Gifted Classes

2021 Classes

Covid Update (as of March 22, 2021)
Thank you for your interest in the Carroll College Gifted Institute. Unfortunately, we have just learned that Carroll College conferencing will not be hosting overnight residential camps this summer. This means that we are forced to cancel the Gifted Institute for a second year in a row. We understand that the Gifted Institute is sorely needed for many children after the year we have endured, and this is likely to be a great disappointment.

8:45am

An Introduction to eSports: League of Future Legends

eSports is an up-and-coming industry and scholarship opportunity for young people around the globe in playing video games competitively! This course will prepare students for becoming potential eSports players in their respective high school and college paths! We will focus on cooperating with teammates, learning to be leaders/captains, and sportsmanship! Additionally, we will use the game Super Smash Bros. as an interactive tool for team sport development, practicing game knowledge, sportsmanlike behavior, and above all, fun!

Instructor: Katie Joy, John Meach, Ethan Melton, Darrian Thomas

Breakout!

Using technology and clues, can you breakout with your group by unlocking the clues and padlocks of a locked wooden box?
Requires problem solving, team building and collaboration. A new experience everyday that will bring out a competitive education spirit to solve the puzzles.

You may even get to build your own breakout experience!

Instructor: Dan Case

Folf (Disc Golf)

Folf (or as other places besides Montana call it: "disc golf") is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Students will learn the basic rules of the game, learn proper form and then play on a course they design at Carroll. We will also visit an official course in south Helena. 

Instructor: Adam Clinch

Hiking Around Helena

Start your day off by exploring the beautiful hiking trails around Helena. Enjoy the wonderful views of Helena while getting some exercise and fresh air. Don’t forget your shoes and a water bottle.

Instructor: Joe Crider

Photo and Graphic Design

We’ll use a free and open-source Photoshop alternative to create, retouch, and edit images and graphics.

Instructor: Jeffery Wald

Speedstacks

This is an individual and team activity that enhances hand-eye coordination and reaction time. In a study conducted by dr. Melanie Hart in 2005, increased activation of both sides of the brain was mapped while participants performed cup stacking activities. This dual brain function improves ambidexterity as well as quickness and concentration. besides the fact that it's fun, cup stacking is a great physical activity that promotes lifelong enrichment of the brain. Students in this class will participate in individual and team events.

Instructor: Michelle Christianson

Stage Acting

Learn the basics of acting by playing theatre games, performing with a simple script, and creating a short performance with a small group of actors. In this class, you will learn to be more comfortable on stage, and more skilled in performance basics.

Instructor: Kimberly Shire

The Great Montana Baking Show

Do you enjoy creating and baking your favorite treats? In this class you will learn the basics of baking the perfect recipe. You will then get the opportunity to shop for and bake your own recipe that you will present for a board of baking experts who will choose the next Great Montana Baker!

Instructor: Liz Swenson

10:30am

Create Your Own Superhero

You only have your thoughts and dreams ahead of you. You are someone. You mean something. -Batman

Come share your thoughts and dreams in class and create your own superhero. We will write and illustrate comic books, design and create costumes, and much more.

Instructor: Joe Crider

Dungeons and Dragons: Innovation and Exploration

Be the adventurer you've always dreamed of! In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, you will get a chance to use your imagination to fight monsters and explore fantastic worlds. The session will include character creation, basic game rules, instruction on becoming a Dungeon Master, and a brief scenario to bring it all together. Students will explore creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in a fun, welcoming environment and may make lifelong friends!

Instructor: Darrian Thomas, Ethan Melton, John Meach, Katie Joy

Folf (Disc Golf)

Folf (or as other places besides Montana call it: "disc golf") is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Students will learn the basic rules of the game, learn proper form and then play on a course they design at Carroll. We will also visit an official course in south Helena. 

Instructor: Adam Clinch

French Cooking

Let’s bring the great tastes of French cuisine to your kitchen! Come and discover the delicious and traditional French dishes in a convivial setting. This culinary course will show our little Chefs that cooking French food is easy and fun! You will also learn the history and culture behind food. Be ready to enjoy a true gourmet French experience!

Instructor: Cato, Brittani

Geometric Puzzle Games

We'll investigate geometric theory, axioms and theorems by means of visual problem solving. We'll use logic and critical thinking to create visual proofs and have fun challenging each other to find alternative solutions once a problem has been solved.

Instructor: Jack Oberweiser

Improv Acting

Have fun being spontaneous! This class focuses on the basics of acting on stage without a script. If you want to play improv games, find ways to improve your skills in performance, and have a great time, this is the class for you!

Instructor: Kimberly Shire

Photo and Graphic Design

We’ll use a free and open-source Photoshop alternative to create, retouch, and edit images and graphics.

Instructor: Jeffery Wald

Poetry and Composition

This course explores several forms of poetry including haiku, sonnnet, villanelle, and pantoum. Students will encounter examples of each form and be asked to create version of their own. This course includes a robust introduction to rhyme scheme, repetition, and meter as they are used in various classical forms of poetry. Students will leave this class with complete versions of each oft he forms we study.

