Saturday Exploration Program

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education’s Saturday Exploration Program (SEP) is designed to broaden the academic learning of gifted and high achieving students in a small classroom setting. SEP provides a wide variety of challenging and enriching classes on Saturday mornings using 21st century strategies in a project-based learning format.  Each unit of study combines creativity, leadership, inquiry, critical thinking, and technology. Each lesson is designed to encourage students to discover, explore, and grow.

Saturday Exploration ProgramGifted endorsed teachers create units based on a theme and gifted education standards.  

Participating Students:  gifted and high achieving (advanced content)

Grade levels:  Elementary (1st – 5th) and Middle Grades (6th - 8th)

2017 - 2018 Dates: Spring (March 3, 10, 17, & 24)               

Saturday Exploration ProgramEach session:  4 Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Chesney Elementary School

3878 Old Norcross Road

Duluth, GA 30096

Registration Fee:  GAGE members - $150 per session        Non-members - $175 per session


Teachers Application:  Get Application Here

 Student Registration Form: Get Registration Form Here

Complete application and mail form along with a check or money order to Dr. Dawn White, Treasurer, Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, 713 Bradford Creek Trail, Duluth, GA 30096

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Dr. Dawn White at

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

Come Tell a Tale with Me – Grades 4th – 8th

The art of storytelling is one of the oldest and best ways to connect with others and the world around us. Much can be learned about history and ourselves through myths and fables of long ago. Through storytelling, you strengthen your oral speaking skills and self-confidence. In this class, you will hear a variety of folklore and learn techniques for telling your own stories. You will explore the elements of story and character development, which will improve writing and reading comprehension. As a culmination, you will participate in a mini-storytelling festival! Come spin a tale with us! Instructor:  Mitzi Ethridge, Gifted Teacher


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 video games. Skills Learned: block based computer coding, loops, variables, sequencing, timing, etc. Instructor: Nidhi Jain, Technology Instructor


Creators of a Lost Art – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Does your child enjoy writing about their reading?  Do they like to make their writing creative with pictures and art? If they do, we have the class for you! Students will use technology to create their own stories or re-write stories that they have read, by adding pictures and visual effects to their writing. They can even print or publish their work online!  Join us for a new learning experience! Instructor:  Shobha Abraham, 4th Grade Gifted Teacher


CSI: Gwinnett - A Series of Unfortunate Events – Grades 4th – 8th  

You will be joining a Crime Scene Investigation Team to determine whether a crime was committed, who the suspects were, and how the series of unfortunate events led to our victim’s ultimate demise. You will use investigative skills and science knowledge to solve a series of task in order to find the criminal and bring him/her to justice! The course will focus on electricity, genetics, physical and chemical changes, and microorganisms. CSI: Gwinnett needs you! Instructors:  Kelsey Lynne Anderson, Gifted Teacher & Joseph Barber, Technology Teacher


Hydroponics Garden – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Ever dreamed of working for Walt Disney's World Epcot Theme Park as horticulturalists.  Here is your chance to explore this wonderful opportunity by having a "Behind the Seed Tour" right here in Georgia. Students will work together in teams to build a hydroponics garden in an economical, environmentally friendly and sustainable way.  By using the scientific method of research, students will experiment with seed sprouting, examine the benefits of hydroponics, and create a garden. Instructor:  Eula Kador, Instructional Coach


Leadership Etiquette – Grades 6th – 8th

Explore the techniques of leadership etiquette to build future managers and leaders using social and business etiquette. Students will participate in role playing, observations, hands-on activities, and group discussions to discover what makes a good leader based on authenticity and grace.  Instructor:  Angela Pitts, Etiquette Instructor


Money Matters 101 – Mathematics in Real Life – Grades 4th – 8th

This fun, hands-on course will EMPOWER students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be smart with their money.  Students will learn about money management, budgeting, and savings.  Through a series of games, stimulating discussions, and interactive activities, students will leave this class with LIFELONG financial understanding.  The best time to start is NOW!  Instructor:  Emma Reynolds-Middleton, Finance Instructor


Roller Coaster Physics – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Did you know that roller coasters are carefully designed using the science of physics?  Learn how physics makes a roller coaster ride fun by understanding the laws of motion, force, energy, gravity, friction and speed. Through a series of experiments and hands-on activities, you will be able to design your very own roller coaster.  By the end of the course, you would have built a marble coaster that works. Instructor:  Alexia Codispoti, 4th Grade Teacher


STEM-amazing– Grades 4th – 8th  

Description:  STEM-amazing gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to create some awesome STEM projects! Activities will include designing and making a bridge, designing and making an airplane, creating a challenging maze, and building the tallest tower! If time permits, there will be several other STEM activities provided! Put on your thinking caps and get ready to get creative with all of these STEM-y activities  Instructor:  Ashley Drake, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher