Explore the world of fungi with the Summer Institute for the Gifted with the course Funky Fungi, for students ages 7-8!
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!
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Funky Fungi at SIG 2020
Students ages 7-8 can register for this exciting course at several SIG Investigators Program locations for summer 2020:
- Boston University Academy, Boston, MA
- Echo Horizon School, Culver City, CA
- Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
- Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, NJ
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.