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For information, contact:
Laura Burnett
Community Education Specialist
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
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Welcome to K.E.Y. 2015


~It is almost time for this summer's program to start. If you have been accepted and have questions, please click on the F.A.Q. tab above to see if you can find the answer, if not, please email me for information.

~Make sure you arrive between 2-4 on Sunday to get settled in the dorm rooms before the program begins at 4 p.m.


What: A one-week summer resident program for youth with special abilities and talents (academic, intellectual, creative, visual or performing arts).

Where: Casper College, 125 College Drive, Casper, WY  82601

When:    Week 1: June 7-13, 2015
  Week 2: June 14-20, 2015
  Week 3:  June 21-27, 2015

Who: High ability students who are entering grades 6 or 7 in the fall of 2015. Students must be recommended by a classroom teacher or educator.

Why: To offer unique experiences for youth in the areas of science, computers, visual and performing arts, history and more.  A staff of excellent instructors will teach and direct special projects in these areas.

Cost: The $625 fee includes room and board, recreational fees, classroom and laboratory materials, physical education equipment, and computer usage.  In addition to the teaching staff, there is an evening activities director, 12 counselors, and a nurse/dorm director.  

Applying: Applications will be available online by clicking the application tab above. Applications are not considered complete until the educator and parent/student forms have been submitted. Program may fill with qualified applicants before the stated deadline.

Enrollment is limited. Priority will be given to those students who are highly recommended according to the date completed applications are received.  Completed applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis until the program is full.  Letters regarding acceptance will be sent to students on April 6.

Info: For more information, call Laura Burnett at (307) 268-3399


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For information, contact:
Laura Burnett
Community Education Specialist
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
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Educator recommendation for KEY click here

Parent and student application for KEY click here

*Please remember a completed application consists of parent/student application AND an educator recommendation. These forms can be submitted in any order.

**Only completed applications will be accepted for approval.








2015 KEY Class Descriptions (Subject to change prior to April, 2015)



Students will select 4 classes to attend during the week


Betsy Adelizzi

Young CSI Scientists

Learn how Crime Scene Investigators work, from searching for evidence and gathering clues in order to discover how science can help detectives solve a crime.You will have the chance to examine, roll, dust and lift fingerprints, analyze blood spatter patterns, and cast afootwear impression.We will work with luminol, alternate lighting,and different types ofhair, fibers, and traceevidence.Each student will have the chance to experience a mock crime scene, examine evidence,and learn how to properly collect and packagesensitive items.In no time at all you will be using your inquisitive minds, sifting through witness statements, all types of evidence and performing experiments like a real forensic scientists.

Cathy Bisiar

Chemistry Chaos

 Chemistry (kem-iss-tree):  The study of chemicals and chemical reactions. More importantly, you will learn how to make things change color, smoke, and then blow up. . . useful life skills. You are cordially invited to poke, prod, pour, postulate, and generally oooh and aaah!! Participants will make silly putty, foam, slime, and coagulate polystyrene.  This is just what it sounds like, only you, the chemist, make it from scratch using the materials in class. You will get the “How Come, Huh?”—translation, “explanation”, so that you can wow your friends and family with your new knowledge.

Google Sketch-up

Imagine building 3-D worlds in which you can navigate in real-time movement. Create and manipulate space on a computer and then walk through these environments as if you were actually there. You don’t have to be a nerd-bait, pocket protector toting, pencil-neck to understand this program; however, a mastery of mouse clicking comes in handy. Construct your dream home, build your own Tyrannosaurus Rex or reconstruct the Leaning Tower of Pisa; then hold on and take a ride through your creations!

Meghan Loseke

Anatomy and Physiology

If you really want to get into studying living things, this course is for you! We will dissect a frog, a heart, and an eyeball. We will do experiments to discover what makes living things tick.

The Human Genome Project  

Everyone wonders about DNA. What is the stuff? Does it really help to solve crime? Do you have a DNA fingerprint? Take this course and learn more about deoxyribonucleic acid.

