Enrichment Program Listing

Educational enrichment programs can be an excellent opportunity for gifted students to develop a variety of skills and interests. Below you will find a list of summer camps, afterschool and year long programs, offered throughout the country, that focus on a wide range of subject areas. The listing is broken up into programs suitable for multiple or all grades, grades K - 5 and grades 6 - 12.  Register for the 2019 listing here. For questions, contact Lacy Compton, lacy@txgifted.org.

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Aquatic Science Adventure Camp
During this week-long camp at Texas State University, campers will have the chance to learn through exploration and hands-on activities related to water and the environment. Caving, river rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, and aquatic chemistry and biology labs are just some of the exciting opportunities for campers.
San Marcos, TX
Austin Public Library Friends Foundation
The Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program allows kids and teens to work with professional writers in a creative, fun, and challenging setting. Our workshops introduce young writers to various genres, techniques, and strategies writers can use to create meaningful work. Students build confidence as writers, speakers, and thinkers, and become more versatile and skilled writers. We offer a creative writing summer camp, Spring Break workshops, the Badgerdog Book Crush, and a variety of writing workshops in schools and community settings.
Austin, TX
Baylor University's Center for Community Learning and Enrichment
Baylor’s University for Young People (UYP) is a summer enrichment program for high-ability/gifted and talented students.
On Baylor’s Waco campus, UYP is offered for 3 one-week sessions. Rising 4th-12th graders can attend June 4-8, June 11-15, and/or June 18-22. Courses start at 9:45 and 1:15. The cost is $70 per course, plus one annual $20 supply fee per child. Alternatively, an all-day UYP option is $250 per week, which includes two courses, lunch, and recreation.
Primary UYP (rising 1st – 4th graders) meets at Hillcrest PDS. Exploring Structures is a Creative Problem Solving Camp June 4-8. Students apply technology to real-world challenges in Discovering Ideas With Technology June 11-15.  Both camps are from 8:30 AM to 2 PM daily. Each camp costs $170 plus one annual $20 supply fee per student.
New UYP applicants pay a one-time $15 application fee. For more information, contact Centersupport@baylor.edu or visit www.baylor.edu/soe/UYP.
Waco, TX
Bits, Bytes, & Bots
Join us for our FIFTH summer of technology and fun. We are offering morning and afternoon week-long STEM summer camps in Robotics, Video Game Creation, Stop Motion Movie Magic, & Coding in Minecraft®. Also take a peek at our newest classes, Soar Into STEM and Makey Engineering. Kids have a blast while learning crucial skills they’ll carry into adulthood. Choose a morning and afternoon camp for a full day of supervised summer camp fun. Come learn with us
San Antonio, TX

Brain Chase
Offer online learning coupled with adventure-style virtual escape rooms. Students can explore coding, math, writing, photography, foreign language, art, cooking, reading, and more. Completion of their electives unlocks escape rooms where they use critical thinking to crack the puzzle. Summer programs include a real-life treasure hunt with the academic programs. The New York Times says "It's Hollywood meets Harvard."
Austin, TX

Camp Pursuit by NuMinds Enrichment
Brilliant young minds don’t always get all the intellectual nutrition they need from their daily diet of school and  extra-curriculars . Our co-founders were driven by the vision that NuMinds could provide a layer of enrichment beyond the school day, where real, inspired learning creates the conditions for lifelong curiosity and self-development.
Camp Pursuit is the only high-achievement day camp comprised of mixed-age, S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Mathematics) classes for incoming 1st – 8th graders.  Students get to build their own summer camp by choosing FOUR COURSES of study for each week.  Each class has unique curriculum written by Camp Pursuit teachers.  Every class is taught by a certified, experienced teacher who has been trained to work with gifted & high-achieving students–including mixed-aged classroom models.Multiple Locations in Austin, DFW, Waco area

Duke University Talent Identification Program
Since 1980, the not-for-profit Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) has been a world leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support their educational development from grades four through twelve.  Beginning at critical points in education, Duke TIP gives students a chance to learn more about their abilities through above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, and year-round learning options in a community of like-minded peers.
Through identification, recognition, information, advocacy, and research, TIP offers a wide array of services to students, their parents, educators, and schools.  Duke TIP enjoys a long history of supporting and extending local efforts to better understand, motivate, enrich, and academically challenge the brightest students in our nation.  From talent searches to educational programs to curriculum development and research, there is something for everyone!
Explore Horizons - Enrichment & Tutoring
We provide individualized math, reading and writing enrichment for children in pre-k through 8th, designed to challenge gifted students with skills that go beyond the school curriculum. Our aim is to build fearless learners who are hungry for information, believe in themselves, and motivated to reach their full potential.
Locations in Garland, Plano, Frisco, Alliance Town Center, Colleyville.
Game Worlds
Enjoy dreaming up the next big video game? Want to know how to bring the creatures in your sketchbook to life? Love the feeling of cracking codes and saving the world? Then Game Worlds is the place for you! Game Worlds is a camp where kids 8-18 learn from real game developers and work together to build their own video games. Developers help students bring their vision to life, teaching programming, design, business, audio, and art. Students come away with a game they’ve created and pitched to developers!
Austin, TX
Gifted Education Resource Institute-GERI
The mission of the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University is to promote giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their life-span. This is accomplished through youth enrichment programs and summer camps, professional development and coursework for educators, and advancement through research.
West Lafayette, IN

