At SIG, we are excited to offer online courses for gifted students this spring! The Spring SIG Online Learning Program is a 6-week program that engages students in curriculum beyond what is offered during the school day. Courses in STEAM and humanities are facilitated by instructors via discussion forums and online activities. Learn more about our exciting Spring 2020 academics below!
Online Courses for Gifted Students Ages 5-6:
Biology of Me
Come learn about your body’s organs and how they work together to perform all of your body’s work. Discover what cells look like under the microscope. Learn how food and movement provide fuel for cells and exercise for your muscles to keep your body machine going strong. Then, use what you learned to create a Power Plan for making the most of your biology!
Toy Biz Whiz
Learn more about the booming toy market and design the next big toy! Toys play an important role in the lives of children around the world. Research current toy trends, analyze their appeal, and design your own toy in this fun class. Then, set up a business to sell and market your toy to the world!
Online Courses for Gifted Students Ages 7-8:
Creativity and the Writer’s Craft
Do you love to read and write? Release your imagination and express yourself in language like your favorite authors! Create new worlds with fantastic settings and characters. Explore the tools and techniques used by great authors. Read astounding works of literature, craft your own literary pieces, and write about your interests along with other like-minded young writers to help develop your craft.
How Do You Engineer An Idea?
The automobile, steam engine, airplane, and computer showcased the innovative engineering of the 20th century. Explore how aspects of life can be made easier with the right tools or resources. Investigate how the principles of engineering can transform your idea into a real-life invention. Introduce yourself to the many fields of engineering to identify principles that will help your invention become a hot commodity. Use today’s technology-driven age to your benefit and combine your creative mind, engineering skills, and an area of need to create the next sought-after product!
Online Courses for Gifted Students Ages 9-10:
Gain a solid introduction to pre-algebra through this class that focuses on applications of algebra in the real world. In addition to tackling concepts of linear equations, polynomial functions, and factoring, you can have fun exploring further with games, tessellations, and probability.
Building Block of Engineering: The Way Things Work
Come explore the mechanics involved in the workings of everyday objects. Apply creativity, design principles, and scientific principles to improve existing machines or invent a new one to solve a problem. Learn basic engineering principles and delve into the inner workings of machines we depend on in our everyday lives.
Online Courses for Gifted Students Ages 11-12:
Unlocking the Genetic Code
Come learn about the encryption on your genetic code and open your eyes to the fascinating study of genetics. Explore how the genetic makeup of viruses can give it the ability to traverse animal species and thrive. Gain an understanding of DNA and how it codes living organisms. Study the structure of the double helix and investigate how scientists can re-engineer it. Analyze the potential applications of this new field of research to your life and future generations.
Youth and the Law
Discover the many ways the law influences these important events as well as almost everything you do. Learn about laws governing what we see and how we behave on the Internet. Explore the laws related to what kinds of things we buy, eat, watch on television, where we live, and what happens at school. Debate and critique these laws, generate probing questions, and analyze the opportunities for those interested in legal matters.
Online Courses for Gifted Students Ages 13-14:
Do you wonder what other forms of life exist in the universe within its myriad galaxies? Come explore whether our Earth is wholly unique, or if there are other planets or beings like us. Learn more about the scientific field of astrobiology – the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Explore ways of detecting life on other planets and increase your understanding of the fundamental nature of life on our own planet. Turn the universe into your classroom!
Supreme Court Decisions: From Justice to Politics
Investigate the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court and its profound impact on our nation and world. Learn about the current and most influential Supreme Court decisions. Study the processes created to ensure legal fairness and compliance. How would you change the Supreme Court if you could? Join us and get your own wheels of justice turning!
Online Courses for Gifted Students Ages 15-17:
Brain Fitness: Increase Your Brain’s Plasticity
At the core of brain fitness is the concept of brain plasticity or brain reserve, which is the brain’s ability to physically reorganize itself in response to the demands placed upon it. Study how physical activity, social wellness, and nutrition are key components to maintaining a strong, healthy brain throughout life. Try brain training exercises to improve aspects of cognition, such as memory, attention, focus, and brain speed. Learn how the knowledge of neuroscience and brain health can provide solutions and treatment methods to medical diseases that affect the brain.
Global Human Rights: The Power of ONE
Come learn about the complex issues of human rights! Engage with issues such as child labor, woman’s rights, racism, human trafficking, infanticide, and much more. Explore the three dimensions of human rights and investigate how governing bodies interpret policy and protect disadvantaged populations. Take a critical look at current organizations that support human rights and their efforts toward victories for humankind. Advocate for causes that can impact the world!