Viking Explorations Gifted and Talented Program

Hiking VictorSummer 2014

Contact McCall Govignon 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 July 7-11, 2014. 

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 $125 to be paid in online at the time of registration by credit card. No checks will be accepted. 

Registration is open May 1 to June 1 for early registration on line at Viking Explorations at Berry College. 
Late Registration will be open from June 2 to June 27 for $150.  No registration after June 27.

No refunds will be allowed.

Staff members include faculty from the Berry Charter School of Education, Berry Elementary and Middle School, and Floyd County Schools Gifted and Talented teachers.

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

Snacks will be provided during morning break.  Students are welcome to bring their own snacks as well.

Class Offerings

BOLD Outdoor Leadership (ropes course)
Mike King
Chess Masters
Lewis Byrne
Grossology Jason Purser
Hiking through History
Lori Frederick & Julie Trejo
Summer at the Improv!
Gretchen Dodson
Aquatic Habitats Kami Gillespie
Odyssey of the Mind
Starla Smith
Introduction to VEX Robotics Beth Wardlaw

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. 

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 when their opponent will play next.  This five-day “master class” will focus on instruction, practice, actual play, and improve chess prowess, no matter what level at which the player starts.  Knowledge of piece movements is preferred. 

Grossology: Have you ever wanted to learn more about germs, diseases and organs? Now is your chance to become "GROSSED OUT!" The Grossology session will be a hands-on study of organs of the human body and disorders that affect them. Students will participate in self-developed investigations of gross disorders and diseases, and will meet professionals from the medical field who will share their expertise on these gross diseases and disorders. Participants will conclude their week with a hands-on dissection.

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.

Summer at the Improv!: This course will teach the basic rules of improv, including state presence, saying “Yes,”  how to move a scene forward, justifying, listening and reacting and making character choices.  Most importantly, students will gain self-confidence, learn the celebrate the quirks that make us all unique and fabulous, build team-work skills, practice critical thinking and have a blast playing a wide variety of improv games. 

Odyssey of the Mind: This course is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. This class will help students develop their creative, original and diverse thinking.  Students will be placed on teams that will foster teamwork, cooperation and appreciation of others while developing self-respect and respect for others through brainstorming and roleplaying.  Teams will work on understanding the elements of creative thought; as well as be given times to brainstorm, practice and present an original answer to a problem through performance.

Introduction into VEX Robotics: This course is all about the box.  Working with a partner, students will use VEX Robotics design system to compete in fun, real world challenges like robo-soccer, obstacle courses, sack attack, tag, maze solving and much more.  The Vex Robotics design system is both user-friendly and powerful and is the same system used in major regional and national robotics competitions as well as in many middle school, high school and university level robotics classes. 

Aquatic Habitats: Explore hands-on science with engaging life science activities, in which students set up and observe living “desktop ponds”. Learn more about environmental science and the interactive nature of living ecosystems. Come get your hands dirty and wet with Aquatic Habitats.