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Posted on: August 9th, 2018

New iTech Camps Will Super-Charge Your Child’s Imagination and Design Skills

Posted on: May 18th, 2017

Does your child’s mind whiz and whir like an amazing inventive machine? Just wait until they step into one of our NEW iTech camps!

Activ8 is excited to shine a spotlight on our incredible new iTech camps! These technology and design programs bring every camper’s fantastical ideas to life, all by using their favorite creative tools like Minecraft®, LEGO® and Android®. These camps, held in partnership with Black Rocket, are powered by imagination and full of hands-on design and creation. From start to finish, students will create masterpieces to share with the world and continue developing at home. The programs allow the students to mirror real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Check out a few of these incredible camps below!

  1. Creating Android Apps
    Campers will learn how to create mobile apps for Android powered phones and tablets using the Android AppInventor interface provided by the MIT Center for Mobile Learning. Students will learn to design, build and install their apps on Android devices. Will your camper make the next hit application? They’ll certainly get a start here!
  2. Minecraft Designers
    If your camper loves Minecraft and always wanted to design their own world, this class is their dream come true! They will learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures to import at home or share with friends.
  3. Robotics Programming
    Campers will learn to build and program a real robot! Will they make their robot dance or navigate an obstacle course? They will assemble robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics System and then program it to do whatever they want it to do!
  4. Web Design
    Campers will learn how to set up a website and maintain it efficiently. They’ll learn how to code the bones of a site in HTML, and will also get some experience using both a plain text editor and various authoring tools to maintain a site and create content for viewers. This camp will spark what may become a lifetime of curiosity and creativity in digital design.
  5. LEGO Film and Stop Action
    Campers will make LEGOs come to life! They’ll bring their favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with friends. Whether they want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of their own, this camp brings their dreams to the screen, and will teach them skills to keep making films after the week is over.

And that’s only the shortlist.

Check out the full list of iTech classes.

And see the FULL Activ8 summer catalog over more than 60 camp choices here.

We Learn from One Another in Unexpected Ways

Posted on: May 18th, 2017
Serendipity in English

Gloomy Weather Gives Way to Magical Meeting of the Minds

The Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center is the heart of Continuing & Professional Education here at Columbus State University. Every day, this humble building gathers people of all types, ages, interests, and backgrounds together under one roof. But whatever their differences, they all share something timeless and magical — the desire to learn, to explore new things, to meet new people and develop new skills. Everybody who enters this building has that desire. When you put all those remarkable people together, some amazing things are bound to happen.

Paige Burns, an English language instructor through our ELI (English Language Institute) program, had one such experience when a tornado warning prompted a class of much older learners to join her in her English classroom. Read her heartwarming story below.


“It was just another stormy spring day in Columbus when a tornado warning turned into a magical meeting of minds.

I teach a class of upper level international students who are enrolled in English classes at the ELI . We were in the midst of a lesson on prepositions when I saw movement in the hallway outside my room and a head poked in to inform me that we were under a tornado warning. Since my inner classroom is considered a “safe place” on our emergency plan, I began to resume my lesson when I realized the voices in the hall were of other misplaced learners in our building searching for shelter.

These newcomers were from a class with CALL (the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning) studying the origins of the English language, I couldn’t help but smile at the serendipity of the situation as I let them know that while they were studying the origins of English, my students were learning how to use English in the first place.

Although I briefly felt concern about how my shy young learners, aged 17-30, would feel as their safe learning environment was invaded, I opened the door and welcomed in a class of senior adult strangers.

My students remained in their seats while we pulled chairs around the exterior of the room to make room for approximately 20 more guests. I smiled, then took a deep breath from the front of the room and thought, “Now what?” as many pairs of eyes stared back.

After discovering these newcomers were from a class with CALL (the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning) studying the origins of the English language, I couldn’t help but smile at the serendipity of the situation as I let them know that while they were studying the origins of English, my students were learning how to use English in the first place. An immediate murmur of interest wafted around the room, and I invited my young learners to introduce themselves. What happened next could never have been scripted. Entire conversations were developed, questions were asked and answered, common places of interest were discussed, and laughter was shared.

The clock ticked away and the thankfully mild storm outside was forgotten. The encouragement that was poured into my students that day surpassed the rain that poured around our building, and the winds of affirmation that built their confidence that day far exceeded the destruction from the winds outside. It was a magical meeting of minds – young and old, native and international – but all students, all lifelong learners.”

