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Pre-teen students enjoy superhero-themed Kids College at Blinn-Schulenburg

Students build science, technology, math and leadership skills at weeklong educational camp

June 24, 2016

More than 30 elementary and middle school students took part in a superhero-themed week hosted by the Blinn College – Schulenburg campus June 20-24.

At the seventh annual Kids College, students developed their science, math, technology and leadership skills with a hands-on theme that allowed students to be superheroes in the classroom. Students from Flatonia, Schulenburg, La Grange, Columbus, Moulton, Hallettsville and Weimar all took part in the learning fun.

“The idea that students actively get to be a part of experiments instead of just being in a classroom really makes a difference,” said Loraine Orellana, coordinator of distance and community education at the Blinn-Schulenburg campus.

“The kids were really excited about the superhero drawings on the wall and the theme.”

Students learned leadership through a self-defense presentation and used math skills to construct a platform made of fettuccini noodles and tape that could support the weight of a college textbook. In the technology portion, students drew pictures and made reflective triangles to make a 3D image. In the science lesson, students made “elephant toothpaste” out of soap, food coloring, warm water, yeast and hydrogen peroxide and learned to make fire with steel wool and a 9-volt battery.

“Kids can come take part in these experiments, learn the science behind it and have fun learning,” said Natalie Beran, a science teacher at Weimar Junior High School.

Aside from Beran, who is in her fourth year at the Kids College, three instructors helped instruct at Kids College: Rachel Johnson (technology), Mercy Silcox (math) and Frank Baik (leadership).

The next educational opportunity for this age group on the Schulenburg campus is a cheer camp July 11-15 taught by former professional cheerleader Maggie Williams. Cost of the camp is $129.

Blinn-Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: www.blinn.edu or call 979-743-5200.