Eden Prairie Community Education is dedicated to providing youth programming to enhance and grow learning opportunities for students. Our youth programs ignite new interests and challenge students in a fun, safe and supportive atmosphere. There are many programming options including enrichment classes, recreation activities, and STEM opportunities. Our Community Education youth program opportunities also include:
- EPIC Summer Camps
- EPIC After School Enrichment
- Destination Imagination
- Special Events (e.g., Science Fair, My Book Day, Prairie Connections)
- Teen Driver Education
- Leadership and Service
Eagle Zone School Age Care is part of our robust Community Education youth programming. Eagle Zone provides a fun, safe, and enriching environment that allows kids to get involved with engaging activities before and after school.
On a daily basis, Eagle Zone will provide an environment that is respectful, inclusive, and nurturing for youth in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Children will have the freedom to explore their interests, be active and socialize with their peers. Each day, students will have the choice to take part in various activities that promote the love of learning during out of school time.
Visit the Eagle Zone webpage for more information.
EPIC Youth Programs aim to connect students to learning outside of the classroom in a variety of innovative ways. Enrichment and recreational classes are available before and after school and in the summer. No matter your child’s interests, we offer fun programs that will challenge your student in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Choose from sports, art, drama, STEM and more!
Visit the EPIC webpage for more information.
Community Education offers teen driver education in cooperation with Safeway Driving School. Safeway Driving School has been graduating teen drivers in the Twin Cities area for over 45 years. Classroom instruction prepares the student to take the Minnesota permit test and begin the responsibility of driving. Behind-the-wheel instruction includes six hours of driving in three, two-hour private lessons. All of Safeway’s instructors are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
$399 Teen Driving Package (classroom and behind the wheel instruction)
$249 Classroom Instruction only
Location: Eden Prairie High School
Classroom instruction prepares the student to take the Minnesota permit test and begin the responsibility of driving. The 30 hours of classroom is structured into 10 independent lessons. Students must be on time for all classes. If a student misses a lesson, they can make up that exact lesson number at the next session or at one of Safeway’s other locations. After class is completed, students that are 15 years old are eligible to take their permit test at any Minnesota exam center. Students can take the class at age 14½ but cannot take their permit test until age 15.
Behind-the-wheel instruction includes six hours of driving in three, two-hour private lessons. All driving is done in a real car on actual city streets, highways and freeways with a responsible, licensed Safeway instructor. Safeway recommends students take their first lesson 6-8 weeks after receiving their permit. The lessons should be a minimum of 30 days apart to allow for practice driving. The lessons can be completed up to one year after completing classroom. Scheduling is offered online for 24/7 convenience. All of Safeway’s cars are white with identical graphics, so parents and students are confident that it is a Safeway car picking up the student for a lesson. Students can get picked up for their behind-the-wheel lesson from home, school or work.
Parent involvement is required to produce safe, responsible teen drivers. It is critical that parents plan to practice regularly with their new student drivers. State law requires 50 hours of practice documented on a log that is turned in at the road test. If a parent attends a Safeway Parent Class, the practice time is reduced to 40 hours. Safeway offers detailed information on its web site to assist parents with understanding Minnesota laws and requirements for student drivers. Safeway strongly encourages parents to review its parent information, attend a Parent Class or watch the online Parent Class videos at www.safewaydrivingschool.com.
For additional information or if you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (952) 975-6940.
Destination Imagination is a challenge and process-based program where teams of students solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Students in Destination Imagination have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM, the arts, and service learning. Teams learn skills including time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.
Registration for students grades K - 12 available now!
For more information, please contact the Destination Imagination Volunteer Coordinator, Nikki Fick at email@example.com
FIRST programs were developed to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders, by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. Eden Prairie Community Education offers three different levels of robotics programming.
All three programs are made possible by the incredible dedication of parent and community volunteers. In fact, without these mentors, the FLL, FTC and FRC programs would not exist. Thank you to those that have been involved in the past and those that will be in the future. The Eden Prairie Robotics program is grateful for your dedication.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE - 4th through 6th grade: For questions about FLL, contact our FLL Coordinator, Michelle Maas at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST TECH CHALLENGE - 7th through 8th grade: For questions about FTC, contact our FTC Coordinator, Gail Silewski at email@example.com
FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (Talon Robotics)- 9th through 12th grade – View our website at www.team2502.com
Interested in volunteering? Our active robotics program welcomes your involvement! The programs include kids from elementary to high school and incorporate so much more than just robots. In addition to engineering mentors, we have a need for adults with skills in writing, presentation, web design, marketing, and even government lobbying! We also have a need for just parent supervision. Sign up to volunteer for robotics by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require financial assistance to participate in any of our programs, please check out the available resources at edenpr.org/FeeAssistance.