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 - 2019:

June 3 – 7

 

 

 

June 10 – 14

LOCATIONS:

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

Get Student Application Here!

 

Arcado Elementary School, 5150 Arcado Road, Lilburn, 30047

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TIMES

9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session

1:00 – 4:00 Afternoon Session

 

 

8:00 – 11:00 Morning Session

12:00 – 3:00 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:  FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019 so hurry!

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

Select 1 class per session.

GAGE Members

Register Here!

Pay the registration fee using PayPal.

Non-GAGE Members

Register Here!

Registration Procedures:

GAGE Summer Exploration Program

 

  1. Read the various class descriptions and select 2 classes of interest.
  2. Complete application and pay the registration fee. Remember: one session is $150 or $175/two sessions are $300 or $350.

If you have any questions, contact:

Director: Ms. Mona Brawley, Partee Elementary 

Phone: 770-896-4915

or

Director:  Ms. Nicole Trimble, Arcado Elementary

Phone: 404-966-6189

Partee Elementary School:  June 3 – 7, 2019

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.

Morning Session:  9:00 – 12:00

1st , 2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Art & Science of Wonder

Brain Teasers

Daring Designers

Discover the World of Science

Daring Designers

Mission to Mars

From Seed to Table: The Agricultural Science and Cooking

Experimental Fun

Oh, The Games We Will Play

Mission to Mars

Relevant Math

Dive Into the Dirt

Afternoon Session:  1:00 – 4:00

1st, 2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Brain Teasers

Art & Science of Wonder

Daring Designers

Discover the World of Science

Daring Designers

Order in the Court

From Seed to Table: The Agricultural Science and Cooking

Experimental Fun

Relevant Math

STEM in Action

Order in the Court

Relevant Math

Dive Into the Dirt

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

 

Art & Science of Wonder – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Morning; 4th – 5th Afternoon

Why is the sky blue? How many people get stung by a bee each day? Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean?  How do robots help the world? 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.  We will take a trip around the world through the lenses of architecture, robotics, art, nature, and advertising.

Instructor:  Kara Gazaway, Math Specialist (Gifted Certified)

 

Brain Teasers – Sessions: 4th – 5th Morning; 1st – 3rd Afternoon

Students will be engaged in solving logic puzzles, brain teasers, and word/number games.  The purpose of this class is to promote flexible and creative thinking using both the left and right hemispheres of the brain.  It will also improve the students’ spatial thinking and memory/concentration skills.

Instructor: Marian Holtzman, Third Grade Teacher

 

Daring Designers – Sessions: 4th – 8th Morning & Afternoon

Ever take a field trip with your class and thought, “It would be so fun to design a field trip! I would love to plan where we go, what we do, and what we eat! My class should go on my awesome field trip!” Or, have you ever watched the Olympics and wondered how the host city is selected, how the logo is created, or how the torch relay takes place?  Take a chance and spend your week designing a fun field trip that you could present to your school! Research and design a bid to hold the next Olympic Games in a city of your choice! Dare to take the dive and design fun and engaging opportunities that will stretch your understanding of designing and planning events!

Instructor: Ashley Drake, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

 

Discover the World of Science – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Morning & Afternoon

Enter the world of inquiry science as you discover the wonders of sensory observations, hands-on experiments, and research.  Learn interesting science facts as you explore the various disciplines such as biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and electricity. Each day will be an adventure.

Instructor:  Alexia Codispoti, Science Specialist

 

Dive Into the Dirt – Sessions: 4th – 5th Morning & Afternoon

Join us as we dive into the dirt. Experience the fun in planting vegetables and herbs as you experiment and learn interesting facts about taking care of your garden. Discover the process of cooking food from your own garden plants. Learn how to become a chef exploring recipes and whipping up new concoctions that will make your taste buds sing. Create a recipe book to take home and share with other.

Instructor:  Katrina Norman, Fourth Grade Teacher

 

Experimental Fun! – Session: 4th – 5th Morning & Afternoon

Experimental Fun will give students the opportunity to do real-world science experiments to reinforce science concepts taught in the classroom.  We will be creating, mixing, and building many activities related to the AKS curriculum.  Some experiments will be in chemical & physical changes, roller coaster science and anything that is causes us to problem solve!  We are also going do some experimenting with some Ozobots and do a little experimental coding.  So, get ready to put on your thinking caps and get ready to get creative, dirty and possibly cause some chemical reactions with all of these Science-y activities.

Instructor: Lisa Mills, Gifted Teacher

 

From Seed to Table: The Agricultural Science and Cooking – Session: 1st – 3rd Morning & Afternoon

In this course you will be studying seeds, experimenting with hydroponic gardening, planting, and learning the science behind cooking. Each day you will learn how to prepare a variety nutritious and healthy snacks and treats.  If you like planting, working with soil, growing your own produce, making green smoothies, experimenting in the kitchen and more. This class is for you! 

Instructor: Claudette Scott, Gifted Teacher

 

Oh, The Games We Will Play – Session: 1st – 3rd Morning

Do you like games? Do you like learning? Why not do both! Students will play a variety of games that will improve critical thinking skills, conceptual and spatial reasoning as well as improve spelling. Students will rotate every 30 minutes and play games such as Flexi Puzzle, Shape By Shape, Mental Blox, Apples to Apples, Equilibrio, scrabble, and Riddle Cube.

