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!

First Day of College For Kids 2016! 

Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids – First Day! (June Session)

Today marks more than the first day of summer, it’s also the first day of Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids! Over 500 local middle school students are registered for the June session, which includes classes in food science, dissection, geometry, physics, theater, digital photography, art, and much more! Stay connected with Grant Wood AEA’s College For Kids by visiting our blog for daily updates and checking out our YouTube channel. Here’s a peek into the first day at College For Kids! Stay tuned for more hands-on summer learning fun!