Please note that our Friday dinner meal will be a Taco Bar instead of pizza. Hope to see you there. SEMMantics starts tomorrow afternoon!
Steppingstone School in Farmington is having a talk this Thursday 9/29 at 7:00pm. “Parenting Gifted Children to Reach Their Full Potential” with Tom Clynes, author of The Boy Who Played With Fusion. Please see the presentation flyer for more info.
Maker Faire 2016 at The Henry Ford
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Einstein
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Edison
“The most dangerous notion a young man can acquire is that there is no more room for originality.” – Ford
The greatest inventors of all time knew that great innovation comes from an open mind filled with imagination, curiosity and wonder. When we are born, the world around us is truly a magical place. Everything is new. The world is one giant tinker box set in front of us to be explored. Gifted children hold onto this beautiful gift as they grow and they are natural inventors and innovators. Gifted children tend to accelerate even deeper into the world of tinkering, figuring out how things work, inventing new things and improving upon existing things. For these children and teens, Maker Faire is a rich haven for them to immerse themselves into and spend hours exploring.
Last year was the first time my family visited the Maker Faire at The Henry Ford. There is a plethora of tech-based vendors who fill most of the museum inside and have an even larger presence outside. There is so much to see and do there. Many vendors go beyond offering just literature and business cards and provide hands on demonstrations and activities for adult and children tech fans alike. This is a smorgasbord of brain food for gifted children and teens.
Last year, my son met a teacher at Maker Faire who has become a mentor to him. Keith Young, owner of Kinvert, has taken my son’s dream of creating his own working R2 unit and mapped out a path for my son to achieve his goal. At just 8 years old, my son, like most gifted children, has big dreams. Kinvert is a relatively new company, but already Keith is leading our gifted children toward their goals in such a short amount of time. He offers hands on learning with a lot of child led invention and innovation.
This year, Keith is offering an amazing opportunity to children and teens that exhibit advanced abilities or interest in robotics, electronics and programming and have the ability to work in a team environment. He is holding a robotics competition complete with lessons to prepare the teams on their quests of SumoBot battling. The teams of up to 5 children will work together to learn how to code the robot to leverage sensors in order to locate the competitor’s robot and locate the edge of the arena ring to try to be the first to push the competitor’s SumoBot out of the ring to win the match! What makes this learning experience and competition unique is that the kids will not be controlling the robots directly through a remote control. Instead, they will learn directly from Keith how to program the robot to make decisions on its own and operate autonomously using sensors. The kids will then present their skills at Maker Faire 2016 at The Henry Ford. Teams will compete there for great prizes and fun while being encouraged to learn not only team work, but the value of helping others as they learn together.
This is like a dream opportunity for so many gifted children and teens. They will learn robotics, electronics, coding and life skills from a highly educated and experienced coach and teacher. Keith holds two engineering degrees and has won two robotics competitions at the graduate level! As a gifted individual himself, Keith “gets” gifted children and teens. He is able to encourage a 5 year old to take her or his learning to any level the child desires without the age assumptions often placed on these kids. He can help them through asynchronous abilities so they don’t have to stop coding just because they are struggling in one area or another. As a gifted teen, it’s often difficult to connect with those who share like interests and it can feel lonely and isolating to have such a deep passion, but no one who speaks your same language. Keith has taken on this problem and has worked diligently to bring together teens who share common interests and speak the language of all things tech-y. He supports his students to learn by exploration which promotes learning how to accept mistakes and getting back to it to try again. Finding a gifted instructor for our gifted children is rare. Keith is an exceptional find.
If your gifted child is into robotics, programming, electronics or wants to be, then this is the opportunity for them to dive in and learn it all. For more information on the lesson dates/times, costs and details on the competition itself, please visit: http://kinvert.com/Kinvert_Robotics_Competition_Summer_2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qpTZNQQ9BY (one of the guinea pig groups getting their robots working for the first time 🙂 )
This year’s Miss Michigan, Emily Kieliszewski, will be at this year’s Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering to be held April 15th – 17th, 2016 at the Farmington Hills Holiday Inn, 37529 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Miss Michigan will be visiting with us Saturday evening, and will speak with the kids in the kids’ room from 7:30-8:30 PM Saturday night, with the adults from 8:30-9:30 PM, and will be available for photo ops during the dinner hour of 6-7:30 PM.
Miss Michigan has a soft spot for kids in her heart. She and her siblings were adopted and she is a great advocate for the placement of foster kids into adoptive homes.
We can’t wait to have her speak for us and answer questions for the kids!
Here is a flyer explaining how to register for the regional gathering. Register by January 31st or April 1st for a tiered discounted admission price!
And don’t forget we will have a full track of exciting kids events for your kids to enjoy the entire weekend. Details on additional events forthcoming very soon!
