2015 Classes


This course will give you an opportunity to design, construct, and test a real rocket - one that is powered by water pressure. Your rocket design ideas will be simulated and tested on a three-dimensional engineering program, and you can design your rocket to release a parachute, carry an egg back to earth, or compete in the longest and highest flight competition. It’s up to you, as an aerospace engineer, to design a rocket that will complete your mission! Students will need an empty 2 liter soda bottle. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. This is a double period class. Instructor: Scott Stagnitta


Meet the American Girls, new and archived, and explore the time periods in which they lived. Learn about the games they played and make crafts reflective of their time. American Girl dolls are not necessary for this class, but participants may bring their dolls into class on Friday. Instructor: Megan Dennehy


Here’s your chance to try a new sport. Learn the how to shoot, dribble, pass, and rebound in game situations. You will play different types of games – knockout, elimination and 3-second pass. This fun class will focus on the fundamentals of basketball while teaching fair play and sportsmanship. This is an outdoor class. Instructor: Joe Piazza


¡Bienvenidos! is an immersive, week-long experience where students will explore the food and fun of Spain and the Latin American countries. Throughout the week, students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary, as well as the festivals and customs in countries such as Peru by studying the culture and making piñatas. Students will also contrast the unique character of foods from countries like Ecuador and Costa Rica by conducting a “taste test.” Students need to bring in an empty oatmeal canister or coffee can and an 8” x 10” piece of cardboard. Instructor: Lauren Prestnopik


Looking for just simple, low-tech fun? In this course, we will learn about and play classic games and brand new games in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. You will learn the rules and winning strategies for several games throughout the week. Come join this board game bonanza! Instructor: Casey Sunser


Learn the basics of weaving several pieces of colored gimp into a three-dimensional design. We’ll start with the basic square knot and then move on to learning spiral knots, butterfly knots, and more. We will also learn how to make friendship bracelets by knotting embroidery floss and learn the difference between the candy stripe and the chevron patterns. Instructor: Megan Dennehy


King’s Corners, Rummy 500, Crazy Eights – these are just a few of the card games that you will learn how to play in this class. You will also learn how to play solitaire, a card game you can play by yourself. By the end of the week, you’ll be so good you will be able to teach your family and friends. Instructor: Casey Sunser


Create your own cartoons. Turn your stick figures into original characters; expand your ideas to tell complete stories. Add dialogue balloons, and texture to your artwork, to give your drawings a more finished look. Instructor: Michael Carter


Extra, extra… read all about it! Gather information about your week at College for Kids and produce a newspaper. Work with other students to conduct interviews with instructors, counselors, and other campers, write stories on the computer, create comics, take pictures, and design the look of the paper. Once done, it will be posted on the Onondaga website for all to read! Optional - students may bring in a digital camera, with a signed permission slip, from home. Instructor: Lauren Prestnopik


Do you love all things chocolate? In this class, students will create delicious sweets, treats, and works of art using chocolate in different recipes. Students may wish to bring an apron to class. Instructor: Lauren Prestnopik


This class will focus on the classic episodes of the long-running BBC hit TV show, Doctor Who, an alien who can travel anywhere in time and space. We will watch clips from the different eras of the classic show (from1963 - 1989) and have fun discussing Time Lords, Cybermen, and much more. This course is recommended for all students. Instructor: Megan Mueller


Students will explore the vast world of comic books and discuss different art styles, written narratives, characters, and story lines, and learn about comics in other countries. Students will then write and illustrate their very own comic story. Students may bring in their favorite comic books and memorabilia to share with the class. Instructor: Cole LaVenture


Do you love taking pictures? Have you ever wondered how magazine photographers manipulate photos? In this class, students will learn how to edit photographs, improve them, and turn them into gorgeous, fun works of art! Students will need a digital camera (DSLR or digital point and shoot). This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Amy Davis


If you like to move to music, then this class is for you! Students will learn basic jazz, hip-hop, and pom dance moves in this fun-filled class. Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes to dance in. Instructor: Ashleigh Hart


