Kids U!

Join us in July for Kids U! where children and teens can play, build, and ride as part of DelVal's summer programming, right here on our campus!

Location and Hours

Campers will be utilizing the classroom, athletic fields and multi-purpose space at our main campus in Doylestown at 700 E. Butler Ave. Camps are full-day sessions and run Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Campers will brown bag their lunch.

Schedule

Each camp is designed for the specific age range listed and a description of the activities at each camp and biographies for head instructors are listed below. The tuition and material fees vary by camp.

July 6-July 10
Day in the Life (ages 10-13, $239/$20)
Horse Riding Level 1 (ages 12+, $299/$30)

July 13-July 17
Lego WeDo Construction (ages 7-9, $239/$20)
Horse Riding Level 2 (ages 12+, $299/$30)

July 20-July 24
NASTAR (ages 10-13, $299/$60)
Horse Riding Level 3 ages 12+, $299/$30)

July 27-July 31
CEO Kids (ages 10-13, $239/$20)

Registration

Download the registration form (editable PDF). A packet of detailed drop-off/pick up information and supplemental forms will be emailed to you upon receipt of full payment. June 15, 2015 is the last day to submit registrations for Kids U!

Let us know you are interested in our summer camps or have questions and we will contact you with answers.

 

Camp Descriptions

CEO Kids. Is your lemonade stand the biggest and best on the block? Put your creative talents and business skills to the test by designing and marketing the next big thing! Using fun, everyday items, test the limits of your imagination to develop innovative, fun products that might make you famous someday. John W. Sanders

Day in the Life. What do you want to be when you grow up? Find out what a veterinarian’s day looks like or how a dairy farmer spends his time. Learn what an environmental scientist does and see what tools a biologist uses. Day in the Life explores careers related to working with animals, food, and the environment through a week of hands-on activities such as isolating your own DNA, soil testing, performing CPR for pets, and identifying mammal skulls. In addition, visits to a veterinary clinic, laboratory animal facility, livestock and crop farms, and a local restaurant will be part of this exciting session. Instructor: April Laskow

Horse Riding (Level 1-3). These camps are open to all equestrians, regardless of their show experience. The overall goal is to develop the riders’ position and strengthen their fundamentals of hunt seat equitation riding. The minimum age for riders to take part is 12 years old.  Level 1: Riders at this level have the ability to ride an unfamiliar horse on their own at the walk, trot and canter. Students at this level have had professional lessons for at least a year and may be ready to start jumping small fences. The IEA comparison for this level would be beginner on the flat. During this camp we will focus on the fundamentals of hunt seat riding, placing emphasis on equitation. Students will also take part in horsemanship lessons to develop their knowledge about proper care in the barn. Level 2: Riders at this level have the ability to ride an unfamiliar horse at the walk, trot, canter and a course of fences at least 2’ high. These riders have typically been riding for several years and are confident in their abilities to ride an unfamiliar horse over a course of fences with little preparation. The IEA comparison for this level would be Novice and Junior Varsity Intermediate. During camp we will focus on the riders’ equitation over a course of 2’ fences and strengthening their position on the flat. Students will also take part in horsemanship lessons to develop their knowledge about proper care in the barn. Level 3: Riders at this level have the ability to ride an unfamiliar horse at the walk, trot, canter and a course of 2’6” high. At home these riders are proficiently jumping 3’-3’6” courses on their regular mounts. The IEA comparison for this level would be Varsity Intermediate and Open. During camp we will focus on developing the riders’ ability to adjust quickly to new horses over a course of fences, placing an emphasis on the type of testing found in the equitation ring. The riders will also work on solidifying their position on the flat so they can confidently ride a flat class without stirrups. Students will also take part in horsemanship lessons to develop their knowledge about proper care in the barn. Ciara Menkens

Lego WeDo Construction. "The LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Set is an easy-to-use set that introduces young students to robotics when combined with the LEGO Education WeDo Software v.1.2 and Activity Pack. Students will be able to build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language, literacy, and social studies. The Construction Set comes with more than 150 elements including a motor, tilt sensor, motion sensor, and LEGO USB Hub." Head instructor: John W. Sanders

