Gifted Classes

2020 Classes

It is with great disappointment that we must report that Carroll College will not be able to run the 2020 Gifted Institute, or any residential camps, this summer because of COVID-19. We understand that the Gifted Institute is a highlight of the year for so many children, and this news is certain to break hearts. A full refund will be issued within 10 business days. Contact Allison Sever (406-477-4365) for more information, or if you do not receive your refund.

8:45am

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: Oberweiser, Jack

Computer Programming in Scratch

Learn the basics of computer programming using the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology's award-winning programming platform, SCRATCH. SCRATCH teaches the basics of block-based coding by allowing students to create simple animations, games, and other interactive items. Students will be provided the basic principles of coding and then allowed to experiment with their own programming instincts.

Instructor: Hazen, Ryan

Folf (Disc Golf) * Cancelled

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: Clinch, Adam

Gaelic Language and Culture 101

This course introduces students to one of the world's oldest languages - Gaelic! Interactive activities such as role-playing, games and music will be used to develop basic communication skills in a fun environment. Through the language,you will learn about the history and heritage of the Emerald Isle as well as her ties to Montana

Instructor: Ciara Ryan

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: Crider, Joe

Intro to Web Design

You've always wanted to build your own website - now you can learn how! We'll tackle the basics of web design (including HTML and CSS) and give you the tools and confidence to code your own site!

Instructor: Wald, Jeffery

Measurement & Uncertainty * Cancelled

The various fields of science and engineering depend upon making good measurements. But how well are the measurements known? What are the limitations of the measuring instrument? In this course you will use a variety of different measuring instruments, both analog and digital, and learn the basics of how and why you should determine the limitations of your measurements.

Instructor: Grossmann, Benjamin

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: Shire, Kimberly

The Great Montana Baking Show * Full* Full

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: Swenson, Liz

10:30am

Becoming Better Bridge Builders is Best!

You look like you have what it takes to build the best bridge that can hold the most weight! Sign-up for this class and you will be able to test those skills against your peers as we race to build the strongest bridges. We will look at a variety of bridges and compete to build the strongest bridge using the least amount of materials!

Instructor: Gillin, Emily

Crazy Contraptions

Can you design a machine to perform a simple task in the most complicated and convoluted way? These type of machines are what cartoonist Rube Goldberg is best known. In this class, you will apply concepts from physics and stretch your imagination to create amazing "Rube Goldberg machines".

Instructor: Dr. Bob Stansberry and Patrick Harris

Create a 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: Crider, Joe

Folf (Disc Golf) * Cancelled

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: Clinch, Adam

Form 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: Hazen, Ryan

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: Oberweiser, Jack

Improv Acting * Full* Full

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: Shire, Kimberly

Logical Reasoning & Fallacies * Cancelled

If it rains, then the grass gets wet. But if the grass is wet, did it rain? There are different forms of logic, all which are meant to help us understand what is true about the world. In this course you will learn the difference between informal logic and formal logic. You will explore the use and limitations of a few different types of logical systems and fallacies (invalid reasoning) you may encounter.

Instructor: Grossmann, Benjamin

Photo and Graphic Design * Full* Full

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

Instructor: Wald, Jeffery

Shark Tank Junior

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: Swenson, Liz

3:30pm

Breakout! * Full* Full

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: Case, Daniel

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

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: Pfannenstiel, Alex

How to Anime

Learn to draw your favorite anime characters and create some of your own.

Instructor: Crider, Jay

Icing on the Cake * Full* Full

Are you interested in applying your creativity to cake decorating, and eating cake? Explore your creative side with Brittani from Park Avenue Bakery as she will teach you different methods of decorating sugar cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops.

Instructor: Brittani Cato

Motion!

Displacement! Velocity! Acceleration! Explore how things move and the relationship between different physical properties as you make objects bounce, slide, roll, spin, or even launch them through the air.

Instructor: Grossmann, Benjamin

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: Oberweiser, Jack

Puppetry * Cancelled

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: Shire, Kimberly

Science You Can Eat! * Full* Full

Are you someone who loves to eat food AND wants to learn about science at the same time? You’re in the right spot, in this course you will plan and build a solar oven then make some delicious food in your solar oven to enjoy with your friends. As a bonus you get to spend time outside while using your solar oven! Food and science, what could be better than that?

Instructor: Gillin, Emily

6:00pm

An Introduction to eSports: League of Future Legends * Full* Full

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

Breakout! * Full* Full

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: Case, Daniel

Commercial Production * Full* Full

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: Shire, Kimberly

Icing on the Cake * Full* Full

Are you interested in applying your creativity to cake decorating, and eating cake? Explore your creative side with Brittani from Park Avenue Bakery as she will teach you different methods of decorating sugar cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops.

Instructor: Brittani Cato

Irrational Numbers * Cancelled

These aren't your simple counting numbers or nice fractions. They include numbers such as the historical square root of two, the artistic golden ratio, and the ever-surprising pi. You'll learn where irrational numbers fit in the family of numbers, where you can find them in the world around you, and how they are used today.

Instructor: Grossmann, Benjamin

Mindful Movement - Yoga for Everyone!

This class will be part discussion, part movement, and part reflection. We will use yoga to explore mindfulness and identify tools that can be useful outside of a yoga class. No experience necessary and all physical abilities are welcome.

Instructor: Megan Woods Helton

STEM Challenge - Design a Lunar Base

Students will work in groups to come up with a solution to the following scenario: In order to prove humans can create a sustainable habitat on other planets, NASA has decided to move forward with constructing a lunar base to test long-term survival outside of Earth's atmosphere. Four astronauts will need to live in the lunar residence for two years. NASA created a national contest which will allow anyone in the country to submit a proposal for the project. The winning design will be used on the moon, and a prize will be awarded to the team. The students will research, plan, design and construct a Lunar Base that follows strict guidelines in order to be sustainable for the moon.

Instructor: Swenson, Liz

Thought Experiments as a Guide to Life

Do you have an active imagination and an appetite for big questions? If so, you’re the perfect test subject for thought experiments! Philosophers use hypothetical “thought experiments” to clarify ideas and to think through the consequences of judgments. This class will engage famous thought experiments (and games based on them) to explore a range of questions: Who are we? What do we want out of life? What do we owe one another? Will the future include possibilities like artificial intelligence and time travel? Try your hand at designing your own thought experiments as well.

Instructor: Glowienka, Dr. Ed