Category Archives: enrichment

Creating Through Making, Music and Art

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The idea of ‘making’ has come full circle recognizing it’s birth in past programs such as auto shop and home economics; yet realizing today it is the basis for full research, development and innovation. ‘Making’ is interwoven into the curriculum of forward thinking schools who are benefiting from student engagement which improves attendance, behavior issues and increases academic gains.

A ‘maker mindset’ values the creative use of available resources with a keen eye to budgetary constraints which allows makerspaces to exist across the economic spectrum of learners. It is inspired by STEM activities with aspirations of making a difference in the future for all students.

What considerations should be taken when initially creating a successful makerspace?  For a successful makerspace, don’t forget to provide adequate space for makers, be aware of the needs of your makers commensurate with age and ability, and work within your budget. Remember to include staff development, student input and have adequate supplies available when planning your makerspace. Successful makerspaces are built on mentoring students by providing a wide-range of diversity in teachers, community leaders and an inclusive community of participants.

Integrating ‘making’ into the curriculum can be as simple as having students share what they learn to re-imagining creative assessments of products. Students can be given opportunities to apply knowledge gained in ‘making’ in pursuit of academic goals. For example; utilizing technology in science classes via 3-D printing or developing virtual reality projects.

How do makerspaces fuel future innovation? Through use of nascent technologies, students can find concrete ways to express their creativity in new and exciting ways. Students who are involved in ‘making’ can affect the future by creating a culture of sharing what they learn with a broader community to work on real world projects.

Makerspaces have expanded beyond the walls of the schoolhouse and are intricate parts of many community centers, university outreach programs and summer programs for students. Parents can find information about making at their local libraries, nearby museums and science centers, and from online sources. For more information, check out our links below. A transcript of this chat may be found at Wakelet.


Making Culture

The Maker Movement and Gifted Ed: The Perfect Combination! 

Finding Summer Enrichment Opportunities

PBS Kids: What Do You Want to Make

TED: We Are Makers

3 New Series for Makers

Makerspace: The Right Way to Implement It In Media Center and Libraries

The California Community College Makerspace Startup Guide

Vineyard STEM Makerspace Initiative

Ways to Support Making in the Classroom

Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace with These Easy Ideas

Beyond Rubrics: Assessment in Making

Top Tips for Bringing the Maker Movement to YOUR School

Makers in the Classroom: A How-To Guide (2014)

Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (Amazon 2013)

The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces (Amazon)

Why Your School Needs a Makerspace

The Maker Movement: The People Creating, Not Consuming

The Maker Mindset

A Fuller Framework for Making in Maker Education

Cybraryman’s Makerspaces Page

The Classroom or Library as a Makerspace

Makerspaces Australia

Make your Space a Makerspace: 4 Things to Consider for Gifted Students

John Spencer: The Creative Classroom (YouTube Channel)

Byrdseed: A Week of Curiosities and Puzzlements (free subscription)

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:

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Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad


Books, Blogs & Documentaries for GT Parents & Teachers

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There are many ways to find online for resources regarding gifted children, parenting, and the education of GT students. Google Alerts can be set to learn about the latest news in gifted children, gifted education and gifted & talented. Of course, you can check out @gtchatmod Twitter lists! Also, state and national gifted organization websites have great resources. Don’t rely solely on your own state’s sites; check around (TX, CA, OH, MN, CT).

Organizations for the gifted have resources for parents and teachers of GT students. On Twitter, a few include @NAGCGIFTED, @SENG_Gifted, @GiftedHF, @PPUK_,  and @wcgtc; as well as @IEAgifted @SIGifted @belinblank @CECTAG and @Hoagies Gifted.  Mainstream education websites also provide resources for gifted and talented; such as, @edutopia @ASCD, and @iste.

You can check out our transcript at Wakelet to see favorite books, blogs and documentaries of chat participants. We’ve included links below to additional sites.

