The Cedar Hills Sand Prairie walk is being hosted by the Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, Iowa Prairie Network Region 3 and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Participants can meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot and car pool/caravan to the prairie. For those driving to the prairie, it is located at the intersection of Butler and Mark roads. Park on the east side of Butler road south of the intersection near the west entrance.
Get your game on! Campers will explore the server side of online gaming through Minecraft and Steam-based game servers. Deploy and manage (and play!) a multiplayer game server on a cloud-based service. Tackle network setup, server configuration, security constraints, and game customization through modules (‘mods), plug-ins and extensions. Registration is required.
Build your own fighting sumo robot in just one week! Design, build, program, and test your own mini-sumo robot then challenge fellow campers to a match of power and wits in the sumo ring (like Japanese Sumo wrestlers). Can your robot expel all challengers while holding its ground? Everyone will exit the ring and the week with new design and programming skills,knowledge of autonomous vehicle robotics and their own robot to take home. Registration Required.
July 4th Observance, no classes held.
Begin July 4 Week Courses
End June Session Courses
Come explore the Tallgrass Prairie through art, science,and technology! We will visit UNI’s prairie preserves to learn about the plants and animals that live on the prairie and then create photographs, sketches and other art inspired byour exploration. If you love being outdoors and learning about nature and art, this camp is for you! Registration is required.
Green Iowa will screen the move "Home." Snacks and drinks will be provided. The film will be followed by a brief discussion. Admission is free.
This four-day event is designed for high school students who are interested in improving their musical skills in a variety of percussion areas. Campers will participate in daily ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses, campus experiences, and a culminating concert. For more information, contact Ryan.Frost@uni.edu.
The Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a field day. This event is for conservation planners, technical service providers, landowners/managers, farmers and those interested in learning more about the role native vegetation can play on farms. The field day is free and open to the public. A complimentary meal is included. Registration is not required, but is preferred for meal planning purposes. RSVP by Friday, June 16.
The Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a field day on "Establishing and Evaluating Prairie Strips on Farms." Attendees will learn about the prairie strips Randy Luze has established on his farm with assistance from the Tallgrass Prairie Center’s Prairie on Farms Program. This event is for NRCS, SWCD, conservation planners, landowners, technical service providers and those interested in water quality improvement and pollinator recovery efforts. Coffee and pastries will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public; RSVP by Wednesday, June 14.
This camp is designed by UNI Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) faculty to inspire talented middle school students and build a foundation for understanding energy, power generation, renewable energy sources, science, engineering, and technology. Spend the week at the UNI Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) facility exploring energy sources, especially renewable energy. Get your hands on EET lab equipment (including solar panels, wind tunnel, and turbine) to investigate circuits, generators and motors. Once you’ve got the basics of energy down, you will work in teams with LEGO Renewable Energy Kits to solve a series of challenges. Registration is required.
Campers will form teams to design and build Lego EV3 robots. Team members will work together programming their robots to solve a variety of simulated problems. For boys and girls with no previous experience through beginner level robotics and programming experience. This camp will build programming, design and problem solving skills in an exciting and fun environment. Registration is required.
Begin Second 6 Week Courses
UNI School of Music will host this annual, hands-on jazz combo camp. For more information, contact Chris.Merz@uni.edu.
Join the Friends of the UNI Museum for Jean Richardson Insights from Students and Teachers of Iowa's One-Room Schools. This is the second speaker in the Rural Schoolhouse Speaker Series.Be transported back to the era of the one-room schoolhouse in Iowa. Speakers will present the history of rural schools, the teaching and learning experience, and how the school builidng was once the heart and center of the community.
A Prairie Walk is being hosted by the Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, Iowa Prairie Network Region 3 and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. The walk will be led by Bruce Stiles with assistance from Daryl Smith. Participants can meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Thunder Ridge Mall and car pool/caravan to the cemetery. For those who wish to join the group at the site at 10 a.m., the cemetery is located north of Dunkerton Road at the corner of N. Elk Run Road and E. Mt. Vernon Road next to St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church.
End of First Six Week Courses
Ryan Lockard. Thesis title - "Leishmania infantum infection at the cellular and organismal levels: foamy macrophages and sex-dependent responses".
Explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the understanding of magic. This camp is designed for 4-12 grade students who have communication disorders, learning disabilities or are considered at-risk/low literacy learners. Students will be assigned to teams of similar aged peers. Activities include demonstrations of magic (discrepant events) that piques the campers’ curiosity and on-campus field trips such as visiting the botanical center. Magic activities will be demonstrated followed by counselors leading campers through steps to be able to explain and demonstrate the magic and the STEM concepts to others. Magic and field trip activities will utilize reading, writing and theater to retain information learned. On Friday, campers will demonstrate their favorite activities and explain how they work to their families. Registration is required.