CSU Happenings for June 10-15

JUNE 10 – OXBOW MEADOWS: ‘GEOCACHING UNEARTHED’
CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will present “Geocaching Unearthed” at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of its Second Sunday Series. Geocaching is an adventure game that utilizes the Global Positioning System as individuals and organizations set up caches (hiding places for provisions) all over the world and share their locations on the Internet. The Chattahoochee Valley Cachers will explain the activity and its history. Admission is $2 per person and free for kids under age 3. Oxbow Meadows is located at 3535 South Lumpkin Rd. in Columbus. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JUNE 11-15 - WORKSHOP TO PREPARE MATH TEACHERS TO MEET NEW GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
About 65 area K-12 teachers will gather for a weeklong workshop that will help them prepare to meet the new Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics. The new standards focus beyond routine ciphering and more on the use of open-ended and more complex tasks to assess mathematical understanding, requiring teachers to examine more than just correct answers to short questions. Conducted by Columbus State University’s Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative, the sessions will run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

The workshop will kick off a yearlong series of related, Math Collaborative activities, supported by a $219,500 grant from the University System of Georgia’s Teacher Quality Higher Education Program. The funding originates from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The cost is $200 per participant ($250 for teachers from schools not CRMC-affiliated). For more information, contact Math Collaborative Director Kenneth Jones at jones_kenneth@ColumbusState.edu or by calling 706-568-2480.

JUNE 11-15 – SUMMER CAMPS TO COVER SPORTS, ARTS, SCIENCE
Spaces are available for the following camps, Monday through Friday, presented by CSU Continuing Education:

• SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT (grades 3-4), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center: Campers will fly Challenger missions and flight simulators, design and build aliens, explore robotics, build and launch different types of rockets and more. The total cost is 205.

• MYSTICAL TALES OF MYTHOLOGY (ages 7-10), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center: Part of the series named Catch the Summer Express, this camp will simulate an exploration of ancient Greece and Rome. Topics include Greek gods and Roman markets. The total cost is $125.

• ARTS EXPLORERS: Bugs (grades 3-5), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rankin Arts Center: Campers will learn about insects while working with paint, clay, oil pastels and found objects. Projects will include creating insect inspired sculpture, jewelry and more. The cost is $125. (A separate, concurrent section of this camp for kindergarten-through-second-graders is filled.).

• SPORTS CAMPS: Baseball (ages 10-13), Basketball Fundamentals (girls, ages 14-18) and Soccer (ages 5-14), 9 a.m.-Noon: The baseball camp (cost is $125) takes place at Ragsdale field under direction of Greg Appleton, head coach of the CSU baseball squad that finished as the runner-up in the recent NCAA Division II championships. The basketball camp (cost is $100) takes place in the Lumpkin Center while the soccer camp ($125) will be held at the CSU Soccer Complex. A full-day option for soccer costs $200 and includes swimming and lunch, with activities ending at 4 p.m.

Another camp, “Mission Technology” is filled. Directed by CSU computer science faculty members, this camp will feature a new program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called “Scratch,” which guides users in creating interactive stories, games, music and art.

For more information call 706-568-2023 or go to http://www.conted.colstate.edu.

JUNE 11 – ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT CALLAWAY GARDENS
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Program on Monday — part of a weekly summer series — at Callaway Gardens. The programs will begin at 9 p.m. with a planetarium presentation, followed by planet viewing and stargazing. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-649-1470.