Area students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade will design their own constellations, create a new nation and crack cryptic clues to a scavenger hunt by joining the Ignite Program at Grinnell College on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Registration is underway for the program, which enables children to take free, fun academic mini-courses taught by Grinnell College students. Each course will have at least two teachers and will be capped at 15 students. All participants will receive a free pizza lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt.
A record number of Ignite courses – 23 – are being offered this year, including the Physics of Paper Airplanes and Nation Creation. Each course, which is customized to fit a different grade level, will focus on one or more aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"These engaging STEM courses will be fun and accessible to all students, and will introduce them to the physical environment of a college campus," says Ashley Schaefer, the Lawrence S. Pidgeon Director of the Careers in Education Professions Program at Grinnell College. "Plus, the active learning that participants engage in with our friendly, open college students may well spark their interest in attending college from a young age."
Parents of pre-kindergarten children and kindergarteners can enroll their children in one morning course, lasting from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or two courses lasting from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Parents with children in first grade through sixth grade must enroll their children in two classes to give them the opportunity to complete more complex and involved projects. The two courses combined will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Register online or call 641-269-9317 for more information. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, space permitting.
The Ignite Program is made possible by Grinnell College's Careers in Education Professions, the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement, and a generous gift from Helen Redmond and Pete Brownell.
Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Contact Conference Operations to request accommodations.