UD for Kids

UD for Kids is an enrichment opportunity going into its 27th year for gifted and talented students in the tri-state area. Students demonstrating advanced abilities in the areas of academic, leadership, creativity, visual, and performing arts are NOMINATED TO ATTEND UD for Kids.

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Registration has started!!  See registration link and available classes below. 

Summer of 2018 Dates:

Week 1: June 18-22 (current 1st and 2nd grade)

Week 2: June 25-29 (current 3rd and 4th grade)

Week 3: July 9-13 (current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade)


Chad Biermeier
udkids@dbq.edu 



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Here is the list of this year's UD for Kids Classes

Week 1: Current 1st-2nd Graders

Acting: On and Off Stage
12:30:PM
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Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamentals of theatre acting.  Whether you are interested in acting on-stage, or you like to take risks, or you just want to have fun and laugh, you will have a great time participating in a wide-range of theatre games that focus on building your acting and life skills.  At the end of the week, you will get to perform a showcase for your invited guests.  Join us and discover your love of theatre!

Can You Build It?
12:30:PM
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I will challenge you to design and fabricate the tallest tower possible using nothing but a maximum of 50 drinking straws, paper clips, and masking tape! What is your strategy? Did you work as a team? How much weight will it hold? Will your tower be the strongest?  Every day will involve unique building experiences: different structures, new construction materials to master, exciting tasks to perform, and fun new challenges to meet! Have fun building while learning basic concepts of architecture and construction. CAN YOU BUILD IT?

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!
12:30:PM
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Writer, you are a hero. You love to tell stories about your world--the world you imagine. Now it is time to see your story in print and to share your printed work with an audience. In this way, YOUR story might change the world. In this session, young writers will sculpt a 3-D model of your main character and then create a story based on this character that is told through both words and drawings. Our session will culminate in a public newsstand set up like a New York City street corner.

Taught by Dr. Alice Oleson, UD faculty member, published poet, and cultural anthropologist.

Hands Up!!
12:30:PM
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Have you always been curious about using sign language to communicate?  Come participate in games and activities to learn everyday signs for food, animals, people, and more.  We'll play "Sign Language Battleship" as well as many more.  Come ready to put your "Hands Up"

I'm Lovin' It, Art That Is!
12:30:PM
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If you spend your time doodling and drawing, you'll love this class. We'll spend the week using a variety of art materials and learning techniques that artists use. Come and join us! You'll be "lovin' it!"

Junior Engineering
12:30:PM
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Ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve.  Use everyday items and design an object or structure.  Work individually and then in teams throughout the experiments.  Achieve the longest flight.  Create the fastest rolling object.  Design the strongest structure.  Use your creativity, imagination, and test solutions. Whatever will float your boat!

Magical, Musical Melodies
12:30:PM
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Come and make magic with some of your favorite Disney songs!  We’ll learn folk dance steps to Country Bear Hoedown, grab our flippers in The Little Mermaid, and sing with joy to “Hakuna Matata.”  And this is just the beginning!  Children will perform – songs, dances, speaking lines, and movement – from memory at the end of the week.

Paper Mache Animals
12:30:PM
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Create a paper mache animal using an armature of newspaper, cardboard tubing, and tape. Students will view a variety of sculptures and learn about form, balance, and armatures.  They will be using recyclables to build up their armature of a newly made animal, learning how to tape vertical and horizontal to hold things together while exploring their personal artistic idea.   Students will explore animal carvings from other cultures.  Paint their animal with background colors, and finish with painted patterns.

 

 

 

Students will prepare a written description of their work with a brief verbal presentation to give the viewer and understanding.

Ratatouille's French Café
12:30:PM
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The Bistro restaurants in Paris are quite charming and so is this class. Remy, the rat chef from the movie, Ratatouille, will help us play games, sing songs, and learn about food while learning to speak French.  We will learn about the French culture and language. On Friday, we will eat a wonderful French meal in a formal setting of Ratatouille's Café while using the French words we have learned.

Science Olympiad
12:30:PM
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Compete against your fellow classmates in several scientific competitions throughout the week.  Can you construct the longest, strongest suspension bridge out of random materials.  Will you win the gold for keeping a water rocket in the air the longest?  Can you build a can for speed and race for the win?  Come and accept the challenge to see if you are the best Olympian in Science.

Team Building
12:30:PM
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Be ready for a fun and challenging week in learning how to work and play with others. The goals of this class, through a variety of games and activities, are to build a sense of personal confidence, to help support others within the class, develop and increase levels of agility. To increase physical coordination and most of all to have fun! 

 

 

 

 

Wacky and Wild Investigations
12:30:PM
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Do you want to blast off a giant air cannon, learn the trick of the hanging nails, make raisins dance even if they don't want to, or even suck an egg into a milk bottle? Well then, this is the place for you! Conduct these experiments along with many more and learn the scientific principles behind them too! What a deal!

