By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) will be conducting two free summer day camps in July.
OSU-OKC’s Student Success and Opportunity Center’s (SSOC) Writing Lab is offering a free Creative Cowboy Humanities Camp for eighth graders. Funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the creative writing and art camp will be held weekdays from July 6-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus.
Activities include creative writing and journaling, watching films, listening to Oklahoma storytellers, attending field trips in Oklahoma City, and making arts and crafts. Students will have the opportunity to create their own modern-day western.
“This camp is a good way for OSU-OKC to collaborate with the community and offer a fun, creative and educational opportunity for Oklahoma City-area eighth graders,” said Kyle Cohlmia, OSU-OKC SSOC director.
All students entering and exiting the eighth grade, who are interested, are encouraged to attend this two-week summer camp Cohlmia said.
Students will have the opportunity to explore their own personal creativity through the western genre from different cultural and historical perspectives, while learning aspects of Oklahoma history and diversity through the humanities.
“We often neglect our creativity in the midst of life’s demands, so we are providing the space for students to unleash their inner artist without any added pressure,” Cohlmia said.
“We want to take a closer look at the western genre, as it influences a lot of our state culture. We think through its symbolism, stereotypes and how it is viewed from different perspectives.”
Camp leaders include OSU-OKC English faculty and writing tutors, and OSU-Stillwater Writing Center staff.
“It’s amazing to see what young students can create when you give them the appropriate forum, and this grant will allow us to provide such forum,” Cohlmia added.
No writing experience is required to attend the camp. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Due to the overwhelming response, Cohmia stated, “We are actually maxed out on enrollment right now, but taking a waiting list.” For more information, contact 405-945-8691 or [email protected]
From July 13 – 24, OSU-OKC in conjunction with Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, will host a free summer transportation institute camp for metro area high school students.
The two week program, which will be primarily conducted on the OSU-OKC campus, will help students explore college majors and career opportunities in the transportation field through exposure to activities, field trips and hands-on experiences.
During the program, students will interact with industry professionals, tour Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure, tour OSU’s laboratory facilities and participate in exciting field trips where they will experience different areas of transportation first-hand.
The camp schedule includes opportunities such as the construction of a Pinewood Derby car, aircraft evacuation demonstrations, Boeing flight simulator activities, and a visit to the Port of Catoosa and Newt Graham Lock and Dam.
“This institute is an amazing new opportunity for high school students to delve into the ever-growing field of transportation,” said Jennifer Williams, OSU-OKC camp project director.
“With our society continuing to expand, creating solutions for future transportation issues becomes increasingly important. People will always need transportation and all of the partners are excited about introducing the career possibilities to Oklahoma’s students. ”
All metro area high school students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade who are interested in science, engineering, technology or transportation are encouraged to attend. Space is limited.
For more information, contact OSU-OKC Administrative and Data Coordinator Melissa Garner at 405-945-9124. To download an application for either camp, visit www.osuokc.edu/summercamps.