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Center for Gifted YouthThe Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth (LIUCGY) offers its program at LIU Post on Saturday mornings each fall and spring. Classes commence at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:55 a.m. Classes in the kindergarten through grade one level remain together throughout the morning. Beginning in second grade, students select three courses offered at their level in the appropriate time frame. The curriculum involves children in interdisciplinary approaches to the, physical and life sciences, mathematical problem solving, computers and the humanities. Parents are invited to participate in special parent group discussions led by staff psychologists.


"NEW! Our fall and spring program has been extended to include 7-8 graders!"

Tuition for fall and spring Semesters
TUITION AND FEES:  Tuition is $1,735 for each 10-week semester.  The application fee of $25 is non-refundable and is exclusive of the tuition fee.  There will also be a $30 lab fee per science class for children enrolled in science courses.

Overview of the Saturday Program at the LIU Post Campus 2015 – 2016

The Saturday program commences at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:55 a.m.  Classes in the kindergarten/grade 1 level are self-contained.  Beginning in second grade, students may select three one-hour courses offered at their level within the appropriate time frame.
Parents are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from each session.  Students are expected to arrive in their first period classroom at 8:55 a.m.   Classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
                                                                                                     

 

FALL

SPRING

Kindergarten – Grade 1

 

 

9:00 a.m. to

Saturday Express:

Saturday Express:

11:55 a.m.

Science*, Mathematics, Humanities

Science*, Mathematics, Humanities

 

 

 

Grades 2-3

 

 

9:00 a.m. to

Investigations in Biological Science *

Computers: Analyzing Shapes and Figures

 

Journey Through Art

Futures 2025 and Beyond

 

Mathematical Problem Solving

Intro to Public Speaking

 

Morning at the Improv

Investigations in Physical Science*

9:50 a.m.

Writing: Create and Solve a Mystery

Mathematical Problem Solving

 

 

 

10:00 a.m. to

Investigations in Biological Science *

Computers: Analyzing Shapes and Figures

10:50 a.m.

Journey Through Art

Futures 2025 and Beyond

 

Mathematical Problem Solving

Intro to Public Speaking

 

Morning at the Improv

Investigations in Physical Science*

 

Writing: Create and Solve a Mystery

Mathematical Problem Solving

 

 

 

11:00 a.m. to

Investigations in Biological Science *

Computers: Analyzing Shapes and Figures

11:55 a.m.

Journey Through Art

Futures 2025 and Beyond

 

Mathematical Problem Solving

Intro to Public Speaking

 

Morning at the Improv

Investigations in Physical Science*

 

Writing: Create and Solve a Mystery

Mathematical Problem Solving

 

 

 

Grades 4-6

 

 

9:00 a.m. to

Law and the Age of Technology

Advanced Math Brain Games

9:50 a.m.

Physics and Beautiful Minds*

Consumer Chemistry*

 

Foundations of Chemistry*

Law, Liberty and You

 

Writing: Masterpieces in Miniature

Optics and Lasers*

 

 

 

10:00 a.m. to

Advanced Math Problem Solving

Consumer Chemistry*

10:50 a.m.

Genetics: Inside the Cell*

Marine Biology*

 

Physics and Beautiful Minds*

Optics and Lasers*

 

Writing: Masterpieces in Miniature

The Catalyst of Character

 

 

 

11:00 a.m. to

Advanced Mathematical Problem Solving

Advanced Math Brain Games

 

Foundations of Chemistry*

Law, Liberty and You

11:55 a.m.

Genetics: Inside the Cell*

Marine Biology*

 

Law and the Age of Technology

The Catalyst of Character

 

 

 

Grades 6-8

 

 

9:00 a.m. to

Become an Expert Math Problem Solver

Voices in Literature: The Art of Characterization

9:50 a.m.

Biology and Forensic Science*

Case Studies of Forensic Science*

 

 

 

10:00 a.m. to

Principles and Theories of Chemistry*

Mathematical Minds

10:50 a.m.

Techno/Legal Issues

Legal Minds

 

 

 

11:00 a.m. to

 

Inside Einstein’s Mind and Universe*

 

Impact of Chemistry*

11:55 a.m.

To Thine Own Self Be True: Self-Expression Through Memoir, Fiction, and Poetry

The Dual Nature of Light and Laser Applications Today*

 

 

 

* Science lab fees apply.

SATURDAY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Please note that different topics are explored each semester (fall, spring, and summer), even though the course titles and academic areas may be similar.

SATURDAY EXPRESS: GRADES K-1
SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, HUMANITIES
FALL/SPRING

The Saturday Express is a program of exploration and discovery in science, mathematics, and the humanities.  Students will be exposed to challenging ideas and concepts rarely introduced or explored at the early childhood level.  They will be provided with hands-on learning experiences by expert instructors in their field at a depth and pace appropriate to gifted children.

