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
Simple Machines Saturday, February 11, 2017 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 $25 per session
Experiments 101 Saturday, March 18, 2017 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 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

 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. 

Experiments (March 18, 2017)

Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 14

Course: KOC 13 Color Experimenters
Grades: K-1
Description: Discover the secrets behind color. Students will explore color as they make it disappear using motion. Students will experiment how color can travel through plants. Students will make liquids change colors using chemical reactions.  

Course: KOC 14 Kitchen Experimenters
Grades: 2-3
Description: What happens if you leave different ingredients out of a cake? Why does popcorn pop? How do Gummy Bears react in different liquids? Students study physical and chemical changes while experimenting with kitchen ingredients.

Course: KOC 15 Liquid Chemist Experimenters
Grades: 4-6
Description: Explore colloids and an old nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet as students create curds and whey out of milk. Discover the science of polymers as students work to create their own bouncy ball. Learn about density as students experiment with liquids.


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.