Paula Egan-Wright

An American in Paris

In this lively French class, you will spend five memorable days in Paris, the City of Lights, floating the Seine River, climbing the Eiffel Tower, wandering through the catacombs, eating croissants in a corner café, and many other fun activities. You will make souvenirs such as a hand-painted French beret from the artist’s quarter, or a stained glass rose window from Notre Dame. You will indulge yourself at a chocolatier and, best of all; you will learn a ton of fun, useful French! Allons!

KEY Players

Have you been bitten by the acting bug? Do you like to peek behind the curtains to see what’s going on behind the scenes? In this fun-filled action packed theatrical experience, you will dabble into everything that goes into making a successful play: acting exercises, the directing process, and make-up secrets, costume tricks, scenery production, and how to use dance and song to spice up the show. Then, we’ll put it all together and produce a play which will be performed on Super Saturday. There’s something for everyone. Come join the KEY Players! This is a double session class.

L’Ecole Des-Beaux Arts (French Art School)

Do you like to paint? Do you like to travel? Join us on this adventure to “L’Ecole Des-Beaux Arts” (French Art School). You will learn how to create beautiful watercolors, and also how to speak French!  Your experienced bi-lingual art teacher will show you how to draw and paint something new each day - animals, houses, people - guiding your every step by demonstrating and speaking to you in French. So while you are learning to see in a creative way, you are effortlessly picking up a foreign language. By the end of the five-day course, you will know more about watercolor technique and you will even be able to talk about your creations in French!

Russell Hawley

Fossil Preparation and Specimen Study of Ancient Life Forms

Take a look inside the world of fossil preparation as you work on your own mini-dig. Each student will get a fossil dig with various specimens hidden inside waiting to be discovered. Students will also make “quarry maps” of their digs to document where something was discovered in their digs.

Oceanography and Creatures of the Sea

This course will cover the origin of life in the sea, marine biology, and the use of maps in determining the nature of the sea floor. Emphasis will be given to it’s rocks and shells (including microscope work) and the fossils of past sea life. The mineral wealth of the sea and the potential of polluting our oceans will be better understood. We will visit an ancient beach and fish deposit.

Visits to the Real “Jurassic Park”

This double-session course will provide time for fossil preparation activities, and visits to actual dinosaur beds of the Delta. You will explore for marine reptiles, clam beds and squids of the ancient seas. Four field trips will help you reconstruct the Golden Age of the Monsters.  We will better understand the environment of the “time of dying’ - Could it happen again? For the daring of heart, we will climb the cliffs on the trail of several Pterodactyls! Bring rough hiking shoes, hats and pop money.

 This is a double session class.


Computer Flight Simulator Training

Want to earn your wings? Want to learn to fly someday? Using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 you can learn some of the fundamentals of flying a simple, single-engine plane in all kinds of weather and terrain. You will keep a log of your flight time. The class will be fun and a lot of hard, frustrating work.

Justin Hart/Jon Blesi


KEY Robotics is a course that will teach participants how to build, program and operate a robot using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education software. These are not your little brother’s or sister’s LEGOS! This sophisticated robotic system will be able to maneuver through obstacles, move objects, respond to its environment and complete tasks. Participants will start with parts and design, build and program a robot of their own design.

Ron Lamb

Designing Websites

Do you want to be your own webmaster? Learn how to design an awesome website from scratch using Microsoft FrontPage. You have eight hours to create a website you can take home with you. There is no extra charge if you become rich and famous in the process.

Math without Limits

Pendulums, fractals, and more will be used in this class to show you math you have never seen before! You will investigate math in ways that will stretch your mind to its mathematical limits. Come on in, but be careful, you might have some fun!

DarkBASIC Programming

Learn to create the ultimate 3D games and become a computer programmer using DarkBASIC. No experience is required. You will go from being an absolute beginner to being able to create your own computer games using the DarkBASIC Programming Language.

David Mills

The Amazing Journey

Team up with other students to complete this world adventure. Use clues to find destinations by solving small puzzles, light physical activities, memorization, and more. Win daily prizes by being the first team to reach the correct destination.

