Eighth Grade Students


Students are invited to participate in Science Bound at the end of seventh grade, into the 8th grade year. In Des Moines, those invited must participate in the Algebra Champions program prior to the start of their eighth grade year. The Eighth Grade Preparatory Program consists of bi-monthly meetings with Science Bound teachers in the middle schools, visits to Iowa State University, and completion of a science fair project and reflection essay that demonstrates a desire to be a science or technology leader. This project has a specific set of rules and guidelines that must be met and the reflection essay also has specific expectations. Students who successfully meet the program requirements are welcomed into the high school program at a Crossover ceremony. In Des Moines, rising ninth graders are also required to participate in the Learn and Earn summer program.