June 24, 2011
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Summer Camps a Peek Into College Life
"Spotlight on Animation" was the theme of this year's OpenWorld Learning CampTech held on campus, one of the numerous youth camps held at Metro State this summe
Youth are getting a practice run at a snippet of college life through a variety of summer camps hosted at Metropolitan State College of Denver that range from science to athletics to technology.
For the 15th year, the Center for Math, Science and Environmental Education is presenting the Summer Science Institute (SSI) through the end of July. Led by Mathematics Professor Larry Johnson, the institute offers four, two-week camp sessions. The SSI gives 200 middle-school students the opportunity to explore math and science applications with fun, hands-on activities. Each session ends with a day-long trip to Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park.
The Athletics Department sponsors seven different camps for individual players and teams of various levels in volleyball, soccer and basketball. The men’s basketball camps held in May and June hosted more than 150 youth.
The simple act of a family dropping off their children at the College provides “touch points with student athletes and coaches on campus,” says Athletic Director Joan McDermott, who stresses that the benefits of the camps extend beyond learning the basics of a sport into health and fitness.
For the second consecutive year, the College hosted OpenWorld Learning’s CampTech, a free, week-long science technology camp for elementary and middle school students. Close to 50 students participated in this year’s camp held in the King Center June 13-17. The theme was “Spotlight on Animation.” Read about last year’s camp held on campus.
For more information on the Summer Science Institute and to register for available sessions, view the brochure or visit the website. Registration information for soccer and volleyball camps in July can be found at the athletics camps website.