This is the kind of wonderful story that happens all the time here at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. Young and old, international and domestic, artist and engineer — all find a home here to build on their skills, and to meet and support one another in their journeys.


Credits:
Blog Post by Scott Berson
Original Story by Paige Burns

 

 

 

These Sports and Dance Camps Will Activ8 Your Child’s Potential

Posted on: April 27th, 2017

 

Is your child getting off the couch and out into the yard enough? Are they putting down the tablet and picking up some athletic skills?

Sports & Dance

It’s time to Activ8 your child’s physical potential with our amazing athletic camps. Choosing a sport to play can be tough, which is why these camp provide an excellent opportunity for your child to try as many different ones as they like!

We have different camps, sports, games and activities every week to help your child unlock their talents.

Here are our Top 8 choices for athletic camps this summer.

  1. Cougar Swim Camp
    Come on in, the water’s fine! Kids will advance their swimming techniques beyond the ‘doggie paddle’ and learn how to stretch and warm-up so they don’t get cramps. They’ll enjoy team water sports, guided instruction, and freestyle fun time during this wet-n-wild week!
  2. Soccer Camps
    The CSU Soccer Camps will focus on making the game of soccer easy and fun. Learn the skills of dribbling, passing, kicking and making goals. The typical day includes fundamentals and match-related skills training, tactical awareness training, and competitive group and team play. Players of all skill levels will benefit from the program. Lunch included!
  3. Basketball Camps
    Campers will improve their basketball skills and focus on the fundamentals by participating in different contests and scrimmages. The Columbus State University Men’s and Women’s coaching staff will provide instruction.
  4. Pop Dance
    Grab your squad and join us for a week of FUNky dance! Your child will learn how to do the “Thriller”, Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, and more. They’ll be the ultimate kings and queens of POP at the end of this camp! Rock that next sock hop.
  5. Rock Climbing
    Your child discover the basics of rock climbing by learning knots, belaying, rappelling, anchoring, and more. They’ll learn the limits of their own strength and use teamwork to climb their way to the top, cheering each other on and making friends along the way.
  6. CSU Dance Camp
    The CSU Dance Team is one of the South’s best Division II programs, and they’ll be the instructors for this incredible camp! The camp will feature all types of dances, and will include both team and individual work. The week will end with a grand finale on Friday for family and friends.
  7. Mad About Sports
    This camp will let your child take a test-drive through tons of different sports, and make some great friends while doing it. Campers will take turns playing flag football, soccer, kickball, ultimate frisbee, disc golf and more.
  8. 44th Annual Cheerleading Camp
    The CSU cheerleaders have won several Peach Belt titles, are nationally ranked and have won seven National Championships, and they’ll lending their expertise to teach this amazing camp! The 44th Annual Columbus State University Cheerleading Camp will feature cheers, chants, jumps, dances and a lot of fun. The week will end on Friday morning with a Pep Rally for family and friends. The CSU cheerleaders will offer guidance in all aspects of cheerleading.Don’t see anything that strikes you fancy? No problem! We have dozens more camps to fit any child’s interest. Give them a look and register today!

So, Activ8! Summer Camp 2017 begins May 26th and runs 10 weeks through Summer. Spark your child’s imagination by building your own schedule from 200 Camps. in  7 Categories for ages 4 to 18.

Ready to Register? ACTIV8ER.com
Or Call: 706.507.8328

See you soon,
The 2017 Activ8! Staff

The Top 8 Summer Camps for 2017

Posted on: April 26th, 2017

 

Our selection of amazing summer camps  can be a little intimidating when you’re trying to figure out which ones your child will like best.

We can help get you started with our Top 8 summer camps for this year. These camps are a nice sample of all we offer—sports, technology, art, science, drama and more. Want to see more? We have dozens more camps available for kids of any age and interest. Check it out now and register today!

  1. Activ8! Academy (ages 4-7)
    Each session of the Activ8 Academy is a whirlwind of games, crafts, fun and learning to get your child curious about life. Learn about farming, the natural world, animals, bugs, history, other countries and cultures, and much more! You child will come home each day with dozens of stories to tell you about what they learned that day.
  2. iTech: Minecraft Designers
    If your child loves Minecraft,  this class is for them! They’ll learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and how to create custom textures to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home students, must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft.
  3. iTech: Robotics Programming
    Build and program a robot. Will your child make a robot dance or navigate an obstacle course? They will assemble robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics System (http://mindstorms.lego.com/) and then program it to do what they want it to do!
  4. CSU Cougar Swim Camp
    Come on in, the water’s fine! Kids will advance their swimming techniques beyond the ‘doggie paddle’ and learn how to stretch and warm-up so they don’t get cramps. They’ll enjoy team water sports, guided instruction, and freestyle fun time during this wet-n-wild week!

