Gifted Opportunities

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3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Enrollment for the summer 2015 session is now open. Click the link for more details. How would you like to design and build a bridge? Scrub in as a doctor? Investigate a crime? This summer, you can try all three if you attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to Discovery on Engineering, Medicine & CSI. Designed especially for elementary school students in third, fourth or fifth grades, this is a fun, educational experience that allows you to go wherever your imagination leads you. National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to Discovery on Engineering, Medicine & CSI  
7th and 8th graders Born out of a desire to help gifted students from all socioeconomic levels, Camp Launch provides eligible 7th and 8th grade students with enrichment and academic opportunities. The children are recruited from school districts around Virginia. They participate in a two week residential program with courses in STEM, writing, and personal development. Camp Launch is funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and is only the beginning of the Center for Gifted Education’s goal to bring educational equality to all gifted students. Camp Launch at W & M Center for Gifted Education 
Ages 5-18 The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a week-long residency open to all children in the Twin Counties and is FREE for all participating children. Actors from the Missoula Children’s Theatre will audition & cast up to 50 children (ages 5-18 only) for roles in LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. During the week, the children rehearse the play, learning their lines, music and choreography. On Saturday, June 27th, they perform play for their family and friends! The audition for LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD will be held on Monday, June 22nd at 10:00am at the Rex Theatre in Galax.  Missoula Children's Theatre in Galax 
Ages 9-13 before August 1, 2015 On campus enrichment classes to tentatively include Cooking 101, Crime Scene Investigators, Engineering, Living 1800 Style, The Ferrum Challenge, Summer Theater, A Week at Hogwarts Academy, plus much more. Fun, Challenging, Memorable, Educational, Affordable. Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp 2015 
All ages and grade levels If you are in the Richmond area plan a visit to the VIrginia Museum of Fine Arts. Check out their site for upcoming activities for students of all ages. Virginia Musem of Fine Arts 
All ages, including parents for a 1-day public event in October Hokie BugFest is a festival to promote the fun and excitement of the science of entomology and to celebrate the legacy of William Bradford Alwood - Virginia Tech's first entomologist. The Hokie BugFest is the only venue where VT is able to show their entire live arthropod collection. The October 2015 is TBA. Go to the Hokie Bug Fest Face Book page or visit 
All ages welcome, FREE For 2015, the Virginia Science Festival features a month-long SCIENCE PARTY beginning Sept. 26 and ending Oct. 30. Be part of the festival fun and organize a science party in your part of Virginia! Our goal is to provide families from around the commonwealth hands-on experiences, live performances, interactive demonstrations and techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages. Virginia Science Festival 2015, beginning Sept. 26 and ending Oct. 30 
All grade levels represented A listing of a variety of camps offered through George Mason University. Check back for upcoming 2015 camps. George Mason University Summer Camps and Programs 
All students who are at least 16 years of age or are rising juniors The 2015 High School Leaders Program will take place from Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, June 25. Our High School Leaders Program gives students the practical skills and political knowledge to become effective advocates in their communities and schools. Participants engage in substantive debate about the public policy challenges facing the Commonwealth and interact with Virginia's political and business leaders. The two-week HSLP is held each summer on grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The program features a Virginia-focused, multidisciplinary curriculum with three main goals: To prepare future leaders for ethical and responsible citizenship and public service in the Commonwealth To connect Virginia's youth leaders from different backgrounds and philosophies with each other and with current leaders in the government, business, and non-profit sectors. To energize our democratic system of government by promoting civic engagement among youth leaders. High School Leaders Program at UVA 
Currently enrolled in grades 4-10  In conjunction with the Curry School of Education, the University of Virginia announces the 37th year of its residential summer program for gifted and/or high ability students. Students enrolled in grades 4-10 during the 2014/2015 school year may apply to attend a twelve day session. SEP offers three summer sessions to choose from.Applications for the Summer program are available on this website every December 15th and are due on February 15th for that summer's program.  UVA Summer Enrichment Program 
For students between the ages of 9 and 12 (as of September 30, 2014) Kids Tech has completed the 2014-15 offerings. Check back in the fall for the 2015-16 school year offerings. Kids’ Tech University is a semester-long event! In January, February, March, and April there is an all-day event that consists of an interactive session, which is centered on answering a question about the world around us, and a hands-on component, which features the Virginia Tech professors, students, clubs, and community. Kids can take part in the virtual labs and forum after the all-day event to continue to cultivate their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Kid's Tech University at VT 
Four seperate programs for students ages 9 - High School For strongly motivated students, we offer the opportunity to take full-credit classes alongside W&M students during our summer sessions. We invite high-achieving high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates to participate in our National Institute of American History and Democracy's Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History. The Virginia Shakespeare Festival's Young Shakespeare Camps are a dream opportunity for young actors wishing to learn about the production of Shakespeare's plays for young people ages 9-17. We offer Saturday and Summer enrichment courses in a variety of subject areas, each designed to challenge the advanced student in a way that's not possible in a conventional classroom. William and Mary Pre-college Programs 
Gifted and Talented Junior and Seniors A. Linwood Holton, Virginia's first academic year virtual Governor's School, provides special opportunities for very able and motivated high school students who want to become part of an exciting and challenging program. Using sophisticated distance learning and Internet based telecommunications technologies to deliver an advanced curriculum especially designed for gifted and talented students in their home schools, the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School fills a unique need in a very innovative way. Students from 42 high schools use "state of the art" LearnLinc software to attend classes, listen to lectures, participate in discussions, complete lab activities, etc. - from their school, home, or almost anywhere. Many of their tests are also completed and submitted online. Most of the content for the school's courses is online, as well as available in the textbooks provided, and is accessible to students at any time and place. Class sessions are recorded and archived and are available from the school's web site.  A. Linwood Holton Virtual Governor's School 
Grades 2-12 Multiple listing of UVA programs and enrichment opportunities for students. Over 35 listings are included for all ages. UVA Programs and Activities for Kids 
Grades K - 11 The College of William & Mary's spring SEP in Williamsburg, VA, is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students enrolled in grades K–11. The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected achievement of high-ability students at specific grade and age levels. William and Mary Saturday Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) 
