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May 7, 2007

Summer camps offered for gifted students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Keeping children active and involved during the summer months can be a challenge for parents, especially parents of gifted and talented children.

To fill that need, Purdue University's College of Education's Gifted Education Resource Institute is sponsoring summer camps for academically, creatively and artistically gifted children from age 4 through 12th grade.

Summer residential camp offers interactive classes in mathematics, science and technology, visual and performing arts, language arts and interdisciplinary courses for children who have completed grades 5-12. Campers, who stay in the residence halls, select from one and two-week sessions June 17 through July 14.

Sessions are organized by age group. Recreational activities, including swimming, bowling, game tournaments and field trips are available outside of class.

"The institute has provided a residential summer camp for 30 years," said Rebecca Mann, GERI associate director. "Our talented staff provides stimulating and fun classes and activities that will expand children's imagination and abilities. The aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering courses are two of the campers' favorites."

Other popular courses include video journalism, 3-D computer modeling and robotics.

The registration deadline for summer residential camp is May 14.

The Super Summer day camp offers a variety of courses for children who have completed pre-K through grade four. Subjects include mathematics, science and technology, visual and performing arts, language arts and interdisciplinary courses. The first session takes place June 4-8, followed by the second session June 11-15. Half- or full-day options are available. Popular courses include Mini-Med School, A Trip through the Rainforest and Animal Encounters.

The registration deadline for Super Summer day camp is May 21. Registrations received after their due dates will be assessed a late fee and are contingent upon eligibility and class availability. Applications for each camp can be downloaded at http://www.purdue.edu/geri .

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Rebecca Mann, (765) 494-7243, rlmann@purdue.edu

Tonya Agnew, College of Education communications director, (765) 494-0568, tragnew@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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