UT to host summer camp for gifted, talented students

June 25, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The future promises to challenge tomorrow’s leaders, scientists and creators who are the students of today. And a unique summer program at The University of Toledo is preparing these future leaders with activities that challenge thinking and celebrate learning.

The Gifted, Talented, Creative Summer Camp, known as GT@UT, will challenge primary, middle and junior high students with interesting programs Monday through Friday, June 25-29, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on UT’s Main Campus.

The UT women’s basketball team will assist with a “CSI Toledo” mystery in which the campers are called to help solve a “crime” in Savage Arena. Participants also will pitch their innovations to a panel of business and community leaders as part of an “Entrepreneurship Shark Tank.”

The camps also will include “The Great Outdoors – Campus Edition” botany experiments, and “The Writer’s Life” and “Occupy Earth: Becoming Global Citizens” activities to document their experiences via the written word and directing and producing a new media short video.

“This is a positive experience for gifted and talented children who get the opportunity to explore their interests beyond a traditional school setting,” said Dr. Robert Schultz, program director and UT professor of gifted education and curriculum studies. “The number of participants has doubled since last year’s camp, and we look forward to the program continuing to grow.”

The camp is open to students enrolled in third through eighth grade who have been identified as gifted/talented/creative by their school district or can provide a letter of recommendation by a teacher or gifted program coordinator.

GT@UT is in its third year and is the only gifted and talented program offered in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The program will conclude Friday, June 29, when parents and guests are welcome to hear the students share their experiences.

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