Virginia Western Community College kicked off its summer Kids College this week with a robotics class that was a fun introduction to complex engineering. Students learned how to build a robot, draw in CAD, design a rogue transformer and even print their creation on a 3D printer.

Kids College is for rising 2nd-8th Graders and several fun and educational classes are still open for registration. Parents can register their children at https://virginiawestern.augusoft.net and can contact Cassandra Dove for more information at at 540-857-6811 or cdove@virginiawestern.edu.

Available Upcoming Kids College Classes:

ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs! (9 a.m.- Noon, July 9 – 13) $199
Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream up. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox, a fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Open to ages 8-14. Registration deadline: June 29.

Junior Achievement: Kid Entrepreneurs Change Our Valley (1-4 p.m., July 16 – 20) $149
Want to change the world? Interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship? Do you have an innovative solution that you wish to develop, or are you interested in working with others who do? In partnership with Junior Achievement, the Kid Entrepreneurs (kidpreneurs) class will look at current community needs and develop an idea for a service or product that will solve a problem and develop a business-like activity to support it. Students will learn the nuts and bolts on marketing, research, ethics, leadership, communication, and creating a business plan. During this interactive workshop series, students will be inspired by local entrepreneurs and kidpreneurs from around the world. Students will build on skills learned each day and create a solution that solves or alleviates a local problem. A prototype will be created and shared on the last day of class. Open to students in middle school. Registration deadline: July 3.

Creative Engineering (9 a.m.-Noon, July 23 – 27) $199
Work with an advanced 3D construction kit that is yours to keep and take home. Design and build simple or complex models of a vehicle, a robot or buildings. You will also get your own 3-volt geared motor to power up a moveable Radar Surveyor. Learn the many ways you can make your motor run. Hands on is the only way, so prepare to build from directions, and from your own imagination! Open to ages 7-11. Registration Deadline: July 15.

Make It and Take It: Science Projects (1-4 p.m., July 23 – 27) $199
In this hands-on, fun, and exciting class you will discover how amazing science is. You will make and take home a wide assortment of toys designed to teach you science concepts in a hands-on way. Grow and take home a crystal tree. Make an energy bead bracelet and watch as those amazing beads turn from white to a rainbow of colors before your eyes. Build a working electric motor. Make your own sharpie pen T-shirt and learn some cool chemistry (student supplies a 100% cotton T-shirt). Make your own bubbling blobs and explore the properties of a density tube. Make silly putty–glowing goo–green flubber and other cool projects. By the way…we will make ice cream in our own amazing, different, Sciensational way! Open to ages 7 – 11. Registration Deadline: July 15.