In the News: Computers, art keep us busy during summer

posted Jul 6, 2010, 1:55 PM by TexasTechies .org   [ updated Jul 6, 2010, 2:00 PM ]

By Sarah Tindall / Special to the Caller-Times
Sunday, June 13, 2010

CORPUS CHRISTI — Summer is in full swing! The frantic pace of the school year has ground to a halt and the season of bathing suits and evenings spent out in the front yard is officially upon us.

Breathe it in — no homework! Remember when you finished school and you thought “Yes! No more homework for me, ever!” And then you realized just about the time your first kid hit first or second grade that you had years of homework that you’d have to help with.

This is a great time for your kids to learn a new skill, while their little minds are not being crammed full of info in the classroom all day. How about improving their computer skills? Think of one career your child could choose that does not require competence on the computer. I dare you.

Texas Techies is offering online and classroom-based summer camps in July. The program is for pre-k to third grade. The curriculum includes keyboarding and computer basics, Internet and digital communications, thinking and problem solving, early reading and writing and listening comprehension. This means that your child can improve his technology skills and his phonics and problem-solving skills simultaneously.

The classroom-based camps are at Oso Recreation Center. Camp No. 1 is July 13-15 and July 20-22, and Camp No. 2 is July 27-29 and August 3-5. Each is offered from 3:30-4 p.m. or from 4-4:30 p.m. The online camp will launch in July, check for information. Cost is $35.

So are you jealous? Do you wish you could improve your computer skills, too? Texas Techies also offers a link to classes for adults, offered by These are interactive online classes on applications such as Microsoft Office products, where you can advance at your own pace and use virtual simulations to do hands-on learning.

Or if you’re feeling artistic, adult art classes are offered at the Art Center of Corpus Christi this week. Advanced acrylics Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, portrait drawing on Fridayand quilting on Saturday. There’s also a songwriting class for teens and children so you and junior can explore your artsy side together. Call 884-6406 or visit for information.

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