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  • May 05, 2014 1:34 PM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)
    Taking a cue from the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, The Hoagies Gifted Education Page has started a Blog Hop.  What's that you say?  It is an invitation for bloggers to blog on a topic.  For the month of May the topic is The "G" Word.  A brief blurb and a link to each blog is available on the Hoagies Blog Hop page.

    Enjoy the hopping! 

    Next month: Gifted@Play

  • April 27, 2014 8:56 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    For many architects, building with LEGOs was their first step towards cultivating a mind for design, and they often return to this classic toy to spark their imagination. Today, sets like the LEGO Architecture Studio are more sophisticated and versatile than ever, appealing to teens and adults as well. Building with this set at the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF is a fun way for people to get inspired by architecture and learn the fundamentals while creating their own designs!

    Every Sunday in 2014, they host workshops led by guest designers, offering two sessions each day with themes that change monthly to drive the topics of discussion and kinds of structures that guests build. The studios are open to all, and visitors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

    TIME: Two shifts (12pm – 2pm; 2:30pm – 4:30pm)
    COST: $10 non-members, $5 members
    LOCATION: CAF Design Studio, 224 S. Michigan Ave 

    2014 Schedule of Themes:

    April: Scale 
    May: Space
    June: Repetition
    July: Landmarks
    August: Surface
    September: Mass
    October: Symmetry
    November: City Scale
    December: Home for the Holidays

    For complete details see the Chicago Architecture Foundation web site.

  • April 21, 2014 6:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) encourages students to explore problem-solving and thinking methods of scientists as they pursue their own research. NIU is proud to host the 2014 State Science Fair Exposition. Attend the public viewing on May 3 to see the best of the science projects by Illinois students.  The viewing is from Noon - 3 at NIU's Convocation Center.  See the IJAS web site for complete details.

  • April 09, 2014 12:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    The Davidson Institute is seeking gifted teens who are interested in attending the 2014 THINK Summer Institute.  THINK is a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where students can earn up to six college credits by completing two university courses. The 2014 THINK Summer Institute will run from July 12 through Aug. 2. Tuition is $3,400 and covers course credits, books and materials, room and board and the cost of planned activities. Need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, students must be 13 to 16 years old during THINK and must meet or exceed composite SAT score of 1130 (excludes writing portion) or ACT score of 26.  The new application deadline is April 30, 2014. Homeschooled students are eligible to apply. To learn more about THINK, please visit


  • April 05, 2014 8:25 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)


    Every Saturday morning beginning April 5, through June 7, 2014; lectures start at 11:00 a.m. (No lecture on May 24th [Memorial Day Weekend])

    Lecturer: Elise Jennings, Kavli Postdoctoral Scholar and Simons Foundation Fellow, Enrico Fermi Institute
    Topic: "Cosmic Cartography - Exploring an Expanding Universe"

    Kersten Physics Teaching Center
    5720 S. Ellis Avenue, Room 106
    Chicago, IL 60637

    The discovery that the expansion of the Universe is being accelerated by a mysterious force that cosmologists call "Dark Energy" has had an immense impact and is the most exciting area of research in Cosmology today. The 2011 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who found the first direct evidence of this acceleration by observing the brightness of exploding stars in the Universe. These astonishing observations have ignited a race towards an even bigger discovery - what is Dark Energy? Unravelling the nature of Dark Energy is one of the most important problems facing cosmologists and will answer profound questions about fundamental physics in our Universe.

    In these lectures Dr. Jennings will describe the cutting-edge of current research which tries to make sense of Dark Energy and the accelerating expansion. Uncovering the nature of Dark Energy will require exciting cosmic detective work gathering evidence, formulating theories and testing new ideas in the largest laboratory available to us - the Universe. The lectures require no mathematical or scientific background; just bring your curiosity.

    Additional information can be found here.

  • April 04, 2014 1:54 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    New from the Field Museum:

    Are you ready for the most fun two weeks of your life? The Digital Learning Summer Programs are FREE to all participants and are crash courses in the newest scientific research and media technology. Students will be immersed in an intensive short workshop where they will design anything from games to instruments to catapults. These creations will help teach the public about the discoveries happening at The Field Museum. You will get the opportunity to be the voice for science.

    Game Design

    Game Design is an intensive one-and-a-half week game design workshop for middle school-aged teens and tweens. In this program, teens will learn about how birds communicate and then create game prototypes for their friends to play. Family members and friends are invited to the Museum on the final day of the program for a play event.

    Dates: June 23 – July 3
    Time: 9am - 3pm
    Age: Must be 12-13 years old to participate

    Biomechanics Design

    Ever wondered how the cheetah is able to reach top speeds or how birds fly? Explore these phenomena and others in the exhibition The Machine Inside: Biomechanics. Then put your creative talents to work by designing a catapult! How far can you fly?

    Dates: July 14 – July 25 
    Time: 9am - 3pm 
    Age: Must be 14-17 years old to participate

    Sound Design

    Sound Design is an intensive two-week sound design workshop that investigates the field of Anthropology through the lens of music. In this program, teens will explore how cultures around the world have created instruments and music that is reflective of their history and environment. Teens will learn to sample audio, create soundscapes that represent their community, and share their sound productions on the final day of the program to family and friends.

    Dates: July 28 – August 8 
    Time: 9am - 3pm 
    Age: Must be 14-17 years old to participate

    Open Studio

    Teens who have participated in any of these summer camps are invited to come back and put the finishing touches on their project during open studio hours.

    Dates: August 11 – August 15
    Time: 10am - 2pm 
    Youth who have participated in at least one of the 2014 summer camps are welcome.

    Learn more about these summer programs. 

    Apply now!

     All applications are due May 9th.

  • March 17, 2014 12:16 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    You may have heard of the Splash! and Cascade! programs offered by the University of Chicago.  A new program, Droplet!, has been added for 2014.  Droplet! is a one-day program fro high school students to engage in hands-on activities to learn about interesting topics they may never have seen before in high school. Like Splash!, Droplet! allows students to meet college students and other high school students in a fun context.  Unlike Splash! or Cascade!, Droplet! primarily will use interactive learning.  Like the other programs, Droplet! is free to attend.  Droplet! will take place at the University of Chicago on May 3.  Registration begins April 5.  See for details on all programs.
  • March 17, 2014 11:39 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Don't forget to order your tickets - only $4.50 per person - for the Wonders of Science show at Femilab on April 6. Tickets have to be ordered in advance.  The annual show is for students in grades 2 - 7 and their parents.  Award winning high school chemistry teachers present a fast-paced series of demonstrations on chemical and physical phenomena that will involve yuor young scientists mentally and, at times, physically! Click here for complete details, including ticket information.

  • March 10, 2014 10:34 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Today's "Fermilab Today" newsletter contains news that the new documentary "Particle Fever" opens Friday, March14 at the AMC Showplace Naperville 16 and the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.   In select showings at the AMC in Naperville, audience members will be treated to a special Q&A with scientists on Large Hedron Collider (LHC) experiments. "Particle Fever" follows several scientists in their search for the Higgs Boson at CERN's LHC in the years running up to the discovery. See the film's web site to view the official trailer.

  • March 06, 2014 1:22 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Submissions now are being accepted from students ages 8 - 18 for the International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards.  The submission deadline is August 8, 2014.  Students are invited to submit their finest creative work to help celebrate the great legacy of educator and creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, author of more than 2,000 test, articles, and books.  There are four categories:  Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music Composition and Inventions.  See flyer for complete details.

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