Acting: On and Off Stage
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamentals of theatre acting.  Whether you are interested in acting on-stage, or you like to take risks, or you just want to have fun and laugh, you will have a great time participating in a wide-range of theatre games that focus on building your acting and life skills.  At the end of the week, you will get to perform a showcase for your invited guests.  Join us and discover your love of theatre!

Can You Build It?
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

I will challenge you to design and fabricate the tallest tower possible using nothing but a maximum of 50 drinking straws, paper clips, and masking tape! What is your strategy? Did you work as a team? How much weight will it hold? Will your tower be the strongest? Every day will involve unique building experiences: different structures, new construction materials to master, exciting tasks to perform, and fun new challenges to meet! Have fun building while learning basic concepts of architecture and construction. CAN YOU BUILD IT?

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Writer, you are a hero. You love to tell stories about your world--the world you imagine. Now it is time to see your story in print and to share your printed work with an audience. In this way, YOUR story might change the world. In this session, young writers will sculpt a 3-D model of your main character and then create a story based on this character that is told through both words and drawings. Our session will culminate in a public newsstand set up like a New York City street corner.

Taught by Dr. Alice Oleson, UD faculty member, published poet, and cultural anthropologist.

Games of the World
02:30:PM
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We will discover the fun of ten games from six continents of the world. Some will challenge your mind, some will work your body, and all will be fun. We will learn about other cultures while playing new and interesting games.  On Friday, you will take home a bag full of games that you can play with your family for years to come. If you want to learn games that you can challenge your parents with, this is the class for you!

Hands Up!!
02:30:PM
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Have you always been curious about using sign language to communicate?  Come participate in games and activities to learn everyday signs for food, animals, people, and more.  We'll play "Sign Language Battleship" as well as many more.  Come ready to put your "Hands Up"

I'm Lovin' It, Art That Is!
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

If you spend your time doodling and drawing, you'll love this class. We'll spend the week using a variety of art materials and learning techniques that artists use. Come and join us! You'll be "lovin' it!"

Junior Engineering
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve.  Use everyday items and design an object or structure.  Work individually and then in teams throughout the experiments.  Achieve the longest flight.  Create the fastest rolling object.  Design the strongest structure.  Use your creativity, imagination, and test solutions. Whatever will float your boat!

Magical, Musical Melodies
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Come and make magic with some of your favorite Disney songs!  We’ll learn folk dance steps to Country Bear Hoedown, grab our flippers in The Little Mermaid, and sing with joy to “Hakuna Matata.”  And this is just the beginning!  Children will perform – songs, dances, speaking lines, and movement – from memory at the end of the week.

Paper Mache Animals
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Create a paper mache animal using an armature of newspaper, cardboard tubing, and tape. Students will view a variety of sculptures and learn about form, balance, and armatures.  They will be using recyclables to build up their armature of a newly made animal, learning how to tape vertical and horizontal to hold things together while exploring their personal artistic idea.   Students will explore animal carvings from other cultures.  Paint their animal with background colors, and finish with painted patterns.

 

 

 

Students will prepare a written description of their work with a brief verbal presentation to give the viewer and understanding.

Science Olympiad
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Compete against your fellow classmates in several scientific competitions throughout the week.  Can you construct the longest, strongest suspension bridge out of random materials.  Will you win the gold for keeping a water rocket in the air the longest?  Can you build a can for speed and race for the win?  Come and accept the challenge to see if you are the best Olympian in Science.

Team Building
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Be ready for a fun and challenging week in learning how to work and play with others. The goals of this class, through a variety of games and activities, are to build a sense of personal confidence, to help support others within the class, develop and increase levels of agility. To increase physical coordination and most of all to have fun! 

 

 

 

 

Wacky and Wild Investigations
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Do you want to blast off a giant air cannon, learn the trick of the hanging nails, make raisins dance even if they don't want to, or even suck an egg into a milk bottle? Well then, this is the place for you! Conduct these experiments along with many more and learn the scientific principles behind them too! What a deal!


Week 2: Current 3rd-4th Graders

At the Hop
12:30:PM
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Join us for an up-beat collection of songs and dances from the 50s – 80s!  You’ll do the twist, jive, and chug like a railroad train, plus do a line dance ‘til the cows come home.  Be ready for lots of fun as we sing and dance to these timeless oldies!  Children will perform – songs, dances, speaking lines, and movement – from memory at the end of the week.

Team Building
12:30:PM
Click to view Description

Be ready for a fun and challenging week in learning how to work and play with others. The goals of this class, through a variety of games and activities, are to build a sense of personal confidence, to help support others within the class, develop and increase levels of agility. To increase physical coordination and most of all to have fun! 

Acting: On and Off Stage
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamentals of theatre acting.  Whether you are interested in acting on-stage, or you like to take risks, or you just want to have fun and laugh, you will have a great time participating in a wide-range of theatre games that focus on building your acting and life skills.  At the end of the week, you will get to perform a showcase for your invited guests.  Join us and discover your love of theatre!

