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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 development of each student’s unique abilities, as well as providing opportunities to explore new interests. We encourage families to choose a course schedule, where choices are available, that includes areas of passion and strength, but also allows for the development of new talents. Courses encompass a wide range of humanities, math, science, arts, recreation, and multi-disciplinary areas.

Each student selects from the listing of courses to create a personal schedule. Students take four courses daily. 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 will run at all campuses. We ask that students choose alternative courses, where available, 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 course. Our final schedule of courses is reflective of the preferences of students enrolled at that campus. Students may transfer to another campus as long as there is space on the alternate campus.

B01Period - 2New in 2018! Word Wise

Creating ideas and stories by putting together letters and words is a fun and somewhat magical process. Join us as we play with letters and words to understand the ways that words are created, used, and combined to express ourselves. Learn about word origins from other languages, have fun with word games and puzzles, increase your vocabulary, and try your hand at using your words in writing stories, poems, and other word products.

B02Period - 3The Curious Chemist

The way materials are put together and the way they act under certain conditions is called the study of chemistry. Chemistry helps us explain the things that happen in nature. Chemists are scientists who use each of their five senses to explore and make sense of life. Experiment with water, acids, bases, and everyday household items to discover the chemical world in which we live. Participate in experiments to test your predictions about the reactions of substances.

B03Period - 1New in 2018!Numbers: Puzzles, Patterns, and Problem-Solving

Do you like to play with numbers and 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 bases, origins of number systems, and ways to communicate secretly through codes. Find out what fascinates you about math at your level and create new puzzles and number games of your own. Think like a mathematician and use logical reasoning, patterns, and problem-solving skills to dig into the concepts of number sense.

B04Period - 2Zoos by You

How are zoos being designed in today’s world? Our emerging awareness of protecting animals and providing environments in which they will thrive provides a challenge for future zoologists. This course will employ information about zoology, endangered species, the environment, laws, math, and design as students tackle the problem of creating a new zoo that addresses specific scenarios (e.g. certain kinds of animals, petting zoos, zoos in open areas, zoos in urban areas, teaching zoos, entertaining zoos, and more).

B05Period - 1New in 2018!Fantastic Plastic: Problems and Possibilities

Plastic is a staple material for many useful products in our daily lives. However, an excess of plastics in our environment has created many problems that need to be solved. Learn about different kinds of plastics, how they are made, how to reduce their environmental impact, and what scientists are doing to make plastics safe. Enjoy fun activities, such as making silly putty, testing plastics, and imagining new uses for existing plastics. Create a new idea or plastic product of your own.

B06Period - 3New in 2018!Plants and Insects: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Did you know that plants develop ways to defend themselves against insect attacks?  Plants can even change their chemical and physical characteristics to protect themselves.  But insects, persistent creatures that they are, have found ways to overcome plant defenses, allowing the insects to feed, grow, and reproduce on plants.  Come learn about the amazing interactions among plants and insects, and uncover the worldwide battles being fought in our gardens and forests.  Discover how these interactions affect your life, and analyze how insects can help the environment.

P07Period - 3New in 2018!Storytelling: Write Like an Archaeologist

Archaeologists use discovered artifacts and excavation methods to help them learn about history and culture, but artifacts alone can’t tell the complete story of what they represent. Creative interpretation is needed to help scientists make inferences and hypothesize about the past. Come learn about the techniques that archaeologists use, and then practice your writing by telling interesting stories that interpret the history that archaeologists uncover. Use your skills and imagination to bring scientific data to life. Then, try your hand at present day discovery techniques and write stories about clues you uncover in today’s world. You’ll learn to use emotion in your writing and breathe life into hard data, just like an archaeologist.

P08Period - 1Eureka! Inventive Minds at Work!

What would life be like if Ben Franklin hadn’t harnessed electricity using his famous kite and key experiment? How would your daily life change if the wheel had never been invented? In this course, we will take a look at how inventions have shaped history. We will also investigate the inventing process - many famous inventors were scientists, but some were also hobbyists that had a great idea and went on to become inventors. You’ll have a chance to put the invention process to work yourself by creating your own invention!

