Kentucky Wesleyan offers first-ever Summer Explorations for middle school students

Kentucky Wesleyan College, in partnership with the Owensboro Family YMCA, will offer Summer Explorations, an academic enrichment experience which engages middle school students (explorers) in a college setting. Explorers will participate in a variety of highly motivating and engaging hands-on explorations (classes) in the arts, humanities, sciences and mathematics. In STEM, students will explore various fields of inquiry by working in campus labs and in the field. Explorers will conduct investigations, gather and analyze data and present their results.  In math, explorers will see how mathematics lives and works in the everyday world around us. In the arts and humanities, students will explore the stage, experience jazz music and learn a new language.

SE graphicKentucky Wesleyan College students will accompany and mentor the explorers as they “attend classes,” complete with an alternating schedule. Four classes will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and another four on Tuesday and Thursday – just like a college schedule, but with no exams! Each course is prepared and taught by a Kentucky Wesleyan College faculty member and presents some of the same material learned by Wesleyan college students, with age-appropriate activities. Courses include:

  • Fur and Feathers (Biology),
  • Jazz it Up! (Music),
  • Math Around Us (Math)
  • O là là! Fun with French (Language)
  • Messing with Molecules (Chemistry)
  • Professional Pretending (Theatre)
  • Science Starts (Science History)
  • Sky Spying (Astronomy)

Parents will register their explorers with the YMCA Summer Day Camp Program (specify Summer Explorations at Kentucky Wesleyan College). For details about registration and cost, call the YMCA at 270-663-8203. For questions about the courses, contact the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning at the College at 270-852-3254.