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.
5-8 year old students at the Stuart Country Day School SIG program will be grouped together for all courses. 5-6 year old students should choose from P level course options. Small class sizes will be maintained for all courses per SIG’s educational philosophy. For any questions or concerns, please contact Samantha Deronsle at email@example.com.
|P07||Period - 1||New 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.
|P11||Period - 2||Sleuthing 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.
|P09||Period - 1||New 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.
|P14||Period - 4||New 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!
|P08||Period - 3||Eureka! 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 look at how inventions have shaped history. We will also investigate the inventing process - many famous inventors were scientists, but some were also hobbyists who had a great idea and went on to become inventors. You'll have a chance to put the invention process to work by creating your own original invention!
|P13||Period - 2||New 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.
|E15||Period - 1||Speaking of Winning…What's Your Point?|
Are you tired of losing arguments? What can help you win an argument? Come improve your communication, argumentation, and reasoning skills by engaging in debate and public speaking simulations in topics of interest and controversy. Build your confidence as you communicate, model leadership, and address peer groups. Learn the basics of crafting an argument, preparing a speech, and debating an opponent to communicate your message within a public forum.
|E16||Period - 2||New 2019!Be Wise—Philosophize! |
What makes an action right or wrong? What is more important, to be happy or to do the right thing? What does it mean to be human? If you ever think about big questions like these, you might be a budding philosopher. Philosophy is the study of knowledge, how we think, what we value, and how we are. That's a lot to think about! In this class you will engage in observing, considering, and discussing the world around you. Come pose your own big questions, increase your reasoning and logic skills, and gain an understanding of some of the great philosophical thinkers who have shaped our society and our world.
|E17||Period - 1||New 2019!Creative Math Problem Solving StrategiesFull, closed to further enrollment |
Do you know what's more important than finding the correct answer to a math problem? It's identifying the strategy that helped you solve the math problem! Develop your math problem solving ability by using mathematical reasoning strategies, creativity, and originality to arrive at clever solutions. Critique the limitations of math problem solving strategies, while inventing new ones. Investigate logic problems, games, and math puzzles to stretch and challenge your math expertise. Unleash the math whiz within you!
|E18||Period - 2||New 2019!Getting the Pulse on CardiologyFull, closed to further enrollment |
Did you know that the heart beats more than 2 billion times over an average lifetime to circulate blood throughout your body? What an amazing muscle! Come learn about the anatomy of the heart and how structures such as values, ventricles, arteries, veins, and blood vessels support the body's hardest-working organ. Investigate the flow of blood through the heart and explore solutions for heart disease. What factors can strengthen the health of your heart? Get a pulse on the inner workings of the heart and get involved in a heart concern that matters to you.
|E20||Period - 3||Code, Create, and Animate: Game Design 101 |
Have you ever wondered how the computer games you play are created? Learn the basics of computer programming for games through online applications designed to help students explore and create a computer game of their own. Learn to solve coding puzzles and use critical thinking skills to solve new challenges and missions using Scratch™. Put your imagination to work while creating a one-of-a-kind web game to share with your friends and family! (Scratch™ is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.) scratch.mit.eduStudent must bring a laptop and have access to an email account to participate in this course. Minimum laptop requirements:(1) A Windows 7 or later, ChromeOS, Mac OS Yosemite 10.10 or later, or Linux computer; (2) a version of Adobe Flash Player released on or after June 15, 2016; (3) a relatively recent web browser: one of the latest two versions of Chrome (Windows, ChromeOS, Mac or Linux), Firefox (Windows or Mac only), Safari (Mac only), Edge (Windows only), or Internet Explorer 11 (Windows only). If your computer doesn’t meet these requirements, you can try downloading and installing Scratch 1.4, which you can still use to share projects to the Scratch 2.0 website. For more information, please email Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|E21||Period - 4||Civil Engineering: Infrastructures That Amaze|
Civil engineering is everywhere—in our roads, in our water, and in our buildings, to name just a few places. Civil engineers help to create a safe environment as they design, construct, and maintain our built environment. Come try your hand at projects related to building structures like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings. Find out what it takes to make buildings and houses safe from disasters, like hurricanes and earthquakes. Use principles of physics and mathematical skills to understand concepts such as force, arches, compression, loads, water pressure, suspension, and truss to engage in experimental building activities. Consider whether being a civil engineer is in your future.
