LATROBE, PA – Registration for the 2022 edition of Saint Vincent College’s popular Challenge Program, a STEM-based academic summer program for students from pre-k to grade 12, is open. For the first time since the summer of 2019, the Challenge Program is able to offer all program options this summer.
The theme for the 2022 Challenge Program is “Galactic Mission 2022,” and interested participants can choose from a variety of “Macro Force” overnight program immersions for grades 5-12, high school overnight immersion programs for grades 9-12 and middle school overnight programs for grades 5-8. Additionally, younger children can participate in the “Micro Tots” program for preschool and kindergarten-aged students and the “Micro Force” day program for grades 1-4.
The Macro Force programs are scheduled for June 19 to June 24, 2022. The Micro Tots day program is offered from June 20 to June 24, from 9 a.m.–noon, while the Micro Force day program is being offered on the same days, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
All Macro Force overnight students will be housed in the Rooney Hall dormitory, and on-campus meals will be provided to both the day and overnight attendees by Parkhurst Dining Service.
The Macro Force overnight program, open to students entering grades 5-12, offers the opportunity to choose two immersion experiences to participate in throughout the week: a three-hour morning and a three-hour afternoon experience that culminates with a final project, event or challenge. Some immersions will be on-campus, while others will take place in the local area off-campus. Course instructors will encourage full participation, collaboration and authentic learning by offering project-based experiences that encourage students to deepen their understanding. Evenings will be full of planned fun and entertainment.
The Micro Force program allows students in grades 1-4 the opportunity to participate in academically and creatively theme-based experiences led by certified elementary teachers. These interactive courses happen in a half-day offering. During the other half of the day, the children will be involved in an immersion experience with guest presenters, planned events and group opportunities. A counselor will remain with the group of children all day to help them throughout their experience, and students will be provided with lunch and a snack each day.
Preschool and kindergarten students are invited to take part in the half-day Micro Tots program (9 a.m.–noon), which will feature multiple learning experiences with galactic missions incorporated throughout. Each class is taught by a certified teacher and counselors will be on hand throughout the day. Students will be provided a snack each day and will participate in activities and lessons both inside and outside.
All Challenge Program instructors are certified students who are either Saint Vincent College alumni or current graduate students. All program counselors are undergraduate majors in the College’s Department of Education training to become teachers. Counselors and instructors undergo thorough training to ensure the enjoyment and safety of the children.
The Challenge Program has been held at Saint Vincent College since 1982 and is currently under the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Beining, assistant professor of education and director of early and middle-grade education at SVC. The program regularly attracts students from across the U.S., with recent participants hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado and Mexico.
For complete information on the 2022 SVC Challenge Program, including pricing and immersion course offerings, and to register, visit www.stvincentchallenge.org. Those who register before March 31 can enter the discount code “LUCKY” at the time of checkout to receive save $40 off the price of registration for the overnight program and $30 off the price of registration for the day program.
Parents of children who wish to attend and who may have a special need or concern are asked to contact Dr. Beining at email@example.com or 724-805-2981. In the past, the program has been able to address a variety of concerns to enable many students to attend.
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