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SIG Methodology

by Summer Institute for the Gifted
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) teaches STEAM and more through problem-based learning

“To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

-Leonardo da Vinci

Multidisciplinary

The SIG STEAM+ curriculum focuses on applying creative thinking across multiple disciplines to solve real-world problems. Students draw upon knowledge in both the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and the humanities to find productive solutions to authentic challenges. Gifted students often exhibit extraordinary conceptual thinking and thrive in an environment that allows them to combine reasoning with imagination without the restraints of sticking to a single academic discipline.

Problem-based learning for real-world problems

SIG courses are problem-based and foster innovation. Through problem-based learning (also known as PBL), students learn collaboration and creative problem solving skills directly applicable to the modern global market. In SIG courses, students are faced with open-ended problems and work with their peers to research, evaluate, and develop creative solutions while utilizing knowledge from a variety of disciplines. This dynamic approach to learning gives students a deeper understanding of complex real-world problems and challenges gifted students to be active problem solvers for their generation. Problem-based learning allows gifted students to embrace self-directed learning, sharpen their reasoning skills, and equip students with 21st century readiness.

Flexibility and exposure to new interests

The SIG curriculum challenges students to utilize knowledge of different disciplines to discover creative solutions. When faced with open-ended problems, students gain the flexibility to focus on their interests while also gaining exposure to new topics and multiple perspectives. The focus on applying knowledge to authentic problems also helps reframe familiar concepts by demonstrating applications in everyday life.

Benefits for school and beyond

The SIG curriculum provides gifted students with pre-college and career skills. Students gain strong research skills while approaching problems from a multidisciplinary approach much as professionals do within different industries. Social skills and leadership qualities are developed through collaborative experiences rich with opportunities for creative problem solving. Rather than focusing on simple memorization of knowledge, the SIG curriculum focuses on intellectual engagement that catapults students to future academic and professional success. SIG’s curriculum not only motivates students to be future problem solvers; it provides gifted students with a platform to showcase their passions!

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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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