Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering May 2nd – 4th

Hey, have you thought about attending our upcoming Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering?  We have a ton of great activities planned (see descriptions below).  We’d love to see you there!

Here’s our registration page: http://mensadetroit.com/ Online registration is available this year. If you do not have a family member who belongs to Mensa, but would like to attend and see what it’s all about, contact us at gifted_in_mi@sbcglobal.net prior to registering so that we may sponsor you as our guest.  And here’s our grid of activities: https://giftedinmichigan.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/grid-2014-mar-26.pdf, plus a detailed list of kids’ activities:

ALL WEEKEND
• Weekend long Lego building and Life Size Minecraft Block building.
• Weekend long Lego Building Contest, winner awards to be presented at Sunday’s presentation of prizes.

FRIDAY
6-7 pm – Mystery Icebreaker and Pizza
7-8:30 pm – Minecraft Programming with GameStart School: http://www.gamestartschool.org/ – Learn to program Minecraft mods using the Python programming language.  This is a great intro to programming class that will appeal to many kids who already love Minecraft!
8:30 pm – Kids’ Ice Cream!
8:30-9:30 pm – Kids’ Pool Party!

SATURDAY
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’ First Lego League Mindstorms Mission Models Programming – This is your kids’ chance for a crash course in Lego Mindstorms programming used to solve real First Lego League missions!  We will have a full set of mission models on site ready to challenge the kids to solve the missions!  It’s great preparation for future participation in FLL.
1:00 – 1:30 pm – Learn to Make Origami – Learn how to perform this ancient Japanese art and take some colorful origami creations home with you!
1:30-2:30 pm – Kids’ Karaoke – Does your kid like to “ham it up” at home?  Does she/he love to sing and/or dance?  Come to our Kids’ Karaoke Workshop and have some singing fun!
2:30-4:30 pm – Harvard Intro to Neuroscience Crash Course and Backyard Brains Labs – We will learn basic neuroscience via excerpts from the Harvard Fundamentals of Neuroscience edX Course with labs created by Backyard Brains.  We have lab equipment and lab animals and your kids will get to first learn the theory and next do actual neuroscience lab experiments!
4:30 – 5 pm – Arts & Scraps Workshop – Let’s learn to finger weave and make some great hippy headbands!
5-6:30 pm – Vault of Midnight Strategy Gaming – The Vault of Midnight Comic and Gaming Store in Ann Arbor is lending us some great strategy games for our kids’ gaming event.  Games for younger and older kids will be provided!
7:30 – 9:30 pm – Kids’ Saturday Night Pajama Party – Wacky Shakespeare Theme, plus “Champagne” (aka sparkling water) and hors d’oeuvres reception afterward – Come in your pajamas to our fabulous Shakespeare production of  Act 2 scene 1 of the play, Much Ado About Nothing, produced and directed by our kids!  The younger kids will be the opening act.  Bring weird and wacky costume items (and or theatrical improve) to spice up the production!  Every effort will be made to honor your child’s request to play a particular character!  He/she may enjoy practicing and/or learning about the play prior to the RG!  Cast and crew will be honored and congratulated at the closing reception.

SUNDAY
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!
11 am – noon – Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Engineering Workshop – Bricks 4 Kidz: http://www.bricks4kidz.com/michigan-annarbor-dexter/ presents Lego workshops that use real engineering principles with themes such as space, amusement parks, etc.  Our local Ann Arbor Bricks 4 Kidz owner, Lori Stevens, specializes in Lego workshops that don’t use computers, but instead use pure child imagination.
Noon – Prizes Ceremony – Lego contest prizes to be awarded here!

We’d love to see you there to share in the fun!  Sign up on our facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/237686603083592/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming, if you can, to see which other families will be attending with you!

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