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
CSI Saturday, November 19, 2016 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 $25 per session
Travel the World Saturday, December 10, 2016 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 $25 per session
Simple Machines Saturday, February 11, 017 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 $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

CSI (November 19)

Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 15

Course: KOC 04 Logic and Reasoning
Grades: K-1
Description: Learn logic and reasoning skills in this class. Students will learn about fingerprints and how everyone has a unique style: whorl, loop, and arch. Students will also look at shoe/boot prints and see how these change by size and pattern. Students will increase their thinking skills while they investigate different scenarios to determine what really happened.

Course: KOC 05 CSI Basics
Grades: 2-3
Description: Students will explore different techniques that can be used by detectives to help solve a crime. Students will learn fingerprint, shoe print, handwriting, and white powder analysis (learning to identify common white powders found in your kitchen by texture, size, shading, and solubility.) Once the students have practiced these skills they will use their detective skills to solve a mystery.

Course: KOC 06 CSI with Chromatography
Grades: 4-6
Description: Students in these grades will also explore fingerprint, shoe print, handwriting, and white powder analysis. In addition, students will study chromatography and be able to identify which writing instrument was a part of the "crime scene"! Students will have a more complex mystery to solve.

Travel the World (December 10)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 6

This month students will meet by grade level and then rotate with their class into each country/room for 1 hour. All three classes will rotate through the countries listed. However, the complexity of the activities will change for the different grade levels.

Course: KOC 07 
Grades: K-1

Course: KOC 08
Grades:  2-3

Course: KOC 09
Grades: 4-6


Japan: Discover the art of paper folding as students create a variety of origami pieces. Students will put their culinary skills to work as they create their own fruit sushi roll for their snack. (If allergies are a concern for your child, please send a snack for your child and let the instructor know the day of the class.)

India: Learn how to play one of two traditional board games (Snakes and Ladders or Ludo), that originated in ancient India. Meet with an international student from India to learn about customs and culture.

France: Explore the French language as students learn some basic words and phrases. Students will create a craft that symbolizes France.

 Simple Machines (February 11, 2017)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 7

Course: KOC 10 Inspector Gadgets
Grades: K-1
Description: Students will use a hands-on approach to investigate simple machines. Students will be introduced to various machines and explore they are used in everyday life. Students will explore how simple machines work to make tasks easier to perform.

Course: KOC 11 Gadgets Galore
Grades:  2-3
Description: Students will examine the various simple machines: pulley, gear, wheel and axle, inclined plane, lever, and screw. Students will participate in hands-on activities to witness first-hand how these different machines work. Students will explore areas on campus to find simple machines in use.

Course: KOC 12 Simple and Complex Gadgets
Grades: 4-6
Description: Explore the following simple machines: pulley, gear, wheel and axle, wedge, inclined plane, lever, and screw. In addition, students will investigate how many common household items combine different simple machines in order to make more compound machines. Students will use their knowledge to participate in a campus scavenger hunt to find simple and compound machines around campus. 


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.