Paul D. Camp Community College’s Kids College: Full STEAM Ahead

L'orien PotterL’orien Potter works on a creative place setting during last year’s Artist’s Café session in Smithfield.
While everyone is more than likely familiar with STEM classes, Kids College is taking it a step further—building STEAM power this summer.
“What you’re hearing in educational circles across the country these days is a greater focus on the integration of art and creativity into the traditional science and technology courses typically offered in schools and enrichment programs, “ said Kids College Director Teri Zurfluh. “So you’ll see that reflected in several of our Kids College courses this summer.”
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Zurfluh added, “A couple of courses that are really exciting to me are The Art of Math and Mining the STEAM Treasure: Minecrafter Camp as they are truly engaging the full brain of our kids, challenging the stereotype that you are either a science geek or inspired artist. At Kids College, you can be both… in the same class!”
Kids College 2015, a popular summer enrichment series sponsored by the Division of Workforce Development at Paul D. Camp Community College, offers unique workshops for students ages 7 to 18. Dates of the program are as follows:

  • Regional Workforce Development Center, 100 North College Drive, Franklin:
    Week days from June 15 to August 14
  • PDCCC at Smithfield, our newest location, 253 James Street:
    Week days from June 22 to August 14

This summer’s selection features over a dozen courses in STEAM, and a total of over 70 courses in the following other topic areas: The Arts and Expression, Backyard History, Hobbies and Interests, and Student Success. KC on the Go! is another collection of courses, consisting of educational field trips focusing on subjects from airplane science and the science of sports, to fishing and natural horsemanship.
“We also have special partnerships with Western Tidewater Tennis Association, Ballyshannon Equestrian Center, Blackwater Outfitters/Nottoway River Guides, the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads, and the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts, just to name a few,” Zurfluh said. “We’re also genuinely appreciative of the grant support we’ve received from the Suffolk Foundation to help expand our STEAM programming.”
“In the summer of 2014, we tested the waters in Isle of Wight County to see if there was demand for the kind of hands-on, creative and fun courses that have always been at the heart of Kids College. And those families told us that they wanted Kids College back in Smithfield this summer.
“Thanks to great teamwork and our continuing partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools, we’ve expanded our Smithfield offerings by nearly 50 percent, including a significant increase in STEAM courses. And that’s what parents told us last summer they wanted… more STEAM… and we’ve delivered! Full STEAM ahead!”
Registration is now open at Kids College locations in Smithfield and Franklin. The summer catalog and registration materials are available at
For more information, call 757.569.6058 or send an email to