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'Summer school' not what it used to be

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By Tris DeRoma

Here’s a sentence describing one of the classes in “The Summer Program for Younger Students,” a special curriculum created by the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

“Launch a rocket on the last day of class.”

They’re talking about model rockets, but still, who wouldn’t want to sign up for that? Other courses in the program promise that students will get to learn about fire, fossils, robots, how to solve real life mysteries, program a computer, even train a dog.

It’s these types of learning experiences that have kept the youth of Los Alamos coming back to the “Summer Program for Younger Students” for the past 20 years.

“This is an opportunity for students and parents to fully appreciate the educational opportunities that UNM-LA offers across the age spectrum,” said Dr. Cedric Page, UNM-LA’s executive director. “The early contact with a college of our caliber will give them a pathway for pursuing education for the rest of their lives.”

This year, classes start July 21 and end Aug. 1. All classes take place on the UNM-LA campus. They go for a half day, and students have Fridays off.

This year, The Summer Program will be offering 11 courses for students, grades one through 12.