VAMPY 2012 Begins!

Western Kentucky University’s campus is now abuzz with questions and phrases unfamiliar to many — “Are you a fourth year-fourth year or third year-fourth year?”  “Which optionals are you going to today?” “Do you want to be in the boogaloo crew for the talent show?” We at The Center for Gifted Studies, however, know what […]

Astronomy: Summer Begins, and SCATS Ends

In week two of SCATS, students branched out beyond the solar system to discuss the life cycles of other stars, black holes, and other theoretical topics. On Wednesday, the occurrence of the summer solstice gave classes an opportunity to revisit what they had learned about the sun’s motion. One student asked, “At the spring equinox, […]

Be a Writer: Class Week 2 – Day 5

As the final day of class began, the students were immersed in poetry. They wrote and shared various types of poetry as the day progressed. Campers wrote “color” poetry, a “How does it feel to be…?” poem, and two poems from an activity using random vocabulary “Poetry Cards.” After writing the poems, each student illustrated […]

Be a Writer: Class Week 2 – Day 4

Thursday began with the statement, “Good Writers are Copycats and Thieves.” This means they use great writing to inspire their own great pieces. Students started class with answering some, “Would you rather…” questions.  For example, “Would you rather be a giraffe or a monkey?” This activity led to thinking of world, country, state, and local […]

Bill of Rights: Order in the Court! Campers Fight for Their Rights

The final day of the Bill of Rights class brought the opportunity to present Bill of Rights-related trial cases, petitioner and respondent arguments, and court decisions. Campers presented in one of three formats — an original children’s book, a PowerPoint presentation, or a mock trial script. All campers were able to participate in the mock […]