This page provides links to and descriptions of resources for gifted and twice-exceptional children and adolescents and their families, as well as teachers and counselors. I do not endorse or promote any of these resources specifically, but have attempted to compile a list of resources that are recognized by families, researchers, and educators in the field of gifted education. I welcome any suggestions for additions or adjustments to this list.
Enrichment, Competitions, and Clubs
Arizona Smart Minds - "Our summer camp offers the gifted and talented or highly motivated students entering 2nd through 7th grades the opportunity to engage in captivating and challenging courses in the company of peers who share their enhanced abilities and love of learning. Includes Mathematics, Science & Engineering, and Public Speaking & Debate classes."
Camp Invention – "a week-long summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six. The Camp Invention program instills vital 21st century life skills such as problem-solving and teamwork through hands-on fun."
Desert Community Robotics - Scottsdale, AZ - "A premiere robotics and technology club for children, in and around N. Scottsdale. A family owned and operated, single location (not a franchise) learning center offering a broad range of inspirational technology and engineering group classes and private tutoring. We offer weekly classes, camps, field trips, Minecraft and gamer birthday parties, robotics competition teams, and Saturday night hangouts."
Destination Imagination - "The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament."
DIY - "DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own (online) portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges. The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it's free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids already have! Kids can join our website or download the DIY app to get started. If you're an adult, consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom."
E-gifted - "offers many gifted enrichment classes after-school and engaging summer classes online. Curriculum is infused with gifted strategies that stimulate curiosity, promote critical thinking, and spark a passion for learning. Programs for gifted students include classes, independent studies, and book clubs."
Future Problem Solving Program International - "Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPSPI engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities."
LAUNCH: Collective Genius for a Better World - "global initiative to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society. NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to form LAUNCH in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries, whose world-class ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society."
Maker Training Camps - "collaborative online courses designed to help you learn a new skill or build a specific project. Camps use hangouts and communities to make it easy to work with other students and teachers. Have a question? Post it in the online community or attend the next weekly office hours session on a Google Hangout. Camps are generally between one and five weeks in length with a lecture, office hours and a project each week." Camp examples: Introduction to Raspberry Pi, Introduction to Arduino.
Math Counts - "a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization, is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory."
National Association for Gifted Children Gifted and Talented Resources Directory - Parent and educator resources.
NAGC Gifted and Talented Resources Directory - Summer and weekend programs, summer camps.
NAGC Planning for Summer - Aspects to look for when considering summer camps or programs for gifted children and links to additional resources for summer enrichment.
NASA Summer of Innovation Project - Program designed to " advance excellence in summer and extended learning for underrepresented and underserved middle school students to inspire them toward future STEM pursuits. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break." Students are selected for mini-awards of up to $2,500 each.
Noetic Learning Math Contest - "a biannual math challenge for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage young students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math."
Odyssey of the Mind - "an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program."
Origami Salami - "We are 13 student-powered chapters in the USA, Australia, and Philippines inspiring the world to Fold for Good. Our mission: To inspire learners to think outside the book about STEM studies by studying folding. We inspire the world to fold for good." Founder, Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, has developed a digital course called "'Investigation: Paper Engineering' for K-12 curriculum, publisher Lincoln Interactive."
Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn – "Financial literacy and entrepreneurship."
Siemens Competition - "Competition in Math, Science & Technology, revealing the brightest high school minds in contention for the nation’s most coveted teen science prize, scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000."
Smithsonian Online Education Conferences - "In each online conference in the series, you will join with students and teachers to interact with curators, researchers, and educators from various disciplines at the Smithsonian."
Smithsonian Quests - "Smithsonian Quests inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!" Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Stanford Math Tournament - "The Stanford Math Tournament (SMT) is an annual student-run math competition for high school students held at Stanford University. SMT aims to encourage interest in math by providing students an opportunity to work on fun and challenging problems and to meet other students interested in math. SMT is run by Stanford students in collaboration with Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa."
Student Education Programs: Summer Programs and Camps for High School Students and Middle Schools Students - "information about quality summer programs and camps to students, parents, and educators. This site was started by educators in an effort to connect students with valuable summer opportunities. The website has been designed to enable students, parents, and educators to search for and find beneficial programs and camps. Links to specific category pages can be found on the left side of each page on the site. The category pages include subject-specific pages as well as state-specific pages."
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) – summer programs at universities in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas.
TAGT K-12 Summer Programs - list of programs in Texas and other states in the US, compiled by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.
2e Newsletter 2e-Friendly Summer Camp Listing (2013) - "Published in the March/April 2013 issue of 2e Newsletter, this article provides a listing of good summer camps for twice-exceptional students." Provided on Davidson Institute for Talent Development website.
Photo by S. Jackson - Chihuly Exhibit at Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