Dinosaurs have inspired scientists, artists, and movie makers for over 150 years. They filled the oceans, the continents, and the sky. Then they disappeared from humanity for over 12,000 years. Consider past and present dinosaur theories and share your own. Play games that will explore how dinosaurs might have lived. Learn to draw lifelike dinosaurs as you discover different dinosaur anatomies. Classify the different dinosaurs by how, where, and when they lived. See how “Hollywood” has shaped our ideas about dinosaurs. Find out about the best dinosaur attractions in the northeast. It's all about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals from the Ice Age! Instructor: Michael Carter


Whether you consider yourself a cartoonist, an abstract artist, or a realist, this class is for you. Students will be introduced to a variety of artists as they work on developing their own style while working in a creative atmosphere with the guidance of a professional artist. Use light and shadows; add details and texture. Create special effects with only a pencil and paper. Students may bring in photographs or small objects that they would like to draw. Instructor: Michael Carter


In this class, students will study electricity, learn about circuit schematics and theory, build a electric motor, and then design, create, test, and experiment with Snap Circuits® to discover the capabilities of electronic components. Instructor: Corey Szyikowski


Explore the whimsy, folklore, history, and magic of fairies. Design and build a natural dwelling from sticks, bark, stones and other materials to attract fairy visitors and nature's friends - the butterflies. Instructor: Karen Wright


Do you want to build a snowman? In this FROZEN-themed class, you will have fun making winter crafts, including crystals and snow, playing games, and preparing and enjoying special treats. Instructor: Megan Dennehy


Do you enjoy books and movies about the paranormal? Here’s your chance to take a light-hearted look at psychic phenomena. You will learn the basics of card reading, palmistry, astrology, numerology, color analysis, and dream interpretation. You will study simple relaxation and meditation techniques. Activities include taking a psychic test, coloring an aura graph, calculating a numerology chart, making a magic pendulum, and imagining past lives - all for the purpose of entertaining yourself and others. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Ron Cain


Does creating garden mosaics, making birdfeeders, folding paper flowers, and decorating flower pots sound like fun? Then this is the class for you! We will be decorating all things pertaining to both indoor and outdoor gardens, both indoors and outdoors. Nature enthusiasts, as well as indoor lovers, are welcome in this class. Instructors: Danielle Laurin and Eden Lapsley


In this class, you’ll enjoy some of the fun and finer things in life. Learn to make jewelry and crafts to wear and share. Come and experience all the perks of being a girl. Students need to bring in a white T-shirt and a plastic grocery bag. Instructor: Megan Dennehy


Are you a fan of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan? Are you interested in learning more about the mythological characters in the books? Come and learn about the Greek gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes in Percy's world. Knowledge of the books is not necessary. Instructor: Megan Mueller

“HAIR” IT IS! (FAM.CE-021)

“Hair” It Is! is a fun and highly interactive class where participants learn how to create and design different hair styles. Every year we teach new techniques such as the Bohemian and Zig Zag braids. Students will learn how to create updos using curling irons, wands and hot rollers. Incorporated into our class is a day designated for temporary hair color. If you’ve ever wondered how your stylist does it, now is your chance to learn! Class is taught by a licensed hair stylist. Students must come to class each day with fresh-washed hair and bring a brush and comb in a labeled Ziploc bag. For the protection of all students, hair will be checked for lice on the first day by our camp nurse. Students with head lice will be asked to select an alternate class to attend for the week. Instructors: Sara Moon and Jennifer Rich-Walters


Explore the wondrous world of Harry Potter, the popular young wizard created by author J.K. Rowling. Pretend you’re a student at Hogwarts School and get “sorted” into one of four houses. Take magical classes, play wizarding games, and compete for the “house cup”. Students may bring in wizard costumes on the last day of class. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Ron Cain


