Summer Exploration Program

GAGE Summer Exploration ProgramGwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education’s Summer Exploration Program (SEP) provides a wide variety of challenging and enriching classes using 21st century learning strategies for gifted and high achieving students.  Each unit of study combines creativity, leadership, inquiry, critical thinking, and technology. Each lesson is designed to encourage students to discover, explore, and grow.

Gifted and Advanced Content Students are invited to participate at one of the two locations listed below:

DATES - 2018:

June 18 – 22

 

 

 

June 25 – 29

LOCATIONS:

Arcado Elementary School, 5150 Arcado Road, Lilburn, 30047

http://arcado.org/home/

 

Partee Elementary School, 4350 Campbell Rd., Snellville, 30039

http://www.parteees.org/parteeeshome.html

TIMES AT BOTH LOCATIONS: 

 

9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session

1:00 – 4:00 Afternoon Session

Registration Fees:

GAGE members:  $150 per class – Morning or Afternoon session – Both Sessions: $300

 Non-GAGE members: $175 per class – Morning or Afternoon session – Both Sessions: $350

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2018 so hurry!

Students select a class based on next school year grade level!

Select 1 class per session.

Registration Procedures:

GAGE Summer Exploration Program

  1. Read the various class descriptions and select 2 classes of interest.
  2. Print Student Application.
  3. Complete application and write check out to Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education. Remember: one session is $150 or $175/two sessions are $300 or $350.
  4. Mail form along with a check or money order to:

Dr. Dawn White, Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, 713 Bradford Creek Trail, Duluth, GA 30096

Email:  GAGE@gwinnettgifted.org              Cell phone:  770-778-0225

Arcado Elementary School:  June 18 – 22, 2018

Morning Session:  9:00 – 12:00

2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Art & Science of Wonder

All the World’s a Stage

Model Race Car Building & Painting

Come Tell a Tale with Me

Art & Science of Wonder

Money Matters 101

Computer Programming

Computer Programming

STEM-amazing

Polar STEAM

Model Race Car Building & Painting

Who’s Eating Who in the Zoo

Money Matters 101

STEM-amazing

Afternoon Session:  1:00 – 4:00

2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Blast into Outer Space

Come Tell a Tale with Me

Model Race Car Building & Painting

Computer Programming

Computer Programming

Money Matters 101

The Power of Poetry

Model Race Car Building & Painting

STEM-amazing

Who’s Eating Who in the Zoo

Money Matters 101

Table Top Mini-Golf

STEM-amazing

Table Top Mini-Golf

The Power of Poetry

Full Day Procedures: (morning & afternoon sessions)

  1. Students will eat lunch and have recess from 12:00 – 1:00.
  2. Students will bring their lunch and something to drink.
  3. One or more adults will supervise the students.

Partee Elementary School:  June 25 – 29, 2018

Morning Session:  9:00 – 12:00

2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Art & Science of Wonder

Art & Science of Wonder

Full STEAM Ahead 2.0

Come Tell a Tale with Me

Community Photojournalists

Community Photojournalists

Exploring Computer Programming

Exploring Computer Programming

Hollywood or History

Journey into Makerspace

Full STEAM Ahead 2.0

Problem Solving, Puzzles, & Riddles

Science Exploration Bonanza

Hollywood or History

STEM-amazing

Summer STEM Challenge

Problem Solving, Puzzles, & Riddles

Table Top Mini-Golf

Weather

Summer STEM Challenge

Tinkering in 3D

Table Top Mini-Golf

Tinkering in 3D

Afternoon Session:  1:00 – 4:00

2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Carnival Roller Coaster

Carnival Roller Coaster

Full STEAM Ahead 2.0

Exploring Computer Programming

Come Tell a Tale with Me

Hollywood or History

Journey into Makerspace

Community Photojournalists

Community Photojournalists

Polar STEAM

Exploring Computer Programming

Problem Solving, Puzzles, & Riddles

Science Exploration Bonanza

Full STEAM Ahead 2.0

STEM-amazing

Summer STEM Challenge

Hollywood or History

Tinkering in 3D

The Power of Poetry

Problem Solving, Puzzles, & Riddles

Summer STEM Challenge

The Power of Poetry

Tinkering in 3D

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

All the World’s a Stage – Grades 4th & 5th (Morning Session)

