Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Programs Present ‘Summer of the Eclipse 2017’

“Summer of the Eclipse 2017” is the theme of this year’s Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Program June 12-30 at Southeast Missouri State University. This year’s sessions highlight the phenomenon this area will be treated to Aug. 21 when southeast Missouri will be in the path of totality of a total solar eclipse. Eclipse-themed programs this year for children ages 5-14 include “Star-Struck,” “Artclipse-Celebrating the Eclipse,” “Space Cadet: Mission Eclipse,” “Star Story: Writing an Epic Eclipse Adventure” and “Out of this World Pottery.” “We’ve labeled this our ‘summer of the eclipse’ because we really want to use our camps as a vehicle to get children excited about the eclipse,” said Christy Mershon, assistant director of Continuing Education. This year’s Horizons brochure also provides safe-viewing information for the August eclipse, Mershon said. In addition to eclipse-themed programs, this year’s lineup includes new programs, along with returning favorites, including “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future,” “Beginner Bots,” “Haunted Historians,” “Super Cool Med School,” “Advanced Robotics,” “Weird Science,” “Ancestor Detective: Discovering Your Past,” “Launch Your Line,” “Start From Scratch Programming,” “Epic Pottery,” “Scratch Programming 2.0,” “Horizons Camp Z,” “CSI-Southeast,” “Kids in the Kitchen,” “Magic and Muggles: Fun with Harry Potter” and “Dino Dig.” The Horizons program offers children a fun way to develop skills not covered in the traditional classroom or summer camp. They are able to explore various fields and the responsibilities of professionals in their dream careers, be it engineering, entrepreneurship, pottery, fashion design or zoology, to name a few. Each course uses a hands-on approach to learning that incorporates laboratory experiments and physical activity. “We are proud to be in our 31st year of summer youth programming at Southeast,” Mershon said. “It is amazing to see parents sharing their own Horizons memories with our newest generation of campers. It helps us realize just how impactful these programs really are.” Little Horizons classes are available for children 5-8 along with traditional Horizons offerings for youth 9-14. Morning, afternoon and all-day sessions are available. Horizons registration is now open. All classes are $100 plus lab fees. For registration information, including the full lineup of classes, visit semo.edu/continuinged/horizons or follow the Horizons Facebook page. For more information, contact Continuing Education at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 986-6879 or email coned@semo.edu.