Innovative Nails is a class designed to have fun and make new friends while learning new and trendy nail techniques. Participants will learn creative designs such as snake skin and stained glass effects. In addition, students will learn how to use magnets to make a nail design and the art of paraffin wax dips and make their own body butter lotion. Students will practice on themselves, partners and/or fake nails. The class will provide a new and colorful technique each day to practice on themselves, family and their friends! Instructors: Sara Moon and Jennifer Rich-Walters


Would you like to learn how to communicate without speaking a word? Take this Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) class. You will learn basic grammar and frequently used vocabulary, and have the opportunity to practice ASL as a whole class, in pairs, and individually. We will play games and read books, and there will be simple, optional home projects to reinforce your learning. Instructor: Sarah Curtis


Grab your digital camera and get ready to shoot! Students will learn how to take creative and fun pictures by learning how to use camera functions, how to light subjects without a flash, subject composition, and more. This is a hands-on class so be ready to climb onto a stool, lie on your stomach or journey outside to capture some GREAT images! Students will need a digital camera (DSLR or digital point and shoot). This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Amy Davis


In this singing class, students will learn about different musicals, their history and meaning. There will be a group performance at the end of the week. Different songs will be learned and presented each week of College for Kids. Week 1: Disney Music, Week 2: Classic Broadway Music, Week 3: Modern Broadway Music. Instructor: Cole LaVenture


Abracadabra! Amaze your friends and family with fantastic magic tricks using ordinary objects like coins, cards, and rope. Participants will also learn how to create their own magic character and perform in front of an audience. Students put on a magic show the last day of class. Students will need to bring a deck of regular playing cards, one quarter, and one handkerchief. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Ron Cain


Create your own beautiful jewelry including bracelets, pins, necklaces, and rings. Use beads, sculpty clay, wire, hemp, and more to create stunning jewelry. Instructor: Jennifer Blansett


We put a twist in your regular kickball game and play Two Base Kickball, Big Base Kickball, Mat Ball, and the ultimate Krazy Kickball. So lace up your sneakers and have fun. This is an outdoor class. Instructors: André Remillard and Casey Sunser


Students will learn to write simple computer programs that will bring their robots to life. In the ultimate test of the arena, the robots will battle in a 5-foot diameter ring until one is pushed out or dismantled. So let the battles begin, and let’s see whose design has what it takes to be the last robot standing. Students must be 12 – 14 years old to register for this class. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. This is a double period class. Instructor: Scott Stagnitta


Design, construct, and test a vehicle that is powered by a single mousetrap. By designing and building your mousetrap vehicle, you will turn your ideas into a working machine. Your goal is to see how far your vehicle can travel. Using Math, Science, and Technology, you can create an amazing mousetrap vehicle. Students must be 10 – 14 years old to register for this class. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. This is a double period class. Instructor: Scott Stagnitta


If you love the game Minecraft, then this class is for you! In the game world environment, students will create and build constructions out of textured cubes, explore and gather resources, learn survival skills, and more. Students are encouraged to bring their device with a Minecraft pocket edition. Instructor: Corey Szyikowski


Are you interested in science fiction? This class will focus on the modern episodes of the BBC hit TV show, Doctor Who, an alien who can travel anywhere in time and space. We will watch clips and have fun discussing Time Lords, Cybermen, and much more. This course is recommended for students 10 - 14 years. Week 1 will focus on the first four seasons of the modern show (2005 – 2009) and Week 2 will focus on seasons 5 – 8 (2010 – 2014) of the modern show. Instructor: Megan Mueller


Enter the frightening world of Monster Survivor! After being assigned to a monster-related tribe, students participate in “Survivor”-like competitions. They’ll also study monster legends and lore and watch scenes from movies featuring vampires, werewolves, space aliens, and creatures living on land or in the sea. Tribe contests will include a terrifying trivia bee, a freaky food contest, a mummy wrap, and other tests of courage and survival. On the final day, the tribes will have a chance to dress up and perform scary skits. Not for the faint of heart! Students may bring costumes and props for skits if they wish. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Ron Cain