School:  Arcado Elementary

Calling all actors!  Would you like to be the star of the stage and see your name in lights?  Join us for a fun filled week as we explore dramatic arts from Shakespeare to musical theater.  Use your creativity to design masks, scenery, and skits.  Enjoy improvisation, theater games, skits and monologues.  We’ll sing, dance, and act in a spectacular show for parents and friends at the end of camp.  Instructor:  Sherri Kaiser, Gifted Teacher

 

Art & Science of Wonder – Grades 2nd – 5th (Morning Session)

Schools:  Arcado Elementary & Partee Elementary

Why is the sky blue?  How many people get stung by a bee each day?  What can you mine in Minecraft?  How tall is the tallest mountain?  Have you ever wondered…about anything?  The Art and Science of Wonder class can help you learn how to find answers, develop new curiosities, and gain knowledge about the world around you.  Using your own wonders, you will get to explore the endless possibilities of the world in which we live.  Whether your passion is art, science, technology, or something else, this class will help guide you through the process of inquiry and research to engage and inspire you.  Instructor:  Kara Gazaway, Math Specialist (Gifted Certified)

 

Blast into Outer Space – Grades 2nd – 3rd (Afternoon Session)

School:  Arcado Elementary

Embark on an out of this world experience filled with hands on learning activities, science experiments, cooking activities, and theme related physical activities. Students will become astronauts who “travel” to space. Once landing in the outer space classroom, students will participate in star gazing, building models of the solar system, walking on the moon, enjoying edible constellations, flying balloon rockets, and much more. Do not miss out! The sky is the limit!  Instructor:  S. Nicole Hawkins, Gifted Teacher

 

Carnival Roller Coaster-Simple Machines – Grades 3rd – 5th (Afternoon Session)

School:  Partee Elementary

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. Use Safari Montage as a resource, illustrate and write how a simple machine can make the lives of people easier. 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

 

Come Tell a Tale with Me – Grades 2nd & 3rd (Morning Session) Grades 4th & 5th (Afternoon Session)

Schools:  Arcado Elementary & Partee Elementary

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

 

Community Photojournalists – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

School:  Partee Elementary

The Community Photojournalists class offers rich opportunities for students to explore and share their world. This class transforms students into photographers, interviewers, authors, journalists, explorers, anthropologists, sociologists, and documentarians.  Instructor:  Tiffany Sims, Gifted Teacher

 

Computer Programming – Grades 2nd – 5th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

School:  Arcado Elementary

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

 

Exploring Computer Programming – Grades 3rd – 5th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

School:  Partee Elementary

We will combine ‘unplugged’ activities, computer coding (Blockly/JAVA), and robotics (LEGO/Dot and Dash) to explore the area of computer programing.  Students will use their math, technology, and thinking skills to work through the engineering process to develop/build creative solutions to problems.  Instructor:  Chris Locke, STEM Teacher

 

Full STEAM Ahead 2.0 – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Full STEAM-Ahead gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to create some awesome STEAM projects! Activities will include a Robotic Arm Challenge from NASA, Exploring Mars with Scratch, and learning more advanced coding with ozobots. 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:  Lisa Mills

 

Hollywood or History: What Should You Believe? – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Have you ever watched a movie “based on historical events” and wondered to yourself – Is that really how it happened? Was that how this event took place? How did that really unfold? Well, let’s find out the truth together! In this workshop, you will be able to investigate the “history” behind some historical films and movies (appropriate ones, of course). With the use of primary documents, firsthand accounts and deep research, we will finally find out the truth – did it really happen that way or is it all Hollywood “history”? Let the discovery begin!  Instructor:  Kimberly Adams, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

 

Journey into Makerspace – Grades 2nd & 3rd (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Journey into MakerSpace!  Explore, Design, Build, And Create. Journey into Makerspace will give students an opportunity to explore and engage in unique, high- energy STEM activities using the makerspace. The course appeals to students of varying abilities. Students will have opportunities to conduct investigations, use technology tools, in the makerspace. They will build stuff, run and jump, make music, and more… If you like to construct, work with your hands, and sometimes make a mess, then this course is for you! Join us for the Journey into the Makerspace!  Instructor:  Rashada Johnson, Gifted Teacher

 

Model Race Car Building & Painting – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolArcado Elementary

Interested in Auto Racing?  Stocks, drag and "funny cars"?  Ever wonder what a career in automobile racing would be like?  In this class, we'll explore all of that and more!  We'll look at the history of racing and how it all began, including stock car racing AND drag racing!  We'll look at the BIG $$$ that are involved and just how much money drivers and crew members make.  We'll even build a stock racer or dragster model and have a competition for the Most Stylish, Most Realistic AND the Most Outrageous!  Instructor:  Wendell R. Early, Gifted Teacher

