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
- 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; http://www.artifactbox.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.futurecity.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. http://
iowafutureproblemsolving.com/c an be visited for more information. Registration is required and can be done through the website, http:// iowafutureproblemsolving.com/.
- History Day: Sponsored by St. Ambrose University; contact person: Sandy McKinley (McKinleyCharlesA@sau.edu) http://www.sau.edu/history
- Iowa Mock Trial: Sponsored by the Iowa Bar Association; contact person: John Wheeler (515) 243-3179 or email@example.com.
- 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; http://www.sciencefairofiowa.org/.
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 http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank.
- MATHCOUNTS: offers fun and engaging programs that get middle school students excited about math. These programs include the MATHCOUNTS Competition. ht
- Mount Mercy College Mathematics Contest: for high school students; contact Mr. Knopp at firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; http://www.rocketcontest.org.
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.