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K-State Salina expands Discover Programs to include high school students

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SALINA — After seven years of providing seasonal educational opportunities for area youth through Discover Programs, Kansas State University Salina is growing the brand to now include a new program and an older age group.

K-State Salina is introducing Discover You — a one-day development program on Wednesday, July 29 that will focus on participants' interpersonal skills such as communication, leadership, goal setting and teamwork. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to the eighth through 10th grades, making it the first time Discover Programs have been available to high school students.

"In this particular age group, it's an exciting time in their lives when they start taking stock of who they are as an individual," said Kirsten Zoller, K-State Salina's event coordinator. "Discover You is a natural extension of Discover Programs, building on the technical skills students have learned in previous programs with the necessary relational skills they need in extracurricular activities, the classroom and beyond."

Discover You will feature rotating engagement sessions for the students in the first part of the day and in the second half of the program, they must put that knowledge to work on a team project and then present their idea to a panel of judges.

K-State Salina’s Discover Programs began in 2007 as a way for the college to extend its academic offerings beyond the traditional classroom and inspire Salina-area youth to become lifelong learners in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment. The programs also connect the campus with the community, so participants and their parents can experience all that K-State Salina has to offer.

Along with Discover You, other popular Discover Programs will also be available this summer. Programs offered, dates and age levels include:

• Aviation Fixation, June 22-24, lets third-, fourth- and fifth-graders discover the world of aviation through hands-on projects with the K-State Salina Flight Team.

• Aviation Fixation 2.0: A Day in the Life of a Pilot, June 22-24, lets students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth experience the life of a pilot by working through the flight planning process from beginning to end, including taking a flight in a university plane.

• K-State Cheer Camp, June 11-12, is hosted by the K-State Athletics' cheer program and gives seventh- through 12th-graders unique and individualized cheer, stunt and routine instruction from the university cheer coach.

• Virtual World 2.0: "Minecraft" Edition, June 1-4 and June 8-11, lets sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders explore the world of engineering technology through the popular game "Minecraft." Both sessions are at capacity but interested participants can be added to the wait list.

Registration details, camp costs and the program schedule can be found at http://www.salina.k-state.edu/profed/discover/ or by contacting Zoller at 785-826-7182.



Kirsten Zoller


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Julee Cobb

At a glance

Summer is learning time for kids at Kansas State University Salina, where its Discover Programs have been expanded to include high school students.