iD Tech Camps & Academies
At iD Tech, ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more!
This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 iD Tech alumni.
With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18).
Rice, SMU, TCU, and 150+ Locations

Lone Star Leadership Academy
Outstanding 4th-8th graders travel to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston to spend a week exploring significant Texas sites with facilitating educators and other distinguished students. Participants develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and independence, build friendships with like-minded students from across the state, and gain experience for their academic resumes.
Full scholarship opportunity 
National Inventors Hall of Fame/Camp Invention
We are the National Inventors Hall of Fame: the driving force behind lifelong innovation, paying forward America’s rich history of invention and securing our country’s competitive advantage for the future.
Inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, our PreK-12 educational programs are designed to impact young minds through fun, hands-on activities infused with the spirit of innovation. Hosted annually by more than 1,500 school districts nationwide, these immersive enrichment programs are led by local, certified educators and promote STEM concepts, Intellectual Property Literacy™ and 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving.
Each program we offer embraces its own unique characteristics, but what ties them all together is an exciting environment with no wrong answers, a chance to brainstorm with peers and an opportunity to build confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.

Offshore Energy Center
The Offshore Energy Center is a 501 C 3 that transformed a jack-up rig into the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Education Center. Our focus is to educate the public about the oilfield industry, incorporating STEM activities to enhance the TEKS. Through our education outreach, we provide a plethora of hands-on STEM activities for students in grades K-12 and can provide the 6-hour GT updates needed by teachers. Our workshops are free of charge for surrounding districts.
Houston, TX

Speak Up! Speak Out!
Speak Up! Speak Out!  is an innovative civic education program for middle and high school students designed to teach young people about their communities and help them discover the many ways they can make a difference.

Speak Up! Speak Out!  participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings to community leaders at the State Civics Fair at the Capitol. Winning teams receive funds to use toward the implementation of their solutions.
Austin, TX
STEMed Labs
STEMed Labs is a non-profit organization offering educational programs for K-12 students designed to nurture the innovative leaders of tomorrow through challenging experiences. Real learning in STEM requires hands-on experiences that include failures and successes to realize each individual’s potential for innovation and to cultivate a growth mindset. Our programs offer novel approaches to achieve these educational outcomes:

- Innovation Learning Pathways (ILP), 13 and older: This program helps participants understand what it takes to move from theory to practice in STEM. Students are supported by facilitators and mentors matched to their specific interests to help them identify and navigate goals related to self-defined research, invention, and entrepreneurship initiatives.

- Junior ILP, 7-12: This program proposes predefined topics to provide students with a specific scope for independent study and research. At the end of each cohort, students present their work to peers and parents.
Austin, TX

Summer Scholars Camp
Summer Scholars Camp 2018 is uniquely designed for Gifted and Talented Students going into grades 1 through 9 and each session is 5 days in length. The purpose of the camp is to engage a G/T student's innate curiosity toward an area THEY are interested in. Students choose a class topic they are going to LOVE learning and during every class we bring a cross curricular approach to all the lessons. Topics include Robotics, Drone Piloting, Crime Scene Investigation, Theme Park Design, Fashion, and more! 
The goal is for the students to experience and understand how their chosen topic is related to math, science, social studies, and language arts while at the same time having a LOT of fun, learning a new perspective and making tons of new friends.
Houston, TX and Dallas, TX 

Texas Tech University - IDEAL
The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) at Texas Tech University was established in 1984 to open the eyes of thousands of students to the endless adventures of academic enrichment. Our mission is to inspire conversations about the value of higher education and foster a college-achieving culture through academic excellence in outreach programs, partnerships, and opportunities that serve both participating students and communities.
Lubbock, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas Coding Camps 
The UT Dallas Computer Science department offers 100+ coding camps with 50+ unique and age-appropriate topics to choose from code.org. We have content for 1st graders all the way up to programming contest problems for high school students. Our programs are available during the 11 weeks of summer each year for all grade levels. Campers can progress on their pace and climb up, which is perfect for G/T students!
Richardson, TX


