By Elizabeth Varville, Correspondent
The Mayborn Science Center located in Killeen offers a wide variety of summer activities that students of all ages can benefit from. The center offers the traditional camps to include art lessons, swimming lessons, music lessons, and cooking lessons. But if your student wants to participate in unique camps which allow them to have new experiences and develop lifelong memories, then The Mayborn Science Center is the place to go.
The center appropriately refers to their camps as College for Kids. The camps are meant to be a cultivating environment for a child to explore activities that could turn into lifelong passions.
The following are highlights from the center’s website, please visit ctcd.edu to view the full schedule.
Kung Fu Kids is for students seven years and older. Based upon northern and southern styles of kung fu, this class focuses on the southern Hung Gar family of Kung Fu. Animal Kung Fu helps to instill discipline, focus and concentration. It has been shown a child training in martial arts has increased focus and discipline which leads them to be great leaders in their community along with improved habits in school and at home.
Learn about problem solving, scientific inquiry, robotics, motion control and programming through a series of fun and engaging hands-on activities using the LEGO We Do Robotics System. Students will get an introduction to foundational science, technology, engineering and math concept skills. For ages seven to 12 years.
NeXT Robotics is for the older students ages 12 – 16 years. Students will use the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics system to explore problem solving, scientific inquiry, robotics, motion control and programming through a series of fun and engaging hands-on activities and competition challenges. Students will get an introduction to foundational science, technology, engineering and math concept skills.
Come Fly with Me offers students ages nine to 16 years a complete briefing on aviation careers, oddities, safety, weather maps and radar. The class ends with an actual airplane flight.
Young Naturalist learn how to apply the scientific method while investigating the science behind aquatic ecosystems, natural resources, the food chain and endangered species. The students build an “insect zoo,” a birdbath and terrarium. For students ages six to 12 years.
The center also offers matinees on their weekday afternoon shows. Show times vary throughout the year so check their schedule. Tickets are $4.00 per person, per show. Weekend shows are Friday starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12 years.
Every month the center chooses a Friday night to showcase a special lineup of their best laser shows. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12 years.
Each month, Warren Hart, the in-house astronomer, gives a complete tour of what is going to happen in the night sky for the next month. This is the best way to get a full classic planetarium experience.
For more information on prices and registration deadlines, please visit www.ctcd.edu.