Courses

Courses for Children 

The courses allow children with exceptional intellectual ability to extend their existing fund of knowledge through first-hand experimentation and creative experiences.  The courses provide children with an earlier, more in-depth, and more multi-faceted perspective than is usually available in traditional educational settings.  The courses are challenging, but developmentally appropriate for each two-year age range.  Above all, courses are FUN!    Perhaps the greatest benefit for children is the opportunity to enjoy the company of intellectual peers.  Courses are designed and taught by practicing professionals, and public or private teachers.  Courses are different for each summer.

2018 Courses

4 years old or entering K:  Fascinating Frogs 

Learn about the amphibians that can jump 40 times their body length, live on land and water, catch their food with their tongue and exhibit complete metamorphosis to become an adult. Do frogs freeze in the winter? We will explore where in the world frogs live and what special adaptations they have in order to survive in different climates. We will identify differences between frogs and toads. We can eat our way through the life stages and create a frog habitat. Let’s catch insects on our “tongues.” Jump on in and join us for a fun week in Fascinating Frogs!

Entering K or 1st Grade:  Awesome Arctic

Where is the average winter temperature -30 degrees Celsius and the summer growing season is less than 60 days? The awesome Arctic tundra, of course. Embark on an arctic adventure and learn about amazing arctic animals. How can an Arctic fox endure frigid temps? Let’s use the scientific method to conduct the “blubber” experiment so that we can learn how seals stay warm. Fur vs. blubber--which is a better insulator? Does body shape factor into this equation? Find out how camouflage coats help snowy owls and terns. Let’s design an igloo or animal den. How do willow trees withstand the wind in the arctic? Let’s experiment to find out. Stay warm and dry as you join us on our journey of the Arctic! 

Entering 1st or 2nd Grades: Green Guardians

Become a conservation crusader and arm yourself with the three R’s; Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.  Prepare yourself to engage in hands on activities to protect our earth’s nonrenewable resources.  We will test out alternative renewable energy sources, use data to measure the impact waste has on our environment, and create compost containers.  Can a potato power a light bulb? What difference does it make if we use reusable water bottles? Join us for a week long adventure that will begin your mission as a Green Guardian.

Entering 2nd or 3rd Grades: Forensics Frenzy

Do you have what it takes to solve a mystery? Are you interested in using science to help analyze evidence from the scene of a crime? Use microscopes to help sort through forensic evidence. Learn how teeth impressions and bones can unlock the clues needed to find a suspect. Practice fingerprint dusting, run chemical tests to rule out suspects, analyze hair samples and much more! Spend the day in the life of an FBI agent and a Forensic Anthropologist. Celebrate all that you have learned on Friday with a mock crime science and challenge your family to investigate with you! 

Entering 3rd or 4th Grades: Naturally Disastrous

How do leading engineers and top scientists work together to defend our world from natural disasters? In this course you will find out! You will be introduced to the earth’s complex structure and its dynamic system of naturally occurring phenomena, such as earthquakes. Discover how plate tectonic shifts induce earthquakes. Create simulations to model how a natural event will impact an environment and the people living there. What causes a volcano to erupt?  How can we can detect and predict such natural disasters in order to help people stay safe from them?  Utilize your engineering skills and techniques to design infrastructure to withstand such natural forces. Hold onto your hat, it’s going to be an intense ride in Naturally Disastrous!

Entering 4th or 5th Grades:  Reliable Resources

With its abundant supply of water, sun, land, rocks and oil, people have depended on natural resources to survive. Explore ways in which energy can be produced through natural resources. Use natural conductors to power light bulbs. Which creates the highest voltage; lemons, limes or potatoes? We will observe and analyze the chemical reactions between electrodes and a solution. To dig deeper, we will coal mine through a chocolate chip cookie, create our own metamorphic “rocks” and learn how to protect our natural resources from over-harvesting. Become a geologist as we use beans to replicate energy through coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear force. Create individual homes with unique power grids and illuminate homes with alternative energy. Don’t miss the chance to explore the reliability of our natural resources and in no time you will find that “there’s no place like home!”

Parenting Course - Parenting the Gifted Child

Join other parents and discover answers to questions about gifted children.  Who are they and how are they identified?  How does their giftedness impact on their school and family environments?  How do major issues in gifted education relate to your child's future?  What vocabulary do you need to communicate effectively?  Analyze your child's needs and develop a productive plan of action.  Acquire the knowledge and skills to become a personal advocate for your child. 

You will need to complete a parenting course application form.