Instructor: Ryan Hazen

Shark Tank

Have you ever had a great idea for an invention? In this class you will learn about famous inventors and the reason behind thier inventions. You will also get the opportunity to create your very own invention. At the end of the week each invention will go in front of the Sharks who will decided if they want to invest in your business!

Instructor: Liz Swenson

Speedstacks

This is an individual and team activity that enhances hand-eye coordination and reaction time. In a study conducted by dr. Melanie Hart in 2005, increased activation of both sides of the brain was mapped while participants performed cup stacking activities. This dual brain function improves ambidexterity as well as quickness and concentration. besides the fact that it's fun, cup stacking is a great physical activity that promotes lifelong enrichment of the brain. Students in this class will participate in individual and team events.

Instructor: Michelle Christianson

3:30pm

Breakout!

Using technology and clues, can you breakout with your group by unlocking the clues and padlocks of a locked wooden box?
Requires problem solving, team building and collaboration. A new experience everyday that will bring out a competitive education spirit to solve the puzzles.

You may even get to build your own breakout experience!

Instructor: Dan Case

Commercial Production

In this course you will work in groups to create commercials. You will get to try out acting, directing, production management, video editing, and camera skills. Bring all your creativity and energy to class. We are going to have a great time!

Instructor: Kimberly Shire

Dungeons and Dragons: Innovation and Exploration

Be the adventurer you've always dreamed of! In 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, you will get a chance to use your imagination to fight monsters and explore fantastic worlds. The session will include character creation, basic game rules, instruction on becoming a Dungeon Master, and a brief scenario to bring it all together. Students will explore creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in a fun, welcoming environment and may make lifelong friends!

Instructor: Darrian Thomas, Ethan Melton, John Meach, Katie Joy

French 101

Explore the culture of France and learn the basics of this beautiful language. Your instructor brings this class to life through her own experience of living and working in Paris. She also strives to make learning the fundamental elements of the language enjoyable and fun. If you love languages and studying about other cultures, then this is a class designed just for you!

Instructor: Joanna Easton

French Cooking

Let’s bring the great tastes of French cuisine to your kitchen! Come and discover the delicious and traditional French dishes in a convivial setting. This culinary course will show our little Chefs that cooking French food is easy and fun! You will also learn the history and culture behind food. Be ready to enjoy a true gourmet French experience!

Instructor: Emannuelle Menage

Number Theory

Learn how mathematics is used to explore change. We'll look at sequences, interesting mathematical patterns and oddities. We'll look at problems from a graphical, numerical, and algebraic approach. What's the next number in this sequence: 1, 3, 9, 19,...?

Instructor: Jack Oberweiser

Sticker Mania

Love art? Love stickers? Looking for a new hobby? Join local artist Jay Crider and his brother Joe in this fun class to create and print your own sticker collection.

Instructor: Jay Crider

What Is It Like To Be a Bat?

Instructor: David Nowakowski

6:00pm

Art of Origami

You may know that origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, but did you know that origami has many cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits? Origami helps develop concentration and visual-spatial reasoning. It even helps reduce stress and increase positive emotions. In this class, you will experience these benefits as you turn paper into colorful animals and shapes such as flapping cranes, jumping frogs, balls, flowers and stars. Your origami creations can be used as ordainments, decorations, and gifts. When the class is over, you will be able to find entertainment anywhere with just a piece of paper.

Instructor: Kira Kuhlman

Chances Are

Mathematical probability will be investigted through simulations, experiments, games, and activities. students will learn how probability is used to predict weather, outcomes of athletic competition, verdicts in trials, success of marketing campaigns, and a variey of other applications.

Instructor: Jack Oberweiser

Disney Classics Through the Ages

Do you love watching Disney movies? If you answered yes then this is a class you won't want to miss. Each night we'll view and discuss a different Classic movie that demonstrates a new era in Animation technology that the Disney Studios used to wow the world.

Instructor: Joanna Easton

Got Game?

In this course we will explore and play games (card and board games and games of chance) from thousands of years ago to modern times. Learn the important features (history, cultural context, strategy, style, and economic correlations) of games like Go, Chess, Monopoly, and Settlers of Catan.

Instructor: Alex Pfannenstiel

Intro to Drumming

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at keeping the beat? Come learn how to play the drums! Learn about the history of drumming, play authentic instruments like the snare drum, congas, and drum set, and play along with peers using your very own drum sticks. Rock on!

Instructor: Jeremy Slead

Puppetry

Come learn the art of puppetry from Carroll College's Director of Theatrical Production! You will play with puppets and make a couple of puppets in different styles. You will learn manipulation techniques to bring your puppets to life and have a great time working in teams to create entertaining and educational puppet shows.

Instructor: Kimberly Shire

The Ecology of Everyday Life

Ecology is the scientific study of whole systems: by looking at the ways that ecosystems are put together, we get a deeper understanding of all their parts (animals, plants, microbes, water, minerals, heat, energy, etc.). But we're animals, too, and we're parts of lots of systems: families, schools, sports teams, other communities. So the basic ideas of ecology should help us understand those human systems, too. Each day, we'll explore one basic principle that ecologists use for explaining nature, and look at specific ways that the same ecological principle helps us to understand ourselves, and live better in everyday life.

Instructor: David Nowakowski