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June 15, 2010 (Rancho San Diego ) - Every summer the Heritage of the Americas Museum has week-long classes for students going into fifth through ninth grade. All classes are taught by retired school teachers. The cost for each five-day class is only $50. For more information, you can call the Museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at Scroll down for examples of the fun in store for kids -- from paleontology projects and "Survivor" skills to arts amd computer classes.


Classes at the Museum are unique, fun and educational. The first two sessions are called Pioneer Skills in the Computer World. “This class teaches students things that they won’t learn sitting in front of a computer,” says Kathleen Oatsvall, curator of the Museum. “They’ll build a model shelter, make fire by friction and rig and lift a weight using a rope and pulleys. The list of activities goes on and on and the students always have a great time.”


The two “Survivor” classes are followed by two different art classes. In Art Stars, a variety of art techniques are taught. Students use the Museum for inspiration for some of their paintings. Art appreciation is also covered with a look at the art masters. You, the Artist helps students develop their own artistic style. A variety of skills are taught. High quality art materials which the students take home are funded through a grant from the Friends of East County Arts, Inc.


The last two classes are the same: The Earth Is a Mystery, Dig It! In the “Dig It” classes students explore the worlds of geology, paleontology, archaeology, and anthropology. Students enjoy hands-on projects that include prospecting for minerals, unearthing artifacts, analyzing fossils, etc. As with all of the classes, students spend time outside the Museum in a special area of Cuyamaca College.


On the web-site, you will find descriptions of each class, biographies of the instructors, the dates and times of each class, and the registration forms, which can be downloaded and mailed to the Museum with a check for payment.