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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 17 – July 3
Fees:         $162 (does not include material fees)
Holidays:    None
Session II:  July 8 – July 25
Fees:          $162 (does not include material fees)
Holidays:     Thursday, July 4
 
 

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Descriptions

Arts

Multi-Media Art Experience
In this course, students will be exposed to various art mediums and artists. Each week we will cover a different art medium. The students will explore painting, sketching, music appreciation, and photography and expand their creativity with each distinction. The course will survey artists such as Kahlo, Picasso, Van Gogh, Hockney, Leibovitz, as well as various classical and contemporary musical composers. Students will develop skills in composition, photographic and painting aesthetics, symmetry, musical composition, and they will navigate the many skills throughout each art medium. It should be noted that no prior experience in photography, painting, or music is necessary to enjoy this course and students of all experience levels are welcome to participate.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Develop essential skills to brainstorm, plan, and generate their own creative works through various mediums
  • To identify artists, art forms, and describe the cultural significance of various works
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.   Artists and 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
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.
Introduction to Video and Audio Production for Kids
In this course, students will explore the world of audio and visual production. Using the Mac software suite, students will develop skills in producing their own audio projects, including  podcasts and songs, and how to edit and manipulate the sonic qualities of each. Then, after exploring the sonic worlds, students will be introduced to video production skills and will create their own music videos and PSA’s. Using the Mac software, students will learn how to make quality music video and audio productions, and be introduced to studio gear and techniques used to record and produce audial works.  No prior experience is necessary for this course and all skill levels are welcome to participate.
 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Learn basic operation of video cameras and audio equipment
  • Create basic audio and visual productions (e.g., capturing, syncing, mixing)
  • Edit visual and audio creations
  • Demonstrate understanding of aesthetics related to shooting and editing both audio and visual works
Introduction to Coding for Kids
Technology has influenced our lives tremendously, and students are so proficient with using these devices. So why not take the next step and learn how to code games that are played on these devices? In the Introduction to Coding for Kids class, students will learn how to use blocks of code to go on an adventure through the Minecraft world, learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming, and create their own interactive games, stories, animations and much more.
 Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Use a variety of age-appropriate technologies to communicate and exchange ideas.
  • Create projects that use coding and various forms of graphic, audio to communicate ideas.
  • Create their own interactive games, stories, and animations.
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.
 

Language

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. 
Playing Stories: Writing Through Gameplay
This course is designed to help students develop socially and critically. In small cooperative groups students will learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs to develop cooperation skills, practice leadership roles, and grow self-esteem. After solving the puzzles presented through gameplay, students will learn how to design and lead their own game adventures by creating thoughtful challenges and engaging worlds for their classmates. This course emphasizes critical thinking, creative writing, reading and comprehension, public speaking, social studies, probabilities, and social interaction through academically-oriented gaming.  No prior experience is necessary for this course.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Create dynamic fictional characters with backgrounds, personalities, and motivations.
  • Design and lead others through gameplay challenges.
  • Communicate and negotiate effectively as part of a team.
  • Speak confidently in front of small groups.
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.
Success in Reading Fluency:  Word Wizardry
This class will teach participants word learning strategies. The curriculum includes teaching students a set of practical, research-based, and theoretically sound strategies for inferring the meanings of unknown words they meet while reading. When students are able to understand difficult words when reading, they are more successful with their fluency and comprehension of the text. This is also directly related to the ability to write better.  Your child will leave this class feeling more confident in their reading ability, with skills to build their vocabulary, and the ability to incorporate their learning into good writing strategies.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 
  • Work with three types of words that can be divided into meaningful parts: compound words, prefixed words, and suffixed words
  • Successfully use context to understand difficult words when reading
  • Read every part of all the definitions in the dictionary they are using
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.
Introduction to Conversational Spanish
This course is designed to introduce students to basic conversational Spanish. Students will develop Spanish conversations skills, along with some basic introduction to academic Spanish skills. The primary focus will be on oral communication as well as vocabulary building. Students may have little to no Spanish experience to be successful in this class.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Have a basic understanding of conversational and academic Spanish.
  • Use some basic idiomatic expressions in Spanish
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.
Algebra concepts (3rd-5th grade)     
This class is an introduction of algebraic concepts covered in grades 3rd thru 5th. Emphasis will be placed on concepts at the 4th grade level, as outlined in the California Department of Education Math Content Standards. Students will be introduced to algebraic terminology, mathematical symbolic systems and tools, variables, equations, and word problems, focusing on algebraic relations and notations. Students will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of positive and negative integers, fractions, ratios, proportion, prime and composite numbers and the decimal system (i.e. place value), using various methods. Additionally, students will work with algebraic notation, functions, tables, graphs and equations to solve algebraic mathematical problems. Students should know their multiplication tables.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Represent the algebraic relations when evaluating positive and negative fractions.
  • Set up a table using functions; solve functions using more than one positive or negative integer.
  • Read and translate algebraic terminology to set up and solve an algebraic notation.
Introduction to Algebra (6th-8th)
This is a condensed version of an introduction to Algebra. The study of Algebra builds an understanding of quantitative relationships using algebraic terminology, expressions, equations, inequalities, and graphs. Students will interpret, simplify, evaluate, and/or solve linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, and simplify polynomials and exponential functions. They will also explore rational and radical expressions and equations. Additionally, students will use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions and equations. Finally, students will solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
Recommended Skill Level or Previous Experience Expected:
  • Knowledge of order of operations (i.e. PEMDAS)
  • Mathematical operations using positive and negative integers
  • Set up and solve algebraic equations using one variable 
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  •  Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.
  • Solve real life word and mathematical problems using multiple-step equations with positive and negative integers of any form (i.e. fractions and decimals,).
  •  Use graphs to interpret value and meaning.
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.

