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Finding Your Way: Navigation and Exploration!

June 25-28, 2012

  • For students entering grades 6-8
  • Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuition:  $120
  • Locations:  The Conference and Training Center at IU 13 and Lancaster Environmental Center

Feeling lost or directionally challenged?  Project SAIL (Seminars for Advanced and Innovative Learning) through Lancaster- Lebanon IU13 is offering a camp that will enable students, entering grades 6-8, to spend time outside becoming familiar with a variety of directional tools.  Partnering with the Lancaster Environmental Center, this IU 13 Project SAIL camp will put students’ navigation skills to the “test” in real life situations.  Participants will gain confidence in their ability to find their way in the wilderness while exploring Lancaster woodlands.  Campers will get the opportunity to:

  • Participate in live videoconferences to understand the use of satellites, GPS technology and navigational problem solving,
  • Learn to use a compass and topographical maps to navigate through the woods,
  • Explore latitude and longitude in an interactive way,
  • Work as a team to complete a scavenger hunt using GPS units,
  • Learn survival skills such as building a shelter, finding water, building a fire, and identifying edible plants and insects.

Through these activities, campers will learn important things about the environment in which they live while enjoying outdoor experiences, team-building, problem solving, and exercise.   Camp is aligned with PA Academic Standards.


Inspiring the next generation of innovators! 

July 9 -13, 2012

  • For students entering grades 2-6
  • Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Tuition: $240
  • Location: Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, Burle Business Park

Participants will become investigators, engineers, and scientists while creating inventions to solve exciting challenges.  Experiment with STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and math) in four fun hands-on modules each day, presented by local teachers.

  • Work in teams to design a magnet-powered city!
  • Travel on a time machine to create futuristic inventions!
  • Take apart broken appliances and use the parts to build a multi-step balloon-bursting machine!
  • Stimulate your mind and your body while inventing fun new outdoor games!

To register:  800-968-4332 or

Save $25!  Register by March 29th for only $215!

Extra discounts for Camp Invention alumni through 2/9/12

Presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Enrichment Extension for Gifted Students


Ephrata Area School District

K-12 Gifted Parent Night


Enrichment Opportunities for Gifted Students

When:             Wednesday, October 19, 6 pm.

Where:           Ephrata Area Middle School Media Center

957 Hammon Ave. Ephrata PA 17522

Format:          Presenter: Linda Deal


Enrichment Extension for Gifted Students


Description:  Go beyond the school day with activities that will blend school content with community, family and fun opportunities.  A series of different strategies and ideas that will appeal to students of different ages and interests will trigger a list of possible enrichment to use for one minute or half a day.


Please feel free to bring your students and other children.


Please RSVP to Lori Hatt 717-721-1150 Ext 0 or email at  by October 17, 2011


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:

Susan Summers-Steffy  (721-1150)

Coordinator of Student Services

Ephrata Area School District.

Bots High – Documentary on Robotic Combat

On Thursday, October 6th in the auditorium, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will present a free screening of the award winning documentary film Bots High at 7:00 pm.  The film will be followed by a workshop on the variety of robotics competitions in which people of all ages can participate.  Some are subtle programming challenges while others feature adrenaline pumping combat.

Competition robots of every size and style will be on display.

A synopsis of the documentary film Bots High:

Bots High

Some kids play football in school. Other kids build combat robots for the expressed purpose of destroying competing robots in thrilling caged matches. This film is about kids in the latter group.

Bots High follows three teams of high school robotics geeks who build and battle their way to a national robotics competition in Miami. Our heroes include genius inventor Will, who constructs seemingly indestructible bots that unfortunately self-destruct, and My Mechanical Romance, a team of Catholic school girls who stand out amid male participants with a combination of beauty, brains, and fashion sense.

Funny, smart, and inspiring, these kids navigate high school, adolescence, and first love while reducing enemy bots to shards of scrap metal. Here, at last, is a family film even teenagers can enjoy.


Click Here to RSVP

Mark your calendar:     March 24, 2012 – The 2nd Annual Pennbots Downtown Dogfight, a robotics competition, will feature events for clever programmable robots as well as full-contact combat bots.

For more information on either of these events, please contact Patrick Young.

For directions and parking information, click here.

