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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.

US Senate Youth Program
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.
Activities not sponsored directly by Mississippi Bend AEA:
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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. Registration is required and can be done through the website,
  • History Day: Sponsored by St. Ambrose University; contact person: Sandy McKinley ( 
  • Iowa Mock Trial: Sponsored by the Iowa Bar Association; contact person: John Wheeler (515) 243-3179 or
  • 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

  • MATHCOUNTS: offers fun and engaging programs that get middle school students excited about math. These programs include the MATHCOUNTS Competition.
  • 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.
  • Team America Rocketry Challenge: national model rocket competition for high school and middle school students;

  • 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.

  • Young Writers Camp - St. Ambrose Univeristy.  

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