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  • March 02, 2019 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gifted children need a non-competitive opportunities to enjoy mathematics and to explore their mathematical interests and flex their analytical muscles. An excellent opportunity to do this is to participate in a math circle. A math circle has puzzles, activities and games that are low barrier entry - that means even children that have not been taught a lot of mathematics can do it, but, at the same time, the activities can be extended to a high level of complexity that may challenge much more experienced participants. This is why MAGE will be sponsoring a first in Chicago: an Elementary Math Circle for grades 1-4! If you are interested in this program, please email MAGE by clicking here.

  • February 18, 2019 7:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join WCGTC in Nashville for the 23rd World Conference focusing on A World of Possibilities: Gifts, Talents, & Potential. The World Conference is a great opportunity for researchers, educators, psychologists, parents, and other stakeholders to gather from around the globe to discuss the vital matters, issues, and concerns that impact the field of gifted education and gifted and talented children. The World Conference will be hosted by the WCGTC Executive Committee.

    The WCGTC consists of its Members, Executive Committee, Delegates from member countries, and a Headquarters that is located at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky USA. The World Council was founded over 35 years ago and hosts a biennial World Conference at a major international city during late July or early August in odd-numbered years. Members of the WCGTC receive a discount to attend the World Conference.

    Below are some important World Conference Dates. These dates are tentative and subject to change. If you have any questions about these important dates, please email us at

    • August 1 – December 15, 2018: Abstract Proposal Submission Available
    • March 1, 2019: Abstract Proposal Acceptance Notification Deadline
    • April 15, 2019: Last Day for Presenters to Register
    • April 15, 2019: Early Registration Ends
    • April 16 – June 30, 2019: Regular Registration
    • May 15, 2019: Conference Schedule Finalized
    • July 1 – 28, 2019: Late Registration
    • July 24 – 28, 2019: 23rd Biennial WCGTC World Conference

    Click here for complete conference details including registration information.

  • February 12, 2019 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CineYouth Film Challenge

    The CineYouth Film Challenge invites students 13-18 years old to join our one-day film camp! Participants will have one day to make a short film with their assigned team. The finished films will go on to be screened at the CineYouth Festival Festival, April 26-28 at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre.

    Film Challenge teams will be assembled according to age group. No prior filmmaking experience is necessary, though basic camera knowledge and experience with editing software is welcome. Entry fee is $15. All gear and lunch will be provided.

    CineYouth Film Challenge
    Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 9am – 5pm
    Flashpoint Chicago: A Campus of Columbia Hollywood
    28 N. Clark Street, 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60602

    Click here for complete details and registration.

  • February 11, 2019 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From The Center for Gifted email . . .

    Don't forget!
    10% Discount on
    Summer 2019 tuition
    ends February 28.

    Enter code EARLY10 at bottom
    of “cart” page of online application.
    Click here to apply online.

    Our summer 2019 program schedule is below. Click
    on the blue city or name of any program to view its flyer.
    (Click here for a more detailed overview of summer 2019)

    Summer Wonders

    Buffalo Grove
    Aptakisic Junior High
    June 10-14
    June 17-21
    June 24-28

    Briargate School
    June 17-21
    June 24-28

    The Center for Gifted
    July 15-19
    July 22-26
    July 29 – August 2
    August 5-9
    August 12-16

    Half Day School
    July 1-5
    July 8-12
    July 15-26

    Elmhurst College Programs

    featuring FREE roundtrip buses from the City and 10 suburbs

    Project ‘19
    July 8-26

    July 8-12
    July 15-19
    July 22-26

    Worlds of Wisdom
    and Wonder

    Sandburg Middle School
    June 17-21
    June 24-28

    Choose any one-, two-, or
    three-week program(s).
    Each is distinct from
    all the others.

    To apply, click here or go to our website. Invite a friend or two
    to apply with you and take advantage of the discount. Please
    feel free to be in touch with us, anytime. We cherish being
    supportive of our students and their families.

  • January 24, 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Field Museum is free to Illinois residents (with proof of residency) February 1-28th. For a full list of  Free Admission Days, visit the Field Museum's website

    The Shedd Aquarium is free to Illinois residents every weekday in February. For a full list of free days, visit the Shedd Aquarium's website.

    The Adler Planetarium offers free general admission to Illinois residents on February 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 26-28, visit the Adler's website.

    The Museum of Science and Industry is free for Illinois residents on February 4-7, 11-14, 19-21, 25-28; visit MSI's website.


  • January 24, 2019 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just in from the Shedd Aquarium . . .

    A summer opportunity for middle schoolers: Registration is now live!

    Are your middle schoolers ready to explore the great outdoors? Then it's time to join us for Shedd's Summer Road Trip, a week of excitement and exploration. We’ll use the aquarium as our home base as we set out on a new adventure every day. 

