The Center for Gifted Youth summer program is a four-week, campus-based, non-residential summer program emphasizing hands-on academic activities. Students entering grades 2 through 8 are eligible. Enrollment is limited.
At the Center for Gifted Youth summer program, opportunities are provided for individual and group work and productive learning experiences with special emphasis on higher order thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving and leadership development. A supervised recreational program is offered at the end of each day. Students may participate in outdoor athletic activities, such as soccer and kickball, or take part in club-type activities, such as chess and group discussions. Students enrolled in the program come from the New York area, across the country and overseas.
Grades 6-8 Courses
Students in grades 6-8 choose four courses during each day.
MATHEMATICS & COMPUTERS
MEMORY TRAINING: DISASSEMBLY AND REASSEMBLY REQUIRED How does memory play into thinking? How do students use their internal brain and external technology to remember and to think? These are fundamental questions worth addressing. The course cultivates two approaches to memory training: the classic one using mnemonic devices to develop internal memories, and a new one using technology to externalize memories. For either approach, the students have to learn how to disassemble information and reassemble information into lasting forms. The course makes this mental manipulation kid friendly, engaging, and most importantly, significant for their continuing growth as thinkers.
ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL CHALLENGES Students will become acquainted with challenging topics in mathematics through exploration and problem-solving situations. Activities and projects will help students come to a clearer understanding of mathematical concepts that will prepare them for further study. Areas of exploration will include: conic sections, math modeling, logic, probability and game theory, inductive and deductive reasoning, number systems and imaginary numbers. Mathematical material chosen will be dependent upon student interest and ability level.
ADVANCED INVENTIONS: HOW THINGS WORK In our daily world, we are surrounded by the practical applications of science and technology. Many of the comforts and conveniences that we have come to enjoy started out as basement projects of creative individuals who took joy in tinkering. In this course, using concepts of heat, light, sound and motion as starting points, students will have the opportunity to look inside some of the products of science to understand how things work. From digital alarm clocks and motion detectors to scuba diving and satellite technology, air bags, bicycles, and solar-powered cars, students will learn how the concepts of science have become intricately woven into the fabric of their daily lives. As a culminating activity, students will work individually and in small cooperative groups to design and develop their own inventions.
ADVANCED OCEANOGRAPHY: UNDERSEA ADVENTURES Students will study a variety of topics in this course including marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics, ocean currents and waves, plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor, and changes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries. These topics reflect the many forces and interactions that act on the ocean at any given time.
ADVANCED ROCKETRY AND SPACE SCIENCE This course will be a study of the exploration of space, including aerodynamic principles and rocket propulsion. Students will build and launch multi-stage rockets and use triangulation techniques to ascertain altitudes. Experienced rocketeers will be given more advanced projects and will discuss and develop selected aspects of projectile motion. Safety procedures and rules will be stressed throughout the program.
CHEMISTRY: NEW RESEARCH TOPICS This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore the world of modern chemistry as they learn how matter is composed and how new substances are created. Investigations involving analysis of chemical composition, chemical reactions, chemical changes, and other related topics will enrich students’ understanding of fundamental chemical concepts. Laboratory activities will be carefully supervised, and safety procedures will be emphasized.
ACTOR’S STUDIO: A FURTHER EXPLORATIONIn the Actor’s Studio we will examine and practice different acting styles and techniques as they have developed from ancient Egyptian festivals to 21st century Broadway. We will also be concentrating on improving our communication skills and developing our own confidence to present ourselves in a public environment. The experience will culminate in a performance of material selected by the students themselves.
WRITING: HEROES AND VILLAINS Adventure, mystery and dramatic stories are driven by heroes, villains, and antiheroes. What are their similarities and differences? Students will consider how such protagonists and antagonists as Harry Potter, Lady Macbeth, and Frankenstein have been created by their authors. Students will employ similar techniques in developing characters for their own stories.