Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is a summer program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to talented and gifted students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade.
Students in 8th-11th grades will express their connection to the community through writing and the art mediums of black & white film photography, digital photography, and acrylic paint. Additional Connect programming anticipated for Summer 2015.
Kids on the Block
The "Kids" are a group of near-life-sized puppets that perform for third-graders in the area. The puppets help students with and without disabilities understand and appreciate each other. Scheduling of school performances is done at the beginning of each school year.
Open Minds, Open Doors is a half-day conference intended to encourage middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Open Minds, Open Doors is a joint initiative between Grant Wood AEA, the American Association of University Women (AAUW),
Coe College and Workplace Learning Connection. The 2015 conference date will be announced soon. Registration information will be sent to area schools in September 2015.
U.S. Senate Youth Exam
Each fall, one student per high school in Area 10 is nominated to take the exam on their knowledge of the United States Government. The exam is given at Grant Wood AEA. Winners are named at the state level and earn a trip to Washington, D.C. Application materials can be found at http://www.educateiowa.org (search "Senate Youth"). Application materials are due to Grant Wood AEA annually in early October. Exam will be administered within two-three weeks of the application deadline.
Grant Wood AEA is pleased to announce the return of the Young Writers’ Conference for 4th and 5th grade students. Accompanied by a teacher from their school, students attend an author session, participate in workshops, and share samples of their personal writing with other students attending the conference. Concurrent learning sessions also available for teachers during the conference.