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)

Dates: Spring 2020 (February 29, March 7, 14, & 21)  

               

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

Location: Mason Elementary School

3030 Bunten Road

Duluth, GA 30096

 

SPRING REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020

 Student Registration Form: Get Registration Form Here

 

There are 2 Ways to Register:

By Mail: Print and complete the Student Registration Form. Mail form along with a check or money order to: Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, 713 Bradford Creek Trail, Duluth, GA 30096

Online: Use PayPal to pay the registration fee, then complete the Student Registration Form.

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

Nicole Lore, SEP Director at Mason Elementary  Email: Nicole_lore@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

Phone: 770-232-3370

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

Primary Grades:  1st – 3rd

Explore the Brain

Description:  Explore the various facets about the brain. Learn the different parts of the brain which includes dissecting a sheep brain, discover how people learn, and create an invention to help others improve their memory.

 

Fairy Tale Footprints

Description:  Through investigations, fairy tales, and mock trials, students will discover a unique way to investigate and explore the fine line between doing wrong and crime. They will study character traits by reading, writing and play-acting fairy tales. These activities will challenge students as they use language arts skills: critical reading, analytical thinking, writing, speaking and drama.  

 

Mini Theater

Description: In these four weeks, the students will plan, design, write and create all the elements of a puppet show. Students will work together to create props and puppets and perform a show of their writing, or retelling.

 

Roller Coaster Physics

Description: 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.

 

Solving STEM Challenges with Robotics

Description: Do you enjoy collaborating with your peers to solve STEM challenges? Join us as we learn to engineer solutions to real world problems using robotics and coding! You will have the opportunity to engage in the Engineering Design Process, construct, and code robots while strengthening your critical thinking skills and science content knowledge.

 

Upper Elementary Grades:  4th & 5th

Entrepreneurship 101  

Description:  Have you dreamed of starting your own business?  If so, this course is for you! Discover the techniques in starting your own business.  In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of business, marketing, and economics while starting your own business.

 

Know Your Rights

Description: Our goal is to explore the Bill of Rights. Through engaging debates and strategic activities, students will dig deeper into their knowledge of the first ten amendments.  Students will critically investigate real life scenarios and analyze the role that amendments play in protecting their own Constitutional rights. Engaging activities will challenge students to read critically, think analytically, and role-play their way through this exciting historical adventure!

 

In a Matter of Minutes

Description: Have you ever had to relay a message, build a structure, or navigate a maze? Take that same concept, add a time limit, scare and rare resources, some creativity and collaboration and you have the venture known as… In a matter of minutes. Students are tasked to work with peers to engineer plays, structures, and concept with unconventional materials in unconventional ways and of course, it has to be done simply in a matter of minutes.

 

Pollinator Pals

Description: Students will transform into Citizen Scientists during Saturday morning observations in the Outdoor Classroom, learn how to identify/attract native pollinators with native plant species, and study artists that used nature as their canvas. We will also be developing and creating a Seed Library of native plant species for students to use at the Outdoor Classroom.

 

STEM-a-palooza

Description: STEM-a-palooza gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to participate in some awesome STEM and project-based learning activities! Activities will include building pasta bridges, constructing clothespin cars, and creating a paper plate roller coaster! 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.

 

Middle School Grades:  6th – 8th

Entrepreneurship 101 

Description: Have you dreamed of starting your own business?  If so, this course is for you! Discover the techniques in starting your own business.  In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of business, marketing, and economics while starting your own business.

 

Know Your Rights

Description: Our goal is to explore the Bill of Rights. Through engaging debates and strategic activities, students will dig deeper into their knowledge of the first ten amendments.  Students will critically investigate real life scenarios and analyze the role that amendments play in protecting their own Constitutional rights. Engaging activities will challenge students to read critically, think analytically, and role-play their way through this exciting historical adventure!

 

In a Matter of Minutes

Description: Have you ever had to relay a message, build a structure, or navigate a maze? Take that same concept, add a time limit, scare and rare resources, some creativity and collaboration and you have the venture known as… In a matter of minutes. Students are tasked to work with peers to engineer plays, structures, and concept with unconventional materials in unconventional ways and of course, it has to be done simply in a matter of minutes.

 

STEM-a-palooza

Description: STEM-a-palooza gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to participate in some awesome STEM and project-based learning activities! Activities will include building pasta bridges, constructing clothespin cars, and creating a paper plate roller coaster! 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.