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ASU offers a variety of summer programs

From left, Auric Saha and Darrius Heppard adjust robot at Albany State University’s 2013 STEP camp. (Special photo)

From left, Auric Saha and Darrius Heppard adjust robot at Albany State University’s 2013 STEP camp. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Southwest Georgia students with a fascination about robotics, animation and game development through computer programming have plenty to do this summer at Albany State University. These summer programs are set to begin on campus and provide all ages groups access to academic enrichment and recreation to keep minds active and engaged.

Choices include small business ownership and management, transportation, animation software design, SAT and ACT preparation and biomedical science career programming. Athletics is also offering baseball and football camps.

The Summer Transportation Institute, a nonresidential program funded by the Federal Highway Administration, and the Georgia Department of Transportation, is designed for students in grades 9-12. The activities include visits to the Department of Transportation project sites in Southwest Georgia. The program will be held in the ASU Criminal Justice Building June 2 through June 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Charles Ochie, program director, at 229-430-4864229-430-4864. The program is free for participants.

The Black Youth and Entrepreneurship Workshop targets high school students in the Southwest Georgia area, who are interested in small business ownership and management. Emphasis is also placed on personal development and career planning. The one-week workshop provides role model, cultural and recreational activities, microcomputer exercises, classroom sessions, a field trip, and the opportunity for each participant to experience residence life on a university campus. Program dates are June 2 through June 6 and the cost is $35. For additional information, contact Dr. Cynthia Bennett, program director, at (229) 430-4014(229) 430-4014 or 430-4786.

The National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) provides a variety of structured sports activities and educational workshops for economically disadvantaged youth ages 10-16. The program will be held May 27 through June 27. For more information about NYSP, contact Robert Skinner, project administrator, at (229) 430-3817(229) 430-3817 or 430-4754. NYSP is free to eligible students.

The Summer Learning Academy, formerly known as Kiddie College, is a four-week summer camp held June 2 through June 27. The academy uses discovery and motion to enhance math, science, reading and social studies skills. The camp introduces children ages 4 to 14 to advanced academic concepts and features half-day or full-day program options. The half-day program is $300 for four weeks and the full day program (with pick-up at 5:30 p.m.) is $500. For more information, please contact the College of Education at 229-430-6471229-430-6471.

The Interactive Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Computer Programming Summer Camp will be held June 23 through June 27. The camp targets 6th, 7th, 8th and rising 9th grade students. Applicants CRCT science and math scores must meet or exceed 860. Camp supplies and lunch are provided. Participants will also have one hour of recreational activities daily. The camp features hands-on projects in Alice animation software and Lego-Mindstorm Nxt programmable robots. They will also work in Computer Numerical Controlled Machine and SolidWorks Computer Aided Design software, conduct Wind Tunnel experiments and use 3D printers. The cost is $100. For more information, contact Pearlie Bowser at 229-430-4671229-430-4671.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 2014 Procter and Gamble Summer Institute will be held June 2 through June 27. The camp focuses on mathematics and English (reading comprehension and writing). The goal of the program is to help rising sophomores and juniors improve SAT and ACT scores. The camp is free for eligible participants. For more information and an application, contact Melinda Patterson, at 229-430-4886229-430-4886.

Albany State University Baseball Camp will be held May 24, from 8 a.m. to noon for children ages 8 to 18. The camp covers pitching and catching fundamentals, and infield and outfield play. For more information, contact Kenyan Conner at 229-430-4754229-430-4754, 229-430-1364229-430-1364 or email, kenyan.conner@asurams.edu.

The ASU Foreign Language Institute Conversational Spanish Camp for grades 6th, 7th and 8th will be held May 28 through June 30. The camp offers speaking, reading, writing, and technology sessions at a cost of $150. For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Harper at kharper4@asurams.edu or telephone 229-430-6477229-430-6477.

ASU MARCU*STAR Science Will Amaze Them (SWAT) Camp will be held June 2 through July 10. The camp targets high school sophomore and junior biomedical science career students. Please contact Dr. Ashok Jain, project director at ashok.jain@asurams.edu or telephone 229-430-4817229-430-4817.

The Mike White Rams Football Camp is scheduled June 5 through 7. The Rookie Camp for ages 8-12 years teaches the fundamentals and the Veteran Camp, for ages 13-18 has three camps, skill, lineman and kicking. For more information, contact White at 229-430-6470229-430-6470.

For additional information, please call the Albany State Office of University Communications at 229-430-4671229-430-4671.