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Summer program makes learning fun for kids


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Calculate what it takes to build a bridge. Create a news program. Learn Spanish, French or Japanese. Study strange and savage plants. Hone those acting skills. Draw cartoons and comic book characters. Write a short story about vampires.

ATS 2013

These are some of the unique and rigorous learning experiences awaiting children during this summer’s 32nd annual Academic Talent Search at Sacramento State, sponsored by the College of Education.

ATS is still accepting applications from students who will enter grades five through 10 this fall. Sessions run Monday, June 17, through Friday, Aug. 2.

“ATS provides academically stimulating and fun classes for young people – our future students and leaders – who are given an opportunity to explore and expand their interests in professional fields such as engineering, architectural design, theater and solar energy,” says Dr. Vanessa Sheared, dean of the College of Education. “It provides children and families living in the Sacramento region an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a student on a university campus.”

More than 39,000 children have spent a part of their summer on the Sac State campus taking ATS courses since the program began in 1982.

For more information on the Academic Talent Search’s 2013 summer session and course fees, call (916) 278-7032 or email For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.

– Dixie Reid