EXCEL for Youth Turns 30!

e.jpgEXCEL for Youth is a unique academic enrichment program at SSU that offers students entering 4-9th grades accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing. It is celebrating its 30th year and has served over 19,000 students since 1982.

An exhibition highlighting 30 years of EXCEL will be featured in the Sonoma State Library Art Gallery from June 21 to July 27, 2012. The opening reception will be Wednesday, June 27, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.and will feature robots and special animal guests.

EXCEL offers 50 innovative classes each summer. While classes are structured to provide experimentation with materials and ideas, they also make learning fun. Courses include Pre-Med for Kids, Exploring Shakespeare, 3-D Animation and Modeling, Crime Scene Investigation, Digital Filmmaking, Metal Jewelry, Crash and Burn Chemistry and many, many more.

The one to two week classes take place on the campus of Sonoma State University and use the school's specialized arts, science and technology labs, as well as providing guest speakers and field trips.

rocketlaunch.pngExceptional mentor teachers include university faculty, professionals from specialized fields and teachers from area districts who design classes to capitalize on each student's interest, creativity and curiosity.

In addition, the EXCEL High School Teaching Assistant Program, instituted in 2003, allows high school volunteers to earn community involvement credit while working as assistants to our faculty. These bright, energetic students serve as great role models for our younger learners.

Registration for the summer of 2012 is open. Three sessions run from June 25 - July 27. For a full list of classes and complete program information visit www.sonoma.edu/exed/excel or call the School of Extended Education at (707) 664-2645.

LEFT: Rocket launch physics is observed in an experiment by an EXCEL student.

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