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Fun Fact: Summer activities bring scholars of all ages to campus

Grandparents University 2010Several thousand people will be on campus during the summer to attend workshops and seminars to help them hone existing skills or learn about new topics. Which program lets participants earn a degree in puppetry?

A. Mean Green mascot camp.

B. Avesta’s Summer Cooking School

C. Grandparents University

D. The dance and theatre workshop.

The correct answer is C: Grandparents University, which is sponsored by the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning. Grandparents University lets grandparents, or other special adults, attend a two-day program with their grandchild age 7-12. Participants may major in two of 11 topics, and will go home with an official Grandparents University degree. Above, participants at the 2010 program.

This year’s majors include Puppetry: Hand Puppets that Tell Our Story, which allows participants to make a plaster puppet and re-enact an event from family history, or make up a new tale. Other possible majors include robotics, metalsmithing, astronomy, acting and veterinary skills.

After class, the multigenerational scholars can spend the night in a UNT residence hall and enjoy campus cuisine … and, who knows, maybe stay up late talking about the meaning of life, just like we all did in college.

Enter to win a UNT T-shirt and an eco-friendly shopping bag by sending an email to InHouse with “Grandparents” in the subject line by 5 p.m. June 10. Winners will be chosen at random from all respondents.

Grandparents University is June 22-23. Other programs are:

Through June 25 - Texas Governor's School

The Texas Governor’s School was established by the legislature in 2003 to provide a challenging academic experience in science and technology for advanced high school students.

Through July 22 - RoboCamp

Robocamp is a free, week-long day camp for high school-aged students. The camp features hands-on activities in robotics, engineering design, critical thinking and computer programming. Last year the Robocamp for girls program won the Metroplex Tech Titan of the Future-University Level award, which recognizes higher education institutions that encourage students to choose engineering and technology-related disciplines.

Through June 10 - Camp Communicate, Meritt Bois D’Arc Ranch, 2946 GanzerRoad West

Camp Communicate is a fun‐filled summer day camp experience designed for children ages 5 to 12 years with speech, language and hearing disorders. The campers participate in traditional camp activities, such as horseback riding and fishing.

June 7 - June 8 - Future Bilingual Teachers Academy

Fort Worth ISD students will participate in a two-day summer workshop at UNT including a campus tour and an information session on UNT’s Bilingual Education/ESL program..

June 13 - July 8 - Elm Fork Education Center Summer Camps

UNT’s Elm Fork Education Center hosts  week-long summer programs for young scientists, such as AstroKid Academy, Suburban Safari, Critter Camp and Environmental Crime Scene Investigation.

June 13 - July 1 - Career Cruisin' Camp

Career Cruisin’ Camp is designed to spark interest in long-term careers for young adults with mental and physical disabilities.

June 19-23 - American Harp Society Summer Institute

Jazz, rock, classical and music from around the world will be explored in daytime workshops and evening concerts at the American Harp Society’s 9th Summer Institute and 19th National Competition June 29-23.

June 19 - July 16 - The Mean Green Workshops (Debate Camps)

The residential program is for high school students who invlved in Lincoln-Douglas and policy debate tournaments; the workshop is the largest debate summer program in Texas.

June 20 - July 29 -  Xbox Game Development Camp

The Xbox game programming camp is a one-week day camp that will engage middle and high school students in team, project-oriented activities that utilize laptops, XNA Framework (which is provided by Microsoft) and Xbox 360 gaming consoles.  

June 22 – 23 -  Grandparents University

Grandparents and grandchildren ages 7 to 12 can earn a Grandparents University degree by majoring in two of 10 topics during the two-day program.  

July 2 - July 16 - LTC/UAEM Summer Institute

Students from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico is an English-as-a-second-language immersion program to prepare the UAEM students for study at U.S. colleges and universities.

July 10 - July 30 - TAMS Summer Math Institute

The institute is an intensive mathematics program designed for highly motivated middle and high school students who wish to accelerate their mathematics education.

July 12 - July 15 - Dance and the Child International’s National Gathering

Acclaimed dance experts at the top of their field and dancers as young as 8 will join together for classes and performances at the Fourth National Gathering of Dance and the Child International.

July 18 - July 20 - ASM Materials Camp

ASM Materials Camp is designed to expose enthusiastic high school students to the world of materials engineering and nanotechnology.  

July 19 - July 23 - Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp

Mariachi Aguilitas Summer Camp allows middle school and high school students to learn to better sing and play the guitarrón, vihuela, trumpet and violin.

(Photos by Jonathan Reynolds)

Posted on: Mon 06 June 2011

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