 

Money Matters 101 – Mathematics in Real Life – Grades 4th – 8th  (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolArcado Elementary

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

 

Polar STEAM – Grades 2nd & 3rd (Morning (Arcado) & Afternoon (Partee) Sessions)

SchoolsArcado Elementary & Partee Elementary

BRRR!  Ever wonder how a polar bear survives in such a cold climate as the North Pole? In this class students will learn about polar bear adaptations, complete science experiments, and a fun and creative engineering task creating a raft to rescue a stranded polar bear.   Instructor:  Vicky Tettelbach, Gifted Teacher

 

Problem-Solving, Puzzles, & Riddles – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Are you a problem solver?  Are you one of those people who just have to know the answer?  Can you use critical thinking to figure out the obvious or “not-so” obvious before anyone else does? If you love a good challenge, this course is for you.  Solve a word problem using everyday skills and your math knowledge, figure out a puzzle using tangible objects and a few step-by-step details, or solve and create thought-provoking riddles in this fun and stimulating course.  Instructor:  Judith L. Walker, Gifted Teacher

 

Science Exploration Bonanza – Grades 2nd & 3rd (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Do you want to make sense of the world? Do you want to design investigations and find answers to your questions that you have always pondered?  The place to be is Science Exploration Bonanza!  What better way to spend your summer than to embark on this journey with your peers?  Here are some of the topics we will delve in this summer: hydroponic gardening, bubble science and aerospace engineering. It’s time to “get your hands dirty” as you journey through the World of Science.  Instructor:  Claudette Scott, Gifted Teacher

 

STEM-amazing– Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolsArcado Elementary & Partee Elementary (Only 6th – 8th at Partee Elementary)

Description:  STEM-azing 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 Social Studies Teacher  

 

Summer STEM Challenge – Grades 2nd – 5th  (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolsArcado Elementary & Partee Elementary

Can you build the fastest water slide, pack the most stuff in a trunk, or keep chocolate candy from melting?  Do you love a challenge?  Summer STEM Challenge is just for you! Students will explore summertime situations through observation and inquiry.  Teams will work together to engineer solutions to a problem using creativity and critical thinking.  Students will leave each day with a product they designed and created, as well as an extension activity to keep the learning going at home.  Join the Summer STEM Challenge for fun, hands-on learning with your friends!  Instructor: Kendall Bennett, Gifted Teacher

                                                                                                           

Table Top Mini-Golf – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning (Partee) & Afternoon (Arcado) Sessions)

SchoolsArcado Elementary & Partee Elementary

Do you enjoy playing putt putt? You will love this class in which you design and construct a playable table-top sized miniature golf course using the engineering design process. You will develop and build a prototype, test and redesign as needed. The result is a classroom filled with a fun, scaled-model miniature golf courses ready to play for family and friends.  Instructor:  Vicky Tettelbach, Gifted Teacher

 

The Power of Poetry – Grades 2nd – 5th (Afternoon Session)

SchoolsArcado Elementary & Partee Elementary

“Poetry ignites students to think about what it’s like to share their opinion, be heard, and make a difference in their world. Students can let go of traditional writing rules with poetry. I tell the kids the most important thing about poetry is that people feel differently after reading it.” – Emily Southerton. Students will spend time exploring different poets and types of poetry while finding ways to express themselves through writing poetry that is meaningful and creative.  Instructor: Kara Gazaway, Math Specialist

 

Tinkering in 3D – Grades 4th – 8th (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Experience the world of 3D printing and its real world applications through this fast paced and hands on class. Students will use the program TinkerCAD to create their own 3D designs. The class will culminate in the printing of that design using Partee Elementary 3D printer.  Instructor:  DeAnna Espinoza, Media Specialist

 

Weather – Grades 2nd & 3rd (Morning Session)

SchoolPartee Elementary

Are you fascinated with clouds, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hail storms? Do you want to get messy? In this class, you will participate in making your very own weather. Imagine making Ivory Soap clouds, mini tornadoes and lightning. You will learn about weather through engaging videos, exciting books and writing your own poetry about weather. The relationship between clouds and the water cycle will be examined throughout the course.  Instructor: Yolanda Lyons, Gifted Teacher

 

Who’s Eating Who in the Zoo – 2nd & 3rd (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)

SchoolArcado Elementary

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:  Cora Blades, Gifted Teacher