California State University, Fresno will host several quality education and sports programs for children this summer.

Academic-oriented programs are in reading, inventions, science and nutrition. Sports camps are offered in football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, baseball and track and field.

Here are the details:

Reading skills (call 559.278.0333)

Classes for all ages will be offered on campus. Sessions are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays for 4-year-olds through kindergartners, grades 1-5 and grades 6-8; and on Sunday and Monday afternoon and evening classes for grade 9 through college and adults.

KIDS Invent! (call 559.294.2045)

This Craig School of Business-related event runs four camps: June 12-16, toys; June 26-30, videos; July 10-14, robots; July 24-28, videos. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The $250 fee includes all materials, snacks, use of computer labs and a T-shirt. For details, contact the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Register online at

The one-week camps are designed to foster creative thinking, inventing and entrepreneurial enterprise through hands-on learning. Activities stimulate creative instincts of children to invent by having them design and build mockups of toys. As they develop their toys, participants make presentations to the teacher and work with other children in a variety of tasks. At the end of the program the children get to keep their inventions.

In Kids Invent Digital Videos!, children learn how to shoot and edit their own projects. By the end of the week, participants will know how to create titles, add sound and video effects, create split screens and do several special effects. Children will work individually and in groups to produce six videos, culminating in their own 5- to 10-minute movie and 30-second trailer.

Science camps (call 559.278.0333)

The office of Continuing and Global Education – Extension Programs offers science camps from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday for children in K-6th grades.

Registration before May 15 is $245 per child per camp . Discounts are available for multiple camps per family. Registration May 16-June 1 is $259, and after June 1 is subject to availability at $269.

Summer Science Day Camps are presented by Science Enrichment Services, Inc. ( The sessions are:

June 26-30, Gizmo’s Robotic Factory: Meet Katzilla, a brand new K’nex walking robot with a motor built from scratch. Day by day children add to robots as they discover the science behind electricity, magnets, simple machines and more. Class number: 50336

July 10-14, Go Wild: Participants investigate extreme plants and animals with their own naturalist tool kit. Class number: 50344

July 17-21, Physics Grand Prix: Children get to rev up and build Gizmo’s Wheelie Racer, able to speed on two wheels or four. They also can stay in the physics garage and conquer airpower by building the Air 1 Racer, a working model hovercraft. Class number: 50337

July 31-Aug. 4, Space and Rocketry ’06: Leap into a voyage of discovery and join the excitement of launch day, building the Newton III rocket. Make a Mars rover, create telescopes, chart constellations, meet meteorites and look for sun spots in a journey through our universe. Class number: 50338

Bulldog CAFÉ (call 559.278.2164)

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition will offer two five-day camps for children focused on culinary skills, nutrition and physical activity: July 24-28, ages 6-8; July 30-Aug. 4, ages 9-11.

CAFÉ stands for culinary skills with a health focus; activities to improve health, food safety for the kitchen and eating can be fun and nutritious.

At Bulldog CAFÉ, children develop basic culinary skills; prepare fun, tasty and healthy food; learn how to be safe in the kitchen; practice healthy eating; participate in a variety of physical activities; discover foods from different cultures; visit the university farm; and eat a healthy snack and lunch.

Football camps (call 559.278.3015)

All Individuals fundamentals and techniques, June 9-11. Campers learn necessary techniques and fundamentals of successful play in a specific position with 9 on 7, 7 on 7 and 1 on 1 practice sessions.

Cost: $200 (commuter camper), $300 (overnight camper). A nonrefundable $50 deposit is required with each application by June 1. People who pay the full cost with registration by June 1 will receive a $25 savings. All remaining balances must be completely paid before campers can participate.

For more information, call the football office or see the Webs site: Football Camp

Boys basketball camp (call 559.278.4176)

June 30-July 2 for teams with up to 12 players. The fee is $450 for one team and $800 for two teams.

For more information, call the men’s basketball office or see the Web site:

Basketball Camp