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College for Kids Course Offerings

Course offerings and descriptions for the STEM College for Kids program at NECC. Click on the arrow to the right of each title to view the description of each course. To view courses listed by weekly session, please visit our Session Schedule page.  Junior courses are offered for students in grades 3- 5 and Senior courses are for students in grades 6 – 8. 

College for Kids Course Offerings

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Apocalypse Survival 101

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Learn what it takes to survive outside without the help of technology and gain an appreciation of the outdoors! You will learn how to start a fire, identify plants and build a shelter!

Taught by Tom Ferris. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors
  • July 24th – July 28th from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors 

Art of Nature

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Look towards nature for inspiration as you work on various projects made with different materials and explore the trails at Quarrybrook! 

Taught by Katherine Doyle. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors
  • July 24th – July 28th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors

Clay Studio

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Learn the art of hands on clay building! Explore different no-wheel pottery techniques as you build various pieces to take home!

Taught by Danielle Smith. 

Offered: 

  • July 31st – August 4th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors

Comic Strip Design

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Learn to draw your own unique cartoon character, story line, and cartoon strip! Showcase your work at the end of the week to parents and peers! 

Taught by Danielle Smith. 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors

Crazy Chemistry

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Believe it or not, chemistry can be fun with this hands-on program. Explore the principles of chemistry as we blow up a balloon and make raisins dance, make environmentally friendly cleaners and bath salts, and fire off a rocket to name a few!

Taught by Michael Cross. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors

CSI Training

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Do you want to be a Crime Scene Investigator? Learn some real forensic science techniques and solve exciting mysteries.

Taught by Michael Cross: 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 2 -4 pm for Juniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors

Drawing

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Build confidence in your drawing skills as we explore a variety of drawing tools and processes. We will create our own portraits, nature drawings, and illustrations.

Taught by Lauren Gagnon. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors

Fantastic Worlds and Where to Find Them

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Do you ever wonder how your favorite writers crafted their magical worlds? Learn how to draw inspiration from the world around you to build your magical world, create characters who inhabit that world and craft a story that could happen in it.

Taught by Sara Codair. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 9 – 11 am for Juniors
  • July 24th – July 28th from 9 – 11 am for Seniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 9 – 11 am for Juniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 9 – 11 am for Seniors

Intro to Lacrosse

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Come learn the basics of Lacrosse, participate in drills, and scrimmage against other participants! No prior experience or equipment needed!

Taught by Lindsey Grundfast. 

Offered: 

  • July 31st – August 4th from 9 – 11 am for Juniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 9 – 11 am for Seniors

Natural Skin Care

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Learn how to make sweet smelling herbal soaps, homemade lip balm, body lotion, and bath bombs that are all made from natural ingredients inspired by nature.

Taught by Felicia Motherway. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 9 – 11 am for Seniors

Nature Crafts

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Learn about plants and our natural living environment by exploring the outdoors to collect natural treasures to make a secret garden stepping stone, decorate a bird house, create jewelry, and more!

Taught by Felicia Motherway. 

Offered:

  • July 24th – July 28th from 9-11 am for Seniors

Nature Photography

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Learn the essential techniques for taking photographs that depict the captivating beauty of nature. Students need to provide their own digital camera.

Taught by Devin Sullivan. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors
  • July 17th – July 21st from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 9 – 11 am for Juniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors

Backyard Fun

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Spend the week participating in old school backyard fun! You will have access to our hiking trails and lawn space for team games and exploration.

Taught by Margo Fijux. 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 9 – 11 am for Juniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 9 – 11 am for Seniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors

Outdoor Leadership

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Through exciting games and activities, you will learn more about your natural leadership skills, your strengths and your social skills, and how to use those to be successful in group challenges!

Taught by Rob Aquilina. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors 

Painting

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Learn about the world of painting through an exploration of paints, tools, surfaces using both traditional and experimental painting techniques. In addition, we will challenge our creativity to paint without a brush, create our own pigments from nature and use wood as a surface!

Taught by Lauren Gagnon. 

Offered: 

  • July 31st – August 4th from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors 

Power of Plants

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Learn about different plants, wildflowers and trees that inhabit southern New Hampshire. Take a closer look at plant anatomy, what makes them unique and how these characteristics are necessary for survival.

Taught by Jim Cruickshank. 

Offered: 

  • July 31st – August 4th from 9 – 11 am for Seniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 2- 4 pm for Seniors

Projectile Motion

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Using hands on activities, you will learn more about Newton’s law of motions and how it applies to projectiles. You will get to design a new game using projectiles, then share with everyone at the end of the week.

Taught by Emily Whalen. 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors 

Singers and Songwriters

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We will follow a theme of “woods and rivers and ponds and the open air” to create our music, poems and raps, and musical instruments while using our own devices to record our progress and results.

Taught by Phil Cosgrove. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 9 – 11 am for Juniors

Slam Poetry

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Learn more about the art of slam poetry – including writing and performing. At the end of the week, you will have an opportunity to perform one of your favorite pieces!

Taught by Rob Aquilina. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 9 – 11 am for Seniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 9 – 11 am for Juniors

Theater

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Develop your confidence through theater games, movement and dance, songs, and skits. Write your own skits accompanied by songs and dances, and perform them at the end of the week.

Taught by Rob Aquilina. 

Offered: 

  • July 17th – July 21st from 2 – 4 pm for Juniors
  • July 24th – July 28th from 2 – 4 pm for Seniors

Tiny Town Design

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Work as a group to create, plan and construct a fictional village and the story surrounding those who live there!

Taught by Rees Gemmel. 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors. 

Triangle Tech

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Discover the power of the simple triangle to build stable domes and apply architectural concepts to small scale structures.

Taught by Emily Whalen. 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 9 – 11 am for Juniors
  • July 31st – August 4th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors

T-Shirt Design

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Spend the week creating designs and executing them using fabric paint, markers and tie dye on t-shirts! All students must bring five pre-washed 100% cotton t-shirts to decorate.

Taught by Danielle Smith. 

Offered: 

  • July 24th – July 28th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors
  • August 7th – August 11th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Juniors

Wacky Wire Wraping

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Learn how to make sustainable, eco-friendly jewelry from a mix of natural and man-made materials and take home your creations at the end of the week!

Taught by Sara Codair. 

Offered: 

  • August 7th – August 11th from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm for Seniors 

Contact

For questions or more information, contact the College for Kids staff at 978-556-3332 or e-mail College4Kids@necc.mass.edu