Full Steam Ahead

IDEA Space will open soon, offering exciting summer STEAM courses for students entering grades 3-12. Be among the first students to dive into digital video production, level up your esports game or venture into virtual reality!
Become a coder, inventor or even a woodworker during  innovative week-long courses, led by people who are passionate and experienced in their  fields. IDEA Space courses are packed with opportunities to create, collaborate and discover. 
  
  
  

Summer Courses

Choose from computer science, arts, engineering and skilled trade offerings. Courses will be offered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. from July 11-July 29. Registration opens March 1.

Computer Science

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  • Esports

    Middle School Edition: grades 6-8
    High School Edition: grades 9-12

    Led by a professional and college-level gamers, aspiring players in the exploding esports field will train & compete together. Push yourself and pursue your passion as you discover how far you can go in the world of competitive and professional gaming.

    Cost: $250/week
  • Python A & B

    Two levels, grades 7-12.

    Leap into the world of computer programming development with Python. Python prioritizes readability, which makes it easier to understand and use. If you're ready to code, this is the place to start or build your skills.

    Cost: $250/week
  • Virtual Reality

    Introduction to VR: grades 6-8 
    Advanced VR: grades 9-12

    Break through boundaries to explore new worlds in this introductory course for middle school students. Students will navigate rich, interactive, 3D computer-generated environments, and learn how Virtual Reality can be used for much more than games and entertainment. VR has long been used for medical and professional training. Your child will have blast — and a head start on skills for their future.

    Cost: $250/week

Arts

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  • EXCLUSIVE! Furniture Design Challenge

    One week only! Join Avron Levin, professional-in-residence and lead designer for NorvaNivel Furniture, to design and build furniture for humans and pets! For students in grades 6-12.
  • Digital Video Production

    Grades 6-12

    Make a hype video on your cell phone! Tell your story and create your brand with video content.

    Cost: $250/week
  • Stage Craft

    Grades 6-8
    Grades 9-12

    The show can't go on without a crew behind the scenes to bring a production to life. Use architecture, engineering design and construction skills to learn stage craft. Build models, use a 3D printer, set design and construct a mini-set panel.
     
    Cost: $250/week

Engineering

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  • 3D Printing

    Build Your Own 3D Printer
    3D Printing & Entrepreneurship
    3D Printing for Social Change

    The concept of 3D printing seemed like a fantasy a few years ago, and now these are in schools, libraries, museums and homes. Students will work with IDEA Space staff to build, test, troubleshoot and use their own 3D printers. Then they will find a problem they can solve with their newly built printers, or learn how to use their printer to start their own entrepreneurial or volunteer venture.

    Cost: $250/week
  • Build Your Own Drone

    Grades 5-9
    Dates TBD

    Join professional-in-residence Leo Johns of Digital Aerolus, to build your own drone. Learn engineering, aeronautics, aviation and electronics. Plus, have fun racing your finished products against your classmates.
  • Invent It!

    Arts Edition (grades 3-5)
    Tech Edition (grades 6-8)
    Construction Edition (grades 9-12)
    Engineering Edition (grades 3-5)
    Robotics Edition (grades 6-8)
    Girl Power Edition (grades 6-8)

    Cost: $250/week

Skilled Trades

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  • CAD (Computer-Aided Design)

    Middle School (grades 6-8)
    High School (grades 9-12)

    Used by engineers, architects and construction managers, CAD has replaced manual drafting. Users create designs in 2D or 3D to create projects and make their ideas come to life! An essential skill for anyone interested in engineering and architecture fields.

    Cost: $250/week
  • Furniture Design Challenge

    Join professional-in-residence Avron Levin, lead designer with NorvaNivel Furniture, to learn his design process. Students will create furniture for humans and pets in this week-long challenge.
    Prerequisite: Ability to safely handle sharp objects and tools.
  • Woodworking

    Woodworking I (grades 6-8)
    Woodworking II (grades 6-8)

    Using a mixture of hand tools and power tools, students will pick from provided projects and complete their own woodwork creation by the end of the week. They will learn safe, proper tool usage.  Emphasis is on building confidence, comfort, skill, communication and collaboration.


    Cost: $250/week

Summer Registration Open Now!

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

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  • 2022 Summer Courses

    Arrival & Departure

    Dan & Cassidy Towriss IDEA Space KC is located at 12200 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66209.

    Student arrival time is 8:45-9 a.m. Courses begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. All students must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. IDEA Space KC parent tours are offered Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

    IDEA Space KC uses the Visit U system for student check-in. Students in kindergarten-grade 8 will be assigned a QR code to scan each day. Students in grades 9-12 will login on iPads. 

    On the Monday of each week that your student is enrolled, bring your student inside for check-in. Tuesday-Friday, you may use curbside drop off. 

