It's Go Time!

Unlock Some Summer Fun: Registration for our Think Camps & Experiences Now Open!

All students and their families registered for ANY summer GoldCap Camp are invited to our Kickoff Open House @ MERGE IC on June 1st from 12-1pm. Come see the space, meet our team, and grab some pizza! See you then!

GoldCap is locally owned & operated by experienced education professionals, rooted in the vibrant opportunities and values of downtown Iowa City.

The GoldCap Approach

We believe that learning should be ...


Developing lifelong learners starts with creating learning environments that are enjoyable and meaningful.


Learners that feel welcomed, included, and invested will always get the most out of their educational experiences.


Establishing a growth mindset with students is a lifelong skill that extends well beyond the classroom walls.


Welcoming & appreciating different learning styles, backgrounds and perspectives brings out the best in everyone.


Check Out Our Current Offerings!

All courses are led by licensed (and amazing) educators. 6:1 staff to student ratio.

Ages for summer courses are the students grade for the following year (Fall '24). 

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Agents of Change: Advocacy Adventures

-- June 19-20 - 9:00am-3:30pm - 5th - 8th Graders -- Advocacy in Action! Young activists embark on an inspiring journey through history to explore the power of social activism. In this dynamic camp experience, participants will dive deep into the stories of courageous individuals that have shaped our world through advocacy, protest, and positive change.

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Liftoff! Rocket Engineering

-- June 21 - 9:00am-3:30pm - 5th - 8th Graders -- Students will engage in fun and creative engineering design and problem solving as they construct a simple bottle rocket from bottles, cardboard, and other materials, powered by air pressure and water. After design and buildout, we will launch our rockets outside!

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¡Es Hora de Comer & Fingerspelling!

— June 24-28 – 9:00am-12:00pm – 5th–7th Graders — Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? How about two new languages?!? Join us for an interactive language adventure featuring food-focused learning in Spanish and fingerspelling!

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Bridge It! Engineering Design

-- June 24-28 - 1:00pm-4:00pm - 5th - 7th Graders -- In this fun engineering design challenge, students will be competing to build the strongest toothpick bridge that also meets specific design requirements! Following research, design, and building, we will test the bridges to see who built the strongest bridge! 

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Legends Unleashed: Mythology & Drama

-- July 8th-10th - 9:00am-3:30pm - 4th-6th Graders -- Are you interested in storytelling, mythology, creative writing, and performing!? Creative learners will delve into a multitude of stories and writing styles, craft mythological tales, and top it all off with a student created play and performance!

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World Geography: The Eras Tour Edition

-- July 22-26 - 9:00am-3:30pm - 4th - 7th Graders -- We've got a Blank Space, so come write your name! Join us for a week-longe adventure as we journey across the globe, following Taylor Swift's iconic Era's tour. From exploring landmarks while diving into the geography, learning about local cuisine, culture, and language, this camp promises to ignite your passion for future travels.

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Seismic Solutions: Earthquake Engineers

-- August 2nd - 9:00am-3:30pm - 5th-7th Graders -- Embark on a seismic journey in earthquake engineering, where students explore the art of crafting resilient structures through hands-on experimentation! Students will design, build, and test structures on a shake table simulating an earthquake!

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History Unscripted: Improv Time-Travel

-- July 29-31 - 9:00am-3:30pm - 5th - 8th Graders -- Welcome to History Unscripted, where the past comes alive through the power of improvisational theater! In this unique and immersive camp experience, participants will embark on an exciting journey through history, exploring key events, figures, and eras through the art of improv.

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Trailblazers! GoldCap Kickoff Event

--- June 1 - 9:00am - 12:00pm - 5th - 8th Graders --- Our GoldCap Kickoff program is a great opportunity for young leaders and innovators to stretch their creative trailblazing abilities! We will explore the technologies in the Classroom of the Future, such as Meta Virtual Reality headsets, with a focus on building lifelong learning and leadership qualities.

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Number Ninjas: Join The GoldCap Dojo!

-- June 6-7 - 9:00am-12:00pm - 4th - 6th Graders -- Time to put math into motion! Students will sharpen their math facts through playing games, manipulating objects, and getting a little messy. Come join our math dojo where numbers spring into action!

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Where In The World is Herky the Hawk?

-- June 6-7 - 1:00pm-4:00pm - 4th - 7th Graders -- Join us for an immersive journey filled with mystery, intrigue, and exploration as students join Detective Herky in traveling the world! In this action-packed camp, junior detectives will embark on a globe-trotting quest to help Herky recover stolen Hawkeye gear from around the planet.

Why Choose GoldCap?

Students that Love to Learn Deserve Teachers who Love to Teach!

Creating a community where everyone is invested

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Our instructors are experienced and licensed educational professionals from the Iowa City community.

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Students deserve learning in a community of other students that love to learn!

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