April 28, 2010

Kid Architecture camps set for summer

by Amanda Scott and Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education, along with the University’s Architectural Studies program, will offer architecture camps for youth in grades 4-12 this summer.

Camp participants will develop an understanding of why buildings look the way they do and how they stand up, what architects and interior designers do, how a building is designed, constructed, used, and reused, and so much more. Camp activities include walking historic architecture field trips, sketching and rendering, visiting construction sites, casting concrete, model building, creating computer graphics and a field trip to view architecture in St. Louis or other sites.

Jon Davey, architecture professor, is project director for the architecture camps. He’s beginning his 28th year teaching design. He is the five-time winner of the department’s Teacher of the Year award and two-time winner of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Teacher of the Year honor. He’s also earned accolades with a Distinguished Faculty Award twice as the college’s scholar of the year. He has a special concern for perceptions young people have about design, especially their development of three-dimensional spatial skills.

There will be two weeklong sessions of Kid Architecture this summer in addition to the popular middle school and high school architecture camps. Session I of Kid Architecture will run June 21-25 while Session II is July 26- 30. Registration is $175 and due by noon on June 14 for Session 1 and by noon on July 19 for Session II. The camp will meet 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day except Friday, when the participants won’t return from their field trip until 6:30 p.m. Visit the Kid Architecture page online athttp://mypage.siu.edu/ashfaq/KidArch/ .

Middle School Architecture Camp, for grades 7-9, is July 11-16. Registration is due at noon July 5. It’s $499 for those staying on campus all week or $350 for commuters.

High School Architecture Camp, open to grades 9-12, is July 18-23. The registration deadline is noon July 12. The cost is also $499 for residential campers or $350 for those commuting.

The resident camper fee includes all lunches and breakfasts Monday through Friday, dinners Sunday through Thursday, five nights lodging in air-conditioned residence halls, educational supplies and materials, field trip transportation, camp supplies and materials, instruction, a camp T-shirt and limited medical accident insurance coverage. The $350 commuter fee covers the same things except for the lodging and breakfasts. Commuter campers are welcome to stay for the provided dinners and the evening activities lasting until about 8:30 p.m.

Check-in for campers will be 3-4 p.m. Sunday and all campers and their parents or guardians should attend a meeting with the camp director at 4 p.m.

You can register online for any of the camps at https://www.dce.siu.edu/index.php/Academic-Camps/. Enrollment is limited and on a first-come basis so register early. The architecture camps typically fill very quickly each year with campers coming from across the country and beyond. For more information about the architecture camps or any other SIUC summer camp, visit https://www.dce.siu.edu/

or call 618/536-7751.