Celebrating Week Two of UD for Kids

Jun 30, 2016 | Hannah Hitzeroth


DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of UD for Kids this summer with more than 600 academically talented and gifted students in first through seventh grade. UD for Kids has three sessions. Here is a look back at the second session, held June 27-July 1 for third- and fourth-graders.

Cookie Crazy

Children learned to measure ingredients, melt chocolate, and decorate cookies in “Cookie Crazy.”

“I have my own Easy-Bake Oven, but I never used it. Now I don’t need to” said Scarlett MisiagBeckler, 9, of Dubuque.

Some children grabbed ingredients, while others stirred the mixture in the bowls.

The students made various kinds of cookies, from monster cookies to cookie balls called peanut butter buckeyes.

“It’s pretty cool for grade schoolers. For the most part they do all of the baking,” said Andrew Mettert, executive chef at UD.

CSI: UD Kids

Melissa Husemann, C’15, seventh grade science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, taught children how crime investigators test fingerprints, DNA, and blood spatter during “CSI: UD Kids.”

Husemann explained the three main types of fingerprints: whirl, loop, and arch. After the children had finished the lab, they looked to see what pattern of fingerprints they had.

Part of the lab required students to invent a crime they committed and, therefore, need to be fingerprinted. Alexandria Caughron, 10, of Bellevue, Iowa, said she was in trouble for fighting with her brother in the car.

As Alexandria washed the ink from her hands, she said her favorite part of the day was the fingerprinting and creating a make-believe crime.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Students used their imaginations in “Extra, Extra, Read All About It” to develop plot lines, create character sculptures, and write their own stories. Chloe Goedken, 9, of Dyersville, Iowa, loved creating the sculpture of a character based off her twin sister.

The children plan to sell a broadside of their graphic novel on Friday outside of the Charles C. Myers Library at UD.

The students really enjoyed the creative freedom they had in the class.

“I’m excited because by the end of the week we are all going to be authors,” said Anna McClain, 10, of Dubuque.

Treehouse Design

In “Treehouse Design” children built miniature treehouses of their own. They were taught that livable treehouses need to have water, power, and food sources.

The classroom was filled with crafting items like cardboard boxes, paper, cups, and egg cartons.

Kara Knockel, 9, of Durango, Iowa, and her classmates made their trees out of papier-mache and craft sticks. Kara said it was really fun.