KGAN comes to College For Kids

Last Thursday, KGAN anchor Kelly D’Ambrosio visited Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids to see how students are gaining valuable academic and fine experiences from the program. Check out her look into the world of College For Kids at

Thanks to the instructors, students, and staff at College For Kids for making this summer a success. Stay tuned for updates and information about next year’s College For Kids sessions, and have a great summer!



College For Kids July Session Language Classes

Travel around the world in a minute with the language classes at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids! With classes in Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, and French, students learn basics in the language in addition to cultural traditions and history. The students in the Spanish and French classes presented projects on various Spanish and French-speaking countries and cultures, while the Japanese students practiced their speaking skills and the Arabic students learned about the history of Arabic-speaking cultures. The language courses provide a strong foundation that these students can build upon in more advanced courses offered in their schools and in the future.


College For Kids July 18 Highlights

The Coe College campus was buzzing with activity this Monday at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids! The Smash! Creative Journal class left the classroom in favor of being one with nature today, and found a peaceful spot in front of the library to write their observations in prose and through sketches and pictures. The Tai Chi class practiced a routine of graceful and fluid movements on the stage, and struck a pose for a group picture at the end of class. Later, the Decorative Papers class made a unique reversible booklet with decorations of their choice using marbling, glue, painting, and other creative methods to make the booklet their own. Check it out!

College For Kids July Session: Photography Class Downtown Photo Walk

The Photography class at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids took to the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids today to practice their photography skills. The students photographed local businesses, historic buildings, and general downtown scenery before ending their walk at the Cedar Rapids Fire Department’s Central Fire Station. The firefighters gave them a quick tour and then let the students take pictures of firetrucks and equipment.


College For Kids featured in The Gazette

College For Kids provides middle school students with a chance to experience advanced and unique curriculum that can spark an interest that may become a passion and a pathway to a future career. Check out this great piece by The Gazette about the impact of the hands-on learning opportunities at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids.

College For Kids summer enrichment program sees record attendance


College For Kids: Design Squad team wins challenge

Congratulations to one of the teams in the Design Squad class at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids for being named a winner of the Rube Goldberg Challenge! These students put their heads together to devise an unconventional solution using the lessons learned in Design Squad. The Rube Goldberg Challenge is a DIY (Do It Yourself) challenge where participants utilize critical and creative thinking skills to solve simple problems through the creation of a complex invention. To learn more about the Rube Goldberg Challenge, check out their website at

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College For Kids: Ta Dye For Tie Dye Class

Miss Poplawski’s tie dye class at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids is a creative and colorful opportunity for students to create unique and vibrant works of tie dye art! Beyond making great tie dye shirts, the students have learned about different forms of tie dye and practiced making their own special tie dye pieces. Today, the students learned how to use wax to trace over sketches on silk pieces. The wax helps to keep the dye at bay so that students can create shapes and drawings with different colors of dye without mixing colors! Next week, Ta Dye For will be working on making infinity scarves and using ice as a tool for tie dying. We can’t wait to see the next work of art they’ll create!

College For Kids: Math Power!

The students in Brian Reynolds’s Math Power class at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids used their hands-on problem solving skills to apply math to real-life situations! In today’s class, Reynolds had the students calculate the number of license plates possible in Iowa, the number of ways to organize seven books, and possible combinations of people for sports teams using techniques of probability, factorials, and permutation. Math Power and classes like it at Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids can help kids maintain and improve their academic skills over the summer, one fun math problem at a time!