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At the core of the SIG curriculum are the creative, fun and academically challenging courses that are unique to the program. SIG is committed to fostering the recognition of each student’s unique abilities as well as providing opportunities to explore new interests. We encourage families to choose a course schedule that includes areas of passion and strength, but also allows for the exploration of new interests.

Students take four classes in the four-period day (or two classes for morning/afternoon only students). All campus courses are ninety minutes long and run for 15 sessions during the three-week program (with the exception of the July 4th holiday, where applicable). Courses encompass a wide range of humanities, math, science, arts, recreation, and multi-disciplinary areas.

Students should select a first choice and second choice course, for each class period (one, two, three and four). We ask that students choose alternative courses in case a selected class is at capacity or doesn’t run at one of the sites due to underenrollment for that course. We also encourage students to apply early to increase their chances of getting their first course choice.

Please Note: Not all courses run at all campuses. Students must choose alternative courses in case a selected class is at capacity or is not offered due to under-enrollment. We also encourage students to apply early to increase their chances of getting their first-choice courses. Our final schedule of courses is reflective of the preferences of students enrolled at that campus. Course schedule adjustments by campus occur in April. Students may transfer to another campus if there is space on the alternate campus.

B02Period - 2Chemicals in Action = Chemical Reaction

Did you know the first type of soap was created through a chemical process using animal fat and ashes (known as lye)? How can something so messy make you cleaner? The answer lies in how soap interacts with oil-based grease or grime! The way materials interact is all about chemistry. Chemistry helps us explain things that happen in nature. Chemists are scientists who use all five senses to explore and explain life. Experiment with water, acids, bases, and everyday household items to discover the chemical world in which you live. Participate in experiments to learn more about chemical reactions.

B03Period - 3Numbers: Puzzles, Patterns, and Problem-Solving

Do you like to play with numbers and do math? Come use number games and puzzles to learn about mathematical operations and determine how you can use these operations in your everyday lives. You'll discover different number bases, origins of number systems, and ways to communicate secretly through codes. Find out what fascinates you about math and create new puzzles and number games of your own. Think like a mathematician and use logical reasoning, patterns, and problem-solving skills to master number sense.

B04Period - 1New 2019!Sound Sensations

Can you see sound? How does sound travel and what kinds of things can it travel through? How do animals use sound to move around? Discover answers to these questions and others you have about the science of sound waves. Learn about pitch, volume, and frequency. Observe sound through your eyes, bodies, and ears. Make noise; make music; do experiments; make instruments! Find out what happens when sound becomes harmful noise pollution and create a way to reduce noise pollution in your neighborhood with your newly gained knowledge about the physics of sound.

B05Period - 4New 2019!Oceans of Answers

Ocean scientists sometimes need to make long-term observations of marine plant and animal life to answer their scientific questions. Living underwater provides time and opportunity for such study, but living underwater is not easy to do. As you consider ways scientists could live underwater, you'll need to learn about the basic needs for human life support in such an environment. After examining designs of other marine habitats, doing experiments, and participating in problem-solving activities, you will design a research habitat where ocean scientists could do their important work. Talk about an ocean view!

B06Period - 1New 2019!Toy BizWhiz

What do you think the next big toy will be? How would you like to be the one to create it?  In 2016, the total revenue of the world toy market was 88.8 billion U.S. dollars! Toys play an important role in children's physical, mental, social, and emotional development. In this fun class, you will research current successful toys, analyze their appeal, design your own toy for a specific audience, and then set up a business to sell and market it. Who better to design the next big toy than the people who play with them!

P07Period - 1New 2019!Be a Graphic Novelist

A graphic novel uses cartoon drawings to help tell a story. Like comic books, graphic novels weave entertaining drawings with a small amount of words to tell a story. The stories could be about fantasy, science fiction, history, fairy tales and myths, or even true stories about science or biographies. In this class you'll be introduced to character building, plot, and setting as you look at various graphic novels. Come strengthen your vocabulary; build your reading confidence; have fun drawing your action pictures and increase your appreciation of storytelling by creating your own graphic novel.

P11Period - 1Sleuthing Like Sherlock: Logic and Facts!

