Imagination Iowa is partnering with the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (Belin-Blank Center) to offer enrichment courses in Cedar Rapids for gifted middle school students this fall. With Cedar Rapids students releasing early on Fridays throughout this academic year, this is a great opportunity for our partnership to offer courses.
“We are looking forward to partnering with Imagination Iowa to provide unique courses that nurture and inspire gifted students in the Cedar Rapids area.”
Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction for the Belin-Blank Center Lori Ihrig
Gifted middle school students in Cedar Rapids can explore the world of business development with the iEntrepreneur class or try out the art of 3D Design & Printing. Classes will start at 2:00 pm after the early release and last for three hours beginning October 21 and running through November 18.
Located in the heart of the NewBo District, Imagination Iowa is growing quickly to expand its efforts to reach the needs of all learners. This partnership with the Belin-Blank Center, based in Iowa City, ensures that gifted students in Cedar Rapids are able to take advantage of the same course opportunities.
“As we expand our programming from Saturday coding clubs and STEAM-based Summer Camps, a collaboration with the high quality programs at Belin-Blank is the perfect next step to meet the needs of gifted kids.”
NewBoCo Executive Director Eric Engelmann
Imagination Iowa’s partnership with the Belin-Blank Center in Iowa City ensures that gifted students in Cedar Rapids are able to take advantage of courses that fosters the growth of exceptional learners. The opportunities from here on, as the Belin-Blank Center and Imagination Iowa work together, will have lasting impacts on students from surrounding areas to receive extended programming that fits the needs of our top leaders for the future.
To learn more about the classes and to sign up for Challenge Fridays in Cedar Rapids, click here.
About the Belin-Blank Center
The Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development runs programming in Iowa City for students K–12 through the University of Iowa. They are leaders in research on accelerated academics and strong advocates for the exceptional needs of gifted students.
About Imagination Iowa
Imagination Iowa is a K–12 STEAM based program powered by NewBoCo. It encourages creative growth by teaching students coding, engineering and entrepreneurship skills. All Imagination Iowa courses are hands-on, experiential and project based. This ensures that students apply real world concepts to their learning and have opportunities to work with experts in those fields.