Disclaimer: Inclusion in the links below is for informational purposes only and does not imply a recommendation by Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:



Publishers Specializing in the Gifted

Prufrock Press

Great Potential Press

GHF Press

Free Spirit Publishing

Royal Fireworks Press

Tumblehome Learning

AUS: Hawker Brownlow Education

Teachers College Press Columbia University

Information & Publications at NAGC


Books on Gifted Topics

TAGT Legacy Book Awards

Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children (Perspectives) (Volume 11) (Amazon) January 2018

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up (Amazon) May 2018

The Gifted Kids Workbook: Mindfulness Skills to Help Children Reduce Stress, Balance Emotions, and Build Confidence (Amazon) Release Date: August 2018

The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners: Teaching the Four Essential Steps to Success (Grades 5–12) (Amazon) October 2017

UK: Redefining More Able Education: Key Issues for Schools (Amazon) April 2018

Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity (Amazon) January 2018

UK: Providing for the Special Needs of Students with Gifts and Talents (Amazon Kindle Edition) November 2017

Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties (Amazon) February 2018

The Cheetah Stories: Understanding the Challenges of Being Gifted

Trilogy: The School for Gifted Potentials (Amazon)

Bust Your Buts: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (Amazon)

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional (Amazon)

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings (2nd ed.) (Amazon)

Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties (Amazon)

Welcome to the Ark (Amazon)

Surviving the Applewhites (Amazon)

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children (Amazon)

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner (Amazon)

Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope (Amazon)

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 and Under (Amazon)

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners (Amazon)

Multicultural Gifted Education, 2nd ed. (Amazon)

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism (Amazon)

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (Amazon)

Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child (Amazon)

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (Amazon)

Exceptionally Gifted Children (Amazon)

Mellow Out, They Say If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright (Amazon)

Gifted Children: Myths And Realities (Amazon)

The Mislabeled Child: Looking Beyond Behavior to Find the True Sources and Solutions for Children’s Learning Challenges (Amazon)

When the Labels Don’t Fit: A New Approach to Raising a Challenging Child (Amazon)

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them (Amazon)

Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent (Amazon)

Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back) (Amazon)

Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual 3rd Edition (Amazon)

Parents’ Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know to Make the Right Decisions for Your Child (Amazon)

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds (Amazon)

Curriculum Compacting: A Guide to Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction through Enrichment and Acceleration (Amazon)

Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (Amazon)

Education of the Gifted and Talented (6th Edition) (Amazon)

Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program Set of 7, 2nd ed. (Prufrock)

Leonardo da Vinci (Amazon)


Blog: Gifts for Learning

Blog: Sprite’s Site

Blog: laughing@chaos

Blog: Gifted Challenges

Blog: The Deep End

Blog: Ramblings of a Gifted Teacher

Blog: Yellow Readis

Blog: My Twice Baked Potato

Blog: Institute for Educational Advancement Blog

Blog: Your Rainforest Mind

Blog: Crushing Tall Poppies

Blog: The Fringy Bit


Mind Matters Podcasts

Podcast: Episode 8: A Guide to Self-Advocacy

Podcast: Episode 9: The Over-Under on Achievement

TILT Parenting Podcasts


BBC Documentary: Generation Gifted

Documentary: 2e – Twice Exceptional

Documentary: RISE The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted (Promo YouTube 7:19)

The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children (YouTube 14:21)

Documentary: The G Word (in production)

Documentary: Breaking the Bee


Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

National Society for the Gifted and Talented

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Belin-Blank Center

New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education

Chicago Gifted Community Center

Acceleration Institute



Google DOC: Blogs, Vlogs and Podcasts For The Gifted Community

AUS: Gifted and Talented Education Kit for Teachers (GERRIC) Free

Cybraryman’s Gifted and Talented Page

Hoagies Gifted


Ginger Lewman: LifePractice Learning

Signal Fire Coaching

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Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad

How Home & School Environment Affect Student Achievement

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How should student achievement be measured? Many schools are moving away from traditional measurements such as letter grades and testing. Assessment of achievement should reflect a student’s ability to use and understand what they’ve learned.

There is strong evidence that school climate – student/teacher relationships; values and norms; shared practices – affects student achievement. Students respond when schools emphasize academic excellence and promote positive interpersonal relationships.

Educators as role models impact students’ establishing goals for knowledge attainment, how they view their personal strengths, and their goals for the future. In contrast, students will assume negative perceptions by teachers of their abilities; such as, being thought of as lazy, unmotivated, or lacking ability. Teachers can have a positive effect on student achievement by encouraging students to do their best and by having high expectations of student performance.

School-wide interventions promoting healthy interpersonal relationships can drive improvement in student achievement. Interventions should stress building strong bonds between school mission and removal of barriers to full participation by all students in school activities fostering an affinity for school.

The home environment sets the stage for openness to learning; appreciation for achievement; and opportunity for learning outside of school. Creating a positive atmosphere in the home that nurtures, encourages, and responds to a child’s needs in a caring and fostering way will promote healthy academic achievement. A positive home environment that promotes student achievement will include provide ample reading materials, visits to libraries and regional enrichment opportunities such as museums or historical sites & time with intellectual peers.

