Check out more about the courses below and additional academic programming at belinblank.org/summer.
We are very pleased to announce that the Belin-Blank Center and Assistant Director for Student Services Jan Warren received the 2016 Gold Key for Excellence in the Field award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This award is given annually to an Affiliate Partner organization that demonstrates extraordinary dedication to creative young people, perseveres through challenges over time, and expands the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program to reach more participants.
Virginia McEnerney, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, presented the award to Ms. Warren during the annual celebration of national award winners in New York City. “The Alliance selected you and the Belin-Blank Center to receive this Award because the organization has gone above and beyond basic program requirements to provide additional opportunities for creative teenagers in the state of Iowa, as well as the thousands of students in the greater Midwest who do not have the same local opportunities for recognition.”
This past year, the Belin-Blank Center processed and adjudicated almost 10,000 pieces of art and writing from nearly 7,000 students. In addition to the awards process, the Center has engaged community partners to provide additional scholarship opportunities and developed a blog (Freehand) for young artists and writers. Students may begin submitting works for the coming year in September.
We have WINGS coming up on March 5!
You Scream, I Scream! The Science of Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream!? Come learn about the science of ice cream, and maybe even get to do some taste testing!
We will learn about the Columbian Exchange! From it came many exciting times but also many consequences. Come learn more!
CSI: Crime Scene Investigators!
Come learn how to be a real crime scene investigator by learning how to lift fingerprints and analyze evidence!
Come create and perform a poetry slam with other young writers!
Two Observational Astronomical Instruments
Interested in learning more about astronomy and creating your own refracting telescope? Sign up to take this class!
Visit belinblank.org/WINGS to learn more and register!
Our December newsletter is out, featuring everything from bunny slippers to webinars!
Posted in A Nation Empowered, Academic Year Programs, Acceleration, Art, Belin-Blank Center News, Classes and events, Invent Iowa, Professional Development, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, SSTP, STEM, Summer Programs
The Blank Summer Institute nomination process will be new and improved this year! We will make the nomination process available to educators in December and it will now be entirely electronic. No more papers to print and no more packages to mail! Nominations will be due March 1st.
Watch our website for more information on how to nominate students in the new system.
The Weekend Institute Gifted Students (WINGS) will be back on November 7th with classes in the morning and afternoon.
Topics being offered include; Great Goo Investigations! Adventures in Animation and Comic Book Art, Logical Leaps, Robot Theater and The Neuroscience of Abnormal Psychology.
Find out more at belinblank.org/wings.