K-12 Enrichment Opportunities
For more information about these opportunities, contact your child's teacher or your building principal.
CONTINENTAL MATH LEAGUE: Grades 2-4 (GATES)
Designed to maximize student opportunities to develop problem solving skills during regular class time. Top scoring students in each grade recognized with awards, ribbons and medals at year's end.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION: Grades 2-7
A year-long creative problem solving program that fosters the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills. Destination Imagination promotes teamwork, cooperation and risk-taking. Volunteer team managers direct seven-member teams to regional, state and global finals competition. www.mndi.org
FERMI OFF THE WALL MATH LEAGUE: Grades K-9
Fermi math is provided through District 287. Students can register directly for this computer-based activity by visiting the District 287 web site. www.district287.org/page.cfm?p=531
MINNESOTA FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING: Grades 6-12
Future Problem Solving is a year-long activity in which four-person teams use a six-step writing process to solve real-life problems facing society. Problem-solving, critical and creative thinking skills are taught. Students can compete at the regional, state, and international levels. www.mnfpsp.org
MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL: Grades 8-12
Student teams answers questions in a competitive and timed environment. Competitions are held at different high schools across the Twin Cities area. www.naqt.com
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY BEE: Grades 4-7
Geography Bee is a nationwide outreach program of the National Geographic society. The winner at each school takes a 70-question written test in order to advance to state competition. The state winner advances to National Bee. www.nationalgeographic.org/bee
ROBOTICS CLUB: Grades 8-12
This exciting after-school club is part of the Midwest Robotics League. The league is a hands-on program for middle school through college-aged students to design and build a robot, and then compete against other schools and programs. Contact: Diane Ludvigsen Mound Westonka High School science teacher. http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: Grades 9-12
Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions consisting of a series of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology. Although some events are based on individual achievement, all events involve teamwork, group planning and cooperation. The emphasis is on advanced learning in science through active, hands-on, group participation. www.soinc.org
SPEECH TEAM: Grades 9-12
Speech Team students participate in one of 13 categories, ranging from public speaking to acting, and compete against other high schools in tournament competition. Speech Team offers students an opportunity to nurture their talents, gain self-confidence performing in front of others, and compete in a professional atmosphere.
STUDENT CREATIVITY FESTIVAL: Grades 3-7
The Creativity Festival is held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall/U of M Music Department. Students sample a variety of engaging, interactive breakout sessions where visual and performing artists, explorers, scientists, innovators and educators introduce students to the creative process through hands-on activities. www.successbeyond.org
WORD MASTERS CHALLENGE: Grades 3-4 (GATES)
The Word Masters Challenge is a competition that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.