Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

At Your Service

Communications Office
Bldg D, Room D110, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7823
news@elgin.edu
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Media Relations
Tel: 847-214-7769

Social Media
Tel: 847-214-7838

Follow Us


Social Media Stream

Academic Calendar

Calendar image

Know the important dates & follow academic calendar.

View online calendar»
View PDF versions»


Kids’ College makes summer exciting for children, teens

Kid's College

Kids’ College, a summer enrichment day camp offering a wide variety of programs to children and teens ages six to 15, provides class options in a noncompetitive learning environment.

At 9 a.m. on a weekday morning, many students are probably taking advantage of the summer by sleeping in late and enjoying the break from classes. But at Elgin Community College, children and teens are taking advantage of the summer in a much different way. Their mornings and afternoons are spent creating and exploring at Kids' College.

Inventor's Camp, one of over 65 classes offered each year, challenges children ages nine to 11 to put their thinking caps on and become inventors. Students are separated into small groups and given a paper bag filled with random household items. These items are later transformed into a new invention each day.

Students are told what they would be making, but the "how" was left entirely up to the group. "I like to keep it as open-ended as I can," says course instructor Kimberley Ringgenberg.

Kids' College, a summer enrichment day camp offering a wide variety of programs to children and teens ages six to 15, provides class options in a noncompetitive learning environment. Each class has a fixed time, is taught by a certified instructor accompanied by a student assistant, and emphasizes a particular focus.

"It is unlike typical day camps provided by local park districts," says course developer Karin Quist. "The children enroll in camps based on personal interest. Our job as instructors is not to supervise, but to actively engage our students with learning and activity."

This is the seventh year the program has run. Nearly 400 students enrolled this summer, with an average class size of 12 students. Many of the children who are enrolled this year have also enrolled in the past. When the program first started, it only ran for two weeks and offered 12 classes. Today, students can enjoy six weeks of hands-on learning and choose from over 65 classes.

For more information, contact Karin Quist at 847-214-7123 or visit elgin.edu/kidscollege.

Share


 
Go to top