Pre-College Programs

Kids On Campus

photo of kids working on a project in a classroomKids on Campus (KOC) is a precollege program offered by the Office of Pre-College Programs at Wright State University for students in grades K through 6.  On selected Saturdays, students can choose from a variety of hand-on courses designed for motivated students which serve to foster creativity and stimulate students’ thinking.  Pre-College Programs has been providing academic enrichment programs for over 25 years on the campus of Wright State University.


Class Schedule 

Course Date Time(s) Registration Deadline Cost
Architectural Engineering Saturday, March 5, 2016 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 $25 per session
Science Myth Busters Saturday, February 6, 2016 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 $25 per session

Join us for an exciting morning or afternoon of enriching, creative and hands-on programming. Bring your children to campus to experience unique classes and activities that will stimulate their minds.


Available Classes by Grade Level

Architectural Engineering (March 5)

Course: KOC 13 Straw, Sticks, and Bricks
Grades: K-1
Description: Students will investigate the story of The Three Little Pigs while they learn the importance of building homes and other structures out of strong materials. Students will look at different homes and their designs while using different materials to build their own miniature homes.

Course: KOC 14 Bridge Builders
Grades:  2-3
Description: Bridges are used everyday. Students will investigate the different styles and designs of bridges, why we use them, and the materials used to construct them. Students will put their own engineering skills to the test when they build their own bridges and see if they can withhold the test of strength.

Course: KOC 15 Tower Designers
Grades: 4-6
Description: How are skyscrapers made? Students will explore how these structures are built, the purposes of the different structures, materials used, and how they have evolved. Students will design and build their own towers out of a variety of fun materials.

Science Myth Busters (February 6)

Course: KOC 10 Pennies and Soda
Grades: K-1
Description: Can tapping on the lid of a shaken soda can stop it from erupting or is there another method? Students will explore the myth of a shaken soda can.  Students will also make predictions to determine what kind of everyday materials will clean dirty pennies and then conduct experiments to see who is correct.

Course: KOC 11 Secret Messages and Pop Rocks
Grades: 2-3
Description: Does lemon juice really create a secret message on paper? What about the age old myth that eating pop rocks and drinking soda will make your stomach expand. Students will conduct experiments to answer these questions and learn the science behind their answers. 

Course: KOC 12 Diapers and Oreos
Grades: 4-6
Description: Is it true that name brand diapers are better than store brand diapers? Students will conduct experiments with a variety of diapers to determine which brand really does hold the most fluid. Also are double stuffed Oreos really double stuffed? Experiment with volume and mass to compare and contrast the two Oreo sizes to determine if double stuffed is fact of myth. 


Daily Schedule

Morning Schedule

  • 9-9:15 a.m. Student Arrival, Opening Introductions
  • 9:15-10:45 a.m. Class Time
  • 10:45-11 a.m. Snack Break
  • 11-11:45 a.m. Class Time
  • 11:45 a.m.-noon Discussion and Wrap up
  • Noon Dismissal

Afternoon Schedule

  • 1-1:15 p.m. Student Arrival, Opening Introductions
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m. Class Time
  • 2:45-3 p.m. Snack Break
  • 3-3:45 p.m. Class Time
  • 3:45-4 p.m. Discussion and Wrap up
  • 4 p.m. Dismissal

General Information

Please note. Morning and Afternoon course sessions may be combined contingent upon program enrollment.

  • Location: Once payment has been received, a link will be sent in an email with drop off and pick-up procedures. Classes are held in Allyn Hall.
  • Registration: To register, please complete the online application process. Register early to be sure to receive your first class choice. Maximum registration for each course is 16 students.
  • Confirmation: Confirmation letters will be sent to you by email.  The confirmation packets will include, classroom number, a campus map, information on parking, and arrival and departure details.
  • Parent Information: Parents will drop-off and pick-up their children at the appropriate classroom.
  • Snack Break: Students in both the AM and PM sessions will be provided with a snack of goldfish crackers and a drink. If allergies are a concern with your child, please send a snack for you child and let the instructor know that you are providing a special snack due to allergies. 
  • Permission Statement: The program participation statement on the Registration Form must be signed in order to process your child’s registration.
  • Location: The Kids on Campus program is held on the main campus of Wright State University.  Maps will be included in your confirmation materials which will be sent by e-mail.
  • Inclement Weather: In the event of severe weather, please watch a local television station for business or school closings.  If Wright State University-Dayton Campus is closed, Kids on Campus will be closed on that Saturday. In addition, you can check our website for any closure postings. No refunds will be given if Wright State is open and students choose not to attend.
  • Refund Policy: A cancelation fee of $15 will be deducted from refunds requested by parents for reasons other than closed classes or class cancelations. Refunds will not be issued to any participant who is dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons. Refunds must be requested two weeks prior to the class date.