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600 Blank Honors Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

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Belin-Blank Center

Painting and the Jurassic

Grades 2 through 4
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015, 9:00AM-12:00PM

We will adventure into the world of dinosaurs during the Jurassic period! We will use our discoveries and create paintings, sculptures, and 3D Art. Students will have the opportunity to design and name their own dinosaur, as well as creating their own dinosaur fossil. We will learn how to dig for dinosaur bones and map the area of a dig as well. We will explore how paleontologists work on dig sights around the world. Next we will make dinosaur egg nests and design texture collages re-creating dinosaur skin and defense plates. By collaborating with classmates we will create a 3D dinosaur scene using mixed media materials and writing a story about the 3D scene. We will learn about size scales of the dinosaurs and compare them to animals that live today. We will construct our own sketchbooks for students to design their ideas.



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Instructor: Taera Harman
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Innovation, Invention, and Engineering

Grades 2 through 4
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Innovation, Invention, and Engineering will strengthen your inventive and engineering interests and aptitudes. In addition to direct instruction about the invention process, you will do your own independent, hands-on engineering of inventions. Over the five weeks, you will learn how inventors and engineers shape the future by creating new and original tools that make our lives easier and more rewarding. You will learn that creativity—seeing the world and how we interact in it in new ways and by asking different questions—can enhance your ability to engineer inventions. 



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Instructor: Leon Lueck
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LEGO Robotics

Grades 4 through 6
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015, 9:00AM-12:00PM

LEGO Robotics is designed to provide learning opportunities for students interested in an initial and fun way to learn how to design, construct, and program Lego robots to complete a desired task. NXT robots are constructed to learn how advanced programs simplify the programming process. You will work in groups of two using robotic kits to design, construct and program their robot. Mac computers (one for two students) will be used to program the robots. MINDSTORMS NXT software will be used to learn basic programming. Touch sensors, light sensors, angle sensors will be used to design robots to complete assigned tasks. First Lego League tables will be used to test the robots, refine the program, and for two robots to compete against each other.



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Instructor: Dominic Iannone
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Science Wizards

Grades 4 through 6
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Become a science wizard and learn the scientific principles that make up our world! How can you put an egg in a bottle by changing the temperature in the bottle? How can you transfer water from one container to another without moving either container? How can you create a water fountain by changing the temperature of the water?  Find out the answers to these questions in Science Wizards! We will explore the properties of air, learn what flowing air can do, determine what factors influence weather, see how light interacts with water and much, much more.  In this class we will select a science topic that you find interesting, select a demonstration that exemplifies a scientific principle related to your topic, prepare the demonstration at home, and then perform the demonstration for your classmates. After completing the demonstration, we will discuss about the scientific principle involved in each demonstration.



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Instructor: Jean Oberbroeckling
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Discover Greek Mythology

Grades 4 through 6
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Do you like to read fantasy or historical fiction? You will love this class! What is a myth?  Why do modern people still love these really old stories? Are the Greek myths just stories, or can they teach us about history? What is a “Pandora’s box” and a “Trojan horse”?  What does it mean to “fly too close to the sun”?  We explore these questions by reading, discussing and doing fun activities and games. Students will have the opportunity to recreate their favorite myth using the digital storytelling application StoryboardThat. Come and join us as we discover the world of Greek mythology! 



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Instructor: Amy Engelmann
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MindCraft Brain Training

Grades 4 through 6
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Build your lateral thinking skills and explore the outer limits of your creativity! We will exercise our brains to be stronger, faster, and more creative. Through the use of puzzles, riddles, logic games, and problem-solving challenges, we will train your brain to construct novel and unconventional solutions to everyday problems. Challenges will include both individual and team verbal wordplay, visual puzzles, and hands-on engineering and design.



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Instructor: Rachel DeMaris
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Instructor: Rachel Klein
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Investigation 101: Dry Ice, Chemistry, and Physics Explorations

Grades 6 through 8
Sep 12, 2015-Oct 31, 2015

You have seen it in movies creating a creepy fog or bubbling from a cauldron, but have you ever investigated the science behind dry ice? In this class, you will have the opportunity to investigate the curious behaviors of dry ice. Come and tackle the particulate nature of matter! In this class you will explore everyday applications of chemistry and physics. You will learn about the physics of waves, analyze mystery powders, learn scientific notation, and create polymers.



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Instructor: Deb Snook
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