Detectives carefully gather and trace evidence to draw conclusions. Learn how to reason like a detective, gather clues and details, and unlock mysteries. Conduct experiments using detection techniques, such as ink chromatology, finger-print analysis, and use eye-witness interrogation techniques to sharpen your sleuthing skills. Solve "Who Done it?" scenarios in classroom cases to practice and enhance your logical ability to solve mysteries.

P09Period - 3New 2019!Mini-Golf Course Design: What's Your Angle?

We already know math is fun and, of course, miniature golf is also fun. Put them together and double the fun in this course. You will learn about geometry by designing your own mini-golf course! You'll learn about angles, such as acute, obtuse, and right angles. You'll also learn about lines, degrees, and two-dimensional shapes, such as polygons and quadrilaterals. Come design your part of a mini-golf course that uses your newly acquired knowledge of geometry to challenge your classmates, engage your mind, and have fun, all at the same time.

P12Period - 2Electricity and Magnetism: A Powerful PairFull, closed to further enrollment

Are you curious about electricity and how it powers our world? Do you wonder where the force of a magnet comes from and how strong it can be in our universe? Here you will explore how the worlds of electricity and magnetism collide to help us perform daily activities. Plug into the world of electromagnetism, a type of physical interaction that occurs between electrically charged particles. Why is an electromagnetic force created when you rub a balloon on your hair? Learn about this force and much more as your curiosity is PULLED toward experiments and activities surrounding electricity and magnetism that CHARGE up our lives. (Technology Fee: $50-Includes a kit.) Student must enroll in this course by April 1, 2019.

P14Period - 4New 2019!Funky Fungi

Do you like to eat mushrooms? How about yeast bread? If so, did you know you were eating fungi?  Not exactly a plant or an animal, fungi are important living organisms that have a classification all on their own. In this class, you'll learn how fungi grow and feed, and explore the many roles fungi play in our soil, in our kitchens, in our bodies, and even in industry. Fungi provide us with penicillin and other antibiotics, mushrooms and other foods, methods of pest control, and are ideal organisms for scientific research. Today, entrepreneurs are also finding creative ways to use fungi, such as producing sustainable packaging to reduce the need for Styrofoam™, and making biodegradable building materials. Come do your own fungi experiments and consider future uses for this fascinating kingdom of organisms. Find out if the fascinating world of mycology (the study of fungi) excites you. Get into the fungus among us!

P13Period - 3New 2019!From Superheroes to Superhumans

Superheroes continue to be a popular source of entertainment for people of all ages. But, did you know that technology is now making it possible for humans to enhance their bodies in their quest to have superhuman abilities? For example, battery-powered jet packs can help you run like The Flash, and handheld paddles can allow people to climb walls like Spider-Man. Come learn about additional technologies that are being researched and produced to help humans do things they could never do in the past. Develop your own superhero power and design a technological enhancement to increase your power to help you face challenges in your life.

AR35Period - 4Theater PlayFull, closed to further enrollment

In this drama class, you will enjoy an introduction to the fantasy world created in the theater.  Examine various aspects of theater production, including taking on an acting role, analyzing a scene, designing a set, and performing for others.  Focus will be given to thinking on your feet, creating a stage presence and projecting a character.  Those who enjoy music and dance can incorporate these talents, as well. Demonstrate how theatrical you can be in front of a SIG audience! (Ages 5-8 only)

AR37Period - 2New 2019!Fanciful and Fun: Whimsical Art

Bring your carefree and youthful influence into the playful style of whimsical art. Think bright colors and imaginary worlds. Draw whimsical characters like fairies, elves, gnomes, trolls, or aliens. Examine the work of your favorite whimsical artists for inspiration. Create your own whimsical art in paintings, note cards, posters, stickers, or other products that will uplift sick people, illustrate fantasy fiction, cheer sad people, enhance personal communications, or any other goal that you have. Enjoy trying your hand at an art form that makes people happy!

Academic Performance / Evaluations

The goals and expectations of the Summer Institute for the Gifted program are specifically designed and geared toward providing a richness of environment, accompanied by enhanced opportunities for learning. Parents receive a final Student Performance Review (SPR) that assesses personal accomplishments and attainment of goals. This report is available online shortly after the program ends and can be sent to the student’s school, with parental permission. A letter indicating successful student participation in, and completion of, the Summer Institute for the Gifted program also can be sent to the student’s school, if parents so indicate.

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