Viking Explorations Gifted and Talented Program Summer, 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.
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
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
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.
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