Kids on Kampus returns to Bay

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Bay College Mechatronics Instructor Mark Highum, who will run the Kids on Kampus course “Electricity? It’s a Snap!,” tests out Snap Circuits that will be used in the course. Kids on Kampus, which gives students entering fourth through seventh grades an opportunity to have fun while learning at Bay’s Escanaba campus, will return next week.

ESCANABA — A program giving students entering fourth through seventh grades an opportunity to have fun while learning at Bay College’s Escanaba campus is returning soon. Bay’s Kids on Kampus summer youth program is set to begin next week and continue through mid-July.

Dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Development Cindy Carter said Kids on Kampus had been held at Bay previously in the early 2000s. The college was inspired to bring the program back after learning local students were participating in college programs outside the area and determinedBay would be able to utilize its resources to offer similar opportunities.

The new incarnation of the program will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.

“The focus hasn’t changed … our focus is to incorporate hands-on learning (and) for youth to come onto the college campus,” Carter said.

However, the courses featured in 2019’s Kids on Kampus program are entirely new. Courses that will be available in the program’s first week include “LEGO Robotics,” “Phun with Physics” and “Bugs, Berries, and Hikes.”

In later weeks, more courses — including “Explore with Cameras,” Electricity? It’s a Snap!” and “Monster Mash-Ups” — will be made available for Kids on Kampus participants.

The courses will be held in various classrooms at Bay, Carter said. Additionally, Bugs, Berries, and Hikes will take students outside onto the college’s grounds.

While some of the courses featured in Kids on Kampus this year have elements related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Carter said Bay’s goal for the program’s first year back was to offer a broad variety of courses. However, she noted it may focus more on STEM in the future.

“Our hope would be next year, we can expand on that,” she said.

Although Kids on Kampus is starting next week, Carter said it is not too late to register for the program.

“We still have seats open for several of the courses,” she said.

Kids on Kampus courses are scheduled for June 18-20, June 25-27, July 9-11 and July 16-18. There is a fee to register for courses; registration includes a snack and a T-shirt.

To learn more about the program or to register, visit baycollege.edu/kidsonkampus. For questions, call 906-217-4106.