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Macomb Community College offers summer programs for children that combine learning with fun

– Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00AM

Macomb’s College for Kids celebrates 10 years with special anniversary event on May 30

Who knew learning could be so fun? From farmland fun to Minecraft® game designs, Macomb Community College’s C4K – College for Kids – provides a wide range of summer programs to encourage children ages 3 to 17 to discover new passions while connecting to new learning experiences.

On Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Macomb’s College for Kids will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house.  It will provide the opportunity to meet instructors from all of its programming areas, including its popular LEGO courses in simple machines and robotics, coding and app development; Goldie Blox, engineering designed to appeal to girls; the college’s Vet Tech instructors representing the animal exploration classes; and performances by Renaissance Fencing and Tiny Tunes Piano students. The open house will also feature refreshments and giveaways, including a drawing for a C4K scholarship for full tuition toward a class.  Register for the free event at www.macomb.edu/c4k, which will be held at the John Lewis Student Community Center (K Building) on the college’s South Campus in Warren.

“Our goal is to provide kids’ programming that weaves learning together with fun, promoting intellectual exploration and growth,” said Valerie Corbett, Macomb College’s C4K program coordinator. “We continually fine-tune our programming so that it remains relevant to kids’ interests while at the same time engaging them in options for their future, such as science, technology, engineering and math fields.”

This summer’s C4K schedule offers nearly 50 programs including a Kidpreneur series that incudes Minecraft® Server, coding and 3D printing, a computer science series that includes coding, code breaking and coding for game design, and a series that includes app design and customization.

The programs are staggered throughout the summer. A sampling of upcoming courses is:

Animal Fun, Ages 3-5: Children learn how to safely handle and behave around animals.

Manga – Storyboarding, Ages 9 and up: Students learn how to properly create and layout a comic using basic Manga techniques.

Goldie Blox®: Engineering for Girls, Ages 4-10: Courses offer age-appropriate materials that help students develop special skills, engineering principles and confidence in problem solving through a variety of design ideas and unlimited building possibilities.

App Attack!, Ages 8-10 and 11-14: Explore the world of web-based apps as students design and customize their own apps.

Energy Makers!, Ages 9-12: Students witness the power of alternative forms of energy as they build and race fuel-cell cars.

Minecraft®I: Server and Mini-Game Design, Ages 11-14: Students learn information technology, entrepreneurship and computer programming skills that allow them to build, administer and maintain their own Minecraft® sever.

For more information about these and other courses offered through the C4K program, including dates, times and cost, visit www.macomb.edu/continuinged. Registration can be made online or by calling 586.445.7225.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, wirthp@macomb.edu, 586.445.7560

Media Contact: Tish Wirth: 586.445.7560; wirthp@macomb.edu