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Kirtland. Building Blocks for the Future.

When you’re planning for your future, it’s important to use the right building blocks to help you get where you want to go. This Week @ Kirtland, we’re using blocks of a different sort to bring some summer fun to young learners throughout our communities!

Kirtland employees team up to get the word out about two fun summer camp opportunities for our area K-6 students

Kirtland employees team up to get the word out about two fun summer camp opportunities for our area K-6 students

The idea of bringing learning-based fun to the Kirtland campus this summer was the idea of Kirtland’s Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, Greg Sieszputowski. “We wanted to host this event for many reasons. First and foremost, we are excited to bring an educational, fun summer camp where our local children will get to take home everything they build,” said Sieszputowski.

With a growing awareness of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, finding camp programs that can expose kids to these important subject areas in a fun and engaging way was important to Sieszputowski. “This camp gives Kirtland the opportunity to cultivate an interest in STEM for young people using building blocks,” he said. “The support for this project by Kirtland and local sponsors has been outstanding. Now we’re looking forward to the really great part – getting the word out to the kids in our communities!”

Pullback Car Frenzy and Farmland Fun are two fun camps designed to teach kids about STEM

Pullback Car Frenzy and Farmland Fun are two fun camps designed to teach kids about STEM

For students in K-3, the Pullback Car Frenzy camp lets students become Mini-Engineers challenged to design new vehicles utilizing pieces from supplied car kits. Farmland Fun will help students in grades 4-6 to explore old and new farm techniques, types of farm machines, technologies used in construction, tools and animals for a create a great time of learning and fun! The Pullback Car Frenzy session (K-3) will run from 9am – 12pm daily, June 23 – 26, the the Farmland Frenzy (4-6) session will run from 1-4pm on the same days. And the best part? Students gets to keep all the materials used during the four-day camp!

And, because it truly does take a village, Kirtland employees jumped right on board helping Sieszputowski get together important information to get the word out to area K-6 students in Roscommon, Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties. In less than two weeks, Kirtlanders rallied to plan, organize and fundraise to make the camp happen. Our community partners stepped in too, donating money to support the camp and lower the cost for campers to an affordable $75/session.

If you know a bright young mind (or two…or three!) who would love to attend Kirtland’s summer camp fun, check out http://farmlandfun.eventbrite.com and get registered. But hurry! Spots are limited and filling up quickly. Plus, on-site day care is available on-site for an additional cost. To find out more or make reservations, contact Lori White with The Warblers Nest Early Childhood Learning Center at (989) 275-5000, ext. 233 or lori.white@kirtland.edu.

Building your future is sometimes a challenge and takes some time. This Week @ Kirtland, we’re looking forward to the chance to offer some really cool, hands-on learning to kids in our community and help them to start building toward the future…maybe as future Kirtland students!

 

To learn more about the programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact 989-275-5000, extension 284, or visit us online.  And, as always, you are invited to drop in and check us out at www.kirtland.edu, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kirtlandcc, and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kirtlandcc.

 

Kirtland. Be the future.