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.


3D CAD MASTERS
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
STEM / Other (3D CAD, Circuits & Coding)
Houston, TX
info@3dcadmasters.com
3dcadmasters.com
 
The mission of our unique STEM program is to provide students the opportunity to take their ideas and concepts and turn them into products by using the state-of-the-art 3D CAD engineering software (design), as well as 3D printers and interactive coding on electronic circuits and robots (reality).


ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars
Grades 6-8, 9-12
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | Residential
Natchitoches, LA
NSUAdvance@nsula.edu
http://advance.nsula.edu
 
The ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars (ADVANCE) at Northwestern State University is a three-week residential program that academically challenges and socially engages gifted/talented students who are rising 8th–12th graders.

ADVANCE, celebrating its 31st anniversary, is a Duke TIP collaborative program. Our immersive educational experience challenges bright students and places them with academic peers while including a variety of teaching methods by advance-degreed instructors. Students enroll in one course and offerings include the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences with laboratory components, and computer science. Participants are given the opportunity to attain maximum academic growth and classes are limited to 15 students.

While the academic program at ADVANCE is top-notch, the residential program sets ADVANCE apart from similar summer programs. The residential staff offers a variety of social and recreational activities to assist students in forming lasting friendships, strengthen the ADVANCE community, and help participants have a memorable summer experience.
 

Aquatic Science Adventure Camp
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
STEM | Other Environment
San Marcos, TX
eardc_education@txstate.edu
https://www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html
 
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.
 

Camp Invention
Grades K-5, 6-8
STEM | Day
North Canton, OH
campinvention@invent.org
https://www.invent.org/camp
 
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations.  Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10).
 

Camp Pursuit by NuMinds Enrichment
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
STEM | Arts/Humanities
Multiple Locations in Austin, DFW, Waco area
numindsadmin@numien.com
www.numien.com
 
Brilliant young minds don’t always get all the intellectual nutrition they need from their daily diet of school and extracurriculars. 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 a 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.
 

 

Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development's University for Young People
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | STEM
Waco, TX
www.baylor.edu/soe/uyp
CenterSupport@baylor.edu
 
The Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at Baylor University provides summer enrichment programs for gifted and advanced students in grades 1–12 during the month of June. Two one-week sessions (Creative Problem Solving: Rocket Into Space and Digging Deeper: Discovering and Exploring Your Passion) are offered for students in grades 1–4. In addition, three one-week sessions are offered for students in grades 4–12 on Baylor's campus. Each of these sessions at Baylor includes two enrichment courses, lunch, mentor-led small groups, and recreation time. A variety of courses are offered including classes in STEM fields, humanities, and fine arts.
 
The Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has a 20-year history of providing advanced learning experiences for high-ability children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. The mission of the Center is to transform potential into excellence through innovative educational opportunities, research, and outreach.
 

Davidson THINK Summer Institute
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
College Prep | Residential
Reno, NV
THINK@davidsongifted.org
www.davidsongifted.org/THINK
 
Davidson THINK Summer Institute (THINK) is a three-week-residential program for exceptionally gifted students, ages 13 to 16. Located on the University of Nevada, Reno, THINK offers students the opportunity to take two college courses, taught by university faculty, for college credit.
The Davidson Institute developed THINK in 2004 to offer a unique and challenging summer opportunity to highly motivated, gifted students. We collaborated with the University of Nevada, Reno (home of the Davidson Academy), so students could earn college credit for their course work and gain experience living on campus.

 

Duke TIP
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | Residential | College Prep
Durham, NC
inquiries@tip.duke.edu
tip.duke.edu
 
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.9 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since it was founded in 1980. We have two talent searches—the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and the 7th Grade Talent Search—that provide above-grade-level testing, recognition for student achievements, and a variety of enrichment benefits.
We also provide accelerated educational programs. Options include weekend programs during the academic year, residential programs throughout the summer, and innovative online programs with small, interactive classes. All of our programs are planned with insight from our gifted education researchers, utilizing hands-on learning that fosters creativity and critical thinking to provide academically talented students with the challenge they need to reach their full potential. Our programs also provide students with the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships with their gifted peers, creating a community like no other.



Explore Horizons
Grades K-5, 6-8
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | STEM
Addison, TX
inquiries@explore-horizons.com
https://www.explore-horizons.com
 
Tutoring and enrichment in math, reading, and writing with a focus on the Texas state academic standards. We build individualized learning plans for students that help them sustain long-term growth from Pre-K to 8th grade, and we instill the qualities of a fearless learner into students of every ability and background!
 
Lone Star Leadership Academy: Education in Action
Grades K-5, 6-8
Leadership | Other Summer Camp
Keller, TX
admissions@educationinaction.org
www.educationinaction.org
 
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.
 

