Educational Opportunities

Code-A-Thon

Jan 30 (all day)
Location:
Virtual on Microsoft Teams
Event For:
13-18
Audience Location:
virtual
Cost:
Free
Organization:
We Connect The Dots, Inc.
Contact:
Shauna Ruyle
Email:
shauna@wctd.org
Phone:
(631) 468-7475
Students invest in their future by learning invaluable technology and coding skills. Virtual training will begin with Level I curriculum teaching students to code using HTML and CSS, they can progress to JavaScript in Level II, and advance to Level III learning advanced web development using React.

Mathcounts – Central Iowa Chapter Competition

Feb 15 (all day)
Location:
DMACC - FFA Enrichment Center
Event For:
6th - 8th grade
Cost:
$60
Organization:
Iowa Engineering Society
Contact:
Cindy Spencer
Email:
cspencer@snyder-associates.com
Phone:
(515) 964-2020
Mathcounts is a nationwide math competition for students in 6th - 8th grade. Where a team is not available at your school, non-school competitors will receive a handbook, sample problems, and participation certificate. Chapter competition winners will advance to the state competition in March.

Full Moon Snowshoe Stomp at MacRae Park

Feb 16, 5:30 pm
Location:
MacRae Park
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
$5.00
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy MacRae Park on a Full Moon winter evening. Snowshoeing is fun and easy to do, if you can walk you can snowshoe. This program will meet at the Enclosed Shelter on Feb 16 starting at 5:30 pm so dress for the weather. Registration is

After School Snowshoe Hike

Feb 22, 4:00 pm
Location:
Columbus Park
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
If there is snow on the ground we will put on the snowshoes and take an afternoon snowshoe hike in Columbus Park looking for items from nature. We will finish up with a cup of hot chocolate!

GPS Pot O’ Gold

Mar 12, 1:00 pm
Location:
Grandview Park
Event For:
All Ages
Cost:
$10
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Joel Van Roeckel
Email:
dmparksEE@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 681-2027
Participants will learn how to use a handheld Global Positioning Unit, then will use the GPS to find hidden "Golden Treasures" in the park. With a little Leprechaun luck, along the way they will also find some information about the wildlife that calls Grandview Park home. Move at your own pace and s

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Mar 15 (all day)
Location:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines (Multiple Locations)
Event For:
15 and Older
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Ann Peterson
Email:
ann.peterson@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 471-8509
Lifeguard certification course to prepare students for employment at a pool. New certification and review certification opportunities. Course includes CPR which meets the state graduation requirement. New Certification $200 Review Certification $125.

Youth Strength Training

Mar 31, 10:00 am
Location:
Aspen Active
Event For:
6th-9th Grade
Audience Location:
Middle and High school students
Organization:
Emerging Young Talent Non-profit & Blaise Training
Contact:
Rae Luna
Email:
exposeyourtalentllc@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 718-2520
Strength Training Class for youth grade 6th-9th.

Museum Academy

Jul 27, 5:00 am
Location:
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For:
high school
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Des Moines Art Center
Contact:
Mia Buch
Email:
mbuch@desmoinesartcenter.org
Phone:
(515) 217-0349
Museum Academy is a free 13-week program that focuses on alternative learning methods using museums and contemporary art as tools for building critical thinking, curiosity, and compassion.