One class will emphasize mathematical thinking.  Students will be encouraged to problem solve while having fun with shapes and numbers, as well as learn a variety of mathematical concepts.  Another class will highlight the exploration of individual thematic units in science.   The third class will emphasize the humanities, integrating literature, social studies, and the cultural arts, in interdisciplinary study.  

Maximum attention is provided to each child in a setting that encourages risk-taking and independent thought and action.  Children are also given many opportunities to interact both intellectually and socially.  These courses are designed so that students can participate for four consecutive semesters without repeating content.
Different materials are introduced and different topics are explored each semester.  The use of Roman numeral designations does not indicate levels of difficulty; they merely indicate different learning experiences.  There are no prerequisites for any of these courses.

FALL 2015 |COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

GRADES 2-3

Computers and Humanities

JOURNEY THROUGH ART

Move beyond the surface to journey with famous artists into the realm of human imagination and creativity.  Students will experience art history from medieval times to the world of Impressionism in an exciting and innovative hands-on manner.  Students will produce their own original art work in the styles of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Seurat, and others.

MORNING AT THE IMPROV

How does Ellen DeGeneres make those creative choices so quickly?  She makes them through the applied principles of improvisation.  In this course, students will participate in active exploration using improvisation.  They will work both individually and in groups as they discover the three rules of improvisational theatre: listen, process, and respond.  Each session will begin with a warm-up, followed by creative-thinking exercises designed to open up the world of spontaneity and logic. 

WRITING:  CREATE & SOLVE A MYSTERY 

Students will utilize computer software programs in order to create an interactive mystery story. They will explore the process of writing a mystery including development of the suspects, creating twists and turns in the plot, and identifying an appropriate setting. The mystery will culminate into a suspenseful resolution. Students will receive an anthology of mysteries at the conclusion of the semester.

MATHEMATICS

MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING

This course will focus on developing good mathematical problem solving techniques. Students will learn to identify key words, find pertinent information and select an appropriate strategy for solving problems. They will also learn to use diagrams, models and charts to organize information. Classroom lessons will include short presentations on the various techniques used in problem solving followed by individualized, challenging exercises which will allow students to practice and improve their problem solving abilities. Special care will be given to provide a variety of problems to meet the needs, interests and abilities of each student. New problems are presented each semester.  

SCIENCE

INVESTIGATIONS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE

This course is designed to provide a variety of learning experiences about living things.  Students will conduct investigations that show how different plants and animals are able to carry out their activities and complete their life cycles.  Selected topics on the human body and its dependence on plants and animals will be investigated.  An understanding of the relationships between living things and the non-living world will be developed and explored. New ideas are presented each semester. There are no prerequisites for these courses.

GRADES 4-6

Computers & Humanities

LAW AND THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Students enrolled in this course will examine court cases that demonstrate the complex relationship that exists between technology and the rule of law.  The birth and continuing maturation of technology has blurred the lines of traditional law.   The concepts of music/file sharing, cyber-bullying, and even the use of GPS technology to track suspected criminals will all be explored in this course.  Students will perform intriguing court cases involving the testimony of expert witnesses in the field of technology.  Students will role-play as attorneys and witnesses as they present courtroom trials involving interesting, thought-provoking case studies.  Cases will be chosen based upon the age and maturity of the students enrolled in the course.

WRITING: MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE

Writers Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have worked successfully to create compelling literary masterpieces. Students will have the opportunity to write stories, poems, memoirs and/or personal essays, and to examine how those genres resemble and differ from one another. A goal of the course is to develop journal comprised of student writing.

Mathematics

ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING       

Students will participate in activities that will help them develop and enhance their problem solving abilities.  They will learn to analyze and solve non-routine mathematical problems, identify key words, and use diagrams and tables.  They will also identify patterns and develop estimation and deductive reasoning skills.  Weekly activities include short presentations on key techniques followed by small group and individual practice sets designed to challenge students and improve their critical thinking skills.  Special attention will be provided to meet the needs, interests, experience and ability of each student. New problems are presented each semester. 

Science 

GENETICS: INSIDE THE CELL
This course will take students on a journey deep inside the cell to study structures that control its makeup.  Students will explore the discoveries of Mendel, Watson and Crick.  Topics to be covered are Mendelian genetics, human inheritance, the structure of the DNA and RNA, and DNA fingerprinting. 

FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY
This course is designed to allow students to learn about the foundation of chemistry and enhance their knowledge in science. Students will make real-world connections; learn about consumer chemistry, molecular motion and the physical behavior of matter.