MATHCOUNTS
Grades 6-8
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | STEM
www.mathcounts.org
nancy@tspe.org
 
MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching, and competitive mathematics program for 6-8 grade students that promotes achievement through a focus on problem-solving strategies and strengthening analytical thinking skills.


Mighty Minds Enrichment Programs
Grades Preschool, K-5
STEM | Arts/Humanities
jessica@mightymindsllc.com
www.mightymindsllc.com
 
Mighty Minds Enrichment Programs provide fun and engaging enrichment opportunities for students ages 3-7. Programs include exciting summer camps, preschool classes, and afterschool programs that focus on creative thinking, problem-solving, and other important 21st-century skills.


Oilfield Energy Center
Grades K-5, 6-8
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | STEM
Houston, TX
dtomas@oceanstaroec.com
www.oceanstaroec.com
 
The Oilfield Energy Center is a non-profit organization that has three initiatives: the Ocean Star Museum in Galveston, the Hall of Fame that recognizes energy industry giants, and educational outreach. The OEC is dedicated to expanding awareness of the vast hydrocarbon energy sources beneath the world's surface, supporting global stewardship in the communities that use these resources, and chronicling the unique heritage and technical accomplishments of the industries that discover, produce, and deliver energy to humankind in a safe and environmentally responsible way. Our education outreach program focuses on the Earth sciences and energy. We provide a plethora of STEAM activities that can readily be used in the classroom. Each participant receives our PE³: Expanding Energy Education in digital format and those in Region 4 gain access to traveling trunks delivered to their classrooms. Workshops are held at the museum and the Marathon Tower, and are free to school districts.

Snapology of Grapevine-Keller
Grades Pre-K, K-5, 6-8
STEM | Leadership
Grapevine, TX
grapevine@snapology.com
grapevine.snapology.com
 
Snapology is a hands-on STEAM education program teaching children ages 2-14+ to think, build, and create using Robotics, Engineering, LEGO® bricks, and Technology. Snapology offers After-School Enrichment programs, Preschool Enrichment, Camps, Workshops, Scouting Events, In-school Field Trips, Special Needs programs, Senior programs, and Birthday parties. Our programs are designed to promote teamwork and inspire creativity through educational play.

STEMed Labs
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
STEM | Research
Austin, TX
ripal@stemedlabs.org
https://www.stemedlabs.org
 
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.

 

Summer Institute for the Gifted
Grades K-5, 6-8
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | STEM
Flowermound, TX
Sig.Info@GiftedStudy.org
https://www.giftedstudy.org/

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), a program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT), enriching minds where creativity thrives, offers educational programs for gifted, academically talented, and creative students ages 5 to 17. The programs combine academics with social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for a truly engaging summer. Choose from 22 campuses including Yale, Tulane, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. Residential, Commuter, Day, and Online programs are available. Come see what is exciting and new at GiftedStudy.org!

theCoderSchool
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
General Enrichment/All Academic Areas | STEM
Flower Mound, TX
https://www.thecoderschool.com/locations/flowermound/​
flowermound@thecoderschool.com
 
We're excited to be teaching Silicon Valley's #1 kids coding program in the DFW area. Technology is advancing everywhere, exciting the minds of kids who want to use it to make, play, and share ideas. Our classes create creative problem solvers and technical entrepreneurs who learn to use code to change their world for the better.

At theCoderSchool, we do more than teach coding. We focus on the individuality of our students by tailoring lessons to each student's unique interests and passions. We want aspiring programmers to use coding as a way to think outside the box, creatively channel their ideas, and most importantly, have fun.

Our instructors teach in over ten different languages! From graphical languages like Scratch to more powerful stuff like Python, JavaScript, and C languages, we're ready to inspire your children. Curious about where to start? Contact us for a FREE lesson!


Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth
Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
Day | Residential | General Enrichment/All Academic Areas
Nashville, TN
pty.peabody@vanderbilt.edu
pty.vanderbilt.edu
 
Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) seeks to develop talent in gifted students and those who work with them. We host summer and Saturday accelerated academic programs for students in grades K through 12. Summer day programs are available for students in grades K-7 (SAVY) and 1-3 week residential programs are available for students in grades 7-12 (VSA). Led by professors, graduate students, or master teachers, courses are designed to be engaging and relevant, showcasing what it means to be an expert in a particular field of study. Students could hear firsthand from content experts how to solve a challenging math problem, analyze historical events, study the origins of diseases, code a robot, or go on an archeological dig. At PTY, students work alongside academic peers from across the globe and have the opportunity to make lasting friendships with others who "get" them.