Gifted Education

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    Edina Chapter of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

    The Edina Chapter of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented provides opportunities to network, to share information, to work with the Edina's schools and educators, to hear speakers on various gifted and talented issues, and to generate and promote enrichment activities for gifted children.

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    The Gifted Education department sponsors a variety of extracurricular activities. Most are open to all students who want to challenge themselves, want to learn teamwork or leadership skills, gain knowledge, or just plain have a good time. It's a great way to get involved with a group of like-minded students. While there are many activities available through the district, those listed below are sponsored by Gifted Ed. Confidential scholarships are available. Parents or students should contact their school's advanced education specialist. For most of these programs you may register and pay online at our Webstore.

    Nobel Conference

    Late September/Early October
    Grade level: 9-12

    The Nobel Conference brings world-class researchers and scientists to the Gustavus campus each fall. The best in their fields, the speakers present and discuss topics ranging from economics to medicine; from evolution to Einstein. Gifted Ed arranges tickets, bus transportation, snacks on the bus and, if students are interested, an optional college campus tour.

    • Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. Bus transportation provided.
    • Cost is $30. Scholarships available.
    • Students bring a lunch or money for the college cafeteria.
    • Register and pay online (select Gifted Education)

    Math Olympiads

    November - March
    Grade level: 4-5; Maximum of 35 students per school; Challenging

    The goals of this program are to introduce important mathematical concepts; teach major strategies for problem solving; develop mathematical flexibility in solving problems; strengthen mathematical intuition, and foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity.
    Program consists of practice sessions plus five contest dates each year, beginning around mid-November, December, January, February, and March. Each elementary school has a Math Olympiad coach who organizes practice sessions and coordinates the Math Olympiad contest dates.

    • Registration is ongoing through  and not pro-rated. Cost is $30.
    • Optional Math O t-shirt available for purchase through October 21.
    • Try a sample question
    • Students with excellent attendance may register for the day-long, off-site Math Tournament held in spring.

    Math Tournament

    Grade level: 4 & 5 (For students who demonstrated good attendance in the Math Olympiad program.)

    The culmination of the Math Olympiad program is this annual, day-long, off-site event. Students with good attendance in the Math Olympiads (details above) may register. Teachers will communicate with families.

    • Optional Math Olympiad t-shirt available for purchase

    American Mathematics Contest - AMC 8

    Grade level: 6-8 (See also AMC 10/12 below.)

    The contest provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.

    The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination of middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year at South View and Valley View Middle Schools.

    American Mathematics Contest - AMC 10/12

    Grade level: 10-12

    The main purpose of the AMC 10/12 is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed, multiple-choice format. The problems range from the very easy to the extremely difficult. Students who participate in the AMC10/12 should find that most of the problems are challenging but within their grasp. The contest is intended for everyone from the average student who enjoys mathematics to the very best math whiz.

    The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts. The AMC 12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts. Each AMC 10 and the AMC 12 contest contains about 12 of the same math problems.

    Other Programs and Activities

    Young Scientists Roundtable

    Beginning September, meeting monthly; no registration and no fee
    Grade level: Depends on topic, but usually 6-12; younger, if able to remain focused

    Eight monthly presentations designed for students and their parents to learn about exciting ideas and developments presented by professors and prominent experts in many scientific fields. Following the main presentation from 7-8 p.m., students may participate in the Teen Roundtable, an in-depth discussion and question/answer session with the speaker.

    Intermediate District 287

    Edina Public Schools partners with Intermediate District 287 to offer student choice programs which includes programming for gifted students. Among their offerings are Destination Imagination; Gifted Math Program; Honors Mentor Connection and more. Check their website for more information about these programs and for links to other resources in the greater community.

    West Suburban Summer School

    West Suburban Summer School is a program of Intermediate District 287's Gifted Education Services. The program serves identified gifted and talented students in member districts and beyond. Instructors design classes in their area of expertise to provide gifted students with unique experiences to challenge their abilities.

    Registration for classes begins third week of February. Classes fill quickly so interested parents should gather the necessary information ahead of time.

    • Parents whose children attended in the past do not need to complete the form and will receive an email or a postcard in February with registration details.
    • For first-time registrants, read this Information Letter about eligibility and registration for summer classes, then download the Nomination Form.

    As Edina Public Schools does not run this program please direct questions to the West Suburban Summer School contact, details on the information sheet.

    Reach for the Stars

    More than 100 active programs for grades K-12 in six areas: challenges & competitions; awards & recognition; conference & institutes; classroom enrichment; leadership development, and out-of-school enrichment. Reach for the Stars Catalogue

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