Extended Learning

"All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent." - John F. Kennedy

This website is meant to provide opportunities for all of our Central Lee students. Dated contests and scholarships will be amended once the new information is available.


Lifeprint ASL Free or $$$ for course credit

Oklahoma School for the Deaf There is a spring and a fall course offered. Free

Start ASL American Sign Language Free

Apex Learning High school and middle school courses. $$$

Art of Problem-Solving Academy Grades 2-12, $$$

Constitutional Academy (Bill of Rights Institute) HS students, $$+Travel

Courses.com Lots of free courses, including Patrick JMT math courses.

Crash Courses For anyone, Free

DuoLingo Learn a new language. Free

eDynamic Learning Grades 6-12, $$$

ExploreU for Middle School Girls Coralville, $

Northwestern's Comprehensive Talent Development Programs PK12, $$$

Photography for Kids You can find other courses here, too. For anyone, $

Snapology LEGOs; Hiawatha/Marion area; Camps, weekends, parties, $

UI Wild State Park Camps Grades 3-7, $$

Williamsburg List of Camps Various

World History Project These courses are aligned to the AP® World History: Modern Course and Exam Description (CED). Free

W3Schools Teach yourself to code. Free

Yale Young Global Scholars Prestigious HS Camp, $$$$$

Fine Arts

3d Doodler Fun drawing app. Free.

Art Contests for Kids Various

Art For Kids Hub This is the How-To-Draw link, but there is much more to explore here!

Audiotool Browser-based music-maker for everyone, Free

Bomomo Digital art for all, Free

Doodle for Google K12, Free

Every Noise at Once Learn your music genres! For everyone, Free

Generative Music Sites Various

Incredibox Make music! So cool. For everyone, Free

Instrument Playground Use Google AI to make music. For everyone, Free.

Ocean Awareness Contest Learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication. Art, dance, forms, writing, multimedia. Ages 11-18. Deadline in June.

Photo Contests for Kids Various

Photography for Kids Activities for all ages, Free

Portfolio Hosting Options For anyone needing a digital portfolio of their work. Various ages and costs.

Science Without Borders Art Competition Grades 6-12, Free

Scholastic Art & Writing Competition Grades 7-12, Free

TheatreFolk Free resources for aspiring thespians

U.S. Kids Magazine Art Contest Ages 2-12, Free

Family Support

The Effect of Technology and the Internet on The Gifted Child

Family TIP Sheets Many categories of support from NAGC in these resources

Perfectionism - 5 Ways to Help

Perfectionism - Not Necessarily a Bad Thing


Brainbashers Logic Puzzles

Brainzilla Logic Puzzles

Enigma (famous quotes puzzles)

Institute of Competition Sciences This is an amazing list of competitions.

The Kid Should See This (videos)

Noble Prize Find stories, videos, and even games about the Laureates.

Tumble Together A web-based emulator for the Turing Tumble marble-powered mechanical computer to help build, test and share designs.

Would You Rather Thought provoking questions for kids and families.

APP: Einstein's Riddles

APP: CrossLogic

APP: Elevate - Brain Training Free Memory, Math, and Word Games

Gift Ideas

Books (See lists above!)

Art Mysteries (grades 2-7)

Museum Mysteries (grades 2-6)

Gift Lab

Gifts for the Gifted

MENSA Select Games

MindWare Award Winners

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

The Ultimate Screen-Free Gift Guide for Curious, Creative Kids


American Sign Language: See "Camps/Courses" section.

CaixaForum – A source of Spanish media. Free!


American Rhetoric - Top American Speeches

Cartoon Caption Contest - The New Yorker You must be 13 or older to enter or vote.

Creative Communication Poetry Contest Grades K-9

Imagine Forest Create your own stories online - free!

Lyrical Iowa Poetry Contests All ages. (Can you find a winner from Donnellson?)

NaNoWriMo Novel Writing Contest All ages. This site has lots of guidance.

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad High School

Poetry Out Loud Great poetry, free resources, and a dynamic recitation competition for high school.

Project Gutenberg Public domain ebooks - All free!

Publications for Young Writers This is an amazing list with something for all ages.

Scholastic Art & Writing Competition Grades 7-12

Society of Professional Journalists HS Essay Contest

Story Jumper Create and share books online for free. You can purchase books for reasonable prices.

Teen Ink A magazine for teens, by teens

VisuWords A visual dictionary and thesaurus that's fun to play with


Artful Maths Beautiful art via math, Free.

The Art of Problem Solving A lot of problems for upper level math students.

Boddle Learning Free online games for fun learning online. Aligned standards progress can be recorded.

Figure This! NCTM's math challenges for families.

Hooda Math Games

Just Math Tutorials Videos for nearly every math lesson.

Khan Academy For all subjects

MathWorks Math Modeling Contest for HS juniors and seniors.

Mr. Morgan's Math Grades 6-9

NRICH Math Games and Challenges

TedED Math Riddles You can sort by age bands.

Times Table Puzzle

We Use Math When will we ever use this math? (Careers)

Wild Maths

Scholarships & Career

Iowa College Aid

Big Future by the College Board

Career Aptitude Test Quote: "Amazingly accurate!"

Central Lee Links

College Raptor

Collegexpress Ultimate guide to college search

Lee County Fair due March 31


*O*Net Resource Center Includes "My Next Move" and an interest profiler.

Roadtrip Nation

Roquette Scholarship due Feb. 26

Scholarship Guidance

Science Saves Video Scholarship

Teacher Certification Degrees Become a teacher! Lots of good info here.


10 Scientists to Watch

Adventures in Chemistry

Cells Alive! Explore*Study*Play

Century of Science

Future Engineers Student challenges of all kinds, many involving NASA.

Iowa Raptor Project

Journal of Emerging Investigators Middle and High School Students can read/submit research and find other interesting opportunities.

On This Day In Space

Science Journal for Kids Peer-reviewed science research

STEM Resources for High Achievers



Awesome Websites

These websites were designed by Central Lee 7th and 8th graders.

Social Studies

Bill of Rights Institute This site has opportunities, contests, and guidance for MS & HS students.

C-SPAN Student Cam Competition Grades 6-12

Cartoon of the Day - Harper's Weekly

Eyewitness to History Primary sources and 1st person accounts

Old Maps Online

Radio Garden Listen to radio from around the world.


PBS "Be Media Wise" A series of videos to learn responsible online media use. Free

CodeCombat Learn to code through the power of play.

A Kids Company Podcasts

Snakify Teach or learn Python

Stencyl Make games for iGames, Android, or Flash

Storyboard That Make storyboards for any subject - or just for fun!

"Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing." - Madeline Hunter

Let me know if you have other sites to share.