Tech Trek (Grades 3-6)

Byte-sized adventures beyond the screen

Drop off your child at The ICM after school for a byte-sized adventure exploring the basics of coding, digital design, and tech-based careers! In this enrichment program, kids will create their own technology-based project from start to finish based on their interests.

Tech Trek goes “beyond the screen” to provide hands-on opportunities to learn. Build a robot and write simple code to help it navigate a maze. Create stop-motion characters and bring them to life. Watch items appear before your eyes in our 3D printer. We’ll use tools like Lego WeDo, Makey Makey invention kits, BeeBot programmable robots, and more to help children learn the basics of computer science and digital media literacy. Our “hands-on, minds-on” approach helps kids learn in many different content areas, with an emphasis on 21st Century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Skills we’ll explore: basic coding, program development, graphic design, video and photo editing, digital animation, internet safety

Sessions

  • Session 1: October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • Session 2: November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

Registration

Sessions are limited to 8 participants and spots are filling up quickly. Sign up today!

Schedule

Each session is 4 weeks long and meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Time  Activity
3:15 PM Drop off and greetings

Exhibit exploration

3:30 PM Trekking through tech! (project-based learning time)
5:00 PM Exhibit exploration
5:15-5:30 PM Caregiver pick-up

 

Cost: $240 per session (sessions meet twice a week for four weeks)

Who This Program is For: Children in Grades 3-6.

Other Program Details

  • Class size is a maximum of 8 students.
  • Our learning environment will include exhibits at The Iowa Children’s Museum as well as our classroom space.
  • Caregivers are asked to bring reusable water bottle for their child each day. Snacks will not be provided.
  • Extended care (before 3:30 or after 5:30 PM) is not available at this time

Health and Safety Protocols

The health of our guests, staff, and program participants in always our top priority. Please view our Health Protocols document for the full details about how we’re protecting the health of everyone in our space.

  • Participants and staff will be required to wear a facial covering during all program activities.
  • Health screenings (with a temperature check) will be required for all participants and staff.
  • Sharing materials will be limited; every participant will be provided with their own supplies to complete facilitated activities.
  • Social distancing will be a priority and, when it is not possible, we will ensure facial coverings are used.
Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

This program is designed for children in grades 3-6 who have an interest in computer science basics or digital media. Programming will cater to the interests of the participants, so all interests are welcome!

When do programs take place?

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 PM. Sessions are 4 weeks long.

  • Session 1: October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • Session 2: November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

Is extended care available?

Extended care (supervised play before or after scheduled program activities) is not available at this time.

What is the cost?

$240 per session (sessions are 4 weeks long and meet twice per week)

Members of The Iowa Children’s Museum receive a 10% discount on program fees.

What is the class size?

Maximum of 8 children per session

What is the ratio of adults to children?

Our ratio of adults to children is one adult per eight children.

What health and safety precautions are you taking?

The health and safety of our participants, their families, and our staff is our highest priority. We are taking the following precautions during our drop-off programs:

  • Program capacity is limited to 8 participants.
  • Sharing materials will be limited; every participant will be provided with their own supplies to complete facilitated activities.
  • Facial coverings are required for both participants and staff.
  • Social distancing will be a priority and, when it is not possible, we will ensure facial coverings are used.
  • Health screenings (with a temperature check) will be required for all participants and staff.
  • Everyone will engage in frequent, regular hand washing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all areas and staff will monitor to ensure everyone is using it frequently.
  • High-touch areas (door handles, railings, light swithces, etc.) are sanitized throughout the day and a thorough, museum-wide sanitizing of exhibit surfaces, toys, and or props is conducted at least twice per week.
  • The ICM is currently operating at reduced capacity.
  • Virus-mitigating air purifiers have been installed in our HVAC system along with other health and safety infrastructure investments.
  • We continually monitor our processes in order to make adjustments as needed.

What is the refund policy?

If you cancel your registration at least one week prior to the start of the program, we will refund your tuition minus a 5% credit card processing fee. If you cancel your registration with less than one week notice, no refund or credit will be given unless it is a medical emergency. If the program is cancelled by The Iowa Children’s Museum to address health and safety concerns (i.e., COVID-19 or other community health issues), your payment will be refunded in full.

The Iowa Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes if minimum enrollment (5 children) is not met. In this instance, The Iowa Children’s Museum will notify registrants of the cancellation prior to the start of the program and issue a full refund.