Student Enrichment Opportunities

Grant Wood AEA is proud to offer enrichment learning opportunities to help students strengthen current skills and interests, explore new subject areas, and interact with other kids who love learning.


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Open Minds, Open Doors

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).

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Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

A STEM+ career conference

Grant Wood AEA is pleased to collaborate with the Association of University Women (AAUW) and Coe College to provide the annual Open Minds, Open Doors conference, 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).

Accompanied by a teacher from their school, girls attend two hands-on workshops, and a "lunch and learn" rotation including the STEM Expo and an auditorium-style presentation. Presenters are professional working women who volunteer their time. Presenters represent a variety of careers and businesses in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor.

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Access the list of 2017 Open Minds, Open Doors represented employers/organizations.


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2018 Registration Begins March 1st

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College for Kids Blog

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Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is a summer program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible talented and gifted students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered advanced or specialized curricula, and have the opportunity to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.


Eligibility Requirements

Enrichment: Eligible students are those who will have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade by summer 2018, and meet at least one of the criteria below:

  • Have been identified for/participate in a gifted and talented program in his/her school district,or
  • Have scored at the 85th percentile rank or above (national) on a standardized achievement test (Iowa Assessment) in one of the following areas: English Language Arts total, science total, math total, or complete composite/core total.

Art: Eligible art students are those who will have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade by summer 2018, and meet both of the criteria below:

  • Have demonstrated exemplary fine arts ability or performance, and
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work cooperatively in a classroom setting.

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Job Readiness Fair

Join us for the Job Readiness Fair, a demonstration-based learning event that will apply career education lessons from the classroom.

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April 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Location:
Linn County Kirkwood Regional Center
1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha

Fee: $25 per team

Join us for the Job Readiness Fair, a demonstration-based learning event that will apply career education lessons from the classroom. During the event students will:
1. Practice completing a job application
2. Participate in a face-to-face mock interview
3. Participate in a web-based employment search activity
4. Interact with and receive feedback from area employers
5. Attend informational sessions regarding employment in the 21st century

Access tools and resources for this year's Job Readiness Fair here.

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Young Writers' Conferences

A one day celebration of student writing for 4th and 5th grade students.

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Registration begins February 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018
9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Grant Wood AEA is pleased to offer the Young Writers’ Conference for 4th and 5th grade students. Accompanied by a teacher from their school, students will attend an author session, a workshop session, and a sharing session where students will share samples of their own writing. Concurrent learning sessions also available for teachers during the conference.

Access tools and resources for this year's Young Writers' Conference here.