Make it and Take It. Sessions canceled

Next Stop... Broadway! Sessions canceled

NASTAR. Launch rockets and build airplanes as you enter the fascinating worlds of aviation and space at NASTAR Camp EX, an exciting fun-filled five-day experience.  Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion and learn how they relate to aircraft and spacecraft.  You will become a rocket scientist as you assemble a flying model rocket and a test pilot as you test a glider of your own design.  Activities include building parachutes, balloon-powered cars, balsa gliders, rubber-band powered airplanes, and flying models of historic aircraft.  Learn about the challenges of space exploration as you make your own “space food.”  NASTAR Camp EX participants will spend half a day at the NASTAR Center in Southampton, PA, where they will pilot an actual aircraft simulator and see the equipment used to prepare future astronauts for travel on the next generation of commercial space vehicles. NASTAR Camp EX is a licensed activities-based five-day camp experience presented in cooperation with the National Aero Space Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center in Southampton, PA.

Sports Smash. Sessions canceled

 

Instructor Bios

April Laskow has more than twenty years’ experience as a veterinary technician and practice manager in private, small animal veterinary hospitals. During this time, she worked with mostly companion animals, such as dogs and cats, but also with exotics and other various pocket pets such as reptiles, birds, rabbits and rodents.

After graduating from Delaware Valley College in 2007 with a B.S. in small animal science, Laskow worked for Bristol-Meyers Squibb in Pennington, N.J., as a research scientist in the metabolic disease department, focusing specifically on Type II Diabetes. She was also the robotics training coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Robotic Training Center in Glenolden, Pa., where she trained medical doctors in the use and applications of The Davinci Robot that is utilized in many human operating rooms around the world as well as managed the Center’s animal use, protocols, inventory and personnel, and served as the veterinary anesthesia technician. Laskow is a member of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, including the Delaware Valley branch, and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

In 2008, she joined DelVal’s animal biotechnology department as a full-time lecturer teaching the Introduction to Small Animal Management lecture and laboratory. She served as the Class of 2015 co-advisor and looks forward to working with the Class of 2018 in the same capacity. Laskow is also highly involved in the University's Polish Agricultural Exchange Program and traveled to Poland twice as the faculty chaperone with amazing DelVal Students. In 2011, she completed a master’s in educational leadership from DelVal in three semesters with a 4.0 GPA.

Outside of DelVal, Laskow is dedicated to her family including two children. The Laskow family also cares for two Jack Russells, a horse, and a dove. She also enjoys hunting, football, music and dairy science. Laskow has an immense passion for agriculture and animals that goes beyond the classroom.

John W. Sanders is a high school instructor for the Pennsbury School District, in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, teaching in the applied engineering and technology education department. John has taught in the Pennsbury School District since 1996 and presently teaches design engineering and robotics. Sanders is also a part-time professor at Delaware Valley University where he teaches in the business administration and information technology departments, teaching a total of 12 different courses between the two departments. He has been with DelVal since 1997. Previously, John spent time in the private sector for 16 years.

John holds a B.S. in industrial arts and industrial technology from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. John also holds master’s degrees from The George Washington University, from the Graduate Schools of Education and Human Development, with additional studies from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. John has also completed the principal’s certification program at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

John presently serves as the advisor and sponsor of Pennsbury High School’s Multi-Cultural Youth Leaders Club (MCYL) and the Pennsbury Sea Falcons Submersible Robotics Team. The Pennsbury Sea Falcons provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science and mathematics (STEM), while building an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, team work and technical applications. Local competitions are sponsored by Drexel University, the Office of Naval Research and The Department of the Navy. On April 25, the Sea Falcon won five Awards, including the Overall Championship!John is also the recipient of the City of Philadelphia’s Achievement Award for Literacy and Technology, The Barnes and Noble “My Favorite Teacher” Award, and the National Society of High School Scholars, award for being an “Educator of Distinction.” NSHSS is co-founded by Claes Nobel.