Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Leadership for Students Who Want to Make a Difference

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams. This course will allow young people to learn how to lead themselves and then how to lead others. We will examine a variety of leadership styles and skills, identify each individual’s strengths, and learn how to create positive impact. We will build a foundation for them to stand on centered around values and teamwork, in order to ignite the potential of tomorrow’s leaders. 

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Robot Theater: Exploring with Cozmo

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

The focus of this class is to learn the basics of dramatic story telling that incorporate robot technology (Cozmo, created by Anki) as part of the story. If you have written a script, story, or poem that you have been dreaming of seeing performed on stage, then this class is for you—our Cozmos will be your actors. If you have an interest in robotics and want to work with sophisticated technology, then this class is for you—Cozmo will introduce you to the world of robotics.

Teams of students will be working together to create these theater performances. This class is designed for students who are interested in developing their writing talents, but also welcomes students who don't see themselves as strong writers. Likewise, this class is designed for students who are interested in developing their programming skills, but also welcomes students who don't see themselves as computer programmers. No previous experience with writing, puppetry, theatre, or working with robots is required.

The class will start with an introduction to the elements of story telling and the conventions of how to put a play on the page. Then, using a series of daily writing prompts, theatre games, workshops, and dedicated in class writing time, students will fill in the details for a skit that takes advantage of the capabilities of the robots. These completed writing projects will be then programmed into Cozmo robots and performed on the last day of class! We will learn to program Cozmo using Code Lab (available through the Cozmo App) as well as Python.

 

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Women in Engineering

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

This course is being offered in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Engineering Femineer® Program.

Are you a young woman who enjoys science, math, technology, and/or art? Are you interested in helping people and making the world a better place? If you answered YES, then this is the course for you! This summer we will work with different faculty and staff across campus to explore current research and opportunities for women in engineering. You will participate in hands-on activities, visit college laboratories and engineering research centers, explore engineering careers, and have a lot of fun along the way. Come see how you can change the world!



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Environmental Engineering

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Students will be exposed to real-world environmental challenges Iowans face with an emphasis on flooding and access to clean water. Through an interactive learning environment, students will connect with professionals from a variety of related fields to learn how we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster events, but then also mitigate for future disasters to build community resilience. Classroom learning will be mobile and designed to engage the students in career settings providing opportunities for practicing professional development skills.



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Design for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Look around at all the things in our world designed by people to make our lives better. Now, picture yourself collaborating with a team to design and create your own ideas! In this class, you will learn the design for additive manufacturing to creative products. To support your design process, you will gain experience working with tools and Autodesk Inventor & Mesh Mixer software in the design of your futuristic hover car. Communicate your ideas by learning the language of design and sketching basic pictorials, building prototypes, working in teams, and designing 3D virtual images of your creations!

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Mixed Media Workshop

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Are you ready for an exciting week of action-packed art adventures? If so, this class is for you! Our week will be an exciting exploration of several different kinds of art making. You will try your hand at a variety of studio projects throughout the week. The two-dimensional art portion of the class will involve some printmaking, drawing, and painting. The stop motion animation segment will introduce you to the basics of stop-motion in the making of an awesome animation that you will shoot, edit, and create music and sound effects. You will work on individual pieces, as well as work in small groups. Exploring collaboration in small groups will allow us to put our brains together to come up with unique, creative solutions. We will go on a couple of field trips to get ideas for work and look at other artists' work. Bring your adventurous spirit and creative brain. It's going to be a great week of getting a little messy, learning some new techniques, getting your creative juices flowing, and challenging yourselves.



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Project Discovery: Finding Your Writer's Voice

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Discover your inner writer while exploring a variety of creative writing formats. Anticipated activities also include adventures like a walking tour of historical sites around Iowa City, readings from adult creative writers, exploration of Writers' Workshop, and collaboration with professional and novice writers. Activities will center around stimulating the creative process, as well as practicing and honing your craft. 

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Archaeology: Discover the Past!

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 16, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Ever wonder how archaeologists know where to find ancient sites? Or how rocks and bones provide them clues about how people lived? Archaeologists are scientific detectives, studying people from the past and the objects they left behind. In this course, you will learn to think like an archaeologist using scientific inquiry. We will study real artifacts in the research labs at the Office of the State Archaeologist and participate in hands-on lessons and activities to learn about Iowa’s archaeological past, from the Ice Age to the first Europeans. You will also learn how today’s Native American communities work with archaeologists to strengthen our understanding of their cultures. Part of this course will take place at an outdoor classroom at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, where we will learn archaeology field techniques to document a real archaeological site!

 



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