Instructor: Yolanda Lyons, Gifted Teacher

 

Mission to Mars – Session: 4th – 8th Morning

NASA is looking for the best and brightest scientists and creative thinkers to go to Mars. The mission: Get astronauts to Mars and make sure they will survive the journey and visit to the Red Planet. You will create a plan to keep you and your crew-mates healthy during the voyage to Mars, and a habitat structure once you arrive on Mars. Get ready for an adventure!

Instructor: Sonja Fox, Gifted Teacher

 

Order in the Court – Session: 4th – 8th Afternoon

“Order in the Court… and you are the judge!” You will act as judge, jury, attorney, defendant or witness in a case against notorious criminals from classic literature like Goldilocks. As you take your case to trial, you will present facts, learn how prosecutors and defense attorneys question witnesses, and discover how juries examine the evidence to reach their decisions.

Instructor: Sonja Fox, Gifted Teacher

 

Relevant Math – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Morning; 4th – 8th Afternoon

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 everyday life situations.

Instructor: Wanda Powell, Math Specialist

 

STEM in Action – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Morning & Afternoon

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 will appeal to students of varying abilities. Students will have opportunities to conduct investigations, use technology tools while tinkering, run, jump, make music and make a creative a mess.

Instructor: Rashada Johnson, Gifted Teacher

Arcado Elementary School:  June 10 – 14, 2019

Full Day Procedures: (morning & afternoon sessions)

  1. Students will eat lunch and have recess from 11:00 – 12:00.
  2. Students will bring their lunch and something to drink.
  3. One or more adults will supervise the students.

Morning Session:  8:00 – 11:00

1st, 2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Art & Science of Wonder

Daring Designers

Daring Designers

Brain Teasers

Discover the World of Science

Mission to Mars

Exploring with Legos

Mission to Mars

Relevant Math

Relevant Math

Afternoon Session:  11:00 – 3:00

1st, 2nd & 3rd

4th & 5th

6th, 7th, & 8th

Discover the World of Science

Art & Science of Wonder

Daring Designers

Exploring with Legos

Daring Designers

Order in the Court

Relevant Math

Order in the Court

Class Descriptions in Alphabetical Order

 

Art & Science of Wonder – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Morning; 4th – 5th Afternoon

Why is the sky blue? How many people get stung by a bee each day? Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean?  How do robots help the world? 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.  We will take a trip around the world through the lenses of architecture, robotics, art, nature, and advertising.

Instructor:  Kara Gazaway, Math Specialist (Gifted Certified)

 

Brain Teasers – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Morning

Students will be engaged in solving logic puzzles, brain teasers, and word/number games.  The purpose of this class is to promote flexible and creative thinking using both the left and right hemispheres of the brain.  It will also improve the students’ spatial thinking and memory/concentration skills.

Instructor: Marian Holtzman, Third Grade Teacher

 

Daring Designers – Sessions: 4th – 8th Morning & Afternoon

Ever take a field trip with your class and thought, “It would be so fun to design a field trip! I would love to plan where we go, what we do, and what we eat! My class should go on my awesome field trip!” Or, have you ever watched the Olympics and wondered how the host city is selected, how the logo is created, or how the torch relay takes place?  Take a chance and spend your week designing a fun field trip that you could present to your school! Research and design a bid to hold the next Olympic Games in a city of your choice! Dare to take the dive and design fun and engaging opportunities that will stretch your understanding of designing and planning events!

Instructor: Ashley Drake, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

 

Discover the World of Science – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Afternoon; 4th – 5th Morning

Enter the world of inquiry science as you discover the wonders of sensory observations, hands-on experiments, and research.  Learn interesting science facts as you explore the various disciplines such as biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and electricity. Each day will be an adventure.

Instructor:  Alexia Codispoti, Science Specialist

 

Exploring with Legos – Session: 1st – 3rd Morning & Afternoon

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 Blade, Fourth Grade Teacher

 

Mission to Mars – Session: 4th – 8th Morning

NASA is looking for the best and brightest scientists and creative thinkers to go to Mars. The mission: Get astronauts to Mars and make sure they will survive the journey and visit to the Red Planet. You will create a plan to keep you and your crew-mates healthy during the voyage to Mars, and a habitat structure once you arrive on Mars. Get ready for an adventure!

Instructor: Sonja Fox, Gifted Teacher

 

Order in the Court – Session: 4th – 8th Afternoon

“Order in the Court… and you are the judge!” You will act as judge, jury, attorney, defendant or witness in a case against notorious criminals from classic literature like Goldilocks. As you take your case to trial, you will present facts, learn how prosecutors and defense attorneys question witnesses, and discover how juries examine the evidence to reach their decisions.

Instructor: Sonja Fox, Gifted Teacher

 

Relevant Math – Sessions: 1st – 3rd Afternoon ; 4th – 8th Morning

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 everyday life situations.

Instructor: Wanda Powell, Math Specialist