Challenge Saturdays


Iowa City Classes

Challenge Math

Grades 2 through 4 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Primary Challenge Math offers students in grades 2-4 math experiences to take them well beyond simple calculations. Class activities are designed to give students a deeper level of mathematical understanding. Students will have the opportunity to explore problem solving, number sequencing, money, percent, algebraic thinking, negative numbers, logic, ratios, probability, measurements, fractions, and division. The materials for the Primary Challenge Math include teacher-generated materials and Primary Grade Challenge Math by Edward Zaccaro.



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Engineering for Invention

Grades 2 through 4 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM

This course 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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Future City

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM

What will cities of the future look like? How will office buildings, houses, transportation systems, parks and play grounds be designed? How will new technologies be incorporated into these designs? You will put your imagination to work by building a futuristic city model that includes commercial, residential, and industrial sections; water sources; energy sources; and recreational areas. You will focus primarily on creating innovative green public spaces such as parks and public walkways that not only create beautiful surroundings, but also help in developing healthy citizens. We will tour Iowa City to see how green spaces have been incorporated into the downtown area and visit with a city planner to learn what considerations are made in developing green spaces. 



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Lateral Thinking Challenge

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 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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Design Time

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Have you ever opened a bag of chips to find that only half of the bag is full? This hands-on course will combine mathematics, business, marketing, and creativity to explore the relationships between perimeter, area, surface area and volume. Students will work on challenges in groups to maximize capacity and minimize cost of materials, while creating products such as bumper car designs or new packaging for their favorite products. The course will conclude with a series of group sales pitches that parents are welcome to watch! Although this is a mathematics course, students do not need any prior knowledge of the content covered.



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Genetics

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Students will have the opportunity to explore the basics of human genetics by learning and discovering about cells, chromosomes, DNA, RNA, and examine similarities and differences between meiosis and mitosis. Laboratory work will involve the extraction of DNA from bananas and their own cheek cells. We will learn about karyotypes & genotypes using Punnett squares to determine possible genetic outcomes. Using raw data, we will put together pedigrees to observe characteristics inherited in families. Inherited genetic disorders and how they occur will be investigated. Our culminating activity will be an investigation using our knowledge of inherited traits to determine, “Who Gets the Money” when five individuals claim the inheritance based on being the long lost child. 



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Word Up!

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Sep 17, 2016-Oct 29, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Everybody has something to say! When kids are encouraged to write down what they think and feel, their ability and self-esteem grow. This course will provide fun and creative writing challenges to express their creativity and to gain confidence. All genres will be explored: fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, song lyrics, and graphic novels. We will foster the inner voice to create unique works of art, true to each student’s style, true to their own vision and point of view, true to their own life experience.



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