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Leadership for Students Who Want to Make a Difference

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams. This course will allow young people to learn how to lead themselves and then how to lead others. We will examine a variety of leadership styles and skills, identify each individual’s strengths, and learn how to create positive impact. We will build a foundation for them to stand on centered around values and teamwork, in order to ignite the potential of tomorrow’s leaders.  

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Instructor: Stacy Narcotta-Welp
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Robot Theater

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

This girl-friendly programming class integrates the arts and the sciences. The focus of this class is to learn computational thinking and computer science in the context of the performing arts—programming NAO humanoid robots to perform theatrical skits. Come and experience an innovative way for students with high math and verbal abilities to engage in computer science and technology-related fields. Teams of students will be working together to create robot theater performances. No previous experience with writing, puppetry, theater, or working with robots is required. The class will start with an introduction to the elements of story telling and the conventions of how to put a play on the page. Then using a series of daily writing prompts, theatre games, workshops, and dedicated in class writing time, students will write a short monologue or scene that takes advantage of the capabilities of the robots. These completed writing projects will be then programed into the robots and delivered as part of the final performance that will take place on the last day of class. Check out more here!



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Instructor: Denise Szecsei
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Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Environmental S.T.E.M.

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

This course is being offered in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Engineering WiSE Program.

Are you interested in making a difference in the world? Do you want to learn more about STEM fields and careers? Are you interested in helping people? Are you a girl? If your answer to these questions is YES, then this course is for you. This summer we will work with different faculty and staff across campus in different STEM disciplines to learn how what they do and what they study has an impact on the environment and the health of living things that coexist in that environment. You will get to visit college laboratories, collect and test samples from the field, learn how to interpret the data you collected, take field trips to college research centers, and have a lot of fun along the way. Come see how you can make a difference!



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Instructor: Chelle Lehman
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Engineering and Health Science: Exploring a Real-World Problem

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

Students will work in small research teams to explore various approaches for remediating a shipping canal that contains sediments contaminated with a toxic industrial chemical. The business leaders in the community say the sediments must be dredged to enable a more productive ship passage. Residents living near the canal fear they will be exposed to harmful chemicals that could be released when the sediments are disturbed. Students will determine the engineering outcomes required at various stages of a long process seeking to improve shipping canal operations, protect human health, clean the environment and better enable community sustainability. 

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Instructor: Ashlee Johannes
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Design for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

Look around at all the things our world that have been designed by people to make our lives better. Now, picture yourself collaborating with a team to design and create ideas of your own hover car and driven by your own avatar! In this class, you will learn the design for additive manufacturing  to creative products. To support your design process, you will gain experience working with tools and Autodesk inventor & mesh mixer software in the design of your futuristic hover car. Communicate your ideas by learning the language of design by sketching basic pictorials to communicate your ideas, building prototypes, working in teams, and designing 3D virtual images of your creations. Each student will leave with a custom design 3D prototype of their hover car and animation of their design in action! 

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Instructor: Kevin Wilkinson
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Project Discovery: Finding Your Writer's Voice

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

Discover your inner writer while exploring a variety of creative writing formats. Anticipated activities also include adventures like a walking tour of historical sites around Iowa City, readings from adult creative writers, exploration of Writers' Workshop, and collaboration with professional and novice writers. Activities will center around stimulating the creative process, as well as practicing and honing your craft. 

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Instructor: Stephanie Fholer
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Wonder Woman Unleashed

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

Suffering Sappho! Great Hera! Who is Wonder Woman?! Why is her name Diana Prince?! And is she really 2,500 years old?! This course will offer an overview of the development of the woman warrior archetype in mythology, literature, and history. We will discuss the development of heroic women from the Amazons to the Valkyries, study Greek and Roman goddesses such as Artemis and Diana, analyze the influence of historical women fighters such as Joan of Ark and Elizabeth I, read excerpts about Artemisia from The Histories by Herodotus, Camilla from The Aeneid by Vergil and Minerva and Diana from The Metamorphoses by Ovid, allegorical women deities in The Tale of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizzan, and Spencer’s  functional Belphoebe and Britomart from The Faerie Queene, and examine how these archetypal heroines influenced the development of 20th and 21st century women superheroes. Wonder Woman first appeared on the silver screen in March of 2016 in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In October of 2016, Wonder Woman became the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls at the United Nations. And in yet another first, the upcoming June 2, 2017 Wonder Woman film starting Gal Gadot is the first superhero film with a female protagonist directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Created in 1941, right after Superman (1938) and Batman (1939), Wonder Woman deserves a close examination and an academic space of her own. The course will contain a visual component that will allow the students to familiarize themselves with the evolution of the woman warrior image in both art and film.
 

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Instructor: Anna Barker
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Mixed Media Art Workshop

Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017

Are you ready for a great week of action-packed art? If so, this class is for you! Your week will be an exciting adventure in different kinds of art making. You will try our hand at a variety of studio projects throughout the week. The two-dimensional art portion of the class will involve some printmaking, drawing, and painting. The book arts component will show you how to make your own sketchbooks and journals. And, the stop motion animation segment will introduce you to the basics of stop-motion in the making of an awesome animation that you will shoot, edit, and create music and sound effects for.  You will work on individual pieces, as well as work in small groups. Exploring collaboration in small groups will allow us to put our brains together to come up with unique, creative solutions. We will go on a couple of field trips to get ideas for work and look at other artists' work. Bring your adventurous spirit and creative brain. It's going to be a great week of getting a little messy, learning some new techniques, getting your creative juices flowing, and challenging yourselves.



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Instructor: Rachael Arnone
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