    Students leaving early must be checked out by a parent or authorized adult by calling -913-766-4332. Please bring identification when picking up students.

    Use the north entrance to drop off students, proceeding to the farthest cone at the southern end. For pick up, we ask that students in kindergarten-grade 8 are picked up inside. Students in grades 9-12 can self-checkout.


    Lunch & Snacks

    Send your student with a water bottle, lunch and snacks each day. All lunches should include ice packs if needed to keep cold as refrigeration is not available. Students will eat in a classroom or outside. You may wish to send a towel to sit on.Lunch time is 12-12:30 p.m.

    With parent permission, students of driving age may leave the IDEA Space KC campus for lunch. If you need to update permissions, please email lindsey.reid@ideaspacekc.org or call 913-766-4332.

    Students are welcome and encouraged to bring a snack. There will be break times in the morning and afternoon .


    Behavior & Discipline

    At IDEA Space KC, a positive approach to behavior management begins by offering an engaging, developmentally appropriate course experience. By providing support that benefits all students such as adequate structure, clear expectations, good modeling and positive reinforcement, we strive to create optimum conditions for students to fully and appropriately participate in activities.

    The following behaviors are not acceptable and will result in disciplinary action:
    • Endangering the health and safety of students and/or staff members.
    • Continuing to disrupt classes.
    • Refusing to follow the behavior guidelines or class rules.
    • Using profanity, vulgarity or obscenity.
    • Leaving the group without permission.
    • Stealing or damaging IDEA Space KC and/or personal property.
    Students may be temporarily removed from class and sent home if class administrators determine that their actions threaten injury to themselves or others, or cause excessive disruption to activities. A student may be permanently dismissed from IDEA Space KC if, as determined by IDEA Space KC administration, their actions demonstrate an inability to abide by IDEA Space KC rules and/or create a risk of injury to themselves or to other members of the IDEA Space KC community.

    Relational aggression: We believe that everyone should enjoy IDEA Space KC equally, and feel safe, secure and accepted regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, popularity,
    ability or intelligence.

    Relational aggression includes fighting, bullying, threatening language, harassment or any behavior deemed by the administration to be inappropriate or harmful. Cyber-bullying,
    another form of relational aggression, is the unacceptable use of the internet or mobile devices to send or post harmful or cruel text messages or images to intimidate others.

    Anyone subjected to or witnessing and relational aggression is encouraged to:
    • Take clear and assertive action on their own behalf at the first instance by speaking up and requesting that the action stop.
    • Report the incident to a parent, teacher, teaching assistant or IDEA Space KC administrator.
    Disciplinary actions may include intervention strategies, parent contact, detention, suspension, probation or expulsion.

    Harassment

    The IDEA Space KC community is enriched by its diversity. We recognize and respect individual differences in background in regard to culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and disability. In order to provide an environment of mutual respect, tolerance and sensitivity, it is important that every student recognizes certain guidelines for appropriate behavior. 

    Harassment, either verbal or physical, is unacceptable. Harassment includes unwelcome physical contact, unwarranted verbal remarks and derogatory statements. Unwarranted verbal remarks or discriminatory comments can occur between any two individuals or groups of individuals.

    If you feel that you have been harassed, you should promptly report the incident to a teacher. The contact person is then responsible for conveying your concerns, as appropriate, to an IDEA Space KC administrator. It is the responsibility of that person to ensure complaints of harassment are handled appropriately in order to end the harassment and to protect any student from future harassment and retaliation. Any student who threatens, intimidates or takes retaliatory action against another student for making a complaint will be subject to disciplinary action, including separation or expulsion from IDEA Space KC. We are founded upon the belief that clear behavioral parameters preserve the rights of all and ensure an appropriate educational atmosphere. Each person at IDEA Space KC has the right to participate fully in the life of the program without harassment.


    Conditions for Participation

    IDEA Space KC strives to offer a group experience and opportunities for learning within the boundaries of safety and common sense. We reserve the right to terminate the
    participation of any student, without refund, who we believe has violated the conditions for participation or has become a hindrance to the group, goals of the program or safety of
    other students.


    Emergency Procedures

    Procedures to be followed in the event of a fire or tornado drill or any other circumstance requiring the orderly evacuation of the IDEA Space KC building are posted in each classroom and the foyer.

    Illness

    IDEA Space KC sets guidelines for excluding children from class due to illness, but we depend on parents to be our partners in promoting the health of all students and staff. For the health
    and welfare of all students concerned, staff may make an assessment that your child is too ill to be at IDEA Space KC. In such cases, you will be called to pick your child up. Please help us and your child by responding promptly if you are called. Please report any communicable diseases to IDEA Space KC staff. 