Learn the latest crime-fighting techniques in this class. Enter the world of international espionage as you navigate obstacles and decipher secret codes. Go on a “stake-out” and explore a “crime scene.” Lift prints and test unknown substances in our crime lab. Interview witnesses, identify suspects, make observations, collect clues, and crack the case! Hear true crime stories that are stranger than fiction and learn what you should do if you witness criminal activity. Instructor: Michael Carter


Explore the mysteries and beauty of nature. Learn the names of different plants and the many species of insects that live right in our own community. Students will take walks, sketch pictures, write haikus, and make a book with pressed flowers and leaves to take home. Students should wear sneakers. Instructor: Karen Wright


In this class, students will learn to read recipes and follow step-by-step directions in order to prepare fast, fun and simple treats that do not require an oven. Students may wish to bring an apron to class. Instructor: Jennifer Blansett


Do you want to be a master of Pokémon? Do you have the skills to be number one? In Pokémon Masters, learn and play the Pokémon trading card game while competing with your fellow trainers to earn badges and cards of your own. Bring in your cards or Pokémon games from home and get ready for your Pokémon Adventure to begin! Instructor: Casey Sunser


Do you love fashion? If so, this class is for you! Students will browse through popular fashion websites and magazines to identify current trends, discuss slogans, recognize enticing language, and learn about marketing products. Students will learn how to capture images from the internet, along with learning basic photography (composition and lighting) so they can take photos and add them to their magazine. Students will then write articles and produce ads and layouts to 'sell' their collections. At the end of the week students will have a gorgeous digital magazine to share with family and friends!!! This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Students must be 12 – 14 years old to register for this class. This is a double period class. Instructor: Amy Davis


In this Astronomy class, students will learn fun facts about the planets and outer space. See the world through the Hubble telescope and learn about all the amazing star constellations; how to locate and identify them in the night sky. Students will make a mobile of the planets to take home. Instructor: Karen Wright


This class will get kids excited about science - from physics to chemistry to biology - in a fun and interactive way. We will perform experiments using many household products to understand the principles of chemistry and physics. This is a hands-on, fun class. Instructor: Danielle Laurin and Eden Lapsley


Students can capture their favorite memories in a custom scrapbook. They will learn how to organize and display photos in an artistic manner. We will work page by page creating a book to take home. Student should bring approximately 20 photos to class. Instructor: Amy DeWitt


This beginner sewing class will teach you how to make a simple stuffed animal. You will learn how to cut material using a pattern and sew pieces together using a machine. This class is for boys and girls. Students need to know how to use a sewing machine. Prerequisite: Simplistic Stitchery. Instructor: Jennifer Blansett


Come join a fun sewing class! Each day we will make a simple project for you to take home. Some projects will require using the sewing machine and some projects will be sewn by hand. Prerequisite: Simplistic Sewing or basic sewing class. Instructor: Jennifer Blansett


In this course, students will learn about the life of William Shakespeare, the famous British playwright, and read kid-friendly versions of his plays. Activities will include watching movie clips, acting out scenes from the play, and creating artwork. A different play will be discussed each week. Week 1 and Week 2: Romeo and Juliet, Week 3: Julius Ceaser. Instructor: Megan Mueller


This course is a great beginning sewing class. Learn fundamental sewing skills and how to use a sewing machine. A variety of materials will be used to help students learn the basic techniques of sewing. This class is suggested as a prerequisite for Sew a Stuffed Animal. Instructor: Jennifer Blansett


Are you someone who likes to snack? Are you looking for creative ideas in the kitchen? Simply Delicious Snacks is a class designed especially for you. Learn to make a variety of snacks that are tasty and fun, while at the same time convenient and easy. You will get the chance to write down each of the recipes we use in class, and take them home at the end of the week so that you can make your Simply Delicious Snacks at home! Students may wish to bring an apron to class. Instructor: Lauren Prestnopik


