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 fourth year of programming! In the first three years of Ignite, we hosted six Ignite days and welcomed a total of 580 students on campus to take 105 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. Please check back in September of 2018 for dates.
Ignite is funded by a generous gift from Helen Redmond and Pete Brownell, the Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program, and Grinnell College's Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement. Ignite would not be possible without the help of the student intern coordinators, the student teachers, and, of course, the support of the local community.