Howard Payne University, which has offered summer enrichment programs for elementary school students in recent years, is expanding its curriculum to include middle school and freshman high school students interested in astronomy.

A day camp for students entering the seventh, eighth and ninth grades will be held June 18-22, with a stargazing party planned with parents invited for the evening, said Pat Locks, continuing education coordinator.

“We’ll have our Summer Scholars program opening next week for students entering the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, but this is the first time we’ll have something for the older students,” Locks said.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. that week at the electronic classroom in Walker Memorial Library at HPU. Cost is $170 per student, and that includes a T-shirt, supplies and lunches. The stargazing party will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 22.

The study will include stars, galaxies, asteroids, black holes, the planet Mars, dark matter and supernovas. Students will build a scale model of the Hubble telescope and learn to identify many stars and constellations. Warps in time and space will be discussed.

Information and enrollment forms are available at the HPU Office of Continuing Education, 1000 Fisk Ave. For information, call 649-5711.