Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Study science, cupcakes and ants at CSI

Family learning is new emphasis

Express Staff Writer

    The College of Southern Idaho’s Community Campus location in Hailey usually gets taken over by kids each summer. This summer’s CSI programs will include parents in “Family Learning” camps.
    Over 40 academic courses are taught onsite each semester at the CSI Blaine facility. In the summer months, CSI in Hailey expands its programs to include children and families. They can experience learning together in small class settings.
    Here are some popular offerings during the summer:
    The July 24 “Starlab Summer Sky Gazing Evening” from 9:30-10:30 p.m. allows families to enjoy an interesting presentation by Hemingway Elementary School engineering technology teacher Scott Slonim.
    He will offer students a chance to touch a real shooting star. This event, with tuition of only $5, concludes with a free pass to the CSI Faulkner Planetarium in Twin Falls.
    The always popular “Ants and Plants” program will take kids on field trips with noted local naturalist Ann Christensen. In the process, they will get dirty in the search for fascinating bugs and plants.
    The four field trips designed for students entering grades 2-6 will explore various natural communities and the creatures that inhabit them.
    Each child should bring a sack lunch and appropriate outdoor gear each day.
    “Ants and Plants” field trips take place Monday through Thursday, July 7-10, from noon to 3 p.m. Children will meet at Hemingway Elementary School at 111 Eighth St. West in Ketchum. Tuition is $70.
    Family learning can also take place in two arts and crafts classes. They are “Let Them Eat Cupcakes!” which is beginning cupcake decorating with expert decorator Gloria Wieand, and “The Ancient Art of Origami” paper folding, a Japanese art, with Mitsuru Brandon.
    The cupcake class meets Tuesday, June 10 from 6-8 p.m. fee $20 per person, and the paper folding class is Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m.-noon, $13.
    For more information, visit the CSI office at the Community Campus, call 788-2033 or get current information at

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