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 

Express Yourself: A Hands-on Painting Experience
Each week of this introductory arts course will spotlight a different artist, their contributions to the world of art, their defining techniques, and historical context behind their most popular works.   Artistsand styles explored in this course include Pablo Picasso and Cubism; Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet and Impressionism; as well as Jackson Pollack and Expressionism.  All skill levels and artistic abilities are encouraged to participate in this course as there is no previous experience expected. Lessons are oriented towards the students' creativity rather than technical abilities in exploring the artists works.  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 the heritage of different artists and art movements and how they have effected society in the past and the present
  • Describe, analyze, and interpret emotions and meanings in their own art and others' art as well
  • Gather, organize, and analyze different information from various sources and effectively express those ideas to be understood in new and creative ways 
 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. 
A Creative Writing Workshop
Creative Writing provides students with opportunities to develop their literary talents. This course gives students the opportunity to write creatively in different genres. Students will learn about word choice, character development, and point of view. Students will write poetry and prose based on their observations of nature or other objects around them. Finally, students explore their creativity with Fractured Fairy Tales. Class members will spend the last day of class sharing their creations.  No previous experience needed to be a successful participant in this class. This course will benefit students who are already advanced in creative writing and wish to further develop their talents, but it is also for struggling writers who need more support in learning how to write more creatively. This course falls under the Communication and Critical Thinking Institutional Level Outcomes.  
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use written language as a means of self-expression.
  • Compose original works with different purposes in mind.
  • Present their writing to an audience of their peers as a strategy to strengthen writing. 
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.
Reading: Reading with a Purpose
In this course, students will explore reading and language in a learning station environment which will engage students in individual or small group activities. These learning stations will be used to target specific skills. They will create interest, provide practice, and stimulate discussion. The goal is for students to become better readers of nonfiction informational text, other literature, and poetry as they learn to cite evidence from the text and practice ELA Common Core State Standards.  Students will participate in dialogue and discussion with fellow classmates on the text being read. 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:
  • Be better able to read and comprehend all genres of literature.
  • Work collaboratively in order to make reading a fun and fulfilling experience.
 
Study Skills: How to get an A
Students focus on skills needed to be successful in class. Skill building activities 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

Fractions Made Simple
Fractions Made Simple is an introduction to developing algebraic skills.  This is one of the first experiences beyond the basic arithmetic functions that a child is exposed to in primary grades. It is important for children to feel comfortable and confident in their ability to work with fractions in order for them to be successful with future algebraic concepts.  Participants will learn about lowest common denominators, comparing fractions, adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions and more. Successful participants will gain confidence mastering other math concepts. No previous experience necessary to be successful in this class.  This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcome (ILO).
 
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Identify fractions from a whole or group of objects.
  • Compare and contrast fractions.
  • Identify and work out equivalent fractions.
  • Demonstrate how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.
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.
   

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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.
 
Robotics
Robotics for Kids is an exciting hands-on introduction to Robotics.  Participants learn basic robotic construction, programming & 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 necessary, all skill levels are welcome to participate in this course as projects are oriented towards skill building and creativity rather than technical ability.  If you want a fun challenge, this class is for you! 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:
  • Develop team building skills as participants engage in every project
  • Learn and understand the basic construction of a robot
  • Understand basic robotics programming
  • Develop valuable critical thinking skills in which they will be able to gather, organize, and analyze data from various sources and apply that to their own projects

 

SCHOOL LIFE

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   
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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