College's Summer Youth Program Set for 11th Year

Published on: April 11, 2007

Center for Creative Discovery Adds New Programs Such as Fencing, Vex Robotics

The Center for Creative Discovery at Montgomery College is preparing for its 11th year of summer programs for youth, as it strives to engage young minds in a journey through art, science and technology. This year's line-up keeps an eye on the future by helping to bring quality enrichment to the youth in the community. Nearly 50 varied classes will be offered in two eight-day sessions beginning June 11-21 and July 9-19. World music drumming, fencing and Dinosaurs Rock® join the repertoire as new classes among the more popular Kidz Kuizine, Bubbly and Oozy Science and Girls' Night Out.

NanoTechnology sets the theme for this year's RoboCamp and the advanced level of RoboCamp returning for its fourth year on June 25-29, with an additional session July 23-27.

A new addition to The Center for Creative Discovery is EARLY® Robotiks (Engineering and Robotics Learned Young) for students 7-11 years old, introducing students to engineering, while developing a strong understanding of the fundamentals of building and mechanical principles. Montgomery College and NASA have been working together for three years to foster this new program in an effort to help create local tournaments and prepare younger students for the rapid growth of robotics and engineering technology. 

Also premiering this summer will be the VEX® Robotiks class targeted for 14-18 year olds and inspired by FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This is the world's leading high school robotics program and VEX® enthusiasts explore mechanics and construction design to build radio-controlled robots with multiple functions. 

Students should be “on guard” for the premiere of the college's Fencing Intensive, which is intended for students 9-12 years old with instruction facilitated by the American Academy of Fencing. By popular demand, the Center is presenting an Art Intensive for students 13-18 years old, designed to provide focus in one area of interest for the serious art student. Filmmaking Boot Camp presents a fast-paced journey into the basics of creating a five-minute student movie--from screenwriting through editing--August 6-10.  

Rock on with the premiere of School of Rock, another new program this summer, for students 13-18 years old. This is for the serious musician who may have the “wanna be in a rock band” blues.  Experienced musicians help students to realize their amazing potential as artists with curriculum in teamwork, performance and maintenance of a band as a business. 

With the Technology Intensive Workshop on June 25-28, participants will work with high-level computer applications focusing on visual communications encompassing digital imaging, video editing, game design and web applications. Also returning are the Algebra Review Course on July 16-26 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., and the ever-popular Broadway Connection musical theatre workshop-based program June 25-29. Finally, “The Real Deal” Theatre Intensive challenges thespians in character development from July 30-August 3. 

Registration for any of these Center for Creative Discovery sessions begins Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Building A (Commons), 1st floor. For more information, contact Angela Colton via e-mail (angela.a.colton@lonestar.edu) or phone at (936) 273-7472; or in the continuing education office at (936) 273-7446. More information about the Center for Creative Discovery and these summer programs can be found on the Web at http://montgomery.lonestar.edu/67815.

For more information about Montgomery College, visit montgomery.lonestar.edu, or call (936) 273-7000. Montgomery College is located at 3200 College Park Drive, approximately one-quarter mile west of I-45 between Conroe and The Woodlands.

NHMCCD, among the largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas, comprise, Cy-Fair College, Kingwood College, Montgomery College, North Harris College, Tomball College, six satellite centers, and The University Center.