Grades K - 9 Over 17 Virginia camps listed on this site. One stop shopping! Virginia Career View 
High School Level  Gifted learners at the high school level are a population with distinct educational needs. They have potential that requires differentiated and challenging educational services beyond those provided in the general education program. This document is designed to help school divisions establish or improve programs for gifted high school students. Check out the Governor's School listings on pages 24-25. The camp listings are on pages 35-36. Educational Opportunities for Gifted Students at the High School Level - VDOE 
High School Level Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. Virginia Department of Education Summer Residential Governor's Schools 
High School Level Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad adventure? With IES Abroad, something unexpected is just around the world. IES Abroad - Study Abroad 
High School Seniors - This year, the Spring HSV is being held Saturday, February 28, 2015.  High School Visitation (HSV) is a program designed to give young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The fall session of the program is geared towards high school seniors, but high school juniors are invited to apply as well. The spring HSV is for high school juniors. Society of Women Engineers High School Visitation at UVA in Charlottesville 
K - 5, Check back in the fall for the 2015-16 schedule. In coordination with the Curry School of Education, the Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. In this program, our goal is to foster interest and a love of learning in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. Curriculum and instruction is designed to engage your child in authentic inquiries into major concepts and ideas of a field through critical, creative, and problem-based thinking/learning. Cost is $175.00. UVA Saturday Enrichment Program 
Must be between 16 and 18 years old. Check back in the fall for the 2015-16 schedule. The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an intense month-long camp for young scientists conducted during the summer after they graduate from high school. Two students are chosen to represent each state as delegates to the NYSC. National Youth Science Camp 
Opportunities for students to participate and enjoy the fine performing arts Click on the "Arts in the Schools" tab for more information. The Arts Council of the Twin Counties 
Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12, parents, and counselors. Check back in the fall of 2015 for next year's registration. FOF exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning. The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6-8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12, parents, and counselors. Other activities include a lunchtime panel discussion with William & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour. Focusing on the Future (FOF)  
Rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders - Application available Rising fifth, sixth, and seventh graders will be hosted by the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School for one week in the summer of 2015 for the Science and Creativity in Motion summer camp. Classes will feature advanced material and are scheduled so that students may take up to four classes to broaden their educational experience. The classes are designed to give students an opportunity to explore a specific field of interest in-depth while learning in a fun and exciting environment. Southwest Virginia Summer Governor's School 
Rising 6th, 7th, or 8th grade  The goal of ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UVa is to instill an interest in engineering among middle school students, defined as rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Participants will enjoy two weeks full of interactive activities and classes with U.Va.'s professors from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, secondary teachers, and U.Va. graduate students, who will introduce them to various disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical,computer science, electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering. ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) 
Rising 6th-9th graders and rising 10th-12th graders. Beginning February 15: Applications are accepted Online or by Mail. The Emory & Henry Summer Scholars program is a one-week residential academic program for rising middle and high school students inclined toward academic adventure. For rising 6th - 9th graders, the traditional Summer Scholars program offers a unique mix of learning activities designed to broaden academic interests and expose students to a college-like setting. The Leadership Program, for rising 10th-12th graders, provides the same academic adventure while building the student's leadership skills.  Summer Scholars Institute & Leadership Program 
Rising 6th through 8th graders (Watch for the summer 2015 application) Students will again have the opportunity to work with professors and students from UVa-Wise as well as experienced teachers in secondary education to get hands-on experience with robotics and artificial intelligence. S.P.I.R.I.T. Summer Program In Robotics and Intelligent Technology 
Rising High School Juniors and Seniors - Check back in the fall of 2015 for applications The primary goal of the Center for the Diversity in Engineering's Introduction to Engineering (ITE) program, established in 1987 as MITE, is to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the theory and practice of engineering through lectures, labs, and exercises in engineering design, applied math, and basic science. Participants will also be introduced to various engineering disciplines through lectures and demonstrations. Additionally, participants will receive an introduction to life as an undergradute engineering student at the University of Virginia. They will experience many aspects of University life in a supervised atomsphere, including living in residence halls, eating in dining halls around the grounds and interacting with fellow students from Virginia and all over the country. The program includes daily participation in introductory engineering course work, seminars on college admissions and financial aid, demonstrations, experiments, and tours of departments and the University. UVA Introduction to Engineering (ITE) 
Rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school girls interested in science, technology, and mathematics.  The Radford University College of Science and Technology Summer Bridge program is a week-long residential experience for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school girls interested in science, technology, and mathematics. Thanks to many generous donors and sponsors of the program, full scholarships will be awarded competitively to participants. The scholarships cover all costs of the program for recipients. The Radford University College of Science and Technology Summer Bridge program  
Sophomores  The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE, apply in the fall of 2015) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. The program features two key elements: 1.) a dynamic on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules; and 2.) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA, where scholars will learn first hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions.  Virginia Space Coast Scholars Summer Academy for Sophomores 
Student currrently in their junior year of high school and at least 16 years of age.  The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars 
Students currently in 8th and Grade 9th:  This is an excellent FREE program for the summer of 2015 for 9th grade students that will allow them to spend three exciting days on the campus of the University of Virginia or Virginia Tech engaged in hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations led by experienced faculty members. The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) program is designed to attract students who are motivated to learn, but have not yet shown interest in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) coursework. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST)  
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