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YouthLearn! begins July 17

Released: 05/30/2006

LSU Alexandria is offering a new challenging, week-long program this summer for students who have completed grades 6, 7 and 8.

YouthLearn! is an educational enrichment program for students who have at least a “B” average or are certified gifted.

It will be held from July 17-21 on the LSU Alexandria campus. Daily activities begin at 12:50 p.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.

“LSUA is offering this new program for middle-school students with courses geared specifically to their age group,” said Tammy Moreau, director of Continuing Education. “YouthLearn! offers a fun way to squeeze a little learning into your child’s summer.”

Participants will be able to choose from among a variety of classes taught by LSUA employees and local professionals with expertise in the subject areas. The classes and their descriptions are as follows:

Computer Lagniappe: Learn “a little something extra” about computers. Learn how to make sure you are safe while accessing the internet; learn how to burn a CD; keyboard shortcuts will be learned using Microsoft Word; and create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. Detective in the Making: Homicide, computer crimes, arson….whatever the crime, before evidence can be submitted to the crime lab, it must first be properly collected and documented by law enforcement. As the Detective, students will have hands-on training on retrieving prints left by hands, shoes, and tires. Students will collect other evidence and properly bag and tag it. Participants will also experience the proper way to preserve, photograph, document, search, and draw crime scenes for use at trial. “Down and Dirty with Dissecting”: Become a scientist for a week as we study animals, bugs, amphibians and their habitats through hands-on interaction as well as virtual exploration. Students will also learn how to dissect animals. Flight Competition: Design and compete your own catapult glider and rubber-powered model airplane to win awards for Farthest Flight; Longest Flight; and Best All-Around Design. Flight competitions will follow rules established by the Science Olympiad and the Technology Student Association (TSA). Go Greek! Heroes of the Ancient World: Find out why the adventures are still exciting after 3000 years. From stories of the Greed gods, goddesses, and heroes, learn the legends that gave us words like echo, panic, and Olympian – and why a tendon is named after the great warrior, Achilles. In the News: This course will introduce students to the basics of journalism and newswriting. Career opportunities in journalism and mass media will be discussed. The class will identify and develop news stories for inclusion in a YouthLearn! newsletter which will be distributed at the end of the program. Math in Motion: Students will participate in hands-on projects by gathering data, making predictions and checking results using the TI83 Plus graphing calculator. We will explore Algebra and Geometry concepts with an origami frog jumping contest and we will try to give Barbie the ultimate bungee jump. (Calculators provided.) New Wave Art: Join this class and participate in a supervised, yet creative approach to art using design, drawing, technology, and various media to produce high-quality and interesting art pieces such as “Cutting Edge Portraits” and “White and Black Symmetrical Cut-Outs with Color!”

The registration fee is $150. The fee for each additional student in the same family is $135 per child. The cost pays for program tuition, class materials, a YouthLearn! t-shirt and daily snack.

Participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Class placement is made on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, people who sign up after Friday, June 30, must add a $25 late-registration fee.

To obtain a registration package or for more information, call (318) 473-6495 or e-mail youthlearn@lsua.edu.