PHYSICS AND BEAUTIFUL MINDS
This course will explore some of the greatest experiments of all time. The thought process and theory behind some of these experiments will be discussed and then performed. Eratosthenes’ experiment to prove that the earth is round, Young’s double slit experiment and the wave theory of light are just a few highlights of the curriculum. In addition, students will experience and perform experiments done by Newton, Galileo and Rutherford in order to appreciate these “beautiful minds” in physics.

GRADES 6-8

BECOME AN EXPERT MATH PROBLEM SOLVER
Students enrolled in grades 6-8 with an affinity and fondness for mathematics will find this course both challenging and fun.  We will have an opportunity to examine exciting problems covering such areas of math as number theory, geometry, probability, and topology and reflect on a variety of strategies to tackle them in the most efficient manner.  Scientific calculators will be key component of each lesson with the goal of minimizing tedious arithmetic and maximizing time spent on the key concepts at the basis of each problem.  New problems are presented each semester.

BIOLOGY AND FORENSIC SCIENCE
In this course, students will learn to use the tools and techniques utilized by forensic scientists. Students will analyze DNA, fingerprints, simulated blood splatter, footprints, bones, hair and fiber analysis, as well as other microscopic techniques. Students will use reasoning and deduction to examine the evidence in each weekly activity. At the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the world of forensic science and its importance in the world of science today.

INSIDE EINSTEIN’S MIND AND UNIVERSE
This course will allow students to learn about Albert Einstein’s thought process and engage them in the experiments of his "Miracle Year". This course will take students through both Special Relativity and General Relativity, as well as, his ideas and arguments pertaining to Quantum Mechanics. Einstein's time in Switzerland, Berlin, and Princeton will be discussed and we will study how it affected the development of his science.

PRINCIPLES AND THEORIES OF CHEMISTRY
Students will explore and carry out advanced chemistry experiments. Students will understand and apply scientific concepts pertaining to chemistry. Topics such as atomic concepts, stoichiometry and kinetics will be explored, allowing students to develop a cognitive understanding of important topics in chemistry.

TECHNO/LEGAL ISSUES
This course is designed to examine court cases related to the music industry and technology, as well as corporate involvement with social media, advertising, and accountability. This exciting course will challenge student’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as they role play and analyze selected courtroom cases.

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: SELF-EXPRESSION THROUGH MEMOIR, FICTION, AND POETRY
The most powerful written works are those that connect to a wide range of audiences by expressing a universal truth about human nature. These truths originate from personal experiences an author can document through creative nonfiction. In this class, young authors will have the opportunity to share a moment of truth in their life which holds particular importance or to communicate a message with the world through the written word while studying poetry, memoir, and fiction genres.

SPRING 2016 |COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
GRADES 2-3
 
HUMANITIES/COMPUTERS

COMPUTERS: ANALYZING SHAPES & FIGURES

In this course, students will use computer language tailored specifically for investigations in geometry and other areas of mathematics. An emphasis will be placed on analyzing visual figures and how their parts fit together. Programs will be tailored to each student’s interests and demonstrated level of competence. 

FUTURES: 2025 AND BEYOND

What the future holds is an intriguing question. In this course, students will examine ideas related to events of the 21st Century – and hypothesize what may lie ahead. A curious imagination and a willingness to explore are all that are needed to travel to the year 2025 and beyond.  

INTRO TO PUBLIC SPEAKING

Learn the important skills to be successful when speaking in front of an audience. Techniques for improving poise, diction, and voice projection will be discussed and practiced. Students will be involved in speech making, debating, creative dramatics and declamation, giving them a variety of opportunities to learn to be an effective public speaker.

MATHEMATICS
                       
MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING
                                                                                                         
This course will focus on developing good mathematical problem solving techniques. Students will learn to identify key words, find pertinent information and select an appropriate strategy for solving problems. They will also learn to use diagrams, models and charts to organize information. Classroom lessons will include short presentations on the various techniques used in problem solving followed by individualized, challenging exercises which will allow students to practice and improve their problem solving abilities. Special care will be given to provide a variety of problems to meet the needs, interests and abilities of each student. New problems are presented each semester.  

SCIENCE

INVESTIGATIONS IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE

New ideas are presented each semester.  There are no prerequisites for these courses. This course is designed to provide a variety of learning experiences that will introduce students to the basic concepts of chemistry and physics. Students will investigate such topics as air pressure, buoyancy, gravity, density of matter, temperature, heat, chemical reactions and electromagnetism. Activities will stress the development of skills and understandings related to the physical sciences.

