Student Opportunities

Opportunities that are common for all students may be listed below. The best way to find out about specific school activities for your child is to contact the school directly. 

Contests and Competitions 

By Kids, For Kids  BKFK is an educational and family marketing company that connects its clients to teachers, students, and households with innovative marketing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, and national competitions.  There are many opportunities for students of various ages.  For more information go to: www.bkfk.com/education 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sponsors the Young Scholars Program scholarship for eligible 7th grade students.  Visit www.jkcf.org to learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program and to receive information about how to complete and online application

Math Kangaroo Competition  Math Kangaroo is anon-profit organization whose mission is to encourage students to master mathematical knowledge, give them confidence in the ability for comprehending mathematics, and develop an ability to derive pleasure through continued learning.  The contest is typically held in March at the Southwest Virginia Governor's School in Pulaski, VA.Students are invited to complete a math contest designed specifically for their grade level and have an opportunity to demonstrate their math skills.  Interested students must visit www.mathkangaroo.org to register by the deadline

Montgomery County Educational Foundation 
2019 CREATIVE WRITING & POETRY CONTEST
Information will be updated once we receive guidelines from MCEF. 


NASA Space Settlement Contest   Open to students in grades 6-12.  Students should design their own space colony or can focus on one aspect of orbital living.  Submissions may include designs, essays, stories, models, and artwork.  Individuals, small teams of 2-6,or large teams of seven or more may enter.   
For full details: 
http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/

Scholarship opportunity for high school juniors and seniors:  The annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school. Students enter by writing an essay on one of the topics posed for this year's competition book. For full information go to: http://www.penguin.com/services-academic/essayhome/

VAG Student Summer Scholarships are designed for those gifted and talented students who wish to attend academic or artistic programs during the summer months.  The scholarships are in amounts ranging from $100 to $400 and are available for students K-5 and 6-12​2019-2020 will be updated when scholarship information is available. 

http://www.vagifted.org/?page=StudSummScholarships


Educational Sites 
American Library Association
Discovery Channel First Gov for Kids History Channel NASA PBS PBS Kids Smithsonian
Fun and Games 
Brain Teasers - http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/ Crickler - http://crickler.com/ Fun and Games - http://www.agameaday.com/ Games from PBS - http://pbskids.org/games.html Mancala - http://imagiware.com/mancala/ Strategy Games and Puzzles -http://www.primarygames.com/puzzles/strategy.htm Sudoku - http://www.websudoku.com/ Super Kids Games of Logic and Reasoning - http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/logic/
Summer Camps and Programs
​All 2019-2020 program information will be updated when new information is available. 

The Camp Invention program is an exciting four day camp for students in grades K-5 offering science enrichment experiences that develop creative thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on exploration and fun.  This day camp, sponsored by MCPS. For more information go to: www.campinvention.org  
Invention Project​
 is for students in grades 6-9. For more information go to: www.inventionproject.org 

Take a look at Camp Invention 2019!

Christopher Newport University's Summer Humanities Institute Christopher Newport’s Summer Humanities Institute offers select high school students an opportunity to explore the revolutionary ideas in science, religion and politics that changed the course of human history through a rigorous, multidisciplinary program in philosophy, history, literature and classical studies led by CNU faculty. Specific information on their program will be listed below when information on their web-site  is available Visit the website for more information:http://cnu.edu/summerhumanities/  

College of William and Mary Spring Saturday Enrichment Program The College of William & Mary's Spring Saturday Enrichment Program in Williamsburg, VA, is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students enrolled in grades K–11.  There are a variety of courses to choose from.  You can get more information at their website:  https://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/

College of William and Mary Summer Enrichment Program
William & Mary's Center for Gifted Education offers an annual Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for gifted learners. "SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts."  

Duke University offers a variety of summer sessions. Specific information on each of the programs will be listed below when information on their web-site  is available.  

Summer Enrichment Experience at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic    Medicine in Blacksburg  A great opportunity for rising 10th-12th graders who are interested in sciences,  particularly anatomy, or someone who may be interested in a career in medicine. More information about the program and an application are available online: https://www.vcom.edu/academics/see-program


Ferrum College Summer Enrichment CAMP 
The Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp is balanced with a variety of social and recreational activities designed to promote personal growth, team-building and an appreciation of individual differences and abilities. The camp motto is reinforced daily in a variety of ways as campers are encouraged to approach new learning situations with an “I-CAN-DO-IT” attitude.  For more information visit: http://www.ferrum.edu/fcsec

Ferrum College Adventure Camp is open to eighth and ninth graders. Through dynamic experiences in the natural world, this program is designed to strengthen self-confidence, leadership, teamwork and wilderness skills. Additionally, the program focuses on the importance of service to the community while promoting a healthy relationship with the natural world. For information visit:http://www2.ferrum.edu/fcsec/Ferrum-Adventure-Camp.html

