Summer Gifted Studies Program

 Summer Gifted Studies Program

June 11-16, 2017

Program Cost: $675.00

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Program Description:

Exciting Explorations, Delightful Discoveries, and Wild Wonders await your child this summer at The Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.  Our summer programs provide unique learning opportunities that challenge students to build on their curiosity about the world in which they live.  Each course is infused with accelerated academic content that will stretch the imagination and fascinate the interests of students of all ages.  Don’t miss out on the chance to experience new activities, make new friends, and have fun!

 The Summer Gifted Studies Program, a one-week residential program, is designed for intellectually gifted students currently in grades 4-8 with intelligence  quotients of 121 or above on an individually administered IQ test. (In other words, students must have completed 4th grade to enroll.) 

Alternately, students may provide scores at the 91st percentile or above on a nationally-normed  achievement test.  The program enhances the cognitive abilities of gifted students through planned enrichment and acceleration activities.  Content areas are combined with processing skills to enable students to explore a wide variety of topics. 

Students will be housed in dormitories on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.  Instructional activities will be conducted in  classrooms and laboratories on the campus. Recreational activities and cultural events will be included, based upon   availability.  Tuition includes room, board, recreational activities, and limited accident insurance. 

Grades 4-6 (Students must have completed one of these grades)

 A Lawyer’s Tale (ELA/Research/Debate)

Join us as we engage in Fairy Tale Court where participants will encounter their favorite heroes, heroines, and characters through the pages of traditional fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel.  Learn the language of the court as we explore burden of proof, affidavits, closing arguments, and the concepts of ethics, justice, and fairness. 


Your day in court puts you in the hot seat as we role play during our mock trial.  Will you be the lawyer, witness, defendant, or a member of the jury?  As a member of either the prosecution or the defense you will help to present your case.  What will the ruling be in the case of the Three Little Pigs?


Spy Master 101 (Math/Forensics/History)

Don’t blow your cover!  Explore the history and science of the exciting world of the intelligence community. Cryptography and code breaking are just the beginning of understanding how to develop your alter ego.  Learn from the master spies who got caught known throughout history such as Benedict Arnold and Aldrich Ames.  The world of espionage continues to develop new techniques to overcome even the sneakiest of spies. How sneaky are you?

Help us ferret out the identities of the other covert operators in your class by using the tools of forensic science.  Learn about fingerprinting, shattered glass, and more.  Follow the clues from crime scene investigations and analysis.  How well can you evade detection, develop misdirection, and logically deduce the culprit?


Mapping the Code: Landmarks of Genetics and DNA (Science/History)

Is that your mother’s nose in the middle of your face?  Are those your father’s eyes that stare back at you from the mirror?  What does it mean to be dominant or recessive?   Come explore with us as we study genes, the building blocks of life!  Develop a hands-on understanding of cells as we perform a Kiwi DNA extraction, examine fingerprints, and “branch-out” into the realm of identifying individual traits. 


We will examine the usefulness and diversity of our many observable traits through the lenses of history and medicine.  From Punnet and Mendel to Watson and Crick to the Human Genome Project, delve into the fascinating world of genetics.


Grades 5-7 (students must have completed one of these grades)

Building a Star-Wars Galaxy (Physics/Design/Engineering)

Let the force awaken your inner scholar!  We will turn Star Wars inside out as we celebrate the myriad of ways that the movie phenomenon has changed our world.  How does Yoda speak Shakespeare? What historical analogies are revealed using the power of the force?  Understand the physics of space battles, create new worlds, and enter the creature shop if you dare!


This multi-disciplinary study examines the ways in which pop-culture changes our expectations of our world and the ways in which we learn about it.  Come join us to see if the force is strong in you!


Grades 6-8 (students must have completed one of these grades)

Mummy Mania (Anthropology)

Did you know mummies have been found wearing hats? And did you know for thousands of years many people made a living by stealing mummies? Just what do various mummies from different continents and countries look like?


This one is not for the faint of heart as we study mummies and artifacts that could be over 6, 500 yrs. old. We discover mummies from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, and ancient Egypt.

Whether the mummy was intentionally embalmed or naturally mummified from the climate we will delve into Peat Bog, Ice, and Desert mummies.  The origins and processes by which they were mummified and rituals and science of mummification will be explored.


Pathways to Taking Stock: Dollar Sense (Economics/Math)

So what is the stock market, what are some ways to invest, and most of all what are my risks and rewards? Let’s not forget however Ponzi schemes, stock market crashes, and most of all “show me the dividends!”


Have you got an Eagle Eye for Investing?  Students will command and learn an economics vocabulary of personal financial literacy: financial terms, the basics of investing, and the history of the stock market.


Students will engage in a stock market game, where they use their wits while forming a board of directors and running their own company.


Neuroscience: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain (Science)

This is an exciting time for neuroscience as we move away from questionnaires to brain imaging scans that actually look at the organ that controls our movement, thoughts, emotions, and personality. Learn about historical examinations and how they measure up to current methods such as CAT scans and MRIs. 


You will be able to map the functions of the brain and develop your own metacognitive strategies to help you learn more. We will trace changes in the brain as people age and explore the realm of mental illusions as a way to give you the clues that unlock your own mental secrets.


Program Costs:

1. A NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $20.00 must be paid at the time of application.  If selected for enrollment, this fee will be applied to the cost of the program.

2, The total cost of the program is $675.00 and includes room and board, meals, and limited accident insurance.


Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of scholarships is available for this program. Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need, student achievement and promise, and the availability of funds.  We will award scholarships until available funds are depleted, therefore early application is advisable.  We cannot guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive aid.  Please be courteous to your school administration and recommenders by allowing adequate time for mail delivery. NO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

Students interested in receiving scholarships for this program must provide the following:

  • evidence of financial need
  • evidence of good standing in their school or learning community,
  • two letters of recommendation from teachers, community leaders, or other non-family members who are aware of the student’s abilities
  • one of the following

a.  One essay: 500 words maximum on the topic, “What does being gifted mean to me?”

b.  A portfolio showcasing creative ability in arts, drama, dance, or music. Each entry must be accompanied by an explanation, written by the student, relating how the entry evidences his or her ability or need for extra opportunities.

Student portfolios should contain a minimum of three but not more than 10 items. Images should be inserted into a Word document (or similar software) with the student’s explanation next to or just below the image.  Save the entire collection of images as a .pdf file before uploading it to the scholarship application.