Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CSI’s College for Kids has more than ants

Science and nature classes

Express Staff Writer

Kids go to college each summer at the College of Southern Idaho Campus in Hailey during the popular College for Kids Summer Camps.

This June and July, the college is offering microbiology, food science and ecology classes for grades 2-6.

Budding science buffs and cooks will enjoy "The Hungry Scientist," a class that combines science and cooking.

Kids in grades 3-5 will learn basic scientific principles and experiment with the seemingly magical properties of color-changing food and fizzing drinks. Dates are Tuesday through Thursday, June 21-23, from 9 a.m. to noon, cost $90.

Certified biology and chemistry teacher Melanie Schrader conducts "The Hungry Scientist" class. She has taught at the Discovery Center of Idaho.

No CSI summer would be complete without the ants.


Naturalist Ann Christensen will offer "Ants and Plants." The July 11-14 camp will allow kids to get dirty in the search for bugs and plants. They will embark on a series of field trips to explore various natural communities and the creatures that inhabit them.

As they visit rivers, forests, ponds, meadows and sagebrush areas, they will learn about botany, geology and ecology. Each child should bring a sack lunch and outdoor gear. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Open to kids in grades 2-6, "Ants and Plants" is offered Monday through Thursday, July 11-14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Ketchum's Hemingway Elementary School, cost $70.

Children who prefer the laboratory to the great outdoors can consider a journey into the inner workings of cells on Aug. 4 during the "ExCELLent Adventure Science Camp."

This year, the one-day CSI Science Camp (instructor to be announced) focuses on the basic unit of life—the amazing cell. Kids get to use microscopes and other exciting science tools to examine the wonderful world within the cell.

Youngsters in grades 1-6 will compare different kinds of cells and learn their basic components in a hands-on, interactive biology lab setting. The class is Thursday, Aug. 4, from 2-5 p.m., tuition $25.

To register for a College for Kids class, visit the CSI office at the Community Campus in Hailey or call 788-2033.

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