Out of This World (Rocketry and More)

Do you like space? Then join this class and spend a week in training. Students will explore rocket theory, study the effects of cold in food, predict and learn how simple toys work on Earth and in the weightless environment of space. Hands on activities include building a cube on land and in a “weightless” water environment. Students will need a swim suit for this class. You will build your own rocket and launch it on Super Saturday, weather permitting

Things that Fly

Students will predict and use hands-on experiences to test how airflow forces work on various materials such as water rockets. Build a kite using only tissue paper, straws, and string. Learn to make your own paper airplanes and compete in contests against other students. Discussions of how these work will take place during construction and flight.

Leah Ross


Have you ever wanted to be a part of the excitement of the newsroom?  The stories coming together, the headlines, the deadlines . . .  Newsroom has a place for you! You will become the editor of your own column.  Take your pick - Travel, Food, Arts and Entertainment, People in the News, Fascinating Facts, Dear Abby, Photography, Comics, and more!  Together we will create and publish a newspaper for KEY.

Taste Sensations from Many Nations

Prepare your taste buds: they are about to experience five days of excitement!  Each day we will select recipes from around the world . . . Mexico, the United States, the Middle East, India and China to name a few.  We will shop for ingredients, prepare breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, main courses, side dishes, salads and desserts, and sample our work.  You will learn basic cooking skills and terms as you go, and you will leave the class with a recipe book of all your favorites.  On Super Saturday your family will view and sample your work for themselves!  This is a double session course.

Writer’s Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer, of publishing your own story, poem, book, play or article?  In Writer’s Workshop you will delve into the fundamentals of effective, written communication.  Using a “treasure list” of writing ideas from your own and others’ experiences, you will create original writings that may be submitted for publication.  You will never again have to wonder about a possible topic for your writing! 

Mark Vinich

Mas-car-ade by U & Company

Have you ever put on a mask and felt different? Did you possibly take on the spirit and personality of that mask? Masks are indeed mysterious. Learn more about masks and mask making while creating several unique types made from a variety of materials including a real plaster cast of your very own face! So…don’t be shy, don’t be afraid, grab a partner and find out what’s behind your masquerade.

No Picassos Required!

That’s right…you don’t have to be an artistic genius to enjoy the fun experience of producing the projects offered in this course. In this class we will explore and use a variety of materials and creative techniques to make several unique works of art. The best part of it all is that each project is success guaranteed. Hmmm, even Picasso himself would have to approve.

Meet the Masters

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a famous artist? Study the masters and find out! This class is for the serious artist. Meet Van Gogh and use thick, bright, colorful painting techniques to create a vivid masterpiece in his style. Explore Georgia O’Keeffe and experience her inspirations by painting giant flowers, beautiful landscapes, or mysterious animal skulls in the sky. Color and heat plastic to create a hanging mobile that emulates world famous glass blower, Dale Chihuly’s outdoor chandeliers.

Mary Fair Whitlatch

Bookmaking Bonanza

Learn to make folded books, books with secret pockets, tiny books, and books in which to sketch - books, books, and books. In this class you will learn to make a variety of unique books in which you can place photographs, autographs, sketches, creative writings, and even secrets. Your end results will be gift worthy - if you can part with any of them. 

Taking Away Can Be a Plus

Have you ever thought that taking away could be creative? In this class you will be carving out your drawings from several surfaces-pieces of sheet rock, pieces of rubber, and erasers. To these surfaces you will add paint, ink, and markers. You will take home 3 very unique works of your original art.

