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  • January 24, 2019 12:36 PM | Linda Zanieski (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 | Linda Zanieski (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 | Linda Zanieski (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 | Linda Zanieski (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 | Linda Zanieski (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

  • December 08, 2018 7:57 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Following major renovations, the entire first floor of the Sulzer Regional Library (4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago) is now dedicated to children's services. They have three play spaces for babies-toddlers, toddlers-young children, and older kids. They offer programs for ages 0-5 every day at 10am.

    Here are a few upcoming programs:

    Chess Club (Grades 3+ / Ages 8+)

    4-5 pm, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month: Dec. 13 & 27, Jan. 10 & 24, & Feb. 14, 4-5 pm

    Our chess expert is ready to teach you the basics or help you improve your game. No registration required.

    Chicago Student Invention Convention (Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-13)

    4-5 pm, Jan. 2, 16 & 30, Feb. 6 & 20

    This program takes students through the invention process from brainstorming to presenting a prototype, emphasizing skills such as creative problem-solving, resilience, and communication. Students are encouraged to attend all five sessions if possible and may be invited to attend the city-wide Invention Convention in April.

    Tween Book Club (Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-13)

    4-5 pm, Dec. 26 & Jan. 23

    Please join our popular middle grade book club as we read and discuss a book selected by the group. Stop by the Children's Reference Desk or check the book club shelves by the elevator for the latest title. Please register online at

    Tween Service Learning Club (Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-14)

    3-4 pm, Dec. 27 & Jan. 24

    Service Learning Club participants complete volunteer hours by working on prepared tasks and projects that will vary month to month. If interested in more hours, you can develop a project with a staff member during this time. No registration required.

    Tween Writing Club (Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-13)

    4-5 pm, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, & Feb. 13

    Meet other young writers and hone your skills. No registration required, but space is limited to 10 participants.

    Check our their web site for a complete listing of programs for all ages.

  • November 27, 2018 1:09 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Davidson Fellows Scholarship –


    2019 Davidson Fellows $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 Scholarships

    The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high-achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a 2019 Davidson Fellow, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. Applicants must submit an original piece of work that is recognized as significant by experts in the field and that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, 2019. 

  • November 18, 2018 1:19 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    The Students Involved with Technology Conference is an annual conference for 3rd through 12th grade students, occurring at several sites throughout Illinois. It originated in Bloomington-Normal and has since expanded. So what makes the SIT Conference stand out? It is also completely presented by 3rd-12th grade students. While adult volunteers from local schools and the community help the day run smoothly, all presentations are prepared and presented by the students!

    The 2019 Students Involved with Technology Conference will be February 9, 2019 from  8:30-2:00.

    Please note:

    • Persons NOT registered for the conference will NOT be allowed to enter a conference site. 
    • A $15 processing fee will be charged for registration cancelled prior to January 16, 2019. No refunds will be issued after deadline. There are NO on-site registrations or attendee substitutions.


    Participant, Presenter & Sponsor Registration
    Volunteer Registration

    See for complete details.
  • October 31, 2018 1:26 PM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Amazon has a program whereby not for profits can receive money when people shop, called Amazon Smile.  This week (through November 2nd) Amazon has increased the percentage they give from 0.5% to 5%! Won't you consider designating CGCC as your Amazon Smile recipient?

  • October 24, 2018 4:51 PM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Do you know a gifted child with financial constraints who could do so much given just a little boost? There are three scholarships available for gifted children in Illinois. Nominations are due in November - so do not delay! Nominate them today!

    Carole Morreale Scholarship for a students in grade 1 - 8 demonstrating excellent in language arts or math. This is a $1000 cash award named in honor of an early IAGC member and tireless advocate for gifted children. Learn more here:

    Distinguished Student Scholarship provides up to $1000 to support for a student in grade 9 - 12 in an academic endeavor. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas: visual or performing arts, academic achievement, or service and leadership. Learn more here:

    SENG GERI Scholarship for a middle school student to attend a two week long residential STAR camp through the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University. Learn more here:

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