This summer, the California State University, Northridge campus buzzed with energetic students of all ages and backgrounds eager to learn, play and make memories. The students got a chance to grow academically and still have fun participating in hands-on activities. The summer camps gave participants of all ages the chance to learn like a CSUN student and play like a Matador.
Sunny Days Camp offered kids in grades K-7 enjoy 10 weeks of fun on CSUN’s campus. Kids frolicked around campus and played at the Student Recreation Center and in the University Student Union games room. They enjoyed arts and crafts, talent shows and field trips to the El Capitan Theater and the California Science Center.
The Summer Academic Program for Elementary School Students, open to students in grades K-5 and the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), which serves students in grades 6 through 12, offered an assortment of enrichment classes, including computer skills, foreign languages and visual performing arts. Credentialed teachers incorporated fun activities into the summer curriculum, so there is never a dull moment in the classroom. This year, SAEP added a robotics class for middle school students and an SAT Prep class for high school students who wanted to sharpen their verbal and math skills before taking their college entrance exams.
Students who wanted to enhance their math skills and cultural awareness participated in the Culturally Based Algebra Camp, which offers a range of math courses and culturally based curriculum designed to enhance student skills and success at no cost to the participant.
Participants of all ages got active at the various sports camps offered by the Department of Athletics. Soccer, tennis, softball, basketball, volleyball and baseball were among this summer’s Matador-run camps.
The Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW) entered it 57th season this summer and hosted two large productions – “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” and “Cirque des Pirates.” Students showcased their acting talents and young playwrights watched their words come to life on stage over six weeks. Students received training in the areas of acting, dance, voice, playwriting and technical theater arts such as costume design, stagecraft, lighting and sound.