A series of summer classes for children and adults is being offered by Southwestern Schools this year.

Southwestern Elementary School Principal Jason Watson said that FUEL (Fun Unique Exciting Learning) came about after Superintendent Steve Telfer had the idea to expand on the school's summer LEGO robotics class.

"We wanted to expand out to provide other opportunities," Watson said. "Mr. Telfer sent out an email to district staff explaining that he wanted to basically use the LEGO class as a model, and allow others to take their interest and share them through a similar brief class format."

The summer schedule is expanding from one class to 19.

Classes begin in mid-June and will last until mid-July.

Watson said that classes will need to meet a minimum number of sign-ups before being offered.

Sign-up information is available at school, as well as the school's website, www.swjcs.k12.in.us/.

Eco15, Southwestern Schools and Duke Energy are funding the classes, Watson said.

Classes include:

• WeDo 1, a class for kindergarten through second -grade students teaching them to investigate, build and interact with basic robot designs and concepts through the use of LEGO WeDo. The school will offer two session of the class. The first meets June 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The second will meet July 21, 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40.

• EV3 Base 1, a class for incoming fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, will teach students to use the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robotics platform.

Students will engage in computer science, science, technology, engineering and math as they build, program, and test their first robot with the EV3 system.

The class will be offered twice, from June 16-19 from 9 a.m. to noon, and from July 21-24 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $45.

• EV3 Expansion 1 is for incoming seventh- and eighth-graders and high school freshmen. Students will advance their knowledge of robotics by building, programing and testing robot designs and functions that provide additional challenges and capabilities.

This class will be offered in two sessions. The first from June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second from July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost of the class is $55.

• Silver-Tongued Speechwriters is a two-week class that will teach students in fourth and fifth grade to work on memorization and presentation.

The class will meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon June 16-26. Class cost is $50.

• Science through SciFi will teach science to high school students through science fiction film and literature.

The class will meet June 9-20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $75.

• Brain Games, for students in fourth-grade through senior year, will teach students to play a wide variety of brain games.

The class will meet from June 23 to July 3 from 9 a.m. until noon. A second session will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. The class will cost $75.

• Lights, Camera, Action, will teach students to create short movies that will be posted on YouTube. The class is available for students in third grade through senior year. The class will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. from June 23 to July 3.

• A basic email and word processing class will be available for adults from June 9-16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Multicultural adventure, for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. This class will expose students to Hispanic and American cultures. Students will learn basic Spanish and English languages, and learn about music, games, sports, movies, food and dancing from both cultures.

The $30 class will meet from June 9-13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Basic English will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 9-18. The $20 class will be offered to adults from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Just dance will be offered for students in pre-kindergraten through third grade. The dance class will meet on weekdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. from June 9-13. The cost is $25.

• Farm School will teach second- through fifth-grade students what is involved in the journey of food from the farm field to the kitchen table. The class will meet from June 14-18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $70.

• Local History Fun will take students to explore historical sites in Madison and Hanover. Students will also create a tourism commercial. The class is available for students in fifth-grade through senior year. The class will meet the week of June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This class will cost $100.

• Southwestern will also offer several healthcare courses for students in high school and adults.

Heartsaver CPR/AED First Aid will be held three days this summer. The first class will meet June 10 from noon to 3 p.m. The second will meet June 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. and the final class will meet on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $30

Heartsaver First Aid will meet on June 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. the cost is $20.