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  • February 26, 2014 8:38 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    If you are looking for a support group to discuss the unique aspects of raising gifted children, please sign up for our CGCC SENG Model Parent Group information list.  We will notify list participants of upcoming parent groups. There is no obligation to sign up for a group, this is purely informational.  

    SENG Model Parent Groups are groups of 10 - 20 parents of gifted or talented children who meet for 8 - 10 weeks to discuss topics of mutual interest, such as motivation, discipline, stress management and peer relationships.  These groups are organized by trained facilitators and make use of the book A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by Webb, Gore, Amend and DeVries. 

    One such parent support group is starting in the Oak Park area the first week of March.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings or Thursday mornings.  This group is run by CGCC member Sheryl Stoller.  You may contact her at for additional information.
  • February 10, 2014 4:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    High school young women are invited to learn about science and technology careers during the annual SCSW2014 conference.  The event is a great opportunity to meet wonderful women scientists and engineers and to learn about the exciting research conucted at Argonne National Laboratory.  The conference takes place on April 10, 2014.  Registration deadline is February 28, 2014.  Click here for complete details including registration information.
  • February 02, 2014 6:26 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Northwestern University and Society of Women Engineers:
    Career Day For Girls
    Engineering: Design a Better World!

    About Career Day for Girls

    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
    2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm 

    The Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is pleased to invite you to our 43rd annual CAREER DAY FOR GIRLS, scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014. The theme of this one-day program is: Engineering: Design a Better World!

    This program is designed for female junior high and high school students who have an interest in science and mathematics. The program will contain educational and career information about opportunities in engineering and applied science. Our speakers are women who have engineering degrees and current female engineering students.

    The schedule for this year's Career Day for Girls can be found here:

    Please complete and return this Registration Form

    Reservation Fee:
    $10 for each participant, payable in advance, includes lunch
    We encourage you to nominate any students who might find the cost prohibitive for a fee-waiver -- we want every student interested to be able to attend.

    Deadline for reservations:
    February 7, 2014
    (All participants must pre-register)

  • January 30, 2014 8:37 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Next Month: It's Free Kids February!

    From February 1 through February 28, the Museum of Science and Industry will offer free Museum Entry to kids ages 3-11! This is a perfect time to escape the house, beat the winter blues and experiment in fun at MSI with the whole family! Run in a human-sized hamster wheel. See lightning strike—indoors! Witness fiery chemistry at work. And much, much more!  Up to four free child tickets are allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult.  Click here for complete details.

  • January 19, 2014 1:28 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    The Friends of the Gifted and Talented is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. For over 30 years, FRoG has sponsored chess tournaments, science fairs and Super Saturday enrichment classes as well as being a support group for parents of gifted children. Geographic focus has largely been within Downers Grove, however everyone is welcome to participate. They are a parent affiliate of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children.

    Registration for the next session of Super Saturday classes is now open.  All classes are on Saturday mornings at O’Neill Middle School on five Saturdays beginning February 8, 2014 with no classes on February 22nd (2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8 & 3/15).  Classes are for children in grades K - 8, with a few for parents too!
  • January 12, 2014 8:37 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Registration is taking place now for University of Chicago Cascade.  The winter program takes place on Tuesdays from January 28 - February 25.  Cascade is a program for high school students that exposes them to interesting topics they may never have seen before high school.  It allows students to meet other high school students in a fun context and allows them to explore topics in depth.  There are no tests or grades, but there may be small amounts of homework assigned from week to week in some classes.  Attendance at all sessions is required.

  • January 09, 2014 9:23 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Did you know that from now through February 12 admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every weekday - all day long?  Also, admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00.  Don't forget children under 14 are free and free admissions passes also are available for checkout at many local libraries.  Please see the Art Institute web site for complete details on all of their admission policies.
  • December 19, 2013 10:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Eighth grade girls are invited to Argonne National Laboratory for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  An online application must be completed by December 31, 2013 to be included in the lottery to determine participants.

    What is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day?  From the Argonne National Laboratory web site:

    Are you a problem solver? Are you compelled to understand how things work? Come join Argonne National Laboratory in exploring the world of Engineering and the endless possibilities a career in this exciting field offers. Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gives young female students a unique opportunity to discover Engineering careers alongside world class scientists and engineers. Participants will be able to enjoy motivational presentations by fellow female engineers, tour Argonne’s cutting edge research facilities, connect with a mentor, engage in hands on engineering experiments, and compete in a team challenge. Come unlock the doors to your future with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
  • December 13, 2013 1:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    In the midst of holiday shopping? Use this link to access Amazon and Amazon will make a donation to CGCC.  Yes, it is that simple. The link also is available on our Home page. Thanks for supporting CGCC.
  • November 24, 2013 10:09 AM | Leslie Contos
    Public Libraries are evolving to increasingly reflect the digital information age.  You have probably already downloaded  e-books from your library website and your kids may have checked out computer games from the local branch.

    There is also a current movement to create digital media spaces and makerspaces within libraries. In Chicago, the library system has partnered with Digital Youth Network to create an expanding YOUmedia program which provides spaces filled with computers, tablets, digital cameras, editing software, and mentorship for any teen with a Chicago library card.  A makerspace is also open at Harold Washington Library, offering 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutter, milling machine and design software. 

    What's important to understand is that this is not an isolated phenomenon; it is a national movement within public libraries.  The idea of a library makerspace likely won't be a new idea for your local librarian; and resources for librarians such as websites offering project ideas for library maker spaces are popping up. Since this may already be on their radar as a program for consideration; now may be a great time to encourage your local library to create a makerspace in your community.

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