Come and play different sports and group games including Boundary Ball, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, and more. This is an outdoor class. Instructors: André Remillard and Casey Sunser


Are you a Batman super fan? Do you dream of being an X-Man or Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Here's your chance to learn about superheroes and create your own super identity. After studying the Superhero Code, students play games and work on projects that challenge their superhero knowledge and abilities. The class also explores how superheroes have reflected and influenced American Culture over the past 100 years. On the last day of class, students will give presentations featuring their own superhero characters. Students may bring in costumes or props for presentations. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Ron Cain


Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. We will make and sample a variety of creative breakfast dishes that you can make at home with little or no parental help. Learn to create and enjoy easy yet nutritious breakfast foods that will add some fun to your mornings! You will get the chance to write down each of the recipes we use in class, and take them home at the end of the week so that you can make your Tasty Breakfast Dishes at home! Students may wish to bring an apron to class. Instructor: Megan Dennehy


This is your chance to learn a sport that you will enjoy for a lifetime. This course, geared for beginner tennis players, will work on eye-hand coordination, basic stroke motions, serving, and playing the net. You will learn the rules of a tennis match and how to keep score. You will need to bring a tennis racket. This is an outdoor class. Instructor: John LaRose


Discover the fun of being an actor or actress! In this class, students will gain experience in the many elements of theatre, including learning lines and creating a character. Students will participate in theatre games, improve their confidence in public speaking, and have fun in a comfortable and non-competitive environment. On Friday, the troupe will perform a play in front of an audience. This class is open to all levels of experience. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Karen Wright


Have you ever wondered about the man who created Mickey Mouse or wanted to learn more about the Disney theme parks? In this class, taught by a former Disney Cast Member, you will learn about the magic behind Walt Disney World and the Imagineers who created it. Along with learning about hidden Mickeys, you will let your imagination run wild and design your own ride attraction. By the end of the week, you’ll “earn your ears” and become an honorary cast member. Instructor: Megan Dennehy


In this class, students will write a mystery story complete with who-done-its, red herrings, intriguing characters, plot twists and turns and suspenseful endings. One story will be turned into a play to be performed. All mystery writers will receive their own journal and folder to keep their writing notes in. Instructor: Karen Wright


To date, the Star Wars Legacy consists of 6 movies, 11 television shows, 3 radio dramas, and countless books, toys, and video games. Meet other fans and relive the stories of Star Wars, the story behind the phenomenon, and learn the ways of the Jedi Knight. Experience it all, and just in time for the next blockbuster movie: Star Wars Episode VII. May the Force be with you! Instructor: Michael Carter


Love video games? Then this class is for you! Take a weeklong journey through the history of video games. Start with games some of your parents may remember, and finish with some of the more advanced video game systems of today. Compete with classmates in daily tournaments and earn the right to be crowned video game champion! Whether a beginning or advanced gamer, you will be sure to leave this course with the quickest thumbs around. This class participates in Fun Family Friday. Instructor: Cole LaVenture and André Remillard


In this class, student will take videos and then learn the process of editing footage segments, adding special effects and sound recordings, stop motion animation, and more to produce a piece of fresh visual art. Students must be 10 – 14 years old to register for this class. Instructor: Corey Szyikowski


Ever thought it would be cool to have your own website? Now you can! This fun and exciting course will teach you the basics of web design and get your free site up and running. The best part is you don’t need any computer experience to make your own site. We will also be discussing the dangers of being online and how to keep you and your personal information safe. Students should have a valid email address and bring a flash drive with pictures that are appropriate for the web. Students will need an email address. Students must be 12 – 14 years old to register for this class. Instructor: Corey Szyikowski


Yoga is a gross-motor practice that unites the mind and body. Through yoga, children will learn about balance, focus, relaxation/breathing techniques, body awareness, and coordination. Creativity will be added to each class through movement, song, and storytelling. After learning a variety of poses, children will be encouraged to create their own stories through movement. Students should wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring a beach towel or yoga mat. Instructor Amy De Witt