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: Fall (October 7, 14, 21, & 28)  Spring (March 3, 10, 17, & 24)               

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

Location:  Level Creek Elementary, Suwanee

4488 Tench Road

Suwanee, GA 30024

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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 GAGE, P.O. Box 492425, Lawrenceville, GA 30049

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Dr. Dawn White at

Primary Grades: 2nd & 3rd

Upper Elementary: 4th & 5th

Middle Grades: 6th – 8th

-Computer Programming

-Who’s Eating Who in Zootopia

-Zoology 101

-Computer Programming

-Money Matters 101


-Thinking Outside the Box

-Zoology 101

-Money Matters 101


-Thinking Outside the Box

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

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


Money Matters 101 - Learning, Earning, and Saving – Grades 4th – 8th

This fun, hands-on course, will introduce students to key personal finance concepts.  Students will gain an understanding of money management, budgeting, and saving.  Through a series of high-energy games, stimulating discussions, and interactive activities, students will master the basics of money matters.  Instructor:  Emma Reynolds-Middleton, Finance Instructor


STEM-apalooza – Grades 4th – 8th  

Get into the spirit of fall by participating in a variety of STEM Challenges including: Candy Corn Scale, Shoe-box Haunted House, and Bridge of Bones. If time permits, we will also explore creating a variety of games such as Foosball, a Pinball Machine, and even Code a Video game. Put on your thinking caps and get ready to get creative with all of these STEM-y activities. Instructor:  Ashley Pitts, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher  


Thinking outside the Box – Grades 4th – 8th

Do you ever watch Shark Tank while thinking about your own great ideas? Well, this class is your chance to expand your creativity and explore entrepreneurship! We will brainstorm ideas, work through the product design process, and create prototypes for new amazing products! The work doesn’t stop there! You will learn how to design a basic website and strategies to market and advertise your fantastic idea! Instructor:  Andrea Runnels, 5th Grade Gifted Teacher


Who’s Eating Who in Zootopia – Grades 2nd & 3rd

Who will survive in the land of predators and prey? Come explore the awesome city of Zootopia. Investigate why rabbits shouldn’t be next door neighbors with foxes. Design food chains and food webs. Use STEM to plan and build your own biome with edible predators and prey. 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:  Nicole Trimble – Gifted Program Teacher


Zoology 101 – Grades 2nd - 5th

This course will provide an intriguing biological overview study of the physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, ecology, diet and distribution of the following distinctly classified live exotic and domestic animals: Bearded dragon, Russian tortoise, Cockatiel baby parrot, Guinea Pigs, and Holland Lop rabbit. You will observe how animals communicate, learn about their habitat including geographic location, and study their behavior.  In addition, you will conduct a mini research project and present your findings on the last day. Instructor:  Alexia Codispoti, Science Teacher