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Students, teachers participate in Center for Gifted Studies’ summer programs

Students who attended VAMPY this summer at WKU participated in numerous activities and classes. (WKU Photo by Clinton Lewis)

Students who attended VAMPY this summer at WKU participated in numerous activities and classes. (WKU Photo by Clinton Lewis)

More than 800 students and teachers from Kentucky, across the nation and around the globe participated in summer programs offered by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

215 attend VAMPY: For its 26th year, The Center for Gifted Studies’ Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) brought students from 54 school districts, nine states and two countries to the WKU campus. VAMPY provides advanced learning opportunities for academically gifted students who have just completed the seventh through 10th grades. In order to attend VAMPY, students must have earned a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT as a seventh grader. This year, 215 students were involved in the three-week program from June 28 to July 18. VAMPY classes met daily for the entire three weeks, allowing gifted young people to study one topic in great depth. This year, students could pick from 12 classes such as ancient civilizations, math, humanities, theater, forensic chemistry and physics. A rigorous and rewarding academic experience, VAMPY students traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the Holocaust museum, used chemistry to solve crimes, created and maintained a writing blog, and produced an original piece of theater. Outside of class, students had time for sports, dances, a special VAMPY carnival, a trip to a Bowling Green Hot Rods game, and a talent show. In 2010 the dates for VAMPY will be June 27-July 17. (More photos are available on the WKU Photo Blog.)

Nearly 200 participate in SCATS: Now in its 27th summer, The Center for Gifted Studies’ Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS) hosted nearly 200 participants, both residential and non-residential, from June 15 to 27. SCATS provides enhanced learning opportunities for academically talented students entering seventh through ninth grade. Young people from 53 school districts, 12 states and two countries took part in more than 30 exciting and challenging courses. During their time at SCATS, campers took four classes that met daily for the entire two weeks. The Center offered classes in a variety of topics such as acting, art, foreign languages, math, music, social studies, science and writing. Many campers chose unusual classes experiencing the complexity of robotics and the creative thrill of sand sculpting. Campers who chose to live on the WKU campus during the two-week program also took part in a variety of exciting activities outside the classroom such as sports, dances and a talent show. The dates for SCATS 2010 are June 14 to June 26. (More photos are available on the WKU Photo Blog.)

Teachers attend AP Institute: Since 1984, The Center for Gifted Studies’ Advanced Placement Summer Institute has assisted teachers in better understanding the demands of AP classrooms and high-ability learners. This summer, more than 400 teachers from 67 Kentucky counties, 21 states and four countries participated in the weeklong institute from June 28 to July 3. Endorsed by the College Board, The Center’s AP Institute offered more than 20 workshops for both beginning teachers and experienced AP teachers. AP Institute consultants are experienced Advanced Placement teachers who have demonstrated their ability to help other teachers prepare to teach AP classes. Many are table readers, table leaders, test writers, and even text authors for AP exams. Teachers left this year’s Institute with a wealth of resources and new ideas that they could take home with them and immediately implement in their classrooms. At the AP Summer Institute, teachers embrace the notion of providing a quality learning environment for their students by first challenging themselves to become better educators.

Contact: The Center for Gifted Studies at (270) 745-6323.

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