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More Summer Opportunities

Here is the link to a document listing many of the  amazing summer opportunities available in our area and beyond:


Below you will find a link to summer programs.

College for Kids is for students entering grades 1-5.

Middle School U is for students entering grades 6-9.


STEM Overnight Camp

Students Entering Grades 7-9

June 17-21, $400

A program offering hands-on experience in genetics, chemistry, ecology, and computer science. Create friendships, experience college life, and explore possible career paths. Students stay overnight at Campus View Housing just across from the Richland campus.

Amazing Robots

Session A: July 8-12, 12:30-3:30pm

Session B: July 22-26, 9am-noon

Best for ages 8-10

Build an amazing robot (yours to keep!) with custom parts, program and control it remotely, and complete the Amazing Robotics Challenge!


College for Kids/Middle School U

July 15-19, $99

COLLEGE FOR KIDS runs 9am-noon and is for students entering grades 1-5.

MIDDLE SCHOOL U runs 12:30-3:30pm and is for students entering grades 6-9.

Get a taste of college life through fun programming in the arts and sciences! Students choose their top five choices from ten topics. (Though the topics are the same, we’ll do age-appropriate activities with each group). Summer 2019 Choices: Basic First Aid/Survival Skills, Budo, Bugs/Entomology, Disc Golf, Grossology, Improv/Theatre Games (MSU Only), Rocks & Gems/Geology, Summer Safari/Ecology, Tokyo Day Trip, Writer’s Workshop


Art Academy

July 29 -August 2, $125

Students entering Grades 1-5 9am-noon

Students entering Grades 6-9 12:30 – 3:30pm

A program for the budding artist to explore various media. Artist’s showcase on Friday gives students an opportunity to display and discuss their work. Activities: Puppetry, Circular Weaving, Art Selfies, Sashiko Embroidery, Dorodango Pottery

If you are interested in a traditional summer camp for gifted learners please check out SOAR Camp. The dates are July-29-Aug 3 and is located in upper central Wi.  Two SP students went last year and liked it. They changed the admission to include 7th- 9th graders this year.

What do we mean by “traditional” summer camp?

  • Cabins with bunk-style beds and a camp counselor
  • Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Mess hall style eating
  • Campfires and cook-outs
  • Limited technology

What do we mean by “gifted” programming?

  • This camp will be different from home and school
  • It is relational, participatory, and will be a safe place for students to be gifted
  • Program leadership by adults trained in working with gifted students
  • In addition to traditional summer camp activities, additional program elements will be offered designed to engage the minds of advanced learners
  • Camaraderie, networking, and building friendships with other gifted students

Special program elements for gifted students will include:

  • S.T.E.M. Activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Writing, Art, and Creative Expression
  • History
  • Challenge Courses and Team Building
  • Leadership Training
  • Self-Advocacy
  • SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Workshop for parents
  • and more!

Summer Opportunities

See link below for a 10-page list of summer opportunities for kids, courtesy of Amanda Jamae and the Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network (GDCALN).  Note that some of the listings are oriented to the Madison/Dane County area, but MANY are elsewhere in the state.

Summer Opportunities

Spring 2018 Accelerated Weekend Experience
Prairie View Middle School Sun Prairie
May 12th & 13th  9am-2:30pm
Grade 3 & 4 – Aerodynamics and Flight
Grade 5 & 6 – Forensic Science
Grade 7 & 8 – Immunology
Cost: $265 – (financial assistance is available through Northwestern CDT)

Link to flyer

Waunakee is so nice to update the list for summer opportunities and send it out to all of the surrounding districts. 

Here is the link to their site.

Summer Camp Opportunity with Advanced Rigor
for gifted learners in 7th-9th grade. Held in Northern Wisconsin. 

Sauk Prairie had a few students attend last year and they really liked it.

Click here for more.

More info here.