Viking Explorations Gifted and Talented Program


Hiking VictorSummer 2017

Contact vikingexplorations@berry.edu for further information.

Viking Explorations is designed to meet the educational needs of gifted and talented children in rising 3rd to 8th grades.  The program is co-sponsored by the Floyd County Schools and Berry College.

Located on the Berry College campus, children will have access to state of the art classrooms and facilities. Daily drop-off and pick-up will be at McAllister Hall, the science building on the Berry College campus.

Faculty teaching the courses are teachers from Berry College Elementary and Middle School and gifted/talented endorsed teachers from the Floyd County Schools.

Dates of the program are June 5-9, 2017

Morning sessions include one class from 8:30 - 10:00 and a second class from 10:30 - 12:00. 
Students choose two different classes.  There will be a break with a snack from 10:00 - 10:30.

The tuition is to be paid online at the time of registration by credit card. No checks will be accepted.

April 1-April 28: $110
After April 28: $125

Registration is open April 1 to May 12, 2017.

Late Registration will be open from May 13 to June 2 for $150.  

No refunds will be allowed. 

Supplies and equipment will be provided and are included in the price of the classes.

Class Offerings

BOLD Outdoor Leadership (ropes course) BOLD Staff
Chess Masters Joe Foss
Hiking Through History Lori Frederick & Julie Trejo
Aquatic Habitats  Kami Gillespie
Computer Coding  Angie Yancey
Spanish Stories, Song, & Play Anne Marie Mitchell
Mini-Golf Madness Jason Vines
Orienteering Sarah Syverson
CSI Crime Stoppers Judy Roebuck
Experimenting with Science Jason and Ellice Tucker
Feel the Rhythm Jessica Goss

Class Descriptions

BOLD Outdoor Leadership:The Berry College Outdoor Leadership course will require the imagination and cooperation of every participant as we build communication skills and team confidence.  The aim of working on low ropes course elements is to maximize the group’s experience in communication and decision making, team effectiveness, group identity, conflict resolution and leadership formation. The week will build in difficulty with a possibility of a high ropes element at the end of the week.  This is an outdoor experiential learning class and requires closed toed tennis shoes.

Chess Masters:
This class will take players from piece pushers to strategic thinkers in one of the world’s oldest games. Players will learn opening strategy, defense tactics, common checkmates, and how to anticipate what their opponent will play next.  This five-day “master class” will focus on instruction, practice, actual play, and improving chess prowess, no matter from what level the player starts.  Knowledge of piece movement is preferred.

Hiking Through History:
This course will guide you through rich experiences in history by looking through a lens to the past.  Examine primary documents and pictures firsthand in the Berry College Library Archives and the Martha Berry Digital Archives, evaluate secondary sources including biographies of Martha Berry, explore various cool historical sites on campus, and conduct personal interviews to enrich the research experience.

Aquatic Habitats:
The Aquatic Habitats class is designed to provide students with a highly motivating and unique opportunity to investigate life science. Each participant will set up an aquarium using live organisms. They will learn about the adaptations and interactions of the organisms within the aquatic habitat, and gain essential understandings of underwater ecosystems. Throughout the class, students directly investigate the structures and behaviors of each aquatic living thing, discovering how they find food and safety.

Computer Coding:
Whether you are just beginning to learn what computer coding is all about, or you already have some experience with it, this course offers something for everyone! Using the Hour of Code website and other materials, students will learn that computer science can be fun and accessible to all ages as they explore the fascinating world of coding.

Spanish Stories, Song, & Play:
Come learn Spanish as you listen to crazy stories, sing songs, and play games. The main focus will be learning to understand what you hear and read in Spanish starting with the SUPER SEVEN words to get you started. Don’t know any Spanish or only a little? No worries! This is a class for beginning students with no Spanish experience AND those of you who have had Spanish before. ¡Qué divertido! ¡Qué interesante!

Mini-Golf Madness:
Students will draw mini-golf course holes on paper, buy supplies (fake money), and build their designs as a model. The designs of the holes will be created based on familiar and new geometric vocabulary and concepts. While designing and testing their models, students will need to determine if their mini-golf designs are too easy, too challenging, and/or too expensive. Based on their determinations, students will make adjustments and improvements to their creations. Each session will begin with a brief mini-lesson related to geometry, money, and the occasional “history of mini-golf”. At the end of the week, students will play a round of mini-golf using the student-created models.

Orienteering:
“Aaaarr, Matey!” Join in the fun while we explore the children’s classic Treasure Island and learn the basics of a sport called Orienteering. Orienteering involves a course marked out on a map. In following the course map, the Orienteers have to find a number of checkpoints. Those who find all the checkpoints, in the right order find the treasure! In addition to an introduction to a classic piece of literature, students will learn Orienteering skills including:
  • Folding the map
  • Thumbing the map
  • Orientating the map to north (with ground or compass)
  • Reading features on the map
  • Taking a compass bearing
  • Following a compass bearing
  • Pacing
  • Judging Distance
CSI Crime Stoppers: CSI Crime Stoppers draws upon students’ interest in and enthusiasm for solving mysteries to convey important scientific concepts, methods, and techniques. Students will learn about fingerprinting, chromatography, DNA profiling, and acidic and basic substances and how these techniques are used in solving mysteries! Bring your investigative spirit and problem solving abilities as we become Crime Scene Investigators!

Experimenting with Science:
Have you ever wondered about something you’ve observed? Ever asked the questions…How? What? When? Who? Which? Why? Or Where? If you have an inquisitive mind and you love to design experiments, then this is the class for you! We will seek to answer questions by designing projects to test our hypotheses. We will step through the Scientific Method and figure out which variables to control, which variables to manipulate, and how to measure responding variables, all while learning how to communicate our findings in a scientific way.

Feel the Rhythm:
Do you ever hear a song that makes you want to get up and dance? Well, this is the class for you! This class will make you move to the beat…even if you’ve never danced before. We will learn how to count through the music in dance and create moves to various types of music. By the end of the week, we will have an entire dance choreographed to a favorite song. We will “feel the rhythm” and have so much fun doing it!