P09Period - 2Practical Math: Practically Everywhere

If you have ever sat in a math class and thought, “I hope I get to use this math outside of school!”--this course is for you! Much of math is computation and procedure-based, but in the real world there are endless applications. Discover how math can be applied in our jobs and lives. In this course, you will explore probabilities found in gaming, money operations found in finance, shapes and angles found in architecture, and more! You’ll become friends with graphs, numerical comparisons, and equations as you problem-solve real-life applications. You will be engaged in much more than just calculations, so be sure to bring your calculator to save time for other exciting aspects of math.

P10Period - 3New in 2018!Numeration Excavation

Have you wondered why digits represent different values by just changing their positions? Discover how the use of patterns, grouping, and symbols make our place-value system function. Explore the Egyptian numeration system to understand the use of zero, and gain an appreciation for our base-ten system. Use clues from the Moli Stone to understand the principles of the Hindu-Arabic number system. If you “dig” numbers, you’ll enjoy creating your own numeration system that applies your knowledge of the place-value system, patterns, groupings, and symbols.

P11Period - 2New in 2018!Sleuthing Like Sherlock: Logic and Facts!

Detectives carefully gather and trace evidence to draw conclusions. Learn how to reason like a detective to gather and process through clues and details to unlock mysteries, such as analyzing handwriting or investigating a drop of ink. Conduct experiments using detection techniques, such as ink chromatology, finger-print analysis, and eye-witness interrogation to sharpen your sleuthing skills. Solve “Who Done it?” scenarios in classroom cases to practice and sharpen your craft to solve mysteries.

P12Period - 1Be a Pet Vet

Do pets have personalities? Are they trying to tell us something when they bark, scratch, or whine? If you’d like to know more about the care and understanding of pets, this class is for you. You’ll also have the chance to learn more about that special animal that you love the most, whether it’s a fish or ferret, hamster or horse! If you think you might want to be a veterinarian someday, this class is for you.

P13Period - 3Electricity and Magnetism: A Powerful Pair

Are you curious about electricity and want to know what it takes to power our world? Do you wonder where the force of a magnet originates and the extent of its strength 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 you PULL your curiosity toward experiments and activities surrounding electricity and magnetism that CHARGE up our lives.--Technology Fee: $50 (Includes a kit for each student.) Student must enroll in this course by May 15, 2018.

P14Period - 1New in 2018!Bee Smart! Be a Pollination Partner

Do you enjoy foods like apples, chocolates, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, and almonds? Pollination is very important in helping products like these to thrive. Approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals to produce items we need. However, animals that help pollinate have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites. America has lost close to half its honeybee colonies over the past 10 years. What can you do to help protect the future of pollinating animals, such as birds, bees, and butterflies? How can you ensure that pollination is protected and that all the plants we need for our products will continue to thrive? Come learn about what it means to be a pollinator partner.

P15Period - 2Biology or Grossology: You Be the Judge

Welcome to the world of grossology! Here we study all things we usually think of as gross that the human body produces but that are important to the body’s healthy functioning. Come join us in investigating the impolite and fascinating science of the human body, its systems, and all of its wonderful yuckiness! You will love our engaging exploration of biological systems that will stimulate curious young minds in a unique, and highly interactive way. If you think a medical career is in your future, this class is definitely for you!

AR38Period - 4Theater Play

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)

AR40Period - 4New in 2018!Masks: Mysterious and Magical

All over the world, masks are worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, or protection. Explore mask-making from around the world and learn its cultural significance as an art form. Use a variety of materials, such as paper, cardboard, foil, plastic, papier mâché, and/or clay to create a unique face mask that expresses your imagination. Pull your audience into a world of magic and mystery with your intriguing masks!

AR42Period - 4Gaming for Strategy and Fun

What’s your favorite game? Why? Here’s a place where you can think about what makes a game fun. Playing games is a great way to have fun while learning. In this class you’ll play all sorts of board, memory, word, and active games, and then, create your own games to teach new strategies or learn such skills as teamwork. You’ll sample games from the past such as those from the Ancient Egyptians or Native Americans; bring in games from home, and create new games for the future.

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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