For information, contact:
Laura Burnett
Community Education Specialist
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
KEY logo
For information, contact:
Laura Burnett
Community Education Specialist
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
KEY logo


KEY 2015

WEEK 1 , June 7-13, 2015

WEEk 2, June 14- 20, 2015

WEEK 3, June 21-27, 2015

  2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students arrive on campus.  Check into the Residence Hall and then sign in at the Music Building Auditorium.
  4:00 p.m. SHARP Orientation - PARENTS AND STUDENTS.  
    Your individual schedules will be available at this this time  
  • Welcome
    Meet the Instructors
    Learn the Rules
  4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Assign Advisors (Parents may leave)  
  5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. First meal together  
  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Evening Activities  
  9:00 p.m. LIGHTS OUT!  
  8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast  
  8:30 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.         Session I  
  10:15 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.  Session II  
  12:00 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.  Lunch  
  12:45 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Session III  
  2:30 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. Session IV  
  4:05 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Time (In Dorm Rooms)  
  5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner  
  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Evening Activities  
  8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free Time (In Dorm Rooms)  
  9:15 p.m. LIGHTS OUT!  
  7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Breakfast  
  7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. KEY Pictures  
  8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Parents View Exhibits  
  9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. “KEY Players” Theater Presentation

  11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Families are invited to join the KEY staff and students for grilled hamburgers
KEY students check out of dorm




**Casper College does not have scholarships for KEY students, please check with your local Parent Organizations/School District Service Organizations, or BOCES.

Parent Information

KEY students are not allowed to leave the program at any time for outside activities.  If you need to make a choice between KEY and some other activity, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may notify an alternate that a space is available.


KEY Camp StudentDorm Rooms:          

Each residence hall room is furnished with two single beds. Each room also has a restoom and shower.  Maid service is not provided.  You should bring your own toiletries ,clothes hangers, alarm clock, etc.  PLEASE BRING A SLEEPING BAG OR BEDDING


 Although we discourage cell phones, students may bring them to use during free time to contact parents. Each counselor will have a phone available for the students to use. 

Please send mail to your child at:
Casper College Residence Hall
(student name)/KEY
365 College Dr.
Casper, WY 82601

Personal Items:        

Students are allowed to use music players during free periods, but we request the use of earphones.  Skateboards, in-line skates, or ‘heelys’ are not allowed on campus.  Students may bring other personal items.  However, although students are encouraged to keep rooms locked, we cannot be responsible for loss or theft.


First meal for KEY students will be Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m.  Last meal will be a picnic with your parents on Super Saturday at 11:00 a.m.


What to Bring

Does my child need to bring bedding and toiletries? YES!!  Please bring a sleeping bag or bedding.  You should also bring your own soap, clothes hangers, alarm clock, etc.

Does my child need to bring pocket money? We recommend that pocket money be keep to $25.00 or less. Students are allowed access to the Casper College bookstore so they may want spending money for a t-shirt or snacks.

Can students bring bottled water or soda to class? Students will be provided a water bottle that may be used in class.

Can students bring a cell phone? Key is a very active and intense learning environment. To get the full benefit of the program it is our goal to have the students completely immersed in the experience. Therefore, students are asked to leave their cell phones turned off except during free time.

Can students bring a fan for the rooms? There is a central swamp cooler system that cools the dorms. Students may bring a fan if it helps them sleep.

Can students bring snacks to keep in their rooms? Students will eat in the cafeteria and will have several choices from which to choose and snacks are offered during evening activities. If you decide to send snacks with your child, they must be limited to non-perishable, healthy foods.

Can students bring a camera, IPod, etc? Personal items are allowed and can only be used during free time. Please note: All personal items are the responsibility of the student. This should be taken into consideration when bringing high-valued items. Many children bring disposable cameras rather than more expensive models.

What type of clothes does my child wear to classes? Shorts and activewear are best. Students should also bring at least one pair of jeans, a swimsuit, and a light jacket or sweatshirtfor the evening activities. If your student has chosen and been selected into a class that requires special clothing you will be emailed the requirements.

Does my child need to bring a laptop or is there access to a computer for email? Personal laptops are not allowed. Students have access to computers on campus where they can check their email. Most the time students are so busy and having so much fun, they don’t think to check their email.

When will I find out my schedule of classes? Students will get their class schedule when they check in on Sundays.

For information, contact:
Laura Burnett
Community Education Specialist
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
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