    Please keep your child at home if they experience any of the following symptoms within 24 hours of the beginning of a new course day:
    •  Fever of 100 degrees or higher. (Children must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to IDEA Space KC.)
    • Recurrent diarrhea, vomiting or significant nausea.
    • Flu-like symptoms.
    • Any illness where a child is unable to participate fully in course activities.
    • Any undiagnosed rash.
    • Students or employees may be asked to quarantine for up to 10 days if they have had a direct exposure to COVID-19.


    COVID-19 Protocol

    If your student is having any of the following symptoms, we ask that they stay home:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    Idea Space KC is a mask-optional courses. If your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 during their course session, please inform the IDEA Space KC director. A mask requirement will be reinstated if the COVID positivity rate in our building rises above 3%. In that case, the mask requirement will remain in place for 14 days and until the percentage of cases drops to less than 3%. If an unvaccinated individual in your household has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please notify IDEA Space KC administration. Based on circumstances, you may be asked to keep your child home.


    Personal Belongings

    To minimize lost and found, please mark your students name on all articles including clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, towels, etc. Lost and found items will be displayed by the check-in desk. Any items not claimed by July 29 will be donated. IDEA Space KC assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged property. 

    Students in kindergarten-grade 8 must leave personal electronic devices, such as cell phones, iPads, and other electronics, in their backpack at all times. If it is challenging for the student to keep their electronics in their backpack, we will ask that they check them in at front desk until the end of the day.


    Registration Policies

    IDEA Space KC depends on enrollment fees to pay faculty and staff, buy supplies and prepare facilities for courses. To plan and prepare for these services, we ask that parents pay 100% of course fees at the time of enrollment. 

    Cancellations by IDEA Space KC:  IDEA Space KC reserves the right to change or cancel any course. Efforts are made to assign students affected by such a change or cancellation to other available courses of similar cost. IDEA Space KC refunds any
    difference in fees between the two courses as well as collects any additional charges for courses selected that have a higher fee. A complete refund is given in those cases when other
    course placement is not possible.

    Refunds: There are no refunds for course withdrawal. This includes vacation schedules, conflicting activities or a change in your summer plans.

    Transfers: There is a transfer fee of $50 per course, plus the difference in course fees, for any transfer made after June 1, 2022.


    Special Needs

    Any student who can succeed in a typical school setting independently should thrive at IDEA Space KC. Because your child’s safety is paramount, please contact IDEA Space KC prior to registering to discuss your child’s specific needs and to find out if IDEA Space KC is the appropriate placement.


    Building Access

    Building access is limited to IDEA Space KC staff and students. Doors to the building remain locked. If you need your student or you need to drop something off, please call the office at 913-766-4332. 


    Technology Policies

    IDEA Space KC is proud to offer technology that provides vast, diverse and unique resources to students. All IDEA Space KC network equipment and computers are the property of the IDEA Space KC. Accordingly, IDEA Space KC reserves the right to monitor and/or intercept all computer and Internet activity. Students should have no expectation of privacy in their use of computer labs, laptops, or other technology resources.

    For students working with technology, IDEA Space KC expects the same thoughtful consideration of the rights, efforts, and feelings of others. Although technology may seem to 
    depersonalize inconsiderate acts, any actions deemed hurtful to another person or to the IDEA Space KC community will be regarded as disciplinary problems.

    Each student is expected to follow all guidelines stated below, as well as those given orally by instructors and staff, and to demonstrate ethical behavior that is of the highest order in using the network facilities. 

    IDEA Space KC cannot reasonably prevent all inappropriate uses, including access to objectionable material and communication with persons outside the school. IDEA Space KC is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet.

    Students must accept responsibility for:
    • Using technology as an educational tool and not for playing games, participating in chat rooms or viewing other inappropriate sites.
    • Retrieving information from the Internet related to IDEA Space KC goals only and avoiding excessive use of  IDEA Space KC’s internet connection.
    In the event students engage in any of the above-referenced activities, their access privileges will be revoked and other disciplinary measures may result.

    Final note to parents or guardians:
    The Internet is a powerful learning tool, but it should not be used indiscriminately or without supervision. While your child is at IDEA Space KC, the staff will make every effort to assure that this resource is used appropriately. As parents, it is your responsibility to monitor this resource at home, not unlike the manner in which you monitor use of TV, video games or
    the telephone. It is not advisable for children to engage in unsupervised time online. It is advisable to use the computer in open spaces of the household. If you help your child use
    the Internet wisely at home, together we can help them become a responsible user of technology.

For Parents & Partners

IDEA Space will also offer after-school courses and co-curricular opportunities for students who want to add courses beyond what is offered at their schools.

School Partnerships

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