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UD for Kids

UD for Kids is an enrichment opportunity beginning its 24th year for gifted and talented students in the tri-state area. Students demonstrating advanced abilities in the areas of academic, leadership, creativity, visual, and performing arts are NOMINATED TO ATTEND UD for Kids.


Summer 2015 dates are set!

Week 1 for students currently in grades 1-2...June 15-19

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  ALL CLASSES ARE FILLED!

Week 2 for students currently in grades 3-4...June 22-26 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  ALL CLASSES ARE FILLED!

Week 3 for students currently in grades 5-6-7...July 6-10  

Registration for Week 3 opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th

NEW for registration 2015!  All payments are now processed online!  Families will receive an e-mail within 24 hours after registration. This e-mail will include directions and a link to process payment.  This final step is needed to complete registration!  The cost is $125, which includes a tee shirt, daily snack, and course supplies.  A light snack is served daily during the break at 2:05-2:25.


Pick Up Drop Off Instructions. These instructions will tell where and when your child may be dropped off and picked up.

Please direct questions to UD for Kids Coordinator Cheryl Werner at cwerner@dbq.edu

 

Summer 2015 Course Offerings 

Students in Grades 1 and 2 take two courses during Week 1.

Students in Grades 3 and 4 take two courses during Week 2. 

Students in Grades 5, 6, and 7 take one course during Week 3, unless otherwise scheduled.

Click here to begin Registration

Here is the list of this year's UD for Kids Classes



Week 3: Current 5th-6th-7th Graders

1 course for the week

Acting: On-Stage and Off
12:30:PM
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Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamentals of theatre acting.  Whether you are interested in acting on-stage, or you like to take risks, or you just want to have fun and laugh, you will have a great time participating in a wide-range of theatre games that focus on building your acting and life skills.  At the end of the week, you will get to perform a showcase for your invited guests.  Join us and discover your love of theatre!

Aviation Week 1-Beginning Aviation for Grades 5-6-7 June 15-19
12:30:PM
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Experience "The World of Flight." Gain an insight into the thrill of flying as you learn about the depth of knowledge it takes to fly! Learn the skills of flying by flying in the UD flight simulator. An optional 30-minute orientation flight can be arranged during class time on Friday for an additional fee.

(Note: This class meets 12:00-4 at the UD Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Airport for all five days the week of June 15-19 for students in Grades 5-6-7.)

Aviation Week 2-Advanced Aviation for Grades 5-6-7 June 22-26
12:30:PM
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(Students must have attended Beginning Aviation in order to sign up for this course.)

For those students who want to continue their aviation experience, sign up for Advanced Aviation. This course will include a review of the initial basic course, an introduction to the next level of pilot skills and knowledge, and an introduction to aeronautical information, procedures and simulated maneuvers. It will cover ground operations, basic flight maneuvers, classroom training, and the use of the UD Flight Simulator for "hands-on" practice. Another flight will be arranged during class time on Friday for an additional fee.

(Note: This class meets 12:00-4 at the UD Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Airport for all five days June 22-26 for Grades 5-6-7.)

Aviation Week 3-Master of Aviation for Grades 5-6-7 July 6-10
12:30:PM
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If you have completed Beginning Aviation and Advanced Aviation, but wish to continue your aviation experience to the next level, then sign up for the Master of Aviation course.

 

 

 

This course includes a review of the material covered in the Beginning and Advanced courses. You will continue to improve your flight procedures and maneuvering skills. Learn more about instrument flying in the classroom and "Hands-on" training in the UD Flight Simulator to further improve these skills. An actual flight in a UD aircraft will be arranged during class time on Friday for an additional fee.

 

 

 

(Note: This class meets 12-4:00 PM at the UD Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Airport for all five days during the week of July 6-10 for grades 5-6-7.)

Environmental Explorations
12:30:PM
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Come along as we jump into the muck of Catfish Creek, head over the river and through the woods in the Mines of Spain, and journey into the lab amidst the teeny-tiny world of DNA. Are you excited at the prospect of embarking on an adventure into the fascinating world of scientific research? The best way to learn science is to do science and one of the most important aspects of exploring science is by doing research. UD kids will be teamed with UD students doing summer research projects and will formulate a research questions, gather data, analyze the data, and present the results to the rest of the group. With your imagination leading the way who knows where your explorations might lead you?!?

PHOTOgraphy
12:30:PM
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Ready to put your digital camera to work? Then bring it! In this class, we'll practice not only what goes into taking GREAT photographs, but explore how your photographs can be completely transformed into new compositions using Photoshop. You'll leave this class with an online portfolio of amazing original photographs to share with your family and friends.

Programming Robots Option 1 June 15-19
12:30:PM
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Grades 5-6-7 only: You will work in pairs designing and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorms" robotics kits.  Each pair will design and program solutions to problems presented on the FIRST® LEGO® League's Senior Solution field table.Essentially you will study the field table, which is a type of obstacle course, determine the best robot design, build the robot, and program the robot to complete various missions.   Then, using the scientific method, you will adjust the robot design and programming until your robot is able to complete as many missions as possible in 2.5 minutes.

