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Summer programs offer opportunities for youths to learn


March 09, 2007

Children through young adults can keep busy this summer by participating in one of the fun and challenging summer programs at ASU.

The university offers more than 70 summer programs for children from toddlers to teenagers, and some for adults.

Programs range from drama, music and art to math, science, computers and sports. Children can build a robot, explore computer animation, learn to draw, improve their reading or bone up with college-prep classes. ASU is reaching into the community to serve needs, and to spark children's interest in a college-educated future.

A description of ASU summer programs for children and teens can be found online at the Web site www.asu.edu/community/summer. Included at that site are the dates, cost, location and program goals. The registration deadline for many of the programs is in March or early April.

The Herberger College of Fine Arts is taking registration for its third summer of music, theater, dance and art classes for children, teens and adults. Camp Broadway is a weeklong day camp that will teach acting, singing, dance, stage design and makeup.

Programs for Talented Youth offers talented third- through seventh-grade students the chance to study the stars in a planetarium, study cinema or creative writing, or learn computer graphics, for instance. Priority application deadline for these academically oriented classes is April 6.

Intercollegiate Athletics offers camps and instruction in baseball, basketball, swimming, golf, football, volleyball and wrestling. Petroglyph Pathfinders is a day camp for children interested in exploring archaeology.

Reading classes in different skill levels will be taught throughout the Valley, for entering first-graders all the way up to teens and adults who want to improve their reading speed and comprehension.

The ASU Student Recreation Complex will once again hold the Sun Devil Kids' Camp from May 29 through Aug. 3, an all-day program of sports and arts and crafts for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Overall, ASU has more than 1,000 outreach opportunities for children and adults throughout the state, all year long. Persons interested in receiving regular news and updates about ASU's community outreach events and activities may sign up to receive a bimonthly newsletter at http://community.uui.asu.edu/signup.asp.