Spring is here, and summer isn't far behind, which, for busy working parents presents the special challenge of how to keep kids occupied. Fortunately, Canyons School District offers a rich variety of summer learning opportunities for students of all ages. From summer camps that expose young children to the arts and sciences in a fun, relaxed atmosphere to online courses that allow high school students to earn credits toward graduation from the poolside, there's something for practically everyone — and at affordable prices. Summer Camps
Learn to sing and dance like Moana, or draw a portrait of your family pet. Build a rocket and journey into outer space. Become a mad scientist and program videogames. Canyons District “Community Education” summer camps
are much more than fun and games. They offer students a chance to tinker and dream, build friendships and social skills, and cultivate a love for lifelong learning. Weekly camps exist for all grades, from elementary through high school, and run from June through early August. Registration is open now and camps are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Weekly camp information and registration can be found at entrada.revtrak.net
under “Community Education.” Find out more about Community Education camps here Get a Jump on High School with CSD’s Summer Semester
Summer Semester is Canyons District’s solution for high school students who want to get a jump on their studies or free up their class schedule for more electives. Registration for CSD’s Summer Semester opens April 16 and runs through May 25. Three classes are offered in a blended-learning format: computer technology, financial literacy, and participation skills and techniques (a physical education course required of all high school students). About 40 percent of the coursework can be done online, so students can take their laptop to the pool and do some homework while enjoying the nice summer weather with friends and family. Of course, it’s helpful if they live close to Mount Jordan Middle in Sandy where the face-to-face classes are being taught. The school is only one block away from a TRAX station so kids from all across the valley can take public transit to the class. The classes, which are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, are for original credit only and run from June 11-28. Registration and payment can be submitted online at canyons.revtrak.net
. The cost per half-credit class is $70. Find out more about Summer Sememter here. Virtual High School
On the go this summer? No matter. High school students can earn original or make-up credit online in a variety of engaging courses through Canyons Virtual High School
. With few exceptions, registration is open year-round. Course fees for credit recovery are $35 per quarter credit course. Click here
for more information or to register. SCHOOL-BASED CAMPS
Individual schools also host summer camps. Following is a sampling of offerings. For more opportunities, check with your neighborhood schools. ALTA HIGH ROBOTICS:
Looking for a fun summer program that builds engineering, science and math skills? Look no further than Alta High’s Robotics Camp. You don’t have to be enrolled at Alta to participate or have any prior knowledge of mechanics or programming. The camp is open to all middle- and high-school-aged students (ages nine and up). Participants in the half-day program (8 a.m. to noon) will learn wiring, programming and manufacturing techniques, and take part in competitions by using their problem-solving to beat their opponents. Two, four-day sessions are being offered in June (25-28) and August (6-9) for $120 per session. The fee covers materials, snacks and a T-shirt. Parents must provide transportation. For details, including registration information, visit the Hawks Robotics Team’s website.
HILLCREST HIGH ROBOTICS:
This camp is open to elementary and middle school-age youth interested in robot building and programming. Three, four-day sessions are being offered in July and August. Elementary camps run for two hours and cost $65. Secondary-level camps cost $125 and run for half-a-day in the morning or the afternoon. In order to accommodate as many youth as possible, each child will be permitted to attend only one session. Each participant will take home new skills and knowledge, a T-shirt, and a small robot toy. Parents must provide transportation. For details, including camp dates and registration information, visit the Husky Robotics Team's website.
BRIGHTON HIGH WOODWORKING:
Brighton High is hosting a free, one-day woodworking class where students can learn concepts in design and engineering. The program is great fun for girls and boys in grades 7-10. There are three classes to choose from: June 19, 20 and 21. Each class runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration opens in mid-April. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/woodclass