Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr
Are you wondering what to do with your gifted student over the summer?
Below is a list of resources and ideas for engaging gifted children, as well as resources to create community for your child and family. Summer is one of the best times for social interaction with other gifted students, through camps, competitions, and other advanced and enriched activities. The Center for Bright Kids provides an excellent list of ideas. To get started, check out what they have to offer. Not only is their list thorough, but their site is also rich. Also, check out our list of local programs and resources:
Top Local Summer Programs for Gifted Learners
These university programs are designed primarily for students entering grades 5-10. Students enroll in four classes for 10 days to explore their interests. Students select activities ranging from research to arts and crafts. Saturday sessions led by experts from the university provide additional opportunities for learning.
University of Northern Colorado (UNC)
501 20th St. Greeley, CO 80639
Camp Invention is a national program with numerous locations throughout the Denver area. It is a week-long program where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Their top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.
DU Engineering Junior Camp Program
Gain insight about fundamentals of computers and electrical and mechanical engineering through design and building of extreme sports.
2050 E. Iliff Ave. Boettcher Center East
Denver, CO 80208
The Sage Center
At SAGE Center for Gifted we offer project-based experiences that are set in nature and tailored to our children’s needs and strengths. Our summer program will extend our school year programming to include a multi-age learning platform.
Denver, CO 80231
The Art Students League of Denver is a non-accredited fine arts school, gallery, and site of frequent neighborhood art fairs and events. Regionally and nationally recognized working artists offer classes and workshops in a wide selection of media. Summer KidArt Camps are one- and two-week morning or afternoon camps for kids in grades one through eleven. Classes are offered in an assortment of media and themes and are divided by age and ability. Supervised care is offered before, in-between, and after all workshops.
200 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203
303-778-6990 ; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another great way to connect gifted learners is through organic community and play. Through Meetup.com, parents can create their own resource/group. Denver already has a support group for Parents of Gifted Learners! You may be surprised by how many families are searching for the same thing as you. sometimes. Sometimes it just takes one person to take the lead. Is it you?