Kids’ and Teen Events at the Upcoming Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering

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:  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 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: – 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: 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: – 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 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!!

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Two Summer Scholarships Available from the Michigan Association for Gifted Children

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is pleased to announce that in 2015 it will once again offer Summer Scholarships. This year, two $300 scholarships will be awarded. Interested students can use our online application, which provides applicants with an easy, streamlined method of applying.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be nominated by a current MAGC member, and agree to submit verification that the scholarship money was used as planned, as well as a short review of the summer experience for possible publication in the MAGC newsletter. MAGC membership is only $25 per year, and you can join online using the MembershipApplication.   

The online application will be available from now until the deadline of midnight, March 1, 2015. Applications must be received online by the deadline to be considered for an award. There are no exceptions to the due date. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, March 31, 2015. Check out the website,, for more information, or go directly to the scholarship application form at scholarship application.


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Edison Invention Challenge Deadline Approaching Dec. 8th

On October 2014, we announced our 5th Annual Edison Invention Challenge for grades 6 to 12. Students and others are encouraged to create a new invention using alternative technology (wind, solar or fuel cell technology). In the spring of 2015, the winners and their school and teachers will be announced at an awards event. If you are in grades 6 to 12, you can join the invention challenge. December 8, 2014 is final entry date.

Learn more details by logging onto:

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Online College History Course Sponsored by University of Oklahoma and the History Channel

The University of Oklahoma is proudly announcing a new partnership with A+E Network and HISTORY® to offer a TV Network-branded fully online course. THE HISTORY CHANNEL®’s United States, 1865 to Present will be taught by award winning author, OU professor, and renowned historian Steve Gillon.

The groundbreaking 16-week interactive, immersive course will run January 12 – May 8, 2015. Utilizing the strengths of both partners, “United States, 1865 to Present” has been rigorously designed by OU and will be taught by Professor Steve Gillon, the resident historian of HISTORY® and professor of history at OU. Combining professionally-produced and engaging video lectures with discussion groups and social interactions between students, as well as selectively integrated content from HISTORY®, this course has been designed to offer a singular and collaborative learning experience to a wide range of students.

The course can be taken by lifelong learners who’ll have the unique opportunity to enjoy a world-class education from one of the country’s top institutions of higher learning and pioneer in online courses, as well as THE HISTORY CHANNEL® one of cable’s best known brands and a leader in cross-platform history education.

College students around the world seeking to meet their graduation requirements, as well as incoming freshmen looking to jumpstart their education, can also take the course at a competitive price. Upon completion of the for-credit course, students will receive three transcripted college credits that may be transferable to another institution.

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Rocks and Robots Speed Sumo Class Sunday Afternoons This Fall

Rocks and Robots

Speed Sumo Sunday afternoons this fall. 6 weeks long
Space is very limited sign up now

Speed Sumo: Parent child all ages

Sunday, October 26th through Sunday, December 7th

Hi Everyone,

The first session was a blast. The second six week session starts this Sunday. Classes run from 2:00 – 4:00 Sunday afternoons.

The class is called Speed Sumo. You and your child have only 90 minutes to design, build, program, test and battle your LEGO robot. Space is very limited. Sign up now.

Many students are new this session so we will be having instruction for all skill levels.

Click here for details:

and I’m looking forward to lots of innovative designs. Thanks

Dr. George

George Albercook
Rocks and Robots
(734) 645-0211

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The 70th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show Upcoming

Prospector’s Showcase

Michigan’s Mineralogical Event of the Year!

Presented & Sponsored by:
The Michigan Mineralogical Society and
The Cranbrook Institute of Science

The 70th Annual Greater Detroit
Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show

October 10, 11, 12 2014
At Macomb Community College
South Campus

Special presentations this year include:

The CoreKids K-12 Program
The History of Silver & Gold Mining in Michigan
Scepter Amethyst
Dinosaur CSI
Ohio Minerals & Collecting Sites
How to Identify True Amber
Herkimer Diamonds

Collections from World-Renowned Museums and Universities
Vendor Offerings for the Novice & Seasoned Collector

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Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC) Annual Conference Registration Still Open

Michigan Association for Gifted Children

Excelling with the Common Core
Annual Conference 2014 
Have You Registered  Yet?
It’s Not Too Late!

Fantastic speakers in a fabulous setting…REGISTER NOW!
The Michigan Association for Gifted Children invites you to join them for their annual Conference,
Excelling with the Common Core. Participants will take away strategies for identifying, raising, and educating gifted kids, as well as tips and techniques that ensure the Common Core State Standards are presented at the high levels of thinking and deep, rigorous levels of content required for ALL students, including the gifted.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Art Costa, founder of the Art Costa Centre for Thinking and author of Habits of Mind. Dr. Costa will discuss modifiable intelligence and what how we can grow cognitively throughout our lifetime. Participants will explore the nature of intelligent behavior and learn five strategies to enhance students’ intellectual capacities.
You will also hear from State Representative Sam Singh, who will discuss proposed legislation to identify gifted children and youth in Michigan. This is the first step in obtaining gifted education and services for students statewide. Learn more about the upcoming bill, including ways gifted families and educators can advocate for its passage.

Additionally, gifted education expert Dr. Ellen Fiedler will present two sessions, including, “Parenting Gifted Kids: Issues and Answers.” Dr. Fiedler will explore issues that commonly confront parents of gifted children and provide practical suggestions for dealing with the multitude of concerns they encounter along the way. Dr. Fiedler’s second presentation will be “Gifted Adults.” 

You can also learn about:

    • Common Core – What Is It and Is It Enough for Gifted Students? – Kelly Schultz
    • Posing Powerful Questions to Engage and Transform the Intellect – Art Costa
    • Advocacy That Works – Sherry Sparks
    • How to Create a Student Profile for the Identification of Gifted Learners – Beth Still
    • Growing Up Gifted: Students’ Reflections on Teaching, Learning, and Being – Christie McWilliams
    • What’s Uncommon about the Common Core? Examining the Implications of Standards-Based Instruction in the English Classroom – Rosalyn  Shahid
    • The Challenges of Teaching Gifted Children: What Works – Keiko Morse
    • Alternative Programming for the Gifted: Successful Examples – Susan Sheth & Kelly Schultz
    • Abuses (and Smarter Uses) of Assessment in an Era of Accountability – Kathee McDonald
    • Renzulli Learning: Using Technology to Amplify What Teachers are Doing – Jessica Schofield
  • GT/LD or Twice Exceptional: What It’s Really Like– Kelley Senkowski

If you are a parent, educator, or friend of gifted children, this conference is for you! Register now and share this information with others!

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Michigan State University

Eli Broad School of Business

East Lansing, MI


MAGC Members: $50

Non-Members:  $65

Student Registration: $25

(must provide current semester’s schedule)

SCECHs:   $5 (available during registration)

Registration includes gourmet food stations for lunch, vendors, contact with gifted school representatives, and give-aways!

For more information, please visit:

To register, go to: Conference Registration

See you October 11!

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