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Pine Belt kids participate in young gifted studies program at USM

About 60 children are attending a new young gifted student’s program at The University of Southern Mississippi this week./Photo credit: WDAM About 60 children are attending a new young gifted student’s program at The University of Southern Mississippi this week./Photo credit: WDAM
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About 60 children are attending a new young gifted student’s program at The University of Southern Mississippi this week.

The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at USM has been hosting summer camps for over 35 years, but this one includes kids from grades 1-3. 

During the day program, children learn science and engineering techniques with "hands on" learning activities and experiments.

There is also a creative writing and art class.

The hope for the program is that the camp sparks cognitive creative thinking in a learning atmosphere.

"It's important that these students are challenged because at times, things come easy due to their high intellectual ability,” said Pola Jacacki, director of Center for Gifted Studies. “But this offers them a way to learn about new topics, new subjects and really just expand their minds.”

There will be a robotics camp next week as well as later this summer.

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Here is the upcoming schedule: 

  • June 14-17: NEW Day Program for Young Gifted. All classes will be held in the J. B. George Building from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with 60 students participating.
  • June 19-24: Summer Gifted Studies Program, with classes held in various locations on the Hattiesburg campus. A highlight for this summer will be a robotics classes. Classes are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with 120 students participating.
  • June 26-July 15: Academically Talented Youth Program, with classes held in various locations on the Hattiesburg campus and 50 students participating.

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