Grades 4-6

Computers & Humanities
LAW, LIBERTY AND YOU

This course is designed to help students understand the central role played by our Constitution in our government and legal systems. Through the use of mock trials, case studies, analysis of legal procedures, etc. students will examine such topics as individual and civil rights, the workings of the Supreme Court, Federalism and Separation of Powers. This course will strive to encourage students to "think as lawyers" as a means of exploring the legal profession and current controversial topics such as free speech, privacy and gun control.

THE CATALYST OF CHARACTER

Think of your favorite book. What first comes to mind? A relatable character? A major dilemma centered around the character's moral or ethical stance? A similar life experience you share with that protagonist? The most charismatic characters are those whose lives, fictional or realistic, somehow correspond with our own. In this course, student authors will focus on the creation of such characters, whose "life stories" and conflicts propel the plot of short fictional works of literature. Anchor pieces will serve as the basis of writer's craft instruction as well as inspiration for our young authors. 

Mathematics

ADVANCED MATH BRAIN GAMES

This course is designed to give each student learning experiences that are challenging and fun-filled.  While solving brain teasers and playing brain games, students will learn to organize sets of clues (some direct, some indirect) and reach logical conclusions by using pure deductive reasoning. 

Science

CONSUMER CHEMISTRY    

Each of us at various times plays the role of “consumer” whenever we shop. We are faced with decisions due to many different brands and styles. How do we know which item is best? The students will perform laboratory activities to compare and evaluate a variety of products.In addition, they will investigate the impact that the media and commercials play in this process.

MARINE BIOLOGY: PRESERVING A DELICATE BALANCE

Oceans, seas, bays, and estuaries represent environments, which cover three quarters of the earth’s surface.  Students will learn about the critical and delicate balance that is threatened by the introduction of pollutants, as well as the incredible diversity of marine life and resources found within the world’s oceans.  Students will also perform a series of detailed investigations of various forms of marine organisms, including micro-organisms, planktons, echinoderms, mollusks, squids, and fish.
 
THE DUAL NATURE OF LIGHT AND LASER APPLICATIONS TODAY
This highly experimental course will allow students to study the dual nature of light using lasers to better understand how and what light is. The basic ideas of refraction, polarization, lenses and optical instruments will be among some of the topics explored. Laser use both commercially, for CD’s, DVD’s, UPC and holograms, as well as the scientific use in the Nano world, as an aid in heating and cooling on the atomic level will be studied.

GRADES 6-8

CASE STUDIES IN FORENSIC SCIENCE

In this interdisciplinary course, students will study various sciences including biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science. Using deductive reasoning and scientific methodology, students process evidence from mock crime scenes and integrate concepts-such as data analysis and scientific writing-to help build a compelling case. In one case, students will develop knowledge by conducting karyotype or forensic microscopy analysis for biology, learn more about chromatography by analyzing ransom-note ink for chemistry, or use models to explore topics such as buoyancy and bullet trajectory for physics. In a second case, students use physics to build reservoir models and LED conductivity testers; test their chemistry skills with water quality assays; and hone their biology knowledge with macroinvertebrate identification. Finally, in a third case, student will process blood evidence to learn about genetics for biology, identify unknown white powders to hone their chemistry knowledge, and recreate a crash model to reinforce physics principles.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: EMERGING ENERGIES

In today’s world, fossil fuels are becoming less abundant and may lead to environmental damage. Students will investigate and design new technologies to combat the rising problems associated with fossil fuel use. Students will build salt water fuel cell cars and solar cars. Students will also design a system to capture geothermal energy. Students will also study the fundamentals of wind energy and design their own wind turbine.
IMPACT OF CHEMISTRY

Students will use mathematical analysis and scientific inquiry to explore several concepts in chemistry. They will utilize and apply background knowledge in order to make connections to real world experience. Concepts such as chemical bonding, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry and particle stability will be analyzed and investigated.

LEGAL MINDS

This course examines legal and constitutional conflicts in today’s environment. Students will explore traditional topics in the separation of powers and Federalism, including Congress’s enumerated powers, the scope of Executive power and judicial review, as well as, the role of the states and the Federal Government in the Federal structure. Students will use their “legal minds” as they role play various Constitutional cases in mock trials.

MATHEMATICAL MINDS

This course is designed to extend critical thinking skills and to foster mathematical creativity. Topics to be examined will be drawn from topology, geometry, probability and number theory. In each session, students will explore a problem solving strategy in depth in relation to the mathematical concept. Scientific calculators will be key component of each lesson.  New problems are presented each semester.

VOICES IN LITERATURE: THE ART OF CHARACTERIZATION

Characters in literature have the ability to profoundly impact the lives of their readers. As prospective authors in this course, students will have the opportunity to analyze both classic and contemporary works of literature to best understand a variety of writers’ craft for developing memorable characters. Students will ultimately create a protagonist for an original work of literature and establish the character’s voice that reflects his or her personality and motivations.