Creative learning for children continues with Pellissippi State’s summer classes

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Summer months may give children the chance to take a break from school, but they also give them the opportunity to explore topics they might remember long into adulthood. Children as young as 6 can have fun learning about subjects ranging from art and history to acting and computers in Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning classes.

Creative learning camps for kids continue through July, with classes beginning on July 8. Early registration is encouraged. The youth summer course selection for July, offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“Girls on the Run”—July 8-12, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces participants to the physical-activity-based Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls”—July 8-12, 2-4 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $95. Attendees learn basic self-defense skills, safe-dating strategies, predator awareness, escape techniques and assault prevention in an age-appropriate way.

“CreACTivity”—July 8-12, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Students explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage, with the chance to display their skills in a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“ImaginACTion”—July 15-19, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants use imagination and technique to create characters for the stage in this active class. The class is capped off with a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Claymation”—July 15-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Working in small groups, attendees write a script, create clay figures, take photographs and compile a short animated movie. Includes a movie premiere featuring all final projects.

“The Amazing History Adventure”—July 15-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ages 9-13; $169. Presented in conjunction with historic Ramsey House, this day-camp experience offers hands-on activities, games and crafts based on early American history. Participants must register by July 8 and should visit the BCS website for a list of materials to bring each day. Classes meet at Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, in East Knox County.

“App-tastic”—July 15-18, 9-noon; ages 8-15; $115. This four-day class teaches students how to build their own app that will work on an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android with Wi-Fi capabilities.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—July 15-16, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class helps younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—July 17-18, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students learn how to boost confidence and decrease feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Keyboarding and Basic Computer Skills”—July 22-25, 9-noon; ages 6-10; $115. Youngsters have fun learning their way around the computer in age-appropriate activities, including doing online searches and making greeting cards.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 22-25, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $115. Attendees can get a head start on future job skills by learning the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel).

“Cambridge ACT Test Prep Class”—July 20, 8:30-noon (pre-test); July 29-20, 5-8 p.m. (math/science); Aug. 5-6, 5-8 p.m. (English/reading); Aug. 10, 8:30-noon (post-test); $425, with $100 discount to those registering by July 5. Students preparing to take the ACT gain test strategies in this curriculum, which has a solid record of improving scores. Must register by July 12.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.