Parents purposefully involving themselves in their child’s academic life by setting a positive tone about the importance of education can strongly influence achievement.  When parents and caregivers provide strong and clear messages about aspirations for their children regarding school performance, student achievement is positively impacted. A transcript of this chat may be found at Wakelet.

Big changes at TAGT! This week,  the appointment of Strategic Association Management was announced as our new management model and Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE, as TAGT’s new Executive Director. Read more about these exciting changes here. Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT welcomes Paulina and looks forward to working with her and the great team at TAGT.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Factors Relating to the Academic Achievement and Home Environment in Economics of Higher Secondary Students

Educational Environment and Student Achievement (pdf)

How parental involvement affects student achievement

A New Wave of Evidence The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement (pdf)

Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten

Reframing Family Involvement in Education: Supporting Families to Support Educational Equity

The Impact of School Climate and School Identification on Academic Achievement: Multilevel Modeling with Student and Teacher Data

What are the Effects of the Home Environment on Learning?

The Link between School Environments and Student Academic Performance 

The Impact of Home Environment Factors on Academic Achievement of Adolescents (pdf)

How Does Your Child’s Teacher Influence Academic Performance?

Do Teaching Practices Matter for Students’ Academic Achievement? (pdf)

The Family Effect on Academic Performance in School

The Importance of Home Environment and Parental Encouragement in the Academic Achievement of African‐Canadian Youth (pdf)

Does the school building itself play a role in student achievement?

Home and School Factors as Determinants of Students’ Achievement in Senior Secondary School English Comprehension in Four South Western States (Nigeria) (pdf)

Young ICT Explorers

Sprite’s Site: Gifted Under Achievers

Cybraryman’s Learning Pages

Cybraryman’s Study Skills/Organization Pages

What Adults Can Learn from Kids (TED2010 8:06)

Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children (Amazon)

Mind Matters Podcasts: The Over-Under on Achievement with Dr. Jim Delisle

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Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad

Finding Summer Enrichment Opportunities

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Why is it important to find summer enrichment opportunities for gifted kids? There are many reasons to find summer enrichment; particularly when so many gifted students are languishing in classrooms where they lack challenge and enrichment. It’s been my experience these kids crave enriching summers. Summertime and school holidays can provide those rare opportunities for family time; forming true-peer relationships in pre-college or camp experiences; engaging in passion projects; exploration of new interests.

Enrichment can cover wide-ranging areas; but should ‘extend’ learning experiences. Consideration should be given to a child’s current level of understanding and desire to enhance knowledge in a particular area. It should not be an attempt to recreate the ‘classroom’ in just another setting. It should be fun and interesting for kids. They should be the one to determine the content of their enrichment experience.

Families can use summer and holiday time to seek enrichment opportunities. They need to take time for careful planning both in terms of time constraints, budget, and what the child wants to do. Family time together is precious; a time for building memories. Including enrichment is a win-win situation. Favorite vacation destinations, a family visit, even sightseeing; all can be repurposed or enhanced to seek enriching experiences for gifted kids. Family planning sessions can help to maximize the benefits for everyone.

Virtually all colleges and universities offer some form of pre-college enrichment. By scheduling opportunities at various schools, students can get a feel for the college experience while deciding what they are looking for in a school. We had a great experience with a summer program that was housed at a university. Not only did my daughter benefit from the program, but also got to experience being on a college campus, attending classes, socializing and dorm life.

Camp-style experiences can address social-emotional concerns while also guaranteeing a gifted child being able to associate with intellectual peers and mentors. These opportunities afford gifted students the chance to have a relaxing and fun experience that informs,instructs, and enhances learning outside a traditional classroom. Please see below for a list of summer opportunities. A transcript may be found at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: Summer and Saturday Enrichment Programs

Summer Discovery Pre-College and Middle-School Enrichment Programs (14 University Partners)

Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

Top Summer Camps for Gifted Children

What Summer Camp Enrichment Programs for Gifted Students Can Offer

The Importance of Summer Learning Opportunities for Gifted Students

Finding the Right Summer Program for Your Gifted Child

Planning for Summer 

Exploring Summer Camps Options (pdf)

Beyond School Walls: What Parents Can Do to Widen the Horizons of Their Gifted Learners (pdf)

Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy (pdf)

Summer Enrichment of Just Hanging Out? What Parents Should Know about Extended Learning Opportunities (pdf)

50 Best Pre-College Summer Science Programs for High School Students

Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer Enrichment Opportunities – Meaningful Experiences Beyond the School Year

2e-Friendly Summer Camp Listing

A Kick Start to Summer Camps

Sprite’s Site: Gifted @ Play: Calculate your Leisure Profile

Hoagies’ Blog Hop: The Gift of Free Time

Cybraryman’s Summer Fun and Learning

Summer Enrichment Opportunities 2018*

(For informational purposes only. Listing is not an endorsement. Some deadlines have passed.)


