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Course Highlight: Funky Fungi (Ages 7-8)

by Summer Institute for the Gifted
Gifted and talented students learn about Funky Fungi at Summer Institute for the Gifted

Explore the world of fungi with the Summer Institute for the Gifted with the course Funky Fungi, for students ages 7-8!

Course Description

Do you like to eat mushrooms? How about bread? If so, did you know you were eating fungi?

Not exactly a plant or an animal, fungi are important living organisms that have a classification all their own. In this class, you’ll learn how fungi grow and feed, and explore the many roles fungi play in our soil, kitchen, bodies, and even industry.

Fungi provide us with penicillin and other antibiotics, mushrooms and other foods, methods of pest control, and ideal organisms for scientific research. Today, entrepreneurs are also finding creative ways to use fungi, such as producing sustainable packaging to reduce the need for Styrofoam and making biodegradable building materials.

Come do your own fungi experiments and consider future uses for this fascinating kingdom of organisms. Find out if the fascinating world of mycology (the study of fungi) excites you. Get into the fungus among us!

Scenes from Past Years

Gifted and talented students explore mycology during Funky Fungi at the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG).
Students search for fungi around campus at SIG at Bryn Mawr, 2019.
Gifted and talented students explore mycology during Funky Fungi at the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG).
Students in Funky Fungi at SIG at Sarah Lawrence, 2019.
Gifted and talented children fertilize fungi during Funky Fungi at the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG).
Students fertilizing fungi in Funky Fungi at SIG at Emory, 2019.
Gifted and talented children explore mycology during Funky Fungi at the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG).
Students at SIG at Woods Academy 2019 learn about the different parts of fungi and create mushroom prints.

Funky Fungi at SIG 2020

Students ages 7-8 can register for this exciting course at several SIG Investigators Program locations for summer 2020:

Looking for other exciting courses in STEAM and humanities? With day and residential program options, SIG offers over 80 courses for gifted, creative and academically talented students ages 5-17 at program locations throughout the United States.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted

A leader in gifted education since 1984, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) provides academic summer programs for academically talented children ages 5-17.

Through more than 30 years of experience, SIG has crafted a 3-week program that combines challenging academics with social, cultural, and recreational opportunities that enrich children’s natural talents and abilities, as well as nurture their social development.

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