|E22||Period - 4||Astronomy: The Sky's the Limit!|
Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder about all the celestial bodies you can see as well as those you can't see? If so, you are like millions of people since the beginning of time who have gazed into the sky seeking answers to questions like, "How do astronomers map and find planets and stars that are light years away from Earth?" or, "How do the moon, the sun, and the stars help us tell time?" If you'd like to travel to the far corners of the universe while your feet are still on the ground, this course is for you. Come expand your knowledge about related topics of interest, from astrophysics and auroras to zeniths and zodiacs. Let the skies be your guide!
|J23||Period - 1||New 2019!Youth and the Law |
Are you looking forward to getting your driver's permit? Your first car? How about your first job? You'll be fascinated to learn the many ways the law influences these important events as well as almost everything you do. What does the law say about what we and others see and do on the Internet? How about what kinds of things we buy, eat, watch on television, where we live, and what happens at school? Debate and critique these laws, generate probing questions, and analyze what current and future opportunities exist for those interested in legal matters. Come internalize what the law means for you and others!
|J25||Period - 4||New 2019!The Youthful Face of Power |
We are living in a changing world with uncertain futures where the only thing you can control is yourself. Have you thought about how you want to thrive in the world? Do you have the abilities you need to create the changes you want to see? In this class, you will examine how you can develop and use your personal power to make a difference. Build your strengths, confidence, and competence. Analyze examples of power that you see around you and plan how you will develop your own powerful personality. Research youth-led movements that are becoming increasingly influential in getting their messages heard. Young people can do a lot to change the world, sometimes in such simple actions as practicing sustainable habits, raising money for a cause, writing letters to public officials calling for action, or just by being kind. Come think about a cause or a concern that you would like to affect and practice ways to be the change you hope to see in your future.
|J26||Period - 1||Algebra: Finding the X Factor|
Have you ever had to adjust a cooking recipe to accommodate more guests than what the recipe was written for? When you proportionally changed the ingredients to match the servings, you were using algebra! Algebra is everywhere and used all around us. It's the foundational branch of math that explores fundamental mathematical concepts used in advanced level mathematics. Come reason with equations and inequalities, model and graph linear functions, and solve systems using polynomials and quadratic functions. Investigate real-world applications and apply your mathematical expertise to real-world problems. Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra; Student will need a standard calculator for the course (calculator feature on a mobile device is sufficient).
|J27||Period - 2||Chemistry: The Essential Element |
Welcome to the laboratory that is the world in which you live. Experiment with domestic chemicals, environmental materials, foods, and living organisms to discover the chemical nature of substances, their properties, reactions, and uses in daily life. Engage in a series of experiments to test your hypotheses about the reaction of substances. Investigate chemical solutions to everyday challenges and unleash the chemist in you!
|J28||Period - 3||New 2019!From Galileo to Stephen Hawking: Cosmology Reframed! |
Did you know that it would take us longer than we have existed as beings to reach the center of our own galaxy? How can that be! Come investigate for yourself and gain an understanding of the theories concerning the origins of the universe and try your hand at answering some of science's most complex questions. How did our universe come to be what it is today? Could the universe as we know it exist without the concepts of space and time? How credible is the Big Bang theory? Come debate, discuss, and hypothesize your own questions about the cosmos, and expand your mind about the expanding universe!
|J29||Period - 2||New 2019!3, 2, 1…Blast Off Into Rocketry! Full, closed to further enrollment|
Did you know that rockets are the oldest type of engines? They were originally invented by the Chinese around year 1200. Come learn about the scientific principles of aerodynamics, center of gravity, point of balance, apogee, drag, and thrust and apply them to rocket launch experiments using household chemicals. Use geometry and math problem solving strategies to calculate altitude and speed and build a parachute recovery system for your model rocket kit launches. Take your rocketry expertise to new heights as you use rocket engineering principles to propose solutions for the future of space exploration and aeronautical technology. (Material Fee: $50-Includes rocket kit.) Student will need a standard calculator (calculator feature on a mobile device is sufficient) and a laptop to participate in this course. Minimum laptop requirements:(1) a Windows 7 or later or Mac OS Yosemite 10.10; Chromebook or tablet computers are compatible. For more information, please email Admissions at email@example.com. Student must enroll by April 1, 2019.
