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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Challenger Learning Center will hold a series of summer mini-camps starting Wednesday at the center, 160 Washburn St.

LEGOs for Beginners offers directed play on a different theme each week for youngsters under 9-years old with little or no LEGO experience. Kids will work individually or in teams, as necessary, for each theme. Themes include basic LEGO block building, types of blocks, adding motion and adding motors. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon every other Wednesday: July 8, 22, Aug. 5, 19, and Sept. 2. Cost is $12.

The WeDo LEGOs is an introduction to robotics for youngsters ages 9 and up who have some experience with LEGOs. It is a directed introduction to robotic fundamentals and programming. Topics include "Amazing Mechanisms," "Amazing Animals," "Sensors," and "Adventure Stories." It will run from 10 a.m. to noon the opposite Wednesdays: July 15, 29, Aug. 12, 26. Cost is $15.

The Beginning Sign Language on Tuesdays will introduce youngsters to the language of signing. It will take place from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Please bring index cards and glue. Cost is $7.

Finally, Space mini-camps on Thursdays combine the best of both planetarium presentations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics featuring the solar system and our galaxy. Topics include "Color & Light," "Greek & Roman Mythology," "The Solar System," "Beyond the Solar System," "Other Stuff in the Solar System," "History of Space Exploration – The Moon," "Space Exploration – Mars & Beyond," "Beyond the Milky Way," and "History of the Universe." Space mini-camps will run from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursdays July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Sept. 3. Cost is $25 per session or three for $50.

For those with more than one child the center offers specials on its Facebook page and website at for special offers.

For more information, call 434-3196 or email

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