Summer programs at Moraine Valley Community College’s Valley Learning Center (VLC) offer plenty of opportunities for children and teens to be engaged, adventurous and enlightened, plus make new friends.

Nearly 100 programs from app programming, LEGO robotics and beginning photography to reading, math, science, and musical instrument instruction, are offered in July and August, at the Palos Hills campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy.

Adventures in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) combines courses into half- or full-day camps that include youth gaming and programming, Minecraft Mod programming, Android App inventor and a host of LEGO courses, including LEGO Movie: Star Wars and Minecraft. These camps start in July and August.

The Youth Gaming and Programming two-day courses, which teach the basics behind games like Angry Birds, Minecraft and Disney Infinity, will be held July 19 and 20, and July 26 and 27. Both sessions, for ages 6 to 12, run from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $90 per session.

Youth ages 8 to 14 will brainstorm, storyboard the plot, design the set, write the script, film and edit in the LEGO Stop-Motion Moviemaking two-day classes. Minecraft will be held July 24 and 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Star Wars will be held July 31 and Aug. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $90 per session.

Students will use their creativity to dream up a story, photograph scenes to tell the story and use software to produce their graphic stories in comic strip format. These classes include LEGO Graphic Story: Minecraft, offered July 24 and 25, from 9 a.m.-noon; and LEGO Graphic Story: Star Wars on Aug. 2 and 3. The cost is $90 for each session.

A Future Leaders Challenge Camp, for students ages 10 to 13, is scheduled to begin July 24. Participants learn what is needed to make a good decision, how to identify and set goals, handle peer pressure, and resolve conflict. The camp runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday for two weeks. The cost is $99.

Elementary students can participate in math and reading review classes designed to help children reach state-mandated goals. Both the Math Review classes and the Reading Review classes start July 24 and run for two weeks. Each class is a review of skills presented at a specific grade level from kindergarten to grade 7. The cost is $90.

To learn more about the VLC offerings, call (708) 974-5735 or visit

Registration can be completed by calling (708) 974-2110, in person in Building S, Room S103, or online at