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Southeastern camps provide fun instruction in language, science, arts, technology

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Learn about Spanish language and culture, examine flora and fauna, explore ancient Egypt, create digital electronic designs, build mobile robots, and tune up computer skills. Those are just some of the fun activities that Southeastern Louisiana University is offering students of all ages through Academic Adventures summer camps, which get underway in June.

     Sessions of 16 camps exploring the creative arts, science, language, and technology will be offered in June and July on campus and at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

     “We have something for every child’s interest and for every age from first grade through high school. Some of our computer skills classes are even open to adults,” said Linda Munchausen, coordinator of the Academic Adventures camps and a veteran member of the Southeastern chemistry faculty.

     Munchausen said camps for younger children include before and after care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15.

     Information about Academic Adventures camps and online and printable registration forms are available online at For specific information, contact Munchausen at 985-549-3935 or

     Since camp enrollment is limited, registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. “It is important that you register your child for the camps as early as possible so that materials needed to support the camp can be purchased,” Munchausen said.

     Sessions being offered in June include:

     ▪ Spanish. Guided by members of Southeastern’s foreign language faculty, children in grades 1-7 will discover how easy it is to learn a foreign language when you’re having fun. Fluent in their native tongue and excited to share their cultural knowledge, instructors will encourage language skills through activities such as dancing, singing, arts and crafts, conversation, games, outdoor activities and talent shows.

     Sessions will be offered at the Southeastern Lab School cafeteria June 18-22, and at the Livingston Center June 25-29. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 a.m., and the cost is $150. Before/after care is available.

     ▪ Go Wild! Through this science camp, campers in grades 1-7 can investigate extreme plants and animals through activities such as building a microscope to examine a bug’s life, entering the world of bats and birds, dissecting owl pellets, and going on a “dinosaur hunt.”

     Camp dates are June 25-29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Lab School cafeteria. The cost is $195; before/after care is available.

      ▪ Digital Electronic Designs. High school juniors and seniors can learn the essentials of building digital electronic designs though hands-on experience with building simple digital circuits using standard digital chips. Beginning with the basics of design methods and Boolean Logic, students will build circuits on prototyping boards for several projects.

     The camp will be offered June 25-29, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in Anzalone Hall, room 217. The cost is $220.

      ▪ Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint 2003 – Basic. High school juniors and seniors – adults are also welcome – will spend five days learning the basic functions and features of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2003. Scheduled for June 25-29, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Fayard Hall, room 126, the camp costs $142.

     Academic Adventure camps will continue in July. Sessions offered on Southeastern’s main campus include “International Languages” and “Exploring Nature with Number,” July 9-13; “Microsoft FrontPage 2003-Basic” and “Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goop,” July 16-20; “Programming with ALICE,” July 23-27; “Mystery of the Pharaoh’s Treasure,” July 30- Aug 3; and "Practical Robotics," July 30-Aug. 3.

     Sessions of “Microsoft Publisher 2003-Basic” will be offered July 9-13 for high school juniors, seniors and adults, and July 16-20 for ages 12-14.

     At the Livingston Center, “Space and Rockets ’07” will be offered July 9-13.

     Academic Adventures camps also include morning and afternoon sessions of the Children’s Art Workshop, July 9-19; the Community Music School’s Southeastern Music Festival, July 9-20; and the Young Writers Camp, July 23-27. The camps will be held at locations on Southeastern's main campus.

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