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Student Events

The purpose of the Student Events is to support the educational process by providing quality enrichment programs for students on a variety of subjects in a safe and supportive environment.

Description: Future Problem Solving (FPS) is a creative problem solving Program. Students work with a coach during problem solving model and work on practice problems. Four different events, Team Problem Solving, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing, and Action-Based Problem Solving, are offered. be visited for more information.
Time Line: Registration is required and can be done through the website, Registration should take place in the fall or early winter.
Local Commitment: Visit the website listed above, register your team and work with your team during the school year on the process and the problems.

Target Group: Students in Grades 11 & 12
Fee: none
Description: This is a nationwide program funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation that brings high school students to Washington, D.C. for an on-site introduction to the functions of federal government. In addition to the all-expense paid trip, the program also awards a $5000 scholarship to each selected participant. Two junior or senior high school students from each state are selected through an application and political science examination process. In Iowa, every high school may nominate three students for the program.
Time Line: Program and application information is sent to Student Council Advisors in late August. Student applications are due to the AEA in late September. Political Science exams given at AEA in mid-October. State committee reviews all applications and chooses two winners and two alternates in late November.
Local Commitment: A teacher needs to review program guidelines and nominate one student who meets all of the qualifying criteria for the program, help student submit their application to the AEA and allow student to come to the AEA to take political science exam.
Target Group: Students in Grade 6
Fee: none
Description: The Bee consists of various rounds for individual and group problem solving. Topics covered include patterns and functions, fractions/decimals, measurement, geometry, ratios, percents and estimation. Math Bee teams work on skills and practice problems with their coaches during the school year. Teams attend the regional bee in Bettendorf in March and the top teams advance to the state competition held in Fort Dodge in early May.
Time Line: Schools are sent participation invitations in late September. Schools who respond with an "intent to participate" form will be sent practice tests. Math Bee is held in March at the AEA in Bettendorf. The 2014-2015 Math Bee will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Local Commitment: Teacher must submit "Intent to Participate" form by December. A teacher or parent must serve as the team’s coach. Each school is allowed to send one 4-person team to the Math Bee. Schools with over 100 6th graders may send two teams. Schools must register their team by the January deadline and the team’s coach must serve as a volunteer at the bee or bring another adult to volunteer.
Activities not sponsored directly by Mississippi Bend AEA:
  • History Day: Sponsored by St. Ambrose University; contact person: Jan Hill
  • Team America Rocketry Challenge: national model rocket competition for high school and middle school students;
  • Iowa Mock Trial: Sponsored by the Iowa Bar Association; contact person: John Wheeler (515) 243-3179 or
  • Artifact Box Exchange Network: students create an "artifact box" representative of their locale and exchange with a "mystery partner" classroom in a distant locale. Students then use their research skills to identify the town from which these artifacts were gathered;
  • Young Adult Writer’s Conference: sponsored by the Midwest Writing Center; typically held in early June at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL; open to youth ages 12-17;
  • Mount Mercy College Mathematics Contest: for high school students; contact Mr. Knopp at; contest held in mid-October; teams of 4 compete on various mathematics tests covering speed, accuracy, depth, modeling, etc.
  • Future City Competition: teams of 7th and 8th grade students using SIM City software create a future city following contest guidelines and team with a local engineer as a mentor. Regional coordinator: Ron Griffeth rong@cedar-rapids.org
  • Iowa State Science and Technology Fair: open to students in grades 6-12. Students do not have to place at their local fair in order to attend; 
  • Invent Iowa: Sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center, Invent Iowa is a program that promotes creativity through the invention process. Students design and build inventions to solve problems to make life better. Contact person: Clar M.Baldus, (319) 335-6148, (800) 336-6463.  Information is available on their website at

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