Saturday Gifted Studies Program
The Saturday Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is designed to enhance cognitive and affective abilities of gifted students through planned enrichment/acceleration programming. Emphasis is placed on participation in areas that provide in-depth analysis of specific topics in small-group activities with other gifted youth.
The Saturday Gifted Studies Program serves students in grades PK4 - 12.
Eligibility: An IQ score of 120 or higher or a score of 90% or higher on a standardized test.
January 18 - March 1, 2014
2014 Class Descriptions
It's a Small World After All
The little creatures comprising the world of insects will be studied. Students will explore the structure, life cycle and behavior of various insects. Through a variety of experimentation and obervation activities, The students will become involved in the scientific process and will discover ways of thinking like scientists.
What Makes Us Tick?
Students will study our organ systems through models of the heart, the lungs, the eye, etc. Group activities and discussions will be followed with creative activities in developing models in a variety of media.
Kindergarten - Grade 1
Journey into Space
Do you hve dreams of being an astronaut? From space stations to cosmic creatures, the world of space will be explored. Studens will go on a "journey" into space, discovering the solar system, space travel and the life of an astronaut. They will use predictions, creative problem solving, role playing, and simulations as they participate in a "space adventure".
Animals! Animals! Animals!
Students will study creaturs great and small in this observation of familiar and unusual animals. Divergent and critcal thinking skills will be exercised as students work independently and in small groups to explore a variety of species and analyze interactions with man and nature.
Fun Seeker’s Science
The students will participate each eek in a hands-on scientific experiment and learn the related principles. Also incorporated into the course of study is an opportunity to think creatively in solving problems.
Adventures in Architecture
Our world is composed of shapes, shapes and more shapes. Learn how circles, squares, triangles, and solids are used by architects and builders to design the spaces in which we live, work and play. The students will design houses and buildings of the future - possibly thier own!
Students will learn the basics of Spanish grammar, expression, and culture through an interactive program and become familiar with Spanish culture through a variety of activities. Students will learn to communicate in Spanish by reading and writing stories, learning and singing songs, and creating art.
Rock On! An Introduction to Geology
Students will develop an understanding of the geological history of the earth and the processs of fossilization. Students will analyze the difference between a rock and a mineral, will learn how to correclate the three rock groups with the rock cycle, and will learn to describe and utilize criteria used to classify rocks. A variety of hands-on activities, both group and individual, will facilitate learning.
Students will explore laws that specifically affect youth and will analyze the effects of selected laws on society, technology, and the environment. Activities will include problem solving, group discussions, and exploration of legal issues with the intent of enabling students to formulate their own opinions on legal issues and conceptualize the connections between law and life.
Author! Author! An Introduction to Creative Writing
What are the components of an interesting story or poem? This course incorporates the elements and structure of good writing into the students' presentations of original ideas. The students will compare various styles of writing and will create their own books.
We are constantly being called upon to make judgments and explain our reasons for them. By preparing and participating in debates, studens will develop thier skills of inquiry, reasoning, and communication and apply these in makking reasoned jusgements on topics of current interest and significance.
Psychology: Discovering Yourself
Students will explore the world of psychology by studying thier thoughts and actions. Several topics within the field of psychology will be introduced, such as development, personality, intelligence, and socialization. Applications to our daily lives will be explored through the participation in self-awareness activities.
Everything You Need to Know about Going to College
It is never to early to plan for college. Academic, social, and economic components of planning for college will be explorred. Join us in preparing for the college experience. Information on completeing the application process, scholarships, and more will be explored.
Forensic Science is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Students will be introduced to such topics as crime scene investigation, photgraphy, fngerprintiing analysis, trace evidence, packaging and presentation of evidence, fiber and hair comparison, and glass reconstruction.
If you have attended Saturday Gifted Studies, Summer Gifted Studies, or Academically Talented Youth in the past you can apply online below:
First time students