University of Alabama K-12 Summer Programs


Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program: Summer Bridge (Anchorage) 

Campbell Creek Science Center Trailside Discovery Camp (Anchorage) 

Spring Creek Farm Trailside Discovery Camp (Palmer)

University of Alaska (Anchorage & MatSu): Summer Engineering Academies


Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented: Student Enrichment Scholarship (up to $200)

Arizona State University: Barrett Summer Scholars

Gifted Rocks Summer Camps 2018 (pdf) (Anthem/Glendale)


2018 Arkansas Governor’s School


Alpha Star Academy Summer Camps (Santa Clara)

California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Programs

Camp Galileo (Bay Area)

Camp Galileo (SoCal)

Sally Ride Science Junior Academy (San Diego)

San Francisco Art Institute: Pre-College

Sonoma State University Summer 2018 Program

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies Academic Enrichment Programs

UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program: Summer Classes

UC Berkeley’s Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

UC Irvine Summer 2018 Gifted Students Academy

UC San Diego Academic Connections

USC Spend the Summer with USC Dornsife


Colorado College (Colorado Springs) Gifted and Talented Plus Summer Programs 2018

Jefferson County Gifted Summer Opportunities (pdf)

UNC: Summer Enrichment Program

Weld RE-4 Summer Academic Camps 2018


Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop Summer 2018

Manchester Community College Summer Enrichment Programs

Manchester Community College Summer Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Excursions in Learning Youth Programs

Project Oceanology Summer Camps

Talcott Mountain Science Center Summer Programs


University of Delaware: Edge Summer College Program


Pompano Beach High School Young Scholar Academy Summer Camp for the Gifted (pdf)


Stetson University HATS Summer Courses

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program


Atlanta Public Schools: Xanadu 2018 Gifted Summer Programs

Mathematics in Action (MIA) Scholars Program (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Tech Camp (Georgia Gwinnett College)


Galileo Innovation Camps (Chicago area)

Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp

Science and Arts Academy: Summer Adventures in Learning (Des Plaines)

University of Chicago Summer Session for High School Students

Northwestern University: National High School Institute


Belin Blank Center: Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Blank Park Zoo Summer Safari Camps 2018 (Des Moines)

Dickinson County Nature Center (Okoboji): Summer Youth Camps

Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids (Coe College – Cedar Rapids)

Iowa Ceramics Center Summer and Glass Studio Camps 2018 (Cedar Rapids)

Iowa State CY-TAG Summer Residential Program

Iowa State University Engineering Camps

Kirkwood Community College: STEM Camps (Cedar Rapids)

Living History Farms Summer Day Camps 2018 (Des Moines)

Maker Summer Camps from FabLab (Iowa City)

Summit Summer Camps (Cedar Rapids)

TCR Summer Performance Camps (Cedar Rapids)

TechKnow Summer Classes (Spencer)

Willow Wind Summer Program 2018: Full STEAM AHEAD (Iowa City)


WKU: Camp Explore 1st – 3rd grade June 4-8, 2018

WKU: SCATS 6th – 8th grade June 10 -22, 2018

WKU: VAMPY 7th – 10th June 24 – July 14, 2018

WKU: Camp Innovate July 3rd – 5th grade   9 – 13, 2018


McNeese State University Governor’s Program for Gifted Children

University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Achievement Program: Rising Pre-K through 6th Grades (pdf)

University of Louisiana Lafayette Summer Scholars Residential and Commuter Program 2018 (pdf)


Boston College: Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Brandeis University: Summer Residential Programs

Gakko: The Berkshires Ages: 13 – 18 June 24th – July 13th, 2018

New England Center for Investigative Reporting: The Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute (Boston)

Smith College (Women): Field Studies for Sustainable Futures

Smith College (Women): Summer Science & Engineering Program

Snow Farm Summer (Williamsburg)

