Jump Start Press Release

comed_jump_start_2013WDMCS Community Education is offering the Summer of Learning program, Jump Start, a week-long program for students who are entering first through fifth grade. This program prepares students for the upcoming school year with themed learning opportunities. Students have the option to attend mornings, afternoons, or both sessions. Morning sessions are spent refreshing student’s math, reading, and writing skills while the afternoon sessions include various activities such as art, computers, science and physical education.

Jump Start is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., August 4-8 at Western Hills Elementary School, 600 39th Street, West Des Moines, IA. The registration fee is $150 per student. Need-based scholarships are available through WDMCS Community Education. To register for Jump Start, call WDMCS Community Education at (515) 633-5001 or click here.

Science Exploration Press Release

comed_summer_science_2013cWDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning is offering Science Exploration for students entering grades one through seven at Westridge Elementary School 5500 E.P. True Parkway.  The students will explore many different areas of science in a fun and exciting environment. The program is July 28-August 1 and is offered in the mornings, afternoons, or full days.

Students entering grades first through third have the opportunity to “Blast off to Space” or go on a “Dinosaur Dig” during the morning sessions. Students will be able to explore the planets by traveling through the wonders of outer space, or become a dinosaur expert as they uncover facts about the prehistoric creatures.  The afternoon holds a chance to participate in classes on “The Amazing Human Body” and “Electricity, Energy, and Power.”

Students in grades four through seven can spend the morning “Exploring Rocketry” or learning about “Magnets and Electricity.” The afternoon holds more fun and excitement with “Crazy Chemistry” where students are able to explore the world of chemistry by creating colorful chemical reactions and mixing cool solutions, and with “Machines that Move” where students will learn about mechanics and how to make things move.

Registration is still open and can be found here or call (515) 633-5001 for more information.

Session 2 of Bricks for Kidz® Starting Next Week

legosLight, cameras, LEGO® action! Use LEGO® bricks to tell YOUR story complete with music, special effects, and all your favorite LEGO® mini-figures! In this unique and creative camp, students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation. Working as a team, students will use LEGO® components to build the set and props then shoot their movie using a camera. Teams will use movie-making software to add special effects, titles, credits, and more. When the movie is complete, campers will impress friends and family with a screening party on the last day of camp. Don’t miss your chance to be a movie producer! All campers will take home a custom mini-figure and a certificate, and will be sent a DVD of their movie creation.

Register Online

 Click on links below to see the mini-movies from last years Bricks 4 Kidz camp.


Terror Train

The Last of Us

Art Adventures

ced_art_adventures_welcomeWe are offering Art Adventures for students entering grades one through seven.  Students will get creative while exploring a variety of materials, techniques, and artists. The program is July 21-25 and is offered in the mornings, afternoons, or full days.

Students entering grades first through third have the opportunity to use a variety of art mediums and take inspiration from a multitude of famous artists. Each day a new art adventure awaits the students, whether it is an underwater exploration, a “trip” to space, or a safari at the zoo. Students have the opportunity to create different projects in morning and afternoon sessions. This program is taught by Deb Flagg at Westridge Elementary.

Students in grades four through seven have the opportunity to get inspired by famous artists and their artwork.  The class will start by looking at a famous artist and studying their work. Then the students will use what they have learned to create artwork of their own. Students will have a chance to explore with different types of media and work in different techniques for each lesson. Multiple projects will be created at each session and students will explore different projects in the morning and afternoon sessions. This program is taught by Erica Jaramillo at Western Hills Elementary.

Registration Here