Kids University is building on previous years and designing a new focus moving forward.
Augusta University’s College of Education Kids University has a STEAM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts, and Math) emphasis for all students K-7. The curriculum was written
and designed by our professors to challenge students and adopts a problem-solving
based approach to ensure students are engaged in fun, active learning.
Students will work on actual situations our community faces presented by local professionals,
companies, university staff, and peers and will learn how to create and design viable
Morning activities will focus on the academic side of STEAM while afternoon activities
will emphasize activity based fine arts. Each week of the camp is designed to stand
alone, however student projects build towards a culminating project for the final
week of camp.
For information on fees, cancellations and refunds please visit our registration page.
HALF DAY PARTICIPATION
- Drop-off: 8:00 - 8:30am
- Program hours: 8:30am - 12:30pm
- Pick-up time: 12:35 - 12:40pm
- Enjoy morning academic enrichment courses
- Morning snack provided
FULL DAY PARTICIPATION
- Drop-off: 8:00 - 8:30am
- Program hours: 8:30am - 5:00 pm
- Lunch will not be provided
- Pick-up: 5:00 - 5:15pm
- Includes academic enrichment morning courses
- K- 6 rotate through daily art projects, creative play, and cool themes.
EXTENDED DAY PARTICIPATION
- Early drop off: 7:30 - 8:00 am
- Program hours: 8:30 - 5:00 pm
- Late pick up: 5:15 - 6:00 pm
K-1 & 2-3
These activities will be done with all grade levels, but with differing levels of
Students will explore a variety of Animals and how they adapt to survive in their
Using this information, students will engineer/ create a new animal based on a given
Students will engineer/ design new items which will help an animal in its habitat,
or help improve (clean) the ecosystem.
- Explore adaptations animals in Arctic (Polar Bears, Penguins), rainforest(boa, frogs,
sloth) and Desert (Lizards, Toads, camels) habitats use to survive.
- Explore types of bird beaks and test different types of beaks trying to pick up/ catch/
eat different types of food.
- Create items for animals
- Hammock for a Baby Sloth
- Hiking pack for llamas
- Igloo for penguins or polar bears
- Design a way to protect animals from pollution, poachers, destruction of habitats
Campers will play, paint, build and learn all about our favorite animals from all
around the world
- Students will explore animals in the Sahara desert and how these animals use adaptations
- Explore the African Elephant
- Elephant art project
- Explore endangered animals, pick one to research
- Create a diorama of an endangered animal rescue sanctuary
- Explore the rain forest and animals that live there
- Create a rainforest in a box
- 3D sculptures of rainforest animals
- Explore oceans layers and marine life that live in each layer
- Make an ocean in a bottle
- Create an ocean mural
K-1 & 2-3
Students will explore the 4 Forces of Flight: lift, thrust drag and weight and design
planes and Newtons law: Where there is an Action(force), there is an equal and opposite
reaction (force) They will then use these forces to create parachutes, helicopters,
planes, hovers crafts and rockets based on what they learn. They will compete in a
Paper Plane challenge where they will redesign planes after test flights keeping in
mind what they have learned about the 4 forces.
Books to read: Rosie Revere Engineer, Who were the Wright Brothers?, Who was Amelia
- Napkin, PingPong & Egg Parachutes All
- Toothpick Twirlers K-1
- Straw Rockets K-1
- Paper plate hovercarfts All
- Paper Fliers Engineer Challenge 2-3
- Wright Flight - Paper Airplane Challenge All
- Bernolli Principle with paper All
- Paper Plate Frisbee All
- Sled Kite engineering All
- Loop Flyer All
Campers will investigate aviation history, including the efforts of Leonardo DaVinci,
the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong. Using historical information,
they will design, create, and construct a space colony and a simple flight machine
for space travel.
- Using principles of flight, students will construct helicopters of different lengths
and widths and test the speed of descent, speed of spin and trajectory of the flight.
- Using principles of flight, students will make straw rockets to demonstrate thrust.
- Students will design and construct a space colony
- Students will design and construct a simple flight machine.
- Complete aviation scavenger hunt.----we’ll need computer lab for this
- Make balloon rockets and have races
- Make paper mache hot air balloons
- Science experiment on why warm air rises and cool air sinks
- Make paper airplanes and airplane launchers and test the distance traveled
- Build simple hovercraft
Week 3: Architecture & Engineering
K-1 & 2-3
Students will explore ancient architecture and how those designs changed society and
are still used today.
Students will explore the strength of shapes to build structures which can support
Students will design a structure that can withstand an earthquake.
- Based on Greek Columns, students will create a Parthenon that can hold a child.All
- Design an Egyptian Pyramid K-1
- Create a Ballista & Siege Tower 2-3
- Build a Bridge which can support several books using given supplies All
- Design a device which a group has to use as a team to stack cups into a tower 2-3
- Create the tallest Toothpick tower All
- Design the Balloon cars and compete to see whose design can go the fastest and farthest.
- Build a structure on a Jello base to simulate withstanding an earthquake. All
- Design an Unsinkable Boat K-1
- Design a device which will protect an egg from breaking during an Egg Drop from a
3 story building. All
- Reading the Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale And Design a House for the Pigs
Campers will explore architecture and design through art and building activities,
design challenges and exploration. Campers will also collaborate to design a local
community that will strengthen their understanding of and their relationship to the
city they live in.
- design and build a community out of recyclables
- design and make castles out of recyclables
- straw tower tennis ball challenge
- paper table challenge
- Becker art project
- Design a dream room in a house
- Pipe cleaner structures
- Design and build a treehouse
- Mary Blair shape collage
- Tennis ball lego towers
- Marshmallow challenge
- Architectural block printing
Week 4: Acting & Artistry
K-1 & 2-3
Using Children’s Literature, students will discover their creativity as they design
and create puppet shows.
Books to read: Three Little Pigs, 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Rhyming Dust
Bunnies and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Students will design and create puppets and backdrops to retell the stories in K-1.
2-3 will design puppets based on the stories, but create their own script/ puppet
Puppets designs will vary: stick, finger, paper bag
Using the famous children’s book, The Great Kapok Tree, campers will design costumes,
make props, and perform the play.
- Students will be introduced to the rainforest
- Students will listen to story THE GREAT KAPOK TREE
- Students will be assigned to parts from the readers theater.
- Students will design and create the set
- Students will design and create costumes
- Students will perform the readers theatre.
All activities will be held in University Hall and the surrounding Augusta University
Summerville Campus. Augusta University Maps