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From Robotics to Mini Mixers to Broadway Basics, Summer Jr. Mule Experience Returns to UCM

By Jeff Murphy, May 13, 2019

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WARRENSBURG, MO – For the second consecutive year, Warrensburg area youth have an opportunity to participate in the c, providing a number of special fun and educational programs at the University of Central Missouri geared specifically to students currently in grades one through five during the 2018-2019 school year.

Junior Mule Experience is a hands-on collegiate experience coordinated by the Office of Meeting and Conference Services. Signup is available now for participation in the events 1-5 p.m. June 24-27 at UCM.

According to event coordinator Kimberly Courtwright, this is an exciting opportunity for students to experience UCM while also exploring many topics of interest.

In the course, “Where does your food come from,” students will learn about plant and animal food production systems. They will study basic methods of food production including growing fruits and vegetables, as well as farm and livestock production. The course helps students understand how farmers provide for the community.

“The Stories of the Constellations” teaches students about the various constellations, stars, the moon’s craters and seas, the planets and their moons, and stories behind the names.

Through the course “Making Books and Comics,” students will learn how to make paper, assemble and bind books, print and share images, and write and illustrate a story or comic book.

Getty messy is fun and educational for students enrolled in Mini Mixers, a kitchen adventure that is part of the “Out of the Oven Baking” class. Participants have a hands-on opportunity to learn the basic principles of dough and batter, make homemade break, cookies, pizza and more.

Basic programming and robotic science come together for students in the “Robot Wranglers” program. Other children have an opportunity to learn more about theatre and create a play that will be shared at the end of the Junior Mules Experience camp in the “Broadway Basics” course.

The cost for participation in the Junior Mule Experience is $79 per child. To learn more, please call Kimberly Courtwright, UCM event coordinator with Meeting and Conference Services, at 660-543-8239 or email Class details and registration also is available at


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