Hiram College

A sure sign of summer at Hiram is the beginning  of an active season of activities and learning opportunities for kids.

Some new features have been added to this year’s slate of activities, including the Hiram Robotics Academy, an academy for high school juniors and seniors that immerses them in the construction and programming of robots. The Finch robot is already constructed and has several sensors for measuring the world. Students will learn to control this robot to accomplish different challenges.

Participants will also design and build their own Lego Mindstorms NXT robot, attach sensors and motors, and then program their construction. Students will use the Java programming language throughout the experience. HRA will conclude with an opportunity for students to show off their creations to family & friends. HRA is intended for outstanding high school students who
wish to explore programming and robotics and have a strong background in mathematics or technology. All students in high school are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to students who will be juniors/seniors in the fall of 2012. The Academy runs August 6 – 10, 2012 (meets daily 9 – 4 pm). Registration Fee: $100. 

But kids and teens don’t have to wait until August for learning fun.

For  three Saturdays (July 7, 14 and 21, 2012) from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Hiram College’s campus, the Hiram Fine Arts Workshop students will teach printmaking (silkscreen), painting and drawing. Young artists will work with Hiram faculty to expand their artistic abilities, aesthetic judgment and advanced visual skills. The workshop will conclude with an art show for family and friends. The fee to participate is $55 and covers all meals, art supplies and materials.

The workshop is the latest addition to a schedule loaded with hands-on experience and diverse educational opportunities led by Hiram’s faculty and other experts – while having fun doing it.

High school-aged youth can develop writing skills in the Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction June 21 – 23, 2012; Involve themselves in microbiology, and genomics concepts in the Hiram Genomics Academy; June 30 – July 3, 2012; Engage themselves in activities designed to foster leadership skills in the High School Leadership Conference; July 9 – 11, 2012; Explore Vaudeville and the beginnings of musical theater in the acting-intensive program in the Hiram Institute of Theatre July 18 – 21, 2012; or immerse themselves in the construction and programming of robots in the Hiram Robotics Academy

Younger kids will learn AND have fun in any of the Camps for Kids, including: learning the basics of art techniques in the Hiram Summer Youth Art Camp June 11-15; immersing themselves in nature and the environment in the Summer Nature Camps June 25-29, July 9-13, July 30-August 3; learning about alternatives of communication in the Hiram Summer American Sign Language Camps July 23-27; and get hands-on experience while having fun investigating the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math in Camp Invention August 6-10.

Visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for details and to register for these and other Hiram College hands-on summer opportunities or get more information on dates, times, and registration on the summer fun and excitement at Hiram. Students should register early for all summer activities, as space is limited. The registration deadline is May 25, 2012. To register, or for more information, contact Lisa Schneider at 330-569-5986 (schneiderlh@hiram.edu) or Matt Sorrick 330-569-6003 (sorrickmw@hiram.edu).