Gifted and Talented Programs
Kids' College Canceled for 2020
Kids’ College is hosted on Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus. MSU will provide all instruction online this summer, therefore we will not have access to their buildings. Although we are disappointed we to cancel the Kids’ College gifted and talented program, we also want our families and staff to be safe and healthy. We hope you will consider our program offerings next summer.
Refunds of registration fees were processed on April 13, 2020. Please contact Lonnie Thomas if you have any questions regarding the refund.
Our instructors are looking forward to providing exciting instruction for Kids’ College in July 2021. Kids’ College is a collaborative venture which improves and expands educational offerings for students who have outstanding abilities and/or potential talent in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Kids’ College is for students currently in grade 4 and grade 5.
Next year, your student may be ready for Math Scholars’ University, a two-week program designed to serve students who are identified as having high abilities or interest in mathematics. This program challenges students to develop a better understanding of mathematics through the use of problem solving applications, mathematical reasoning and collaboration. Math Scholars' University is for students currently in grade six and grade seven.
Both Kids’ College and Math Scholars’ University are sponsored by Ingham Intermediate School District and partially funded by grants from The W.B. and Candace Thoman Foundation.
We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing your student next year for one of Ingham ISD’s Gifted and Talented summer programs!
Kids' College 2020
The Gifted and Talented Office of Ingham Intermediate School District and Michigan State University are pleased to announce the 34th year of Kids’ College for talented students. This collaborative venture improves and expands educational offerings for students who have outstanding abilities and/or potential talent in the content areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The content focus for 2020 is “Energy." Kids' College is for students currently in grades four and five. This program is sponsored by Ingham Intermediate Schools District and partially funded by grants from The W.B. and Candace Thoman Foundation.
To be eligible for participation, a student:
- Must currently be in grade 4 or grade 5
- Must attend school in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton or Shiawassee counties with preference being given to students from Ingham County
- Should have an interest in science
- Must have demonstrated high potential for development in the sciences
- Must have parental permission to participate
The faculty for Kids’ College consists of experienced classroom teachers who have completed study in graduate level courses in gifted education and science education.
Kids’ College will operate from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 17, 2020 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am each weekday in Berkey Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.
Transportation must be provided by the parents/family to and from the program. Parents must have students at MSU by 8:30 am each day of the program. It is important that parents arrive between 11:30 and 11:45 am to pick up students. The program coordinator and instructors will be available at Berkey Hall from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. Specific instructions about where to drop off and pick up students will be given at the Orientation Meeting.
An Orientation session will be held at East Lansing High School on the first day of camp. All parents (including those with approved transportation assistance) must plan to attend. Here additional information will be shared including camp expectations as well as pick up and drop off instructions. The orientation will last approximately 30-45 minutes. Your student will then be taken by bus from the high school to Berkey Hall.
Kids' College 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns for student saftey.
Full scholarships and transportation assistance are available for students currently enrolled in the Lansing School District. A copy of your student's most recent progress report must be submitted for consideration.
Partial scholarships are available to students outside of the Lansing School District with proof of income. A copy of your 2019 federal tax return must be submitted for consideration (redact social security numbers please).
Virtual Math Scholars' University
Math Scholars' University
Math Scholars' University (formerly known as MASCOT) is a two-week program designed to serve students who are identified as having high abilities or interest in mathematics. This program challenges students to develop a better understanding of mathematics through the use of problem solving applications, mathematical reasoning and collaboration. Math Scholars' University is for students currently in grade six and grade seven. This program is sponsored by Ingham Intermediate School District and partially funded by grants from The W.B. and Candace Thoman Foundation.
The topics of Math Scholars' University are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the classroom during the school year. The choice of topics is based on current research in mathematics and knowledge about how children learn. The instruction focuses on cooperative learning and builds on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.
UPDATE: May 19, 2020
Math Scholars's University will be held virtually for 2020.
Teachers will work remotely to achieve our longstanding goal of fostering better mathematical thinkers with a focus on problem-centered learning and provide students with tasks that are “challenging but possible.”
Students will explore open-ended mathematical challenges and explain their reasoning. How students solve a problem is more important than having a “correct” answer.
Math Scholars' University is open to students who:
- are currently in grade 6 or 7
- have an interest in mathematics
- have demonstrated high potential for development in mathematics and related fields
Math Scholars' University will operate from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 17, 2020. Students will be expected to attend a one-hour Zoom session each morning. In addition, students will be provided with activities to be completed via Google Classroom and/or a pre-made workbook on their own each day.
The registration fee to attend Math Scholars' University is $165 per participant. Register at Math Scholars' University 2020.
Scholarships may be available for those in need, email Lonnie Thomas for information.
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Gifted and Talented programs are offered throughout the year in partnership with Michigan State University. For the most current information visit MSU Gifted and Talented Education.
LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Gifted and Talented programs are also offered at Lansing Community College Youth Programs.