Robotics.  Participants learn basic robotic construction, programing & teamwork skills. In groups of two or three, kids use building elements, motors and microcontrollers to build metal robots. Students build their robots, program them, and compete against their classmates in classroom robot competitions.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant.

SCHOOL LIFE

Kids Klub
Come join us for the last period of the day, filled with fun and educational activities. There will be on campus field trips, sports, martial arts demonstration by the Mt. SAC Martial Arts Department, and lots of other fun things to do and see.
 

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