|J30||Period - 3||Engineering in Action|
Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles surrounding the stability of structures, buoyancy, heat phenomena, and electricity. Perhaps you will use your interest in scientific and mathematical principles to design towns, factories, toys, and other products that will enhance your life in the future, or maybe you will pursue one of the many great career opportunities that abound in engineering!
|J31||Period - 4||Calculate Your Win: Competitive Number Sense|
Do you easily calculate numbers in your head? Do you enjoy competing with your friends on math challenges? Increase your fluidity and flexibility with numbers by becoming an expert with numbers and number relationships to solve mathematical problems. Strengthen your skills with mental calculation, computational estimation, magnitude of numbers, part-whole relationships, place value concepts, and problem solving by participating in classroom competitions and math bowls with like-minded peers. Be challenged as you go against other math whiz enthusiasts! Prerequisite: Algebra I; student will need a standard calculator for the course (calculator feature on a mobile device is sufficient).
|J32||Period - 1||New 2019!Cloning: Copycat Science |
Dolly, the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell, brought science fiction to reality. Twenty-three years later, how has the miracle of Dolly advanced its heritage? The answer lies in the controversial applications of cloning technology in areas such as farming, medical science, pharmaceutical companies, and more. Explore how the science of cloning can offer solutions for human diseases through stem-cell research. Debate the legalities and ethics of cloning and the impact it has on challenges we face in society. What role can cloning, genetic modification, and genetic engineering play in solving global challenges? Propose your solution to challenging problems. Attain the previously unimaginable one gene at a time!
|J33||Period - 3||Taking Stock in Money Matters|
Investing isn't just for grown-ups anymore. Young people live in an age when the world of finance is an integral part of everyone’s daily life. This class will introduce you to the world of investing so that you can make the most of your money, even as a young person. Topics will include savings and interest, income and expenses, and the basics of the stock market. You'll invest some imaginary money to discover your risk tolerance level in a stress-free way. Student must bring a laptop, standard calculator (mobile device calculator is sufficient), and have access to an email account to participate in this course. Minimum laptop requirements:(1) a Windows 7 or later or Mac OS Yosemite 10.10 operating system; Chromebook or tablet computers are compatible. For more information, please email Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|J34||Period - 4||How Do You Engineer an Idea?|
The automobile, steam engine, airplane, and computer were not just great ideas that shaped the 20th century, they also showcased innovative engineering. Is there an aspect of your world that you can make a little easier with the right tools or resources? How can principles of engineering transform your idea into a real-life phenomenon? Introduce yourself to the many fields of engineering, such as mechanical, civil, chemical, biomedical, electrical engineering, and many more, to identify principles that will help your invention become a hot commodity in our world. Leverage our technology-driven age to your benefit and combine your creative mind, engineering skills sets, and an area of need to inventioneer the next sought-after product!
|AR35||Period - 2||Theater Play(Open to ages to 5-12)|
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)
|AR37||Period - 3||New 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!
|AR38||Period - 1||New 2019!Producing a Short Film: Less Time, More Punch! (ages 9-12 only)|
Long before Star Wars, George Lucas directed a sci-fiction short film (1967), Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB, about a group of people living in an underground dystopia. Lucas' short film eventually served as the catalyst for his next two popular motion picture productions, American Graffiti and Star Wars. A short film, whether animated or live action, is shorter than 40 minutes long, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Analyze the various features of short films and evaluate the entertainment value of a short, compared to a feature length film. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson, and film your own SIG short film. (Ages 9-12 only) Technology Fee: $50. Student must enroll by April 1, 2019 and bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course. Minimum laptop requirements:(1) a Windows 7 or later or Mac OS Yosemite 10.10; Chromebook or tablet computers are not compatible. For more information, please email Admissions at email@example.com.
|AR39||Period - 4||New 2019!Teamwork is the Goal! (ages 7-12 only)|
Are you looking for a fun outlet that helps you build confidence, good sportsmanship, and provides the exercise you need to be healthy? Look no further. Team games and activities can provide all these benefits and more. Use strategy and teamwork to make recreation enjoyable. Participate in your own field day events such as jump rope relays and obstacle courses, as well as various teambuilding activities. Enjoy working together with your peers, stimulate your mind and body in tackling the team challenge of the day. The ability to work well as a team can lead to success in business and personal aspects of life, so join in!
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.