Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment Opportunities and Programs in Virginia

PROGRAM DATES GRADE LEVEL FOCUS Web Address/Email/Telephone
Appalachian Regional Commission & Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Science-Technology- Engineering- Math Programs (summer residential) High School: July 7-20, 2018 Middle School: July 15-20, 2018 Middle and High School Students will conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers will work with science practitioners to develop STEM- related curriculum. Activities include lab time and visits to nearby industries, universities, and museums to experience real-world applications of science, math, and technology. https://www.arc.gov/program_areas/arcoakridge201 8summerprograms.asp https://www.orau.org/center-for-science- education/events/arc-ornl/default.aspx
BLAST-ODU, VT and UVA Summer Residential Camp June-August, 2018 Grades 8-9 Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm. http://blast.spacegrant.org/
College of William & Mary Shakespeare Summer Day Camp June-July, 2018 Ages 10-18 Aspiring Shakespearean actors. http://www.wm.edu/as/vsf/camps/
College of William & Mary, Center for Gifted Education Focusing on the Future February 3, 2018 Grades 6-12 Career and academic planning and information for both parents and students. http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate /future/index.php
College of William & Mary, Center for Gifted Education Saturday and Summer Enrichment Classes June 25-29 and July 9-13, 2018 Grades K-9 The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate /sep/
College of William and Mary LAUNCH (summer residential) July 15-28, 2018 Grades 7-8 Students will have the opportunity to take classes that are based upon science and writing curriculum units geared toward this population of students. http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/camp_launch /index.php
College of William and Mary Intro to Law February 24, and June-July, 2018 Grades 9-12 What is law? How is it made? How can judges change law? www.legaltechcenter.net Contact CLCT@wm.edu or (757) 221-2494
Constitutional Academy Washington, DC July 8-13, 2018 Grades 10-12 A week of deep discussions on critical issues and interaction with scholars, policy-makers, and national thought leaders. https://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/student s-programs-events/academy/
Discovery Education 3M: Young Scientist Challenge Video entries due in April 19, 2018 Grades 5-8 Students create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/
Emory & Henry College Summer Scholars (summer residential) June 17-22, 2018 Grades 6-9 The program offers a unique mix of learning activities designed to broaden academic interests and expose students to a college-like setting. http://www.ehc.edu/academics/summer-programs- and-camps/summer-scholars/
Emory & Henry College Leadership Institute Residential (summer residential) June 17-22, 2018 Grades 10-12 The program offers a unique mix of learning activities designed to broaden academic interests and expose students to a college-like setting while building the student’s leadership skills. http://www.ehc.edu/academics/summer-programs- and-camps/summer-scholars/
Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Program June 17-23 and June 24-30, 2018 Ages 9-13 Classes involve ACTIVE PARTICIPATION with a variety of daily projects and group activities. http://www2.ferrum.edu/fcsec/index.html
George Mason University Summer Ages 5-18 Academic, Visual & Performing Arts, Science & Technology, Recreation & Sports programs. http://summercamps.gmu.edu/
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp 4H Camp near Appomattox, VA June 18-23, 2018 Ages 13-16 Courses include Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Ecology, Reforestation and Tree Improvement, Tree Measurements, Environmental Protection, Wildlife Management, and Tree Identification. http://dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp
MathScience Innovation Center Camp Innovation Mechanicsville, VA July-August, 2018 Grades 4-9 Week-long courses on science, biology, computer technology, engineering, and more. https://www.mymsic.org/camp
National Building Museum Washington, DC July-August, 2018 Grades 2-7 The National Building Museum encourages families to discover architecture, design, and engineering in fun and interactive ways. https://www.nbm.org/learn/families/
National Institute of American History and Democracy & The Williamsburg Foundation Williamsburg, VA June-August, 2018 Grades 11-12 Students will travel daily to the museums, battlefields, archaeology sites, homes, and places where history lives. Learn not only the history of America but also what is being done to preserve it. Participate in an active archaeological dig and get your hands dirty looking for 18th-century artifacts. http://www.wm.edu/as/niahd/precollegiatesummer/ index.php
National Society for Gifted and Talented SCHOLARSHIPS Ongoing Grades 3-12 Scholarships http://www.nsgt.org/scholarships-available/national- scholarships/
National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) Charleston, WV June 27-July 21, 2018 Grade 12 Two students are chosen to represent Virginia Provide engaged learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions that extend and enhance the traditional K-12 school curriculum. Link to Camp and application info: http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/ Contact Eric Rhoades at the Virginia Department of Education for questions: Eric.Rhoades@doe.virginia.gov
National Wildlife Federation Submissions due March 15, 2018 Ages 11-19 Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it using journalistic techniques in writing, photography, or video. https://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/About/Take- Action/Young-Reporters-for-the-Environment- USA/Join-the-Competition
Odyssey of the Mind School Year Grades K-12 A problem-solving contest with challenges ranging from building mechanical devices to literary interpretations. http://odysseyofthemind.com/