Science

STEM Energy and Power
 This hands-on, project-based course incorporates various areas of STEM.   Students will learn about different types of energy - electricity, thermal, light, sound, and mechanical.  While working on their projects, students will explore electricity and magnetism as they build motors and circuits.   They will also explore the potential of light and sound, and how these can be converted to different forms for us to use.   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 interaction between electricity and magnetism, the properties of each, and how they work
  • The energy carrying properties of electricity, light and, sound
  • The conservation of energy and power as it is converted between electrical and mechanical uses
STEM Flight and Motion
 This hands-on course incorporates various areas of STEM.  Areas of study include designing and building airplanes and rockets and their aerodynamic features, the physics of flight, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Students will be building a variety of projects including airplanes, rockets, and rollercoasters.   Participants will also discover how and why design affects the motion of each vehicle or projectile, and how forces are managed and balanced to create the desired effects of motion. 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:
  • Newton's three laws of motion, and how they apply to movement and flight 
  • The interaction of potential and kinetic energy, as well as momentum
  • The balance of lift, weight, thrust, and drag, and how speed and air pressure create the force of lift on an aircraft
STEM Chem
 This hands-on course incorporates various areas of STEM.  There are two main areas of study that we will be working in: Pure Chemistry, which is the study of atoms, elements, and molecules, etc. and how they are combined to form compounds, substances, or other materials.  We will also study Applied Chemistry, which is the use of the information found in pure chemistry to solve problems or to achieve a specific desired result.  Our activities will include reactions, acids and bases, states of matter, and more.  All labs are kitchen-safe types of reactions that will be fun and memorable for the students.  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:
  • Physical and chemical changes during reactions from laboratory activities
  • The elements of the Period Table, and the properties and interactions of molecules, as well as solids, liquids and gases.
  • How the principles and theories of chemistry can be applied to answer a question or solve a real-world problem
Invention Convention
In this project-based course, students will learn about the inventing and the invention process. They will explore the characteristics of inventions and how inventing has shaped people’s lives throughout history. Participants will complete a step-by-step process to innovate a current idea or invent an original idea that solves a problem or need. 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 inventing process - from the identification of a problem, thinking of an idea for a solution, designing and building, and testing the invention.
  • Communicate their design, building process, and their findings through demonstrations and presentations of their invention.
  • Demonstrate the importance of critical thinking and how it can lead to new or better solutions to our problems 
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.
Introduction to Astronomy  
The Introduction to Astronomy class will give you a front row seat to a view of our Solar System and beyond. Students will enjoy several trips to the Planetarium for special presentations projected on the dome of the theater. We will experience stargazing through the telescopes in our Observatory. Students will also participate in lab type activities including building their own telescopes and rockets.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Have an understanding of the basic structure of the solar system; it's size and scale, it's motion, as well as interactions between the sun, the planets and moons.
  • Have experience using a telescope, learning how it works, and constructing their own.
  • See the development of space travel- from the beginning to the present, and build and launch their own rocket.
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

Kids Klub
Come join us for the last period of the day, filled with fun and educational activities. There will be different project-based activities, on-campus field trips, sports, and lots of other fun things to do and see.
 

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