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Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities - also see the link at the bottom

Summer Stem Camps are specifically intended for 9-14 year old gifted/talented students around the area. These are one-day, all-day camps to make it easier for families from other towns to participate.
Link to our summer camp page: STEM@SSM summer camp page. Link to our flyer/handout: STEM@SSM Summer Camp Flyer

 Free summer engineering event for 6-8th grade girls Sponsored by Purdue Women in Engineering Program  Please sign up online to join us at Purdue University (West Lafayette) for this FREE event: “Engineering FYI: For Your Imagination”  You’ll learn about being an engineer and how Purdue engineers are helping to change the world in which we live!  Activities and role models in this program are geared toward girls who are currently in 6-8th grade. Please plan to register at your earliest convenience as space is limited.

Computer Programming Workshops University of Minnesota, Rochester July Grades 9 – 12 Web Page Design or Beginning C++ Game Programming Limited Scholarship Contact: or 507 258-8053

Lego MindStorms Camp  Grades 7-8 Registration 
Winona State University  or 507-474-3900

Camp Invention Grades 7-8 Registration 
Winona State University  or 507-474-3900

Creative Writing Camp 3-6 (a.m. session) or 6-12 (p.m. session).
Campers will discover at the end of the week that they have a wealth of material for story settings, characters and plots – and the confidence to keep writing.
Monday-Friday, August  For more information, go to . To register, call 507-732-7616, or stop by Crossings at 320 East Ave. in Zumbrota.

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
Grades 6 through 12: nine-month honors and AP courses including Physics, Latin and Economics Grades 6 through 12 also may be interested in taking a nine-month course in nine weeks -- GLL’s Accelerated Summer Option – which includes Algebra/Trig, Philosophy and Computer Programming C++.
More information – including a complete list of course offerings and the online application -- is available at

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth is a summer enrichment program for talented 5th - 12th graders during June at Ramsey JH in St. Paul. For more information visit

Apogee for students completing grades 4- 6 and Spectrum for students completing grades 7-9 are two residential programs sponsored by the Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL  for more information.

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) This residential program offers many different classes at college campuses around the country. The mission of the SIG is to “provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs.” For additional information call (866) 303-4744 or visit

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) Engineering Drama Math Photography Writing Science K-9
College of William and Mary - two sessions: July  . Each session features a variety of classes, taught by expert teachers, in which gifted children can explore their interests, gain a more in depth understanding of advanced material and enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills. SEP is also a great place for these children to meet peers who share their interests.
The College of William and Mary- Summer_2013_revised4_1.pdf
Maggie Walker (Richmond)- Summer_2013_MW.pdf
For more information please contact: Dr. Mihyeon Kim (757-221-2458;, Ms. Monique Sims (757-221-2362; or Ms. Laura Ionescu (757-221-2362;

Junior Statesmen Summer Opportunities at Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford This is a challenging, dynamic academic experience for students who have a passion for politics and government.

Science Museum of Minnesota Summer camps in St. Paul and other locations for students of all ages. To request a catalog, email, or call 651-221-4511 or watch for online catalog and more information on their website

Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) , Edgewood College, Madison; July; Grades 7-8, plus qualified sixth graders; 12 course offerings
STEP is designed to prepare students to take on the challenges of more rigorous coursework, to position themselves for highly successful high school years, and to begin the college decision process. Accelerated enrichment courses promote self-discovery while challenging students to their intellectual best and to appreciate their abilities. Host school Edgewood College is near numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the state capital.
For more information, or to receive a catalog, contact WCATY at 608-271-1617, Our catalog can also be downloaded from our website homepage at .

Great Books Summer Program at Amherst or Stanford University
We take up the Great Conversation and great debates of classic literature, looking at timeless questions like: What is the good life? What do I owe my neighbors? What must I do in the face of injustice? Sessions are offered for two age groups: the Intermediate Program, for those entering grades 6-8, and; the Senior Program, for those entering grades 9-12. Students choose between one, two, or three week sessions.

Minnesota Business Venture St Cloud State U or St John’s University 9-12 graders participate with business mentors exploring business interests, investing & leadership.  Scholarships available

Concordia Language Villages Around Bemidji, MN 1 week, 2 week, or 4 week June-August Ages 7-18 Language villages in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, 1 week exploratory, 2 week immersion or 4 week HS credit or College credit From 
Schedule and registration materials are on the website.
Scholarships available

Carleton Summer Writing Program Carleton College, Northfield, MN July Current Juniors who possess strong reading & writing abilities. Intensive Writing experience
Minnesota Aviation Career Education ACE Camp Twin Cities June  Current 9,10,11 grade students who would like to explore aviation careers. Aviation facilities, personnel, flying experience & demonstrations in air traffic control, pilot training are part of this experience
Scholarships - Apply early

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth Macalester College, St Paul June, July Current 7-12 graders – Variety of classes including Acting, drawing & painting, forensics, CSI, , architecture, Latin etc. . Scholarships

Academic Enrichment
Programs in Twin Cities & Greater MN Varies - Ages 6-25 Programs include Law, Art, Theater, Math & Science, Business & Technology, Writing, Music, & camps – see booklet on website Cost: varies Scholarships are available with some.

MN Conservation Corps Summer Youth Program Residential Camp – around St Croix June
Ages 15-18 Working on Conservation projects, educational and environmental activities
No Cost – Students receive a weekly living allowance for working 35 hr/week. - Apr 24 application deadline

MN State Patrol Camp Camp Ripley August Ages 16-19 No Criminal record. Interest in Law Enforcement
No Cost June 1 – Deadline

Information on various national programs can be found on the school district’s gifted and talented links page under “Academics>Gifted and Talented Programs>Links” or on the Hoagie’s Gifted website

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