Focusing on the Future, offered by the Center for Gifted Education in the College of William and Mary, is a career and academic planning experience for high-ability students in grades 6-12 and their parents and counselors.  It exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning. The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6-8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12, parents, and counselors. Other activities include a lunchtime panel discussion with Williams & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour. The date for this year is: Saturday, February 1, 2020 http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/future/

Summer Regional Governor's Schools are available throughout the state.  The Summer Regional Governor's Schools exist in a variety of formats. These schools provide exciting opportunities in the arts, sciences, and humanities.  Summer Regional Governor's Schools typically are housed at a public school or on the campus of a college, community college, or university. The lengths of programs vary, with some lasting a week or less while others may last four or more weeks. Gifted students may apply for the regional summer school in their area. Program topics and grade levels vary among the sites and change from year to year in response to annual local evaluations and changing concerns in the localities sponsoring the Summer Regional Governor's Schools. Additional information can be found at: www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_regional/index.shtml

Summer Scholars Institute and Leadership Program  The Emory & Henry Summer Scholars program is a one-week residential academic program for rising middle and high school students inclined toward academic adventure. For rising 6th - 9th graders, the traditional Summer Scholars program offers a unique mix of learning activities designed to broaden academic interests and expose students to a college-like setting. The Leadership Program, for rising 10th-12th graders, provides the same academic adventure while building the student's leadership skills.  June 14-19, 2020    www.ehc.edu/summer-scholars 

The Virginia Association for the Gifted will be taking applications for summer scholarships to assist qualifying students in attending programs of their choosing. Scholarships are in amounts ranging from $100 to $400. Go to: http://www.vagifted.org/?page=StudSummScholarships
 

Year-Round Opportunities 

Focusing on the Future, offered by the Center for Gifted Education in the College of William and Mary, is a career and academic planning experience for high-ability students in grades 6-12 and their parents and counselors.  It exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6-8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12, parents, and counselors. Other activities include a lunchtime panel discussion with Williams & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour.
Registration information can be found here and at their website:  http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/future/

Kids’ Tech University 
typically takes place in January, February, March, and April.  This is an all-day event consisting of an interactive session, which is centered on answering a question about the world around us, and a hands-on component, which features Virginia Tech professors, students, clubs, and community members.  Kids can take part in  virtual labs and forum after the all-day event to continue to cultivate their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students who are 9-12 years old (as of Sept. 30th) qualify for this program.  For more information go to: http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/program.php  2019-2020 information will be updated as it is available. 

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide middle school math enrichment program that provides students with fun and challenge. They develop problem solving skills in a competitive atmosphere while building essential teamwork skills. The Chapter (Local) Competition for MATHCOUNTS is held at Virginia Tech’s Torgersen Hall on a Saturday in mid-February.  For more information about the MATHCOUNTS competition and MATHCOUNTS problems, visit the website at www.mathcounts.org. 2019-2020 information will be updated as it is available. 


"National History Day makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.  Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future.  NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction. "
http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/

Science Fair is a yearlong educational project in which students apply scientific method to do a research project. Students will present their projects at The Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair at Radford University in March. Student participate in Junior and Senior Divisions and can enter projects as individuals or teams. Winners advance to the Virginia State Science Fair. For more information about the Science Fair competition, please visit: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef

NASA OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12.

10TH GRADE
Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/

11TH AND 12TH GRADE
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/

11TH AND 12TH GRADE
Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS

Our online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply.


The Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology, located in Pulaski, VA, is one of eight schools established by the Governor of Virginia to create special educational opportunities to students with aptitude and interest in science and mathematics. The school utilizes the combined resources of the participating school divisions to provide programs which facilitate the acquisition of scientific and technical knowledge through laboratory investigation and research. Students attend the Governor's School for half a day to take science, math, and research classes. The students acquire credit necessary for graduation from high school, and they earn college credit as well. For more information visit. 
 http://swvgs.us/OR www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/index.shtml

Spring Saturday Enrichment Program at the College of William and Mary 
The College of William & Mary's Spring Saturday Enrichment Program in Williamsburg, VA, is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students enrolled in grades K–11. There are a variety of courses to choose from. You can get more information at their website: http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/sep/index.php An informational flyer will  be added here for the 2019-2020 school year. 

University of Virginia – Saturday Enrichment Program

 

In coordination with the Curry School of Education, the Saturday  Enrichment Program (SEP) seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. The Saturday program serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Limited financial aid is available. You can get more information at their website: http://curry.virginia.edu/community-programs/student-enrichment/sep  An informational flyer will  be added here for the 2019-2020 school year. 



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