Tuffs University: Summer at Tuffs Pre-College Programs

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Frontier Program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Launch Program


University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars


Calvin College: Summer Camps

Roeper Summer Programs

Michigan State University: GATE Summer Programs 2018 (pdf)


2018 Minnesota Summer Camp Guide


University of Southern Mississippi Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies: Summer Gifted Studies Program


Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School Pre-College Summer Programs 


Doane University – Crete: Going Green! Algae for Biofuels Camp

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (Ashland): Summer Camps

University of Nebraska – Cedar Point Biological Station: Biodiversity and Field Science Camp

University of Nebraska – Kearney: Cyber Camp

University of Nebraska – Lincoln: Life Underground:  The Unseen Power of Microbes Camp

University of Nebraska – Omaha: Aim For the Stars Science & Math Camp

University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha: High School Alliance Enrichment Programs

New Jersey:

Gifted Child Society Summer Super Stars Camp STEAM Day Camp 2018

Kean University Group Summer Scholars Research Program for High School Students

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Women in Engineering & Technology Initiatives FEMME Program

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Intermediate Robotics (iRobotics) 

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Fundamentals of Physical Sciences

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Academy College Courses for High School Students

Rider University: Pre-College Musical Theatre Institute

Rider University: Pre-College Stage and Screen Acting Academy

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Camps, Institutes, and Intensives

Rutgers University: Summer Scholars Program

Rutgers University: Summer Science Scholars Academy

Rutgers University: Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

SEE Camp Summer Enrichment

Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken) Pre-College Programs

Stockton University: Science Enrichment Academy (SEAS)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Bonner Fellows Program

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Academy for Science, Career, and Research Exploration

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer High School Urban Teacher Academy (pdf)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Robotics Camp

New York:

Alfred University Summer Programs

Challenge Camp (Westchester Co.)

Columbia University Barnard College High School Pre-College Summer Programs

Cooper Union: Introduction to Architecture for High School Students

Cooper Union: Summer Art Intensive

Cooper Union: Summer STEM Program

Cooper Union: Summer Writing Program

Cornell: Summer College

Hunter College Summer Enrichment Program (NYC)

Ithaca College Summer College for High School Students

NYC Summer Academy

New York Institute of Technology Academy

New York University (NYU): Summer High School Programs

Saratoga 2018 Summer Enrichment (pdf)

Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students

Union College Summer Program

Wagner College: Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students

North Carolina:

Duke University: Summer Academy for High School Students

Duke University: Summer College for High School Students

Duke University: Summer Intensive STEM Academy


Air Camp (Dayton)

Be Wise STEM Camps (Girls) (Denison University – Granville)

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: Summer Camps (Dayton)

Miami University Summer Scholars Program

Miami University Youth Writing Camp 2018

Oberlin College and Conservatory Summer Programs

Ohio Northern University Summer Academic and Honors Institute

Ohio Northern University Summer Camps

Ohio State: Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

Ohio State: Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

Ohio State: Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers Intensive Three-day Residential Program

Ohio State: Philosophy and Critical Thinking Summer Camp – 2018 Focus: Justice

Ohio State: Public Speaking and Debate Camp

Ohio State: Ross Mathematics Program

Ohio State: STEM Summer Camps

Ohio State: Stone Lab Introductory Courses

Ohio State: Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing 2018

Ohio Supercomputer Center Summer Institute 2018 (Columbus)

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League of Columbus Residential Summer Camp

Otterbein University 2018 Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented

Otterbein University Summer Music Experience

Summer Opportunities for Gifted Learners

Thurber Center 2018 Summer Writing Camp (Columbus)

University of Cincinnati: Design Architecture Art Planning (DAAP) Camps 2018 

University of Cincinnati: High School Arts Immersion

University of Toledo: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Camps

Wright State Pre-College Residential Camps 2018


Bucknell Academy Summer Experience

Camp Ballibay Arts Camp (Wyalusing Township)

Chatham University High School Summer Experiences Eduscholars/STEAM Camp (pdf)

Chatham University (Eden Hill) Sustainability Leadership Academy

CMU: Pre-College Artificial Intelligence

CMU: Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

CMU: Summer Pre-College Programs

Cumberland Valley School District Summer Enrichment 2018 (pdf) (Mechanicsburg) 

