About the Ignite Program

Ignite is similar to Splash Days — held by many of Grinnell College's peer institutions — in which local students enroll in mini-courses taught and created by college students. We have embraced the Splash model of providing all courses on Grinnell's campus, as we believe it is important to help students gain exposure and comfort with a college campus as a means of developing college-readiness in the future.

Ignite is now in its fifth year of programming! In the first four years of Ignite, we hosted eight Ignite days and welcomed a total of 736 students on campus to take 123 unique classes, each taught by Grinnell College students.

Ignite Program classes can be about anything and everything, from rockets to storytelling and everything in between. The Ignite Program is open to students in grades pre-K through 4th grades. We will host two Ignite days this year. Fall 2018 Ignite will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17. Student applications will be available at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 and will close at midnight on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.