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
Codes and Ciphers Saturday, October 15, 2016 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, 2016 $25 per session
CSI Saturday, November 19, 2016 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 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

Codes and Ciphers (October 15)

Course: KOC 01 Young Secret Agents
Grades: K-1
Description: Learn how basic addition and subtraction problems can create a math cipher. Study how pictures and patterns can be used to send a secret message to your parents. Students will learn how to create their own secret messages in this hands-on class.

Course: KOC 02 Caesar's Ciphers
Grades:  2-3
Description: Students will need to pay attention to details when they create a spinning wheel to discover the secrets of the Caesar Cipher. Students will also use symbols as they study the Pigpen Cipher. Students will discuss how codes and ciphers have been used at different times throughout history.

Course: KOC 03 Code Breakers
Grades: 4-6
Description: Want to stop your little brother from reading your diary? DIscover the difference between codes and ciphers. Learn how to create a book code using different books on hand. Explore different ciphers and how they can help you create the perfect hidden message.

CSI (November 19)

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: whoorl, 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 anaylsis (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 scence"! Students will have a more complex mystery to solve.

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.