Classes offered for youngsters

By William Thompson

Want to go on a dinosaur dig or learn to paint a mural on a wall?
Then you may want to go to “summer camp” at Mesalands Community College.
The college is also offering science and cheerleading classes for area youth, in addition to other summer activities.
Beginning Monday, Mesalands paleontology student Ina Broughton will lead a five-day class on dinosaurs at the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. It’s for students ages 6-10.
Broughton will also lead a five-day class for ages 11-14 later this month.
Students in both classes will be able to make plaster molds of fossils, such as ancient insects, and paint them.
“The students will stir the plaster of Paris themselves, pour the plaster into molds themselves and paint their replicas themselves,” Broughton said. “They should wear old clothes because it will get messy.”
Broughton said students will also make wooden models of dinosaurs
A scavenger hunt at the museum will be held for both age groups. On the last day of class, the dinosaur museum’s director, Dr. Alex Hungerbuehler, will lead students on a fossil hunt at a nearby mesa.
“The students will find ancient seashells,” Hungerbuehler said. “They will find them either lying out in the open or embedded in rocks. The students will be able to keep the fossils they find.”
Broughton said the classes have been “kid tested.”
“Kids love it. The classes are not too long to be boring and they are not too short either.”
Local mural painter Doug Quarles will offer a two-week course beginning next week for ages 10-14 in which students will paint murals on a building in Tucumcari.
“We’re going to paint two walls on a building behind the Sonic Drive-In,” Quarles said. “The kids will come up with their own concept and I will coach them and supervise the painting.”
Quarles said the first week will consist of concept design, sketching the design and deciding on colors for the mural.
“I’m going to urge the students to come up with a design related to the surrounding area, the Southwest or Route 66,” Quarles said. “The mural they paint should last their whole lifetimes.”
Quarles said students will learn how different it is to paint a wall rather than a canvas.
“You can’t move a wall like you can move a canvas,” he said, “and everything is so much larger on the wall.”
Paints and brushes will be provided by Barnes Lumber, Quarles said.

Mesalands Community College “Summer Camp” classes

DIno Digging: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through June 16; 8 a.m. to noon on June 17
Students will make plaster molds of ancient fossils, go on a scavenger hunt at the dinosaur museum and take a field trip to find ancient seashells.
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $56

Dino Digging: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 27-30; 8 a.m. to noon on July 1.
Ages: 11-14
Students will make plaster molds of ancient fossils, go on a scavenger hunt at the dinosaur museum and take a field trip to find ancient seashells.
Cost: $56

Weird Science: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday.
Ages: 10-14
Students will learn first hand what electricity can do.
Cost: $11

Kids Medical School: 8 a.m. to noon on Monday and Tuesday; 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on June 15.
Students will earn CPR certification, and tour Dan C. Trigg Hospital to learn about medical careers.
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $28

Cheer Camp: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through June 16; 11 a.m. to noon on June 17.
Students will learn the fundamentals of cheer including chants, cheers, jumps and tumbling.
Ages: 5-7
Cost: $15

Cheer Camp: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 20-23; 11 a.m. to noon on June 24.
Ages: 8-10
Students will learn the fundamentals of cheer including chants, cheers, jumps and tumbling.
Cost: $15

Manicure and Pedicure: 9 a.m. to noon, June 20
Students will learn how to paint flowers and trendy designs on nails in addition to learning basic cuticle care and massage of feet and hands.
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $10

Mural Painting: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through June 17; and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 20-24.
Students will design a mural concept and paint a mural on two walls of a building in Tucumcari
Ages: 10-14
Cost: $75

Cyber Zone: 10 a.m. to noon Monday through June 15.
Students will learn to use the computer to complete homework assignments and to use the Internet to find interesting information.
Ages: 5-7
Cost: $18

Cyber Zone: 10 a.m. to noon June 22-24.
Students will learn to use the computer to complete homework assignments and to use the Internet to find interesting information.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $18

Robot Construction: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 20-24.
Students will learn basic electronic theory while constructing their own robots.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $78

More information: 461-4413