Programming Robots Option 2 June 22-26
12:30:PM
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Grades 5-6-7 only: You will work in pairs designing and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorms" robotics kits. Each pair will design and program solutions to problems presented on the FIRST® LEGO® League's Senior Solution field table.Essentially you will study the field table, which is a type of obstacle course, determine the best robot design, build the robot, and program the robot to complete various missions. Then, using the scientific method, you will adjust the robot design and programming until your robot is able to complete as many missions as possible in 2.5 minutes.

Programming Robots Option 3 July 6-10
12:30:PM
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Grades 5-6-7 only: You will work in pairs designing and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorms" robotics kits.  Each pair will design and program solutions to problems presented on the FIRST® LEGO® League's Senior Solution field table.Essentially you will study the field table, which is a type of obstacle course, determine the best robot design, build the robot, and program the robot to complete various missions.   Then, using the scientific method, you will adjust the robot design and programming until your robot is able to complete as many missions as possible in 2.5 minutes.

Project Runway-Make it Work at UD!
12:30:PM
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Just like the hit TV show, you will receive the same challenge to complete a paper dress! You'll have time to sketch your ideas and then execute those plans into your own paper dress creation that you will wear on the runway in front of a panel of UD judges!! Let's "make it work!"

Science Olympiad
12:30:PM
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Compete against your fellow classmates in several scientific competitions throughout the week.  Can you construct the longest, strongest suspension bridge out of random materials.  Will you win the gold for keeping a water rocket in the air the longest?  Can you build a can for speed and race for the win?  Come and accept the challenge to see if you are the best Olympian in Science.

Showcase Stage
12:30:PM
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This is your venue…to explore and experience a variety of music styles. Dance and sing your heart out in “Dance Evolution,” that’s “Hound Dog” to “Hey Ya!” in less than five minutes! No kidding. Then cool off to some jazz sounds and, finally, pour your heart out in a smooth ballad. This is a mixed bag sort of showcase that’ll entertain your mind, heart and body. Don’t forget to send invites to the final show on Friday!

Solar Cars
12:30:PM
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Investigate how mechanical objects and solar electricity work together to run racecars. Design and construct a solar powered car using mostly household items. Be ready to race your car at the end of the week.

The Incredible Egg
12:30:PM
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Divide into teams to see how incredible it is! Your team will experiment in a professional kitchen to create a signature dish. Put a spin on something old or create an entirely new dish. Try different flavors, textures, and preparation techniques to come up with your best one. Take this creation and go head-to-head in a competition to see who is the best chef!

UD Kids Engineering Design Squad
12:30:PM
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Have a desire to experience the future of engineering in the summer of 2016?  Join the Design Squad of UD for Kids!  Come join us for one challenge after another in what President Kennedy called the greatest adventure of mankind.  Design crash structures to protect future astronauts on their journey to Mars.  Do you have the right stuff to land a Mars Lander safely on the surface of Mars?  Can you construct a multi-staged rocket model to make the journey to the Moon?  These are among the challenges you will face in real world engineering applications.  UD for Kids Design Squad awaits your decision.  Join us for some of the most challenging team-driven engineering experiences.

What a Relief! (Bas-Relief that is . . .)
12:30:PM
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Bas-relief, the sculpture technique of creating the illusion of depth by carving your subject slightly higher that its flat background, is very ancient. . . and very fun to do.  In this project, a bas-relief will be made, not with hard materials such as stone or bronze, but with paper! After carving into a soft balsa foam, paper cotton rag pulp are cast into the mold. A coat of metallic paint results in a finished product to rival those of the ancients! 

During the week you will be working at the Heritage Art Center and have a wonderful opportunity to view the UD computer graphics art show in the Bisignano Art Gallery.  We will finish off the week with an opening reception of UD for Kids' art work in Heritage Center.

What's the Verdict?
12:30:PM
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In a mock trial, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses as they prepare and present both sides of a hypothetical legal problem. If you love public speaking and can think on your feet, then this course is for you.

Learn about direct examinations, cross examinations, opening statements and closing arguments. You will be given a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues.  It's a wonderful experience that you won't forget.  So, what are you waiting for - join mock trial!

Who Works the River?
12:30:PM
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What do river biologists do when they go to work? What about a state park naturalist? Join us as we take field trips to discover the job of a lock master and the life of a Coast Guard Officer as they manage the main channel markers of the river. We will do some of our own river work by intensely studying the chemical, physical, and biological life of our wetland and Ice Harbor. Also, we will travel back in time by visiting the new Titanic exhibit!! You will take home some powerful experiences and knowledge of people who work on the Mississippi River.

(This class meets daily at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.)