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)

2018 - 2019 Dates: Fall 2018 (October 13, 20, 27, & November 3)  

Spring 2019 (March 2, 9, 16, & 23)               

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

Location: Rock Springs Elementary School

888 Rock Springs Road

Lawrenceville, GA 30043


Teachers Application:  Get Application Here

 Student Registration Form: Get Registration Form Here

Download and complete form. Mail form to Dr. Dawn White, Treasurer, Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, 713 Bradford Creek Trail, Duluth, GA 30096

Pay the registration fee using PayPal.  GAGE members - $150 per session  CLICK HERE to Register       

Non-members - $175 per session  CLICK HERE to Register

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Dr. Dawn White at

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

Carnival Roller Coaster-Simple Machines – 4th & 5th

Description:  Do you like Roller Coasters and the Simple Machines used to create these fascinating rides? Would you like to create your own simple machine? In this class you will use K’Nex to create Simple Machines, teach classmates how each machine works and explain its mechanical advantage. Using hands on learning and investigation you will work with a partner or group to create a new invention and determine how simple machines are utilized in its design.

Instructor:  Denell Laidler, Instructional Coach


Design and Build Your Dream School – Grades 4th & 5th

Have you ever wanted to make changes to your school?  Here’s your chance to build a new school, just how you dream it should be!  Use Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Engineering to design and build your dream school with an awesome library, perfect playground, and plan the ultimate school party or field day.  Maybe your principal will even love your ideas so much, they will use them at your school. 

Instructor:  Kendall Bennett, Gifted Program Teacher


Exploring with Legos – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Come explore the world of writing while bringing stories to life with Legos! You will use STEM to plan and build the setting for your stories. This engineering process will incorporate literature, real-world problem solving, collaboration, exploration, parts of the movie itself, and down-right exciting fun. Join us!

Instructor:  Cora L. Blades, 4th Grade Gifted Teacher


Fun with Conversational Spanish – Grades 2nd & 3rd  

Discover the excitement in learning a new language, Spanish. Strength your thinking to learn basic greetings, farewells, and expressions of courtesy. Memorize basic questions and answers based on topics such as self, family, and school. Have fun exploring the Spanish culture enjoying the music, dance, and food.

Instructor:  Alexia Codispoti, 7th Grade Spanish Teacher


Relevant Math – 4th – 8th

This course consists of interactive activities that will enable you to see the relevancy of math, science, & technology through the perspective of:  Drivers, Mechanics, Retailers, Statisticians, & Meteorologists! Discover the mathematical challenges of every day life situations.

Instructor:  Wanda Powell, 9th Grade Math Teacher