    At each destination, outdoor activities and environmental investigations will open your child's mind and spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. The week will end with an overnight stay at the aquarium!

    Program dates
    June 24-29
    August 5-10

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    Registration is now open

  • January 21, 2019 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From The Center for Gifted:

    STEM with STEAM!
    Join us in Lincolnshire for exciting,
    hands-on challenges in science, technology,
    engineering, mathematics, and art.
    (Click here to enroll now.)

    This Saturday, January 26
    Kindergarten-8th grades 2:00-4:30 Tuition: $45
    Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 Riverwoods Road

    Polymers, Potions, and
    Bubbling Lava Lamps
    (Kdg-4th grades)
    Create slime and other slippery
    substances, cause your own weird and
    varied chemical reactions, and concoct
    creative scientific solutions.

    Combustion and
    Chemical Reactions

    (5th-8th grades)
    Explore the properties and
    experience the chemical reactions
    and physical changes you can produce
    in exciting hands-on and demonstration
    experiments (but don’t blow up the lab!)

    Saturday, March 16
    Kindergarten-8th grades 2:00-4:30 Tuition: $45
    Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 Riverwoods Road

    Exploring Physics
    (Kdg-3rd grades)
    What roles do gravity, balance, and
     energy play in everday life? Some answers
    may surprise you! Experiment, investigate, and
    explore hands-on as you move from station to station,
    each featuring a different, intriguing hands-on lab.

    Testing the
    Limits of Physics
    (4th-8th grades)
    Investigate phenomena that
    venture beyond so-called physical
    limits. Create contraptions that utilize
    principles of power, force, and energy.

    To enroll, click here or go to our website. Tuition is due in full
    at time of application; a $2 processing fee also is applied per student.
    Tuition is fully refunded for withdrawals requested before the program
    begins. Teacher recommendations are not required for our one-day programs.

    We hope to see you this Saturday and/or in March. Invite a friend or two!

     Enrollment for our summer 2019 programs, serving students who will
    be entering preschool-12th grades in the fall, also is open, with locations in
    Buffalo Grove, Cary, Glenview, Lincolnshire, and more. Click here to see oursummer schedule, or visit our website for individual flyers and more details. (A 10% discount on summer tuition is now running through February 28;enter code EARLY10 on bottom of "cart" page of online application.)

    The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity*
    1926 Waukegan Road, Suite 2, Glenview, IL  60025  847-901-0173 
    *A Northern Illinois University partner
    Joan Franklin Smutny, Director • Maria
    Michael Gorelick, and Jennifer Rinne,
    Associate Directors
    Vickie Kiamco, Program Coordinator

  • January 18, 2019 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fermilab Science Adventures— February – May 2019


    The Spring 2019 Science Adventures class list, registration instructions and a downloadable registration form are available on the Fermilab website.


    A sneak peak of classes; go online to see all Science Adventures. 

    February 9, 2019 – Design and Create: Be an Engineer, grades 5–7

    February 16, 2019 – Nanotech Investigations, grades 4–6 

    February 23, 2019 – Snow Crystals, grades K–5 – New Instructor

    March 2, 2019 – Hands-on Engineering, grades 2–4

    March 9, 2019 – Hands-on Engineering, grades 2–4

    March 16, 2019 – Chemistry at Your Fingertips, grades K–2

    March 23, 2019 – Kid Inventors, grades 4–6

    April 6, 2019 – Problem Solving through Coding, grades 6–8 – NEW

    April 6, 2019 – Brilliant Butterflies, grades K–2

    April 13, 2019 – Science in Star Wars, grades 2–4 

    April 27, 2019 – Billions of Bugs, grades 2–4 – NEW

    May 18, 2019 – Fireflies, Sea Monsters and Glow Sticks, grades 3–5

    May 11, 2019 – Wild and Wonderful Weather, grades 3–5

  • January 18, 2019 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival was founded in 2014 to establish Chicago as a prominent center for the art of puppetry. This biennial Festival presents the highest quality local, national, and international puppet shows in venues across the city. Invited artists lead workshops, public presentations and talks as an integral part of the Festival offerings. Additionally, the Festival hosts the Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium devoted to the advancement of scholarship and research in the field of puppetry.

    The Festival includes numerous family friendly performances at several locations in the city. See the complete list of family friendly performances here.

  • December 12, 2018 6:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications for Science Minors Open Now

    The youth development program at the Museum of Science and Industry invites teens to learn about science, gain public speaking skills and conduct experiments with Museum guests while fulfilling service learning hours.


    Science Minors attend 10 weeks of science education and training, then volunteer to conduct interactive science experiments for Museum guests. Students must be ages 14 to 18 to participate. There is no charge for this program. We offer three sessions during the school year: fall, winter and spring. Each 10-week session meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Learn More

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