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Posted July 02, 2014 in Community Featured, Urbandale

The Urbandale Community School District doesn’t close its doors completely when that last bell signals the beginning of summer vacation. With the Urbandale Community Education Summer 2014 program, students can do anything from knitting and circus tricks to multimedia experiences and CPR certification training.

Sports activities are one of the offerings of the Urbandale Community Education program. Photo submitted.

Sports activities are one of the offerings of the Urbandale Community Education program. Photo submitted.

The school district created the Urbandale Community Education program in July of 2012, offering programs year-round for students in grades K-12.

The popular program has done a great job of bringing students together for learning and socializing throughout the entire year. It’s hard to get bored when there are so many fun opportunities.

“Urbandale Community Education does offer a variety of programs for both educational and social aspects,” says Scott Krava, community education coordinator. “But our primary mission is to provide engaging lifelong educational opportunities and personal enrichment that inspires and supports all learners to increase their capacity for personal growth.”

Kids can sign up for a weeklong “Bricks 4 Kidz – Super Hero Academy” camp where they’ll build super heroes out of Lego® bricks and take home a mini-figure.

For the more tech-savvy students, “iVideo Game Design” gives participants an introduction to the design and animation behind video games. “MovieMakers” provides a  course on digital video design.

Other classes offer a materials engineering unit on the properties needed to make bubble wands and the behavior of bubbles, a science camp that lets students become detectives and a circus camp that proves activities like juggling and aerial arts are more than just a fun pastime.

“For the 2013-14 school year, Urbandale Community Education has received just over 3,000 registrations for educational courses, camps and youth sports leagues,” says Krava. “Since the 2012-13 school year, Urbandale Community Education has seen a 47 percent growth in program registrations.”

There are currently 48 teachers and coaches instructing the classes, camps and leagues. Many of them are teachers within the school district, but others are outside vendors.

Krava says they are always looking for new classes, ideas and instructors.

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