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2017 - 2018 Museum Series 

We are revamping our museum series approach this year, and hope to have a plan posted here in October 2017.  Please help us by completing a survey on what you would like to see for our upcoming museum series.  

CGCC has offered museum classes to our members for some years.  These were historically classes led by museum personnel who had been helped by CGCC parents to understand  how to work with a room full of gifted children. Unfortunately, many museums no longer offer these classes, so a group of committed CGCC members has set about creating immersive and educational experiences for our gifted children at different museums around Chicago.  Please help us to make these programs work for families with gifted children like your own by completing this survey.

Field trips to museums are a great way to stimulate student learning outside of school, giving students a chance to make discoveries on their own or with their intellectual peers.  CGCC’s museum events yield much more than a traditional field trip.  Our museum team selects museum events that offer hands on learning experiences for participants that are rich and unique.   A CGCC team member previews every museum event.  Once a member of our team previews the museum event, a handout with learning extensions is prepared and provided to all participants prior to the museum event.  Throughout the tour of the museum, our team makes certain that participants have an opportunity to raise questions and discuss exhibit content, make real life connections, and share ideas.

Museum events are good for gifted children

Immersive field trips strengthen student observation skills and fuel students’ imaginations about possibilities, when witnessing the growth of hydroponic coral at the Shedd Aquarium, evaluating options for generating energy at Fermilab, or identifying minerals at Elmhurst’s Lizzadro Museum.  Not only do participants get to work with specialists at these sites, they also share ideas with their intellectual peers.  Research indicates that discussing with intellectual peers enhances learning as well as building social relationships. 

Thank you in advance for your assistance. This is an 8 question survey.  

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2016 - 2017 Museum Series 

This year we are breaking out and visiting all new places. Check out our line up:


February 1st, 2017 - Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst - Register Now

March 1st, 2017 - Oriental Museum, Chicago - Register Now

April 13th, 2017 - Chicago History Museum and International Museum of Surgical Science

Classes offered in the past few years have included:

Lederman Center at Fermilab, Batavia (November, 2016)

  • Raising cosmic questions
  • Understanding Genetics
  • Analyzing Dark Matter

Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago(October, 2016)
  • Traversing broadcast history
  • Viewing historic debates
  • Creating comedies and late night television
  • Cheering for your favorite spots heroes

The Field Museum

  • Mapping the Tree of Life Using DNA
  • Egypt Unwrapped
  • The Great Fossil Hunt
  • Uncovering the Art of Ancient American Pottery

The Shedd Aquarium

  • Habitat Exploration
  • Fish Dissection
  • Lakeshore Ecology

Please contact with any questions.

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