Founded by a seasoned elementary school gifted specialist, CraniaLogix is “Nacho Average After School Program!”  Through hands-on, innovative and challenging games and activities, continually aimed at teaching higher level cognitive and affective skills, CraniaLogix develops “Nacho Average Brains” in ALL kids and all with good old-fashioned BRAIN POWER! After school and summer camp enrichment opportunities for children in 1st - 5th grades are academic in nature, but FUN is the name of the game!  Examples of semester and summer camp themes include Sweet & Sour Brain Power, Brain Games, and Adventures in TV Land!  Summer programs are held in various local venues and after school programs are located in the best place possible right in your child’s school. Find out today how to bring CraniaLogix to your child’s school!
Plano, TX
Creative Brick Builders
Our programs are designed for LEGO® enthusiasts! We offer exciting themes and building activities, motorized project kits, and original lesson plans. Students complete a new building challenge each day. We host our camps, afterschool enrichment, and in-school events at locations throughout Greater Austin.
Austin, TX
Language Kids World
Your child can learn another language. We can help! Give your child the gift of another language with our Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and English language immersion summer camps. Our summer camps are play-based and innovative, and provided in a fun and nurturing environment that fosters friendship and curiosity for other cultures! Our hands-on and interactive programs are taught by native-speaker language educators with extensive training and experience in language teaching methodologies. Week-long camps, full and part-time, before and after camp care provided at some locations. Ages 3-5 & 6-10. Multiple locations: Houston, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Kingwood, Spring, Spring Branch, Katy. Call us today and start your child on the path to become bilingual!
Houston, TX Area locations

Mighty Minds Enrichment Program
Mighty Minds Enrichment Programs provide fun and engaging enrichment opportunities for preschool students, ages 3-6.  Programs include exciting summer camps, preschool classes, and afterschool programs that teach creative thinking, problem solving and other important 21st-century skills.
Plano, TX


AwesomeMath is devoted to providing enriching experiences in mathematics for intellectually curious learners. Through summer camps, publications, curriculum, and competitions AwesomeMath fosters a community that values critical thinking, creativity, passionate problem solving, and lifetime mathematical learning.
Students are exposed to discrete mathematics (counting/probability and number theory), algebra, and geometry through collaborative problem solving, which helps improve competition math scores as well as thinking skills.
The program was founded by Dr. Titu Andreescu, who has been coaching talented students for over 30 years and has published more than 40 math books, was the former leader of the US International Mathematics Olympiad team, and former director of the American Mathematics Competitions. 
Students who participate in our AwesomeMath Academy classes, AwesomeMath Summer Program, AwesomeMath Year-Round, and Purple Comet Math Meet Competition become a part of a diverse and global community that values kindness and collaboration to help each other achieve their goals.
Plano, TX
Davidson THINK Summer Institute
A 3 week residential summer program where students take two university courses and earn six college credits. Since 2004, THINK has offered students, ages 13-16, the chance to have an exceptional academic experience, build confidence about attending college, and expand social connections.
Reno, NV
ScholarCHIPS is a live streamed experimental broadcast media program delivering world leaders (Kilby Laureates) as extraordinary role models from STEM/STEAM to students in public schools in inner cities, suburban, and small town school districts. Chaired by Victoria Smith Downing, the purpose is to provide INSPIRATION for STUDENTS and QUALITY EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT for TEACHERS/EDUCATORS. *The Kilby International Awards, identified & recognized individuals who make significant contributions to society through STEM/STEAM and more. Join us for the Kilby ScholarCHIPS live broadcasts every spring.

MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment and competition program for 6-8 grade students focusing on problem-solving strategies and strengthening analytical thinking skills.
Austin, TX

Speak Up! Speak Out!
Speak Up! Speak Out! is an innovative civic education program for middle and high school students designed to teach young people about their communities and help them discover the many ways they can make a difference.
Speak Up! Speak Out! participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings to community leaders at the State Civics Fair at the Capitol. Winning teams receive funds to use toward the implementation of their solutions.

University of Texas at Austin High School Research Academy
The Summer High School Research Academy allows high school participants to participate in one of the Research Streams of the Freshman Research Initiative in the College of Natural Sciences. Selected students will be placed in a faculty member's laboratory where the students will be integrated into the ongoing research projects. The students will participate in many different facets of research while gaining valuable insights and experience. Each student will be paired with a laboratory based on the student's interests and laboratory availability. Additional activities of the Research Academy include seminars from researchers and visits to other UT-Austin research facilities. Each high school researcher will arrange specific hours with the researcher that they are paired with, but in general students are expected to work between 25-35 hours per week.
The High School Research Academy is NOT a residential program, and we do not provide housing or transportation for the participants.
Austin, TX