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Summer Opportunities – Elementary

It is that time of year when we let you know of some summer opportunities for your learner. None of these are sponsored by Linn-Mar. It is not our intention to suggest your child needs to be involved in any of these, but parents often ask for this information.

Do not delay on any of these options. Spaces fill quickly.

KICK: Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids

These classes are for all students entering grades 5-9. They have a HUGE variety of classes to choose from. If not yet, information will soon be posted on their website.

KICK: Kirkwood Interactive Camps for Kids website

Belin – Blank Center – University of Iowa

BLAST (formerly ChESS) is an academic commuter program for students finishing grades 2-6. Registration begins in January, so do not delay if you are interested in this program. They also have a wide variety of classes from which to choose. To learn more or register visit their website.

U. of Iowa Belin – Blank Blast website

Imagination Iowa

This will be located in the NewBo area. They are building camps focused solely on 21st century skills: coding, engineering, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity.

Imagination Iowa website

Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp

The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at The University of Iowa is offering a one-week day camp here in Cedar Rapids. Current 4th and 5th graders are eligible to apply. Applications are available online. See website or contact Allison Winter at (319) 384-0760.

Jacobson Institute website

Summit Schools Summer Camp

The Summit School runs a summer program with a variety of enrichment classes as well. For information on this, call them at (319) 294-2036 or visit their website.

Summit Schools website

Discover Summer School

This program is through the Cedar Rapids Community Schools gifted program. It takes place at Cedar Rapids Roosevelt middle school. It is for students finishing grades four and five with a composite ITBS score of 85% or above. Past courses have included choices in mock trial, Spanish, math games, space, computers, quilting, chemistry, drama, chess, and many others. Registration opens in March and applications are due in April. Classes fill quickly. If you are interested in this program, dates and more information are available at their website.

Cedar Rapids Discover Summer School website

Iowa State Adventures Program

This program is designed to challenge the minds of younger students. Students finishing grades 2-6 may be eligible with a score of 90%ile or higher on the ITBS tests. These classes are held in Ames and are not residential. For more information visit their website. Registration has already begun.

Iowa State Opptag website

Iowa State Engineering Kids Camps

ISEK Camps are a cool way to check out the latest technology, awesome engineering activities, and experience campus, not to mention toy around with some amazing robotics. ISEK Camps are a great way to learn more about how engineers solve problems, get creative, and innovate cool solutions.

ISU Engineering Camps ISEK website

Linn County Conservation Department

Offering Summer Camps and Public programs for both families and children, this is a super resource. Many nature and science topics are available to explore.

Indian Creek Nature Center

At Creek Camp, your child will be guided by naturalists and experienced interns as they explore the outdoors, learn about wildlife, enjoy unstructured play, practice outdoor skills, observe the wonder of nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Indian Creek Nature Center website

Theatre Cedar Rapids

TCR offers a variety of programs year round for youth and adults. I

Theatre Cedar Rapids website