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PJC offering many summer youth options

Published or Revised June 24, 2018

Starting on July 9, the Paris Junior College Continuing Education Department is offering a variety of fun courses for young people in fifth through ninth grade.

Junior Medics will allow fifth through ninth graders to have fun as they experience the world of healthcare. The course will teach them basic first aid skills and CPR; how to take vital signs using real medical equipment and hunt for germs to test handwashing skills; and to practice emergency care using the “Sim Man” and “Mega Code Kelly.”  On the final day the junior medics will participate in medical emergency role playing and meet real paramedics who will help them treat the injured patient. The class meets from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 9-12.

Working with clay is a great place for imagination to meet fun, messy skills, and Hands on Clay delivers for students in fifth through eighth grade. The class teaches the art of hand building including pinching, slab, coil and texture techniques. Students will also learn about the underglaze process and compare it to glazing. Parents are advised to dress their children for messiness.  The class meets from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 16-19.

Kids College 2018, for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade, will be held July 23-26. Classes are block scheduled and run from 8:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parents may drop off their children starting at 8:00 a.m., and pick them up between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. The week is capped with a Parent Preview from 3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26.

The 2018 Kids College classes for all ages include CSI: Paris; Wheels in Motion; “Books Alive;” Programming with Scratch (Raspberry Pi); The Great Mystery; Fun with Clay; Reduce, Recycle, Reuse - HAVE FUN; Martial Arts; Creating with Ceramics; Honey Bees Do Have a Purpose; Engineering for Kids; Time Travel; Life Among the Animals; Cupcake Showdown; You CAN Sew; Yes You CANvas; and Cracking the Math Code. Available for third through fifth graders only is 3-D Character Creation.Grades 5-9

Sixth through ninth graders who like to work with their hands and are thinking of using lawn equipment are in for a treat with Tune It Up. The course covers different types of small engines and their components, how to make them work, and how to properly maintain them to prevent future problems. The class includes both hands-on training and lecture, and all necessary tools will be provided to the students so they may participate. The class meets Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., July 30-August 2.

Also for sixth through ninth graders is the popular Junior Law Enforcement Academy, which lets students learn what it takes to be a policeman, judge, lawyer or jailer.  Some of the city’s finest will teach about police operations, jail operations and court procedures. Each day students will visit a different location including the police department; jail; and courthouse. The week ends with learning self defense from Paris Junior College students processing a crime scene to figure out “Who Dunnit?”  The class meets Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., July 30-Aug. 2.

Riveting Creations teaches the art of working with metal for sixth through eighth graders. They’ll make a key chain, leather cuff, and necklace. Students will learn the art of texture, punch, patina and how to rivet metal. The class will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 30-Aug. 2.

The final class is the series will be Coding with Raspberry Pi, teaching Python programming, to sixth through eighth graders. One of the most widely used programming languages in the world, Python will be used to provide an introduction to professional coding languages. Python is used for web development and as a support language for software developers. It is a simple language with straight forward syntax that can be easily understood. Coding and basics of circuitry will be discovered using the Raspberry Pi, which each student will receive to take home and enjoy. This course will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, August 6-9.

For more information or to sign up for these courses, contact PJC’s Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447.

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