Saturday Gifted Studies Program

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The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies proudly presents the 2020 Saturday Gifted Studies Program. Registration is now open, but will close on December 15, 2019. The program will take place on the five consecutive Saturdays between January 11 and February 8, 2020 on the Hattiesburg Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Each Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon students from Prekindergarten through 8th Grades will experience classes that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).  Eligibility requirements include an intelligence quotient (IQ) of 121 or above on an individually administered IQ test or a score at or above the 91st percentile on a nationally normed achievement test. The program enhances the cognitive abilities of gifted students through planned enrichment/acceleration activities.

The Following courses are offered this year:


Weird, Wonderful Wildlife:

Do you love animals? What is the difference between pets, livestock, and exotic animals? Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and invertebrates will all have a day to shine in this class. Students will learn about classification, characteristics, and habits of a variety of animals from each category.

K & 1st grades: Students will receive instruction in BOTH courses

Folktale Techies:

In this adventuresome class, students will explore the adventures of folktale heroes and storybook legends to discover the problems that were faced by each one. Using basic engineering skills, students will design helpful solutions to keep their heroes safe. Students will use experimentation skills and teamwork to find the best solutions for each week’s folktale heroes. By the end of the five weeks, your child will have developed the spirit of innovation and will begin to seek out ways to solve problems at home.

Kitchen Chemistry:

Everything you eat is made up from chemistry! Did you know that we experiment with chemical reactions every time we cook? Come explore the amazing basics of chemistry. Learn about the wacky water molecule and discover all the states of matter. We’ll also investigate gases and how they make up our atmosphere. Experiment with chemical reactions to create delicious treats! Come experiment with us!

2nd & 3rd grades: Students will receive instruction in BOTH courses

Polar Populations:

Brrrr! How many words do you know that describe different types of snow? Come investigate the animals and weather of these unique Polar Regions and walk in the snowshoes of the explorers who got there first.

 Kids’ Creations:

What is creativity and where does it come from? Do you enjoy creating or performing?  Do you find unusual answers to help your friends solve problems?  Learn the difference between creative expression and creative invention and utilize the creative process to develop your own ideas.

4th & 5th grades: Students will receive instruction in BOTH courses

Future Fuels:

Have you ever wondered how different fuels are found, gathered, or created? Explore the huge variety of careers possible for those who choose to provide for cooking, heating, traveling, and more.  Join us to learn the tenets of sustainability and help us look into the future as we identify and attempt to solve possible problems in our world.

 Genealogic Journeys:

Step back in time to meet your own relatives and explore the times in which they lived.  Each week we will try to add another generation to your study of your family tree as well as contemplate the history that made them unique.  Learn interview skills and record family stories that will delight, inform, and strengthen your family for years to come.

6th-8th grades:  Students in these grades will select ONE of the following:

The Orient Express:  Journey through time and space as we explore the wide variety of cultures found on the Asian continent.  We will examine arts, foods, customs, and languages as well as the landscapes and economic systems that have made these countries both mysterious and fascinating.

 Herbology & The Beginning of Homeopathic Medicine: Did you know that certain foods can help our immune system fight off infections and disease? Investigate the nutrition in the food we eat every day and come learn about the nutritional properties of plants. Time to show off your green thumb!

Program costs include a $30.00 non-refundable application fee and $200.00 in tuition for the full program.

Please call (601) 266-5236 or visit our Web site: for more information.

Applications open October 1, 2019 and will close on December 15, 2019.