Kids and Teen events at the upcoming Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering on the weekend of April 24th through 26th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn at 37529 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI 48335.
Further details about the event can be found here, including registration information: http://mensadetroit.com/semmantics/. If you prefer to register by mail or at the door, please use this Registration Form. If you do not have a Mensa member in your household, please note the registration fee for guests is an additional $10. Guests must be sponsored by a Mensa member. Gifted In Michigan typically sponsors non-member families for this event. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a sponsor! Thank you!
• Weekend long Lego building and Life Size Minecraft Block building. This year we have added Lego Mindstorm robot building!
• Weekend long Lego Building Contest, winner awards to be presented at Sunday’s presentation of prizes.
6-7 pm – Mystery Icebreaker and Pizza
7-8:30 pm – Video Games Programming with GameStart School: http://www.gamestartschool.org/ – At GameStart School, we teach kids how to program using video games! Design, build and write code for games like Minecraft, StarCraft, Roblox and Portal in a variety of software development environments. Our 90-minute workshop will give you a chance to write Python code that directly impacts the Minecraft world around you!
8:30-9:30 pm – Kids’ Pool Party!
9:00 pm – Kids’ Attend Chocolate Orgy – We’ll have some great kid-friendly options at our chocolate orgy this year. We have a chocolate fondue fountain and sprinkles!
9-10:30 am – Kids’ Take-It-Apart Party – A number of people have volunteered to bring “old junk” in for this event. We’ll have basic electronics, computer equipment, etc., and we can always use more. Bring your old junk to find out what is inside of it! We will have our special head screwdriver set and some other tools available, but please feel free to bring your own wrenches, screwdrivers, pry tools, socket wrenches, nut drivers, adjustable wrenches, hex drivers, or pliers, if you would like. Please do not bring dangerous tools such as hatchets, hammers, razors, chisels, saws, etc. to help us insure everyone’s safety. Thank you!
10:30 am – noon – Kids’ Karaoke – Everyone loved our Kids’ Karaoke workshop last year. This year we will be having a Karaoke contest! Our Karaoke machine uses your mobile device, so download your song ahead of time, if you can and practice at home! Bring your device in for the contest. Many Karaoke songs are downloadable for free from the web. If you can’t bring a mobile device just bring the name of your favorite song and we will bring it up for you at the event!
Noon – 1 PM – Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm – Genes and ConSEQUENCES Lab – Have you heard of bioinformatics? This field merges molecular biology with computational techniques. Do you want to use the same tool geneticists worldwide use to analyze genetic sequences and use detective work to find out what has caused a patient’s disease? Then this is the lab for you! This is a great chance to learn about the BLAST tool: http://blast.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Blast.cgi and the Human Genome Project, too.
1:00 – 4:00 PM – Teen/Adult Rainbow Loom workshop with Cat Allison of Party On in Farmington Hills – Bring your own Rainbow Loom for this workshop or buy one at the event for $10-$15. You will use the Rainbow loom board and a variety of colorful rubber bands to make a 3D design. You will learn about the different styles of bracelets, charms, animals and 3D designs that can be made.
3:00 – 5:00 pm – Mystery Chemical Lab – Learn first hand about the properties of chemicals and reactions in this lab. You will be given a set of mystery chemicals and reagents, and will use them to create multiple reactions. You will follow the scientific method, making careful observations like a good detective, which every scientist must be. With your careful technique, you will successfully identify these mystery compounds and learn about chemical stoichiometry in the process!
5:00 – 6:30 pm – Finger Loom with Cat Allison of Party On in Farmington Hills: http://partyon-supplies.com/ – There will be a short lecture about the history of Rainbow Loom, products, and creations. Then we will use a variety of colorful rubber bands and a small Finger Loom to create bracelets. This is a great class for beginners of any age who enjoy crafting with their hands. Adults are encouraged to join in on the fun and either assist younger students, or make their own. Not recommended for 4 years and younger.
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm – Kids’ Science Fiction / Gamer Convention – Bring your favorite Sci Fi Costume to wear to this fun event. We will have games, snacks, Sci Fi movies, etc. for your favorite young Sci Fi fan. We’ll also have a contest for best costume!
10 am – 11 am – Polyhedra Power! – Have you heard of Stella http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php? This is a funky software program which allows you to design, print and assemble your own personal polyhedron. We will be operating Great Stella and a color printer to produce polyhedra only limited by your imagination! Come join us for fun polyhedra creation!
11 am – noon – Arts & Scraps Workshop – Let’s learn to finger weave and make some great hippy headbands!
11 am – noon – Lego Project Judging – Be sure to have your child’s Lego project ready for judging in the Kids’ Room at this time!
Noon – Prizes Ceremony – Lego, Karaoke and Sci Fi Costume contest prizes/certificates to be awarded here!
If you can, please RSVP to our facebook event. Thank you! Can’t wait to see you there!!