Emergency Alerts

Last updated April 1, 2020 at 3:00pm

The Belin-Blank Center is committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of all our visitors and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow the University of Iowa's guidance and the CDC's recommendations as the situation changes. Please check this page often for updates about whether a specific Belin-Blank Center event or program has been canceled, rescheduled or proceeding as a virtual event.

If the University of Iowa requires that we cancel an event or program due to reasons related to COVID-19, all registered participants will receive a full refund of any paid fees associated with that event or program. They will also receive an email.

Upcoming Event or ProgramDate ScheduledCurrent Status
ACT, April Test Date April 4 Canceled
ACT, June Test Date June 13 Proceeding as Planned
Assessment & Counseling Clinic Continuous Suspended
AP Teacher Training Institute June 29 – July 2 Proceeding as Planned
Belin-Blank Fellowship Program June 21 – 26 Proceeding as Planned
Blank Summer Institute June 22 – 26 Proceeding as Planned
Bucksbaum Academy Information Day March 24 Canceled
Bucksbaum Academy Information Day April 28 Canceled
Chautauqua I July 5 – July 11 Proceeding as Planned
Chautauqua II July 12 – July 18 Proceeding as Planned
I-Excel test date at Belin-Blank Center June 11 Proceeding as Planned
Invent Iowa State Invention Competition April 20 Proceeding Virtually
Javits-TICE Professional Development June 15 – 16 Proceeding as Planned
Junior Scholars Academy – Session 1 June 15 – 19 Proceeding as Planned
Junior Scholars Academy – Session 2 June 22 – 26 Proceeding as Planned
Junior Scholars Academy – Session 3 July 6 – 10 Proceeding as Planned
Junior Scholars Academy – Session 4 July 13 – 17 Proceeding as Planned
National Invention Convention June 3 – 5 Proceeding Virtually
National JSHS April 15 – 19 Proceeding Virtually
Perry Research Scholars Institute July 6 – 17 Proceeding as Planned
Secondary Student Training Program June 17 – July 24 Proceeding as Planned
STEM Excellence Professional Development June 9 – 10 Proceeding as Planned
Summer Art Residency July 6 – 24 Proceeding as Planned
Summer Writing Residency July 6 – 24 Proceeding as Planned
Summit on the Neuroscience of Twice Exceptionality July 20 – 21 Proceeding as Planned


Assessment & Counseling Clinic

In order to maintain the health and safety of our staff and clients, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the provision of assessment services and in-person psychotherapy at the Assessment and Counseling Clinic at this time. We will work with families who have been affected by this closure to ensure they are rescheduled for their appointments as quickly as is deemed safe by the CDC, IDPH, and University of Iowa. In the meantime, we will offer telehealth services on a limited basis to existing clients, and for clients seeking consultation services only.

Invent Iowa

Due to the CDC's recommendations around mass gatherings, we have made the decision to cancel the in-person convention. We are committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of all our visitors and are consistently monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

Since we must cancel the in-person convention in Iowa City, all current submissions will be processed through a panel of judges to select the top inventions to advance to the U.S. Nationals Invention Convention. Due to the Governor’s recommendation for schools to close, we feel this is the best possible option for adjudicating inventions for qualifying to Nationals.

Regarding the 2020 U.S. Nationals Invention Convention in Dearborn, Michigan:

In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Henry Ford has decided to change the 2020 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals from an on-site event to an online-only competition. Celebrating our inventors is second to their safety. With this decision, registration will be delayed so they are able to quickly and accurately pivot to an online alternative. Once they have defined this digital experience, they will provide updates here and on their social media channels to communicate the next steps.

As the days and weeks go on, please monitor our Emergency Alerts page often for updates about whether a specific Belin-Blank Center event or program has been canceled, rescheduled, or moved online. Thank you again for your help and support as we navigate these challenging times. We look forward to moving ahead with the next stage in the competition. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at inventiowa@belinblank.org.