At the Hop
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Join us for an up-beat collection of songs and dances from the 50s – 80s!  You’ll do the twist, jive, and chug like a railroad train, plus do a line dance ‘til the cows come home.  Be ready for lots of fun as we sing and dance to these timeless oldies!  Children will perform – songs, dances, speaking lines, and movement – from memory at the end of the week.

Hands Up!!
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Have you always been curious about using sign language to communicate?  Come participate in games and activities to learn everyday signs for food, animals, people, and more.  We'll play "Sign Language Battleship" as well as many more.  Come ready to put your "Hands Up"

Science Olympiad
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Compete against your fellow classmates in several scientific competitions throughout the week.  Can you construct the longest, strongest suspension bridge out of random materials.  Will you win the gold for keeping a water rocket in the air the longest?  Can you build a can for speed and race for the win?  Come and accept the challenge to see if you are the best Olympian in Science.

Team Building
02:30:PM
Click to view Description

Be ready for a fun and challenging week in learning how to work and play with others. The goals of this class, through a variety of games and activities, are to build a sense of personal confidence, to help support others within the class, develop and increase levels of agility. To increase physical coordination and most of all to have fun! 


Week 3: Current 5th-6th-7th Graders

1 course for the week

Acting: On-Stage and Off
12:30:PM
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Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamentals of theatre acting.  Whether you are interested in acting on-stage, or you like to take risks, or you just want to have fun and laugh, you will have a great time participating in a wide-range of theatre games that focus on building your acting and life skills.  At the end of the week, you will get to perform a showcase for your invited guests.  Join us and discover your love of theatre!

Environmental Explorations-RUNS JUNE 18-22
12:30:PM
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NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL RUN JUNE 18-22 BUT IS OPEN TO ONLY GRADES 5, 6, 7

 

Come along as we jump into the muck of Catfish Creek, head over the river and through the woods in the Mines of Spain, and journey into the lab amidst the teeny-tiny world of DNA. Are you excited at the prospect of embarking on an adventure into the fascinating world of scientific? The best way to learn science is to do science and one of the most important aspects of exploring science is by doing research. UD kids will be teamed with UD students doing summer research projects and will formulate a research questions, gather data, and analyze the data. With your imagination leading the way who knows where your explorations might lead you?!?

Metal Mask and Plaster Sculpture
12:30:PM
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You will have a fun week working with unique materials while creating two different kinds of sculpture.  You will explore the Inca, a lost civilization from Peru.  Look at hand-crafted Inca objects made of metal, taking a close look at the gold and silver masks unearthed from the Inca tombs.  Next you will draft a design for a mask of your own, combining what you know about the Inca people and their style of art and throw in a bit of imagination as well!  Your ideas will be embossed into a sheet of metal foil, and then antiqued to make them look like they were tarnished or older.  Miro paintings will inspire the next 3-D wire and plaster sculpture.  You will bend wire into Miro-like forms, wrap them with newspaper, glue strips and plaster.  Finally painting the figures in Miro’s style.

During the week you will be working at the Heritage Art Center and have a wonderful opportunity to view the UD computer graphics art show in the Bisignano Art Gallery.  We will finish off the week with an opening reception of UD for Kids' art work in Heritage Center.

Programming Robots July 9-13
12:30:PM
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Grades 5-6-7 only: You will work in pairs designing and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorms" robotics kits.  Each pair will design and program solutions to problems presented on the FIRST® LEGO® League's Senior Solution field table.Essentially you will study the field table, which is a type of obstacle course, determine the best robot design, build the robot, and program the robot to complete various missions.   Then, using the scientific method, you will adjust the robot design and programming until your robot is able to complete as many missions as possible in 2.5 minutes.

Programming Robots June 25-29 Option
12:30:PM
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This class will run during the week of June 25-29

 

Grades 5-6-7 only: You will work in pairs designing and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorms" robotics kits.  Each pair will design and program solutions to problems presented on the FIRST® LEGO® League's Senior Solution field table.Essentially you will study the field table, which is a type of obstacle course, determine the best robot design, build the robot, and program the robot to complete various missions.   Then, using the scientific method, you will adjust the robot design and programming until your robot is able to complete as many missions as possible in 2.5 minutes.

Team Building
12:30:PM
Click to view Description

Be ready for a fun and challenging week in learning how to work and play with others. The goals of this class, through a variety of games and activities, are to build a sense of personal confidence, to help support others within the class, develop and increase levels of agility. To increase physical coordination and most of all to have fun! 

What's the Verdict? will run Week 2-June 25-29
12:30:PM
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This is for 5th-7th grade students, but will run during week 2 due to the instructors schedule.  

In a mock trial, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses as they prepare and present both sides of a hypothetical legal problem. If you love public speaking and can think on your feet, then this course is for you.

Learn about direct examinations, cross examinations, opening statements and closing arguments. You will be given a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues.  It's a wonderful experience that you won't forget.  So, what are you waiting for - join mock trial!