Looking For A Challenge?
There are many great challenges available for students who want to take advantage of the opportunity. Many of them are summertime activities, but not all. There are even scholarships and mini-grants available through the Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education. The scholarship/mini-grant forms can be found online at www.migiftedchild.org or in the office. All of the opportunities listed are right here in Michigan with many of them in our own backyard! See which activities might be right for your student.
Annual Delta College Middle School Mathematics Competition for 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students
The competition will be held at Delta College in Bay City. The students compete for the best math scores; awards are given, and the students really enjoy the challenge. There are other fun activities also occurring on campus during the day. Registration forms are available from your student’s math teacher. Click here for more info!
Flint Area Science and Engineering Fair at Kettering University
The Science Fair is a great opportunity for kids to do some investigating of their own. Find a great question, design and run an experiment, and off they go. The Flint Science Fair is competitive, yet all students come out a winner. Many great prizes and valuable lessons are learned. See where science can take you! Check it out at www.flintsciencefair.org, or pick up a booklet in the office.
Kamp Kettering for Girls at Kettering University, Flint, MI
What's Kamp Kettering? It's an exciting opportunity to learn how much fun girls can have doing science, math, and engineering. Kampers learn how and why chemistry makes chocolate so delicious. They take part in cool hands-on activities like soap making. They meet other girls who share their interests. Plus, they get to know college students who love solving problems. And, Kampers meet professional women and hear about their challenging and rewarding careers in science, math, engineering, and technology. Plus, Kamp Kettering girls who demonstrate a desire to learn more about doing science, math, and engineering will be invited to participate in year-round activities at Kettering University. Applications are due June 15. Click here for more information!
Middle School Students: The CSI Forensic Science Program at Michigan State University
This is a week long day camp or residential program for students with a strong interest in forensic science. Program participants will be introduced to all areas of forensics while working with experts in the field. Using a variety of lectures, labs, and on-site mock crime scenes, students will learn how real crime scene investigators use science, creativity, and investigation skills to solve all types of crimes. Information can be found at http://www.gifted.msu.edu.
June 23-29 for students grades 7 - 9
Mathematics Science Technology at Michigan State University
This is a two-week residential program focusing on mathematics, science and technology. Students attend two academic classes daily, working with MSU professors in their classrooms and labs followed by a special clinic such as Flash I, Flash II, soccer, visual art, etc. The weekend is filled with team building, a dance, field day and other activities. Information at: www.gifted.msu.edu.
Yunasa Summer Camp for the Gifted
From July 21-28, 2013, Yunasa returns to Camp Copneconic near Fenton, Michigan. Yunasa is a week-long summer camp for youth 11-15. The goal of the camp is for these highly gifted youth to be comfortable with who they are and to have available strategies to manage intense feelings and stress. Yunasa is run by The Institute for Educational Advancement. Children attend from all across the United States. Yunasa has a high retention rate from year to year. Campers can grow to become junior counselors through a leadership program. Children apply for admission. Click here for more info!
Experience Hands-On Technology Fun This Summer at a Prestigious University!
iD Tech Camps provides week long day and overnight summer technology programs for ages 7-17 at 40 prestigious universities in 19 states and Spain. Locations include University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Lake Forest College and others. Create digital movies, 2D and 3D video games, design websites, program robots and more. With one computer per student and an average of six students per instructor, campers are given the attention they need to excel and take home a project at the end of the week long course. Visit www.internaldrive.com or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324).
Michigan Tech Youth Programs- A Wide Variety of Opportunities!
Michigan Tech Youth Programs is another opportunity for students in 6th through 8th grades to explore areas of interest during the summertime. These programs allow students to learn about an area of interest through hands-on exploration. The programs for middle school students range from engineering and forensic science to wolf ecology or even black and white photography. There are many other programs also available. The benefit of these programs is they open up students' eyes to the wide world of jobs, gives them a glimpse of college and may even help them set some goals for themselves. Scholarships are also available on a competitive basis. Check out all the options at: http://www.syp.mtu.edu/ or see the brochure in Mrs. Wandmacher’s office.