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Register now for KACL's free intergenerational day camp

Amy Millhorn Leonard • Jul 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Grandparents, are you looking for a fun learning activity to do with your grandchildren ages 7 and up? You will all have a blast at an intergenerational day camp featuring wonderful experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from 1 to 4 p.m., July 18.

The free event is sponsored by the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL), a continuing education program offered through a partnership with East Tennessee State University at Kingsport to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures and special events.

Campers will explore the Kingsport Academic Village facilities, including Northeast State Community College’s Regional Center for Applied Manufacturing (RCAM) and Regional Center for Health Professions (RCHP). Door prizes and ice cream will close out the day at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE). The event will feature both fun hands-on opportunities and demonstrations that will amaze.

“The idea is to let grandparents and their grandchildren learn together at this event,” KACL program chair David Petke says.

At RCAM, campers will get to see how automotive parts, electronics and everyday items are made using the computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling machine. There will also be a station featuring infrared imaging science demonstrations and campers will also get to see a digital instrumentation control room which uses computers to control industrial product sizes and shapes and flow in the manufacturing world.

Next, campers will learn about medical technology at RCHP as well as available training in nursing, dental assisting, emergency medical and paramedic technology, medical laboratory and surgical technology.

“We will give examples of what these medical professionals do, like taking blood pressure and giving injections,” Petke said.

At KCHE, campers will see exciting chemical demonstrations like reduction oxidation (redox), which shows how rusting happens and other reactions of metals and fuels, such as sodium vapor lamps and atomic clocks. The day will end with door prizes and ice cream.

The event is free, but registration is required because space is limited. Parking for the intergenerational day camp is available at the City of Kingsport Clinchfield Street parking lot. To register, call (423) 354-5200 or email [email protected] For disability accommodations, notify ETSU at the time of registration.

The KACL was established in 1993 to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures and special events each fall and spring in partnership with ETSU. The informal, non-credit classes are open to the public and taught by volunteers, college professors and career professionals. A series of lectures and events are offered each fall and spring. Previous classes have covered history, politics, foodways, travel and science. KACL has led field trips to Netherland Inn, Barter Theatre and Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium.

To learn more about KACL and upcoming fall courses, you can visit their booth at the Kingsport Mini-Makers Faire on July 20 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. For more information visit www.kingsportlearning.org or call (423) 354-5200.