Dr. James Delisle

Dr. James Delisle will present Doing Poorly on Purpose: Underachievement and the Quest for Dignity on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at The Conference & Training Center at IU-13 (1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601).  The fee is $15 per person.  Pre-registration is required to:

Lindsay Risser

(717) 606-1762

Here is an overview from the flier:

Most of the “antidotes” for reversing academic underachievement in gifted adolescents
are punitive and disrespectful.  It’s no surprise, then, that they are also ineffective and
emotionally debilitating.  This session provides a new look at “underachievement” from
the eye of the students who wear this label.  A series of suggestions and solutions that
can be applied at home and in school will be offered, each one bearing a similar  
foundation: preserving the dignity of students who choose to perform poorly on purpose.  

Dr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more
than 30 years.  The author of more than 250 articles and 16 books including The Gifted
Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple  
languages.  He has been featured in professional journals, The New York Times and on
The Oprah Winfrey Show.  A frequent presenter on gifted children’s intellectual and  
emotional growth, Jim has addressed audiences in 48 states and in nations as diverse as
England, Greece, China, and Saudi Arabia.  His new Teen Survival Guide is being released
this summer, and he has just been contracted to write a book entitled, Saving Smart
Kids: American Educational Reform and the Crisis for Gifted Education. 


Dear Parents:

I hope you and your family enjoyed your summer together.  Now that the school year has begun, it is time to look at the Discover program and what it offers in middle school.  I am delighted about the offerings this year and working with many new seventh graders as well as my returning eighth graders.

Packets were sent home during the first cycle.  If you have not seen yours, please ask your child for this important information.

Here is my contact information for the year:


by phone:

Marticville Middle School:        Days 1, 2 & 3       284.4135   x3397

Manor Middle School:       Days 4, 5 & 6       872.9510   x3109

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the families that came out last night to Marticville Middle for the Gifted Transition Meeting for the rising 7th and rising 9th graders.  I hope you each found it informative and many of your questions about the next chapter of your child’s academic career were answered.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about transitioning to middle school.

A special thanks to: Emily H., Zac S., Evan T. and Allie W. for serving on the panel and answering questions.  Your insight was invaluable!!

Don’t forget our Gifted Transition Meeting next week

Dear 6th and 8th Grade Parents of Gifted Students:

In an effort to provide you with information regarding your transition from elementary to middle school and from middle school to the high school level, we would like to invite you to attend a Gifted Information Night scheduled for Monday, May 9th at Marticville Middle School.

The presentation/discussion for 6th grade parents and students will run from 6:00-6:45pm and for 8th grade parents and students, 7:00-7:45pm. (6th grade parents and students, you are welcome to stay for the 8th grade session.)

This evening has been designed to give you the opportunity to meet the Teachers of the Gifted at each level as well as provide you with an overview of the program so you know what to expect as you prepare to transition to the next level in your educational careers. Students as well as the Teachers of the Gifted will be presenting information. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have at this time.

Please feel free to give me a call at 872-9500 ext. 2250 if you have any questions about the evening. We look forward to seeing you!


Vickie Hallock

Penn Manor Gifted Coordinator

Millersville Summer Science Training Program

There is a link on the Summer Enrichment Page, but here it is again….

Millersville Summer Science Training Program

The Millersville University School of Science and Mathematics is pleased to sponsor the 25th Annual Summer Science Training Program (SSTP). The program is for academically-talented students who will enter 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in Fall 2011 and features intensive student-teacher interaction, advanced-level learning, as well as research and problem-solving experiences. The program’s courses cover a wide range of academic disciplines in mathematics and science, providing students with learning opportunities not normally available at the pre-college level.

With an emphasis on cooperative learning and intense personal involvement, the courses are stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable. The participants use the fully-equipped labs and classroom facilities in the university’s new Science and Technology Complex. The Summer Science Training Program is one of four programs designed to stimulate interest in science and mathematics among academically-talented, pre-college students. The other three programs are The Glenna Hazeltine Women in Mathematics and Science Conference, the Math Contest, and The Millersville University Science Lectureship and Competition. The Glenna Hazeltine Women in Mathematics & Science Conference and the Math Contest are held annually each Spring. The Millersville University Science Lectureship and Competition is an annual Fall event that brings many elementary and secondary school students to the university to expose them to science and career opportunities. The university encourages participation by young women, minorities, and other under-represented groups.