The Center for Gifted Education

Summer Quest Classes

Grade 2-3 Courses

Grade 2-4 Courses

Grade 3-4 Courses

Grades 4-5 Courses

Grades 2-3 Courses

Toy Box Physics

What does Force & Motion have to do with toys?  Join us as we investigate what’s really hiding in a toy box!  We’ll set up a matchbox track course in the classroom.  Then we’ll roll toy cars, marbles, and balls of various masses down the ramp.  Who invented the Slinky? How does it walk down stairs?  We will answer questions that you have while using toys straight from the toy box!  FEE = $10  

Instructor: Susan Trotter, David Harrison Elementary, Springfield

Grades 2-4 Courses

Magical Science Show

Arthur C. Clark, famous science fiction writer once said, “magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.”  Let’s put on a magic show by using science.  In this class you will not only learn about how amazing science can be, but you will also get the chance to impress your friends and family by performing these astounding tricks of prestidigitation right in front of their very eyes!  Don’t be afraid.  No one will disappear or be turned into a rabbit and everyone will have fun and learn just how amazing science can be!                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Instructor: Jackie Carl, Central High School in Springfield

Calling Future Astronauts

Space travelers come be part of the SQT team and travel beyond earth this summer.  We’ll start at the moon, visit our solar system, fly off to black holes, jump from star to star, and finally venture to distant galaxies. You will work as a team to create our solar system and deep space. You will also investigate NASA’s current space programs.  What’s happening now, and what lies in your NASA future of space exploration.

Instructor: Penny Olive, Fifth Grade Teacher, Bingham, Springfield

Grades 3-4 Courses

I Want to Be a Veterinarian

Do you love animals?  Would you like to be a veterinarian?  In this class we will look at how you become a veterinarian and what they do. We will take a field trip to a veterinary clinic to see what a small animal facility has to offer. We will explore several other aspects of working with animals. We will discuss animal rights, responsible pet ownership, and ways animals benefit humans.

Instructor: Jamie Davis, Immaculate Conception Elementary, Springfield

Grades 4-5 Courses

M3! (Mysterious Mathematical Matters)

Do you like art? How about nature? Or maybe architecture? Ancient civilizations? Finally, do you like math? Some hear the word math and panic, moan and groan while others may smile, thinking of the beautiful world around them. Whether you are a math whiz, or not, M3 could be for you! In Mysterious Mathematical Matters you will examine mathematical concepts and their relationship with art, architecture, ancient civilizations and nature. You will identify patterns in plants, look at number systems of ancient civilizations, geometrical principles in art and how all of these topics work together for design concepts of buildings. Together we will take the mystery out of math!

Instructor: Audra Uzzelle, Central High School Gifted Program, Springfield

R2D2: Research, Robots, Design, Discovery

If you like to work with computers, want to learn about robots and programmable machines, and would enjoy building and controlling LEGO machines, this is the class for you!  In this exciting, hands-on class, you will learn important science and math concepts as you build a variety of projects with LEGO Mindstroms kits, then write computer programs to make the machines perform specific tasks.  Motorized cars, remote controlled machines, battle-bots, and many more will be included among your projects.

Instructor: Jake Viele, Central High School Gifted Program, Springfield