Duquesne University: Summer Institute for High School Students

Duquesne University: Forensic Science and Law Summer Workshop

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

Grayson School Summer 2018 Enrichment Programs

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Summer Honors College

Juniata College: Summer Science Splash Camp

Lebanon Valley College Summer Camps

Point Park University High School Summer Journalism Workshop

Susquehanna University: Exploring Legal Careers Summer Workshop

Susquehanna University: Summer Writers Workshop

University of Pennsylvania Penn Summer High School Programs

University of Pittsburgh Accelerated High School

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island School of Design: Pre-College

Roger Williams University: High School Summer Academy

South Carolina:

Furman University Summer Scholars


Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth Summer 2018 Student Programs


Aquatic Science Adventure Camp

AwesomeMath Summer Programs (Plano)

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation

Baylor’s University for Young People

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Camp BRIT 2018

Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory Camp Casa Jr. (Fort Worth) 

Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory Camp Casa (Fort Worth)

Central Texas Writing Project: Young Writers Camp (Multiple Locations) 

Creative Brick Builders: 2018 Summer Camps (Multiple Locations)

E.A. Young Academy’s Ignite! Summer Intensives 2018

Fort Worth Museum Science and History: Summer 2018 Museum School 

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: 2018 Summer Natural History Adventures (pdf)

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Camps and Programs

Game Worlds (Austin)

Kimbell Art Museum: Summer Camps (Fort Worth)

Lone Star Leadership Academy (DFW)

Mansfield ISD: Rising Stars Discovery Camp 2018

Mighty Minds Enrichment Programs: Summer Camps (Plano/Frisco) 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Summer Art Camp and Art Study at the Modern 2018

Rice University: Creative Writing Camp

Rice University: Energy Explorations Academy at Rice University Summer 2018

Rice University: Rice Computer Engineering Design Academy for Middle School Students

Rice University: Rice Summer Business Institute

Rice University: Rice Summer Sessions for High School Students

Rice University: Tapia Camps Programs for Summer 2018

Summer Scholars Camp (Multiple Locations)

Texas A&M: Youth Adventure Program (College Station)

TCU Summer Camps 

Texas State University: EARDC Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (San Marcos)

Texas Tech University – Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL)

UT Arlington: Engineering Summer Programs

UT Arlington: Music Camps

UT Arlington: Kids and Teens University Summer Camps

UT Arlington: Summer @CAPPA 2018

UT Dallas: Coding Camps Summer 2018


Talent Development Institute: TDI Summer Camp 2018

The Putney School Summer Arts Studios


Governor’s Foreign Language Academies 2018

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools 2018


Robinson Center for Young Scholars Summer Challenge (University of Washington) 

Satori Camp

Summer @ Seabury 2018 (Tacoma)

Whitworth University: Whitworth’s Summer Program for Gifted Middle School Students (Spokane)

Washington, D.C.:

American University Community of Scholars Summer Program

Georgetown University Summer High School Programs 

George Washington University Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students 

The St. Albans School of Public Service

West Virginia:

National Youth Science Camp (WV)


Academic Study Associates Summerfuel

AIFS Gap Year/High School Programs Abroad

Boston University: Summer Programs for High School Students

Brown University Pre-College Summer Programs

Camp Summit (East/West)

Catholic University of America School of Architecture Summer High School Program

Coding with Kids: Camps Summer 2018 (Multiple Locations)

Concordia Language Villages Summer Camps (MN)

Cornell University Catalyst Academy

Davidson THINK Summer Institute (NV)

Duke University Youth Summer Programs (NC)

Great Books Summer Programs

Green River Preserve (NC)

Harvard University (MA) Summer Programs for High School Students

Interlochen Arts Camp (MI)

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs (MD)

Junior Statesman Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students


National Inventors: Camp Invention (Multiple Locations)

National Student Leadership Conference (Multiple Locations)

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Programs (IL) 

Purdue University GERI Summer Camps

Space Camp (AL)

Summer Discovery – Middle School Enrichment (Multiple Locations) 

Summer Institute for the Gifted (Multiple Locations)

UC-Berkeley: Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps (CA) 

University of Notre Dame Pre-College Summer Programs

William & Mary: Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History

Windsor Mountain Summer Camp (NH)

Yale Young Global Scholars

Yunasa Summer Camps


CET Academic Programs (Study Abroad)

Oxbridge Academic Programs (US Locations)


Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Online Summer Classes

Laurel Springs Schools Summer Program

Northwestern University: Gifted Learning Links

*List compiled by and courtesy of Lisa Conrad and Gifted Parenting Support.

Image courtesy of Pixabay  CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

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