Unique Summer Program Courses for Gifted Students from Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University

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From food science to graphic novel writing to nanotechnology, Center for Talent Development courses offer gifted students an opportunity to challenge themselves and explore their interests in depth over the summer.

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University has added three new unique course themes to its very successful academic Summer Program for gifted students—culinary science, nanotechnology, and graphic novel writing. In the summer of 2011, gifted students can take courses that focus on the science of food, including “Kitchen Kaboom” for elementary students and “Culinary Science: Eat to Live, Live to Eat!” for high school students. The second new option explores the creative processes required to write graphic novels. The “Comics & Graphics Novels” course is a great fit for the program given Northwestern University’s collection of more than 25,000 comics. Finally, an Engineering & Design science course has been developed with NU’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which introduces students to nanotechnology.

“We’re pleased and excited to offer these new courses for gifted students,” comments Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. “They’re a great addition to our already extensive list of course offerings which includes more than 150 engaging enrichment, high school honors and Advanced Placement selections.” Serving students in grades PreK through 12, CTD’s six age-specific academic summer programs offer high-quality courses from lab sciences to creative writing, allowing students to develop their talents and explore in depth an area of great interest or passion.

In addition incorporating new course offerings, CTD is also expanding its Leapfrog summer program for gifted students in PreK through grade 3. There are now more all-day offerings and afternoon courses to choose from in Chicago, Skokie, Palatine and in Naperville, Illinois at Ss Peter & Paul School (replaces the Glen Ellyn site). Leapfrog also has a new four-day pre-session “week” of “favorite courses” in Skokie, Illinois. Plus, CTD’s 2-week academic summer enrichment program for gifted students in grades 4 through 6 has more course offerings and a new name: Solstice.

As in the past, there are a variety of 1-, 2- and 3-week sessions available and gifted students completing grade 4 or above may choose to reside on Northwestern University’s Evanston, Illinois, campus – a great chance to try college life. Last year more than 3,800 students participated in CTD’s academic Summer Program. These students come from more than 40 countries and almost all of the 50 U.S. states. Financial aid is offered for CTD’s Summer Program.

Applications are being accepted for summer 2011, but the May 16 deadline is approaching. Courses are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. All program information and the application are available online.

If you have any questions about the CTD Summer Program or need additional information e-mail CTD directly at summer(at)ctd(dot)northwestern(dot)edu, call at 1-847-491-3782 (extension 2) or visit the Summer Program web site. http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/summer/

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