SIG Online Learning Program: Academics


  • The SIG online program uses the Moodle learning platform and follows an independent study format that is facilitated by the instructor via discussion forums and online activities. The purpose of the course is for students to engage in unique learning experiences and research in a specific area of interest to create an authentic product that applies their new knowledge in a useful way.
  • Successful completion of a course requires about 4-6 hours of work time a week and varies from student to student based on their ability, proficiency with the online platform, and their interest in topics. Students need access to the online course at least 3 different times during the week to accomplish all tasks in a timely fashion. Scheduled real time virtual class sessions are not set by the Instructor during the session, as we have students who attend the program from different U.S. time zones and multiple international countries. However, instructors have the flexibility to schedule optional real time meetings for students through virtual methods by parent or student request.
  • Students need access to Internet and basic word processing and presentation software (such as Word and PowerPoint) on a regular basis. Students should have a level of comfort with creating new documents, videos, and presentations, navigating the web to conduct research, and saving/uploading documents; parent support may be required for students not comfortable with these tasks.

Winter 2019 Online Courses - “Impact Your Future”

P level (ages 7-8)

Creativity and the Writer’s Craft
Do you love to read and write? Do you want to feel what it’s like to write in a style and manner like that of your favorite authors? Release your imagination and express yourself in language like great writers do! Create new worlds with fantastic settings and characters in our exploration of the tools and techniques used by the best authors. Read astounding works of literature, craft literary pieces with expert guidance, and write what you truly care about along with other like-minded young writers to help develop your craft as a future author.

Budding Biologist!
Explore our fascinating world through the science of biology. Did you know that there are five kingdoms of life—Monera, Protists, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia? Think like a biologist and explore life and living organisms as it relates to planet Earth, possibilities of life as it extends to our galaxies, and into the microscopic worlds we encounter every day. Conduct fun biology experiments that allow you to breed bacteria, see photosynthesis in action, understand the workload of your heart, and much more. Learn more about biological systems, cells, and other topics that might interest you about the future of biology of humans, plants, and animals.

Geometry Around the Globe
What in the world is geometry? Geometry was originally designed as a method of understanding the shape and size of the world. In essence, Geometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes, sizes, positions, and properties of space. It began as, and still is, a practical science which deals with measurements, areas, and volumes that benefit people’s daily lives. It is all around us! Anything and everything around the globe that has shape and size, that moves or does not move, is living or non-living, has an element of geometry in it. Come join us to find the many uses of geometry in our daily lives, cultures, and our futures!

E level (ages 9-10)

Interstellar Colonization: Make it Possible!
Imagine: The year is 2115 and planet Earth has become severely overcrowded. Our world’s nations have banded together to colonize other worlds in our universe, providing a habitat for several communities. But questions abound. How will these displaced citizens eat? Breathe? Earn a living? What types of homes will they live in? How will they travel? In short, new inhabitants will require several new inventions to make their new life possible. Whether it’s the Moon, Mars, or other planetary bodies, your mission is to work with your classmates to devise and design inventions collaboratively that will help address these problems, and to present your ideas to the members of the Space Relocation Committee for approval. The fate of our citizens of the future is in your hands! Are you feeling inventive?

Superheroes to the Rescue: Power for a Purpose
Superheroes with superpowers abound in our books and movies today. What powers do you have that you would enhance if you could to help someone? Would you be able to heal a sick person, see an accident before it happened, use your powers of persuasion to convince people to do good things, or something altogether different? In this class you will study the origins of superheroes and investigate the reasons for their lasting popularity in our society. Then you will have the chance to adapt their imaginary powers in a real way and focus your newly tapped energies on a challenge that interests you.

J level (ages 11-12)

NASA Technology: Earthly Applications
What do the super soaker, invisible braces, and workout machines have to do with space exploration? Many of the products in your home, and those that we consume, are made through the technology and research provided by NASA. Although NASA’s main objective is to explore and understand the universe, much of the technology developed for that goal has benefited the public in many ways. Did you know that NASA has 6,300 patents to its name? From water filters, to freeze drying, to insulin pumps, we use many products that have resulted from space exploration research. Come understand new technologies that NASA is developing to make space exploration attainable for humans. See if you can unearth a NASA invention application that could become the next new product that we cannot live without.


What is SIG-nificance?

SIG•nif•i•cance {sig-nif-i-kuhns} (n.) –
A feeling of knowing who you are and where your life is headed, similar to the feeling one gets when being part of Summer Institute for the Gifted.

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