    Activ8! your child’s Summer with a flexible and refreshing camps in 7 categories. Register: ACTIV8ER.COM


  5. Create-A-Lot: Anime and Manga
    Kids will learn drawing techniques, character and story development, plus get some insight into the Japanese culture of mythology and martial arts in this fun and informative camp!
  6. Brain Training: Mathacadabra
    Throughout history, great minds have been fascinated with mathematical puzzles, paradoxes and wonderments for the sheer joy of it. In this course, your child will kindle that spark of curiosity and passion for math beyond the “drudgery” of formalized step-by-step curriculum.  They’ll also put the “magic” in the math, literally, as they learn, practice and perform math-based magic tricks.
  7. Scienceologies: Mad Science!
    Conduct crazy physics experiments and create fascinating chemical potions. Your child will become a mad scientist with safe household products as you learn to perform a variety of experiments.
  8. So, You Wanna Be a YouTube Star?
    Want to be a YouTube sensation? Your child will learn the basics of making YouTube videos all the way from filming to editing. They will also create a plan for a YouTube channel so that they can become the next YouTube sensation.

So, Activ8! Summer Camp 2017 begins May 26th and runs 10 weeks through Summer. Spark your child’s imagination by building your own schedule from 200 Camps. in  7 Categories for ages 4 to 18.

Ready to Register? ACTIV8ER.com
Or Call: 706.507.8328

See you soon,
The 2017 Activ8! Staff

What kind of learner are you?

Posted on: November 8th, 2016

What kind of learner are you?
How to choose between classroom and online learning

Going to school is a fantastic investment, whether it’s to get a degree, prepare for a test, pick up a new job skill, or just try out a new hobby. But now there’s more than one way to learn: you can pack your bag and head to the classroom or make some coffee and fire up your computer at home. Many classes at CSU’s Department of Continuing Education are offered either online or in-person at our Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. But which one is best for you?

Online Courses Are Great For Those Who…

Love Convenience. Many online classes begin whenever you sign up, and finish whenever you’ve completed the coursework. No need to wait for an instructor to be available to teach the class- it’s always open and ready. If something comes up at work, or you need to take a vacation, you can just put the class on hold for a while and come back to it later.

Need to work around busy schedules. You’re a supervisor at work, always first-in and last-out. You’ve got three kids at home and four meetings across the city. Online classes are a great choice for when you have to fit your education somewhere in the frenzy of other responsibilities you’ve got in your daily life. No need to change your hours or find daycare for the kids- you can do your classwork on your laptop or phone whenever you can pin down a quiet moment or two during the day.

Are self-disciplined. Online courses are great because you can work them around your schedule, but the caveat is that you have to be the one to do that scheduling. Without a set meeting time (and a professor reminding you about due dates for assignments), grades can start to slip through your fingers. If you’re disciplined and enjoy going at your own steady pace (not a teacher’s), then online classes are best for you.

Traditional Classrooms Are Great For Those Who…

Like to have a network of people to learn with. It’s often helpful to be with a group of people who are all trying to learn the same material that you are. People are social- they like to do things together, and that includes learning and studying. Being in a physical classroom allows you to work with your classmates to solve problems and wrestle with harder material, and in the process you’ll develop a much stronger foundation than if you’d just sat down and memorized information. And who knows, you might make some new friends as a bonus.

Like getting immediate answers to questions. Online classes certainly have instructors who can respond to questions, but they can often only be reached through email, and your grip on the material may slacken by the time they get around to sending you a response. Being in a traditional classroom means that you can always raise your hand and ask a question from your teacher when you need help.

Prefer structure. Sometimes structure can be more helpful in learning than absolute freedom. Just like scheduling in a time for exercise every day makes you more likely to actually go out and do it, having a specific time every day for a class can help keep you focused and on track to get the grades and knowledge you want.

Each style of learning has its pros and cons. Find out which one will work best for you, and then take the next step by registering for a course or certificate program at csucontinuinged.com.

 

-Scott Berson, Student Assistant