PEG-Program for the Exceptionally Gifted- Mary Baldwin College School Year The coed Early College offers the opportunity for bright 16- and 17- year-old students to skip their final years of high school and immerse themselves in college at MBU. http://www.marybaldwin.edu/early-college//
Safari Camps Washington, D.C. Zoo June 25-August 17, 2018 Grades K-7 Week-long sessions include exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the Zoo (but no direct contact with animals). http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Education/Camps/DayCam p/
STEM iD Tech Camps Charlottesville, Williamsburg and Richmond locations June-August, 2018 Ages 7-17 Kids and teens discover coding, game development, robotics, and design in an inspiring, collegiate setting. https://www.idtech.com/locations/virginia-summer- camps/
Torrance Creativity Awards Mar – Aug Ages 8-18 International competition-Categories include creative writing, musical competition, inventions and visual arts. http://www.centerforgifted.org/torrance.html
University of Virginia Summer and Saturday Enrichment Classes January-February, 2018 (Saturdays) June-July, 2018 Grades K-5 Grades 4-10 Curriculum and instruction is designed to engage your child in authentic inquiries into major concepts and ideas of a field through critical, creative, and problem-based thinking/learning. Students in the program spend the morning and afternoon engaged in learning experiences designed to foster critical thinking, creative thinking, and inquiry processes. https://curry.virginia.edu/services- outreach/saturday-summer-enrichment- program/saturday-enrichment-program https://curry.virginia.edu/services- outreach/saturday-summer-enrichment- program/summer-enrichment-program
University of Virginia Writers Workshop at Sweetbriar College June-August, 2018 Grades 9-12 Participants learn strategies to invent, develop, and revise material using the writer’s most essential tools— language, imagination, craft, sight, and insight. http://theyoungwriters.org/summer-program
VA Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) NASA/Langley Research Center Hampton, VA June-July, 2018 Grade 11 Interactive on-line STEM learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/studentsacademy.html
VA Association of the Gifted (VAG) Summer Scholarships Ongoing Grades K-12 Scholarships http://www.vagifted.org/?page=StudSummScholarsh ips
VA Space Coast Scholars Wallops Island, VA June-August, 2018 Grade 10 With a focus on scientific exploration, students will be introduced to the science, engineering, and technology concepts that are integral to earth and space-based missions launched or conducted from Virginia’s Space Coast on the Eastern Shore. http://vscs.spacegrant.org/academy
VA Space Flight Academy- Wallops Island, VA June-August, 2018 Ages 11-16 Opportunity to build and launch model rockets. You also build and program robots to perform specific tasks. Add some drone flying to the mix, and you have the formula for a fun week at summer camp. http://vaspaceflightacademy.org/
Virginia Summer Regional Governor’s Schools (Students from participating school divisions are eligible – dependent upon location of program) June-August, 2018 Grades 3-12 Science, Visual & Performing Arts, Marine Biology, Math, Technology http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_s chool_programs/summer_regional/index.shtml
Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (VDOE) (Public, private and home- schooled students are eligible) June-August, 2018 Grades 11-12 Residential experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; math, science and technology; agriculture; mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_s chool_programs/summer_regional/index.shtml
VA Tech C-Tech2 June-July, 2018 GIRLS Grades 11-12 Spending time involved in hands-on activities designed to increase your interest in and knowledge of applications of engineering to real world situations. http://www.eng.vt.edu/ctech2
VA Tech IMAGINATION Camp July 23-27, 2018 Grades 7-8 Introduces participants to the exciting and fun world of technology, engineering, and science … not by watching, but by doing! http://www.eng.vt.edu/imagination
VA Tech Kids’ Tech University January-April, 2018 Ages 9-12 Hands-on STEM activities http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/program
VCU PIPELINE Elementary/Middle Grades K-12 It is never too early to jump-start a student’s interest in science and health careers. Middle school programs vary greatly and provide exposure to health careers, tutoring, and life-skill development. https://dhsd.vcu.edu/pipeline- programs/elementarymiddle/
VCU PIPELINE High School Grades 10-12 Our Pipeline programs for high school students are designed to assist in the college and career decision process. Learn from current college students, health care professionals, and researchers about the extensive and exciting options in the health care fields. https://dhsd.vcu.edu/pipeline-programs/high-school/
VCUarts Summer Intensive-Residential July 8-27, 2018 Grades 9-12 Develop practical knowledge and skills to prepare you for college-level performing arts auditions and/or the development of your application portfolio. http://arts.vcu.edu/summerintensive/
Virtual Virginia High School Students Variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses online www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/early_c ollege_scholars/index.shtml
Washington Youth Summit on the Environment & Field Ecology Conservation Program June 24-29, 2018 Grades 9-11 Interactive program that provides America is highest achieving high school students with an interest in the environment, conservation, and sustainability, and with the desire to explore careers in the fields of environmental science, conservation, policy, law, and engineering, with a remarkable opportunity. http://wyse.gmu.edu/

Note: Not all listed programs are specifically structured for gifted students. Some programs may have a cost associated with participation. Some programs may offer scholarships. Reference within this presentation to any specific commercial or non-commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Association for the Gifted.