Spring Session

Saturday Exploration Program

For Gifted and Advanced Content Students




Registration Fee:

April 15, 22, 29, & May 6, 2017

8:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Rock Springs Elementary School

888 Rock Springs Road

Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Go to website for directions: http://www.rockspringses.org/home.html

GAGE members: $150

Non-GAGE members: $175

In order to register your child for a class, please download and complete the Registration Form.  Mail the form and check payable to GAGE to:

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education

P.O. Box 492425

Lawrenceville, GA 30049

Registration deadline:  Postmarked by FRIDAY, March 31, 2017



Student Scholarship Available: 

If your child is interested in applying for a scholarship to attend Saturday Exploration Program, please download the PDF application and email it to GAGE@gwinnettgifted.org.

Scholarships available for GAGE members!

Scholarship application submission deadline is February 28, 2017.

To fill out the PDF Application:

  1. Download the PDF
  2. Click on "Enable Editing."

3. Click on the "Tools" tab.

4. Click on "Fill & Sign."

5. Save and email it.

Classes according to grade levels

Second & Third Grade:

-Animal Biomes

-Computer Basics

-Computer Programming Class

-Hands on with Weather

-Willie Wonka’s Gobstoppers

Fourth & Fifth Grade:

-Challenge: STEM

-Computer Basics

-Computer Programming Class

-If You Lived at the Time of WWII

-Skyscraper Structure

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

Animal Biomes – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Have you ever wanted to create an extraordinary habitat for your favorite animal? In this exploration you will create a habitat as well as a biome that is self-sustaining for your animal.

Instructor:  Susan Menendez, Gifted Program Teacher


Challenge: STEM – Grades 4th & 5th

Join us for lots of fun STEM challenges as you learn how to drop an egg without breaking it, design a blanket, design a parachute, construct an igloo, and MORE! You’ll practice using your critical thinking, problem solving, engineering, and teamwork skills for success. You will be learning different science content and building your computer skills. Instructor:  Anne Marie Siegel, 3rd Grade Teacher


Computer Basics – Grades 2nd - 5th

Although many students use a computer daily for entertainment, it is important to ensure they can also use the computer to improve their own work and prepare for careers in a world where computers are common place. This class will introduce the fundamentals of computer use including operating system basics, how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point to create projects, presentations, and spreadsheets. Students will also learn how to type efficiently using the touch typing technique.

Instructor:  Keicha Barnum, Technology Instructor


Computer Programming – Grades 2nd – 5th

Do you want to be a Video game designer? How cool would it be to create your own game using your own ideas and imagination? Come join us to create your own characters and learn how to program them to create your own cool video games. Skills Learned: block based computer coding, loops, variables, sequencing, timers etc.

Instructor:  Nidhi Jain, Technology Instructor


Hands on with Weather – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Are you fascinated with clouds, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hail storms? Do you want to get a little messy? In this class, you will participate in making your very own weather. Imagine making Ivory soap clouds, mini tornadoes, lightning, and hail. Learn how these types of weather conditions form and how you can stay safe. You will learn about weather through engaging videos and exciting books. The relationship between clouds and the water cycle will be examined throughout the course.

 Instructor:  Yolanda Lyons, Gifted Program Teacher


Skyscraper Structure – Grades 4th & 5th 

Calling all future engineers and architects….this is your chance to learn about forces and engineering principles – such as gravity, tension, and compression – used in building skyscrapers that are strong, load-bearing, and can withstand high winds and earthquakes. You will use what you learned to design and construct a balsa wood skyscraper or tower of your own. Our grand finale will be testing your skyscraper or tower to see how much weight it can hold. Good luck!  

Instructor:  Andrea L. Witt, Gifted Program Teacher         


If You Lived at the Time of WWII – Grades 4th & 5th

Hey there Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys and Rosie the Riveters!! Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you lived during World War II? In this hands-on class we will travel back to the 1940s to explore just that!! We will program our own secret code like the Navajo Code Talkers, do a rationing simulation and create some war time recipes, design Victory Gardens and learn about the origins of superheroes like Captain America, Superman, and Batman. Get your thinking caps on because you also get to invent your own WWII-era replica toy or game! Come discover all the ways kids helped support the war effort and much more!!  Instructor:  Andrea Runnels – Educational Consultant


Willie Wonka’s Gobstoppers – Grades 2nd & 3rd 

Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been given the task of designing a new candy for his company. After reviewing the movie, you will be charged with going through the STEM design process to structure and create an everlasting gobstopper that all the stores will want to buy. This engineering process will incorporate literature, real-world problem solving, collaboration, exploration, and down-right exciting musical fun. Join us! Instructor:  Nicole Trimble – Gifted Program Teacher