BATON ROUGE – For the past five years, LSU’s Live! Learn! Louisiana! Camp has functioned as a successful summer program for gifted and high-ability children in the Baton Rouge. This fall, the program will offer fall sessions for students in grades 3-8. An exciting new partnership with the LSU College of Engineering provides cross-curriculum collaboration and expands the opportunities for both programs and the students to which Live! Learn! Louisiana! caters.
Fall programming offers sessions focused on biomedical engineering. This allows students the chance to participate in a captivating, inquiry-based, hands-on lesson with specialists in differentiated instruction and engineering.
A session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in 225 Peabody Hall. Students in grades 6-8 will participate in sessions from 9-11 a.m., with students in grades 3-5 participating from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $20 per child with financial aid available.
An expert in differentiated instruction from the LSU School of Education and a content expert from the College of Engineering will the session. The children will have the opportunity to use labs and other specialist materials.
“The kids get to behave like scientists,” said School of Education associate professor Jennifer Jolly, founder and director of Live! Learn! Louisiana! “It is a unique opportunity for them to be immersed in the subject, practices and content of this STEM field.”
The programs will offer a low facilitator-to-child ratio and will give students the opportunity to work with both content experts and those trained to work with advanced learners. They will be exposed to challenging material and activities and will interact with peers of similar abilities and interests.
In order to maintain a low teacher to student ratio, space is limited. Students are encouraged to participate in early registration as once all spaces are filled, registration will be closed.
The new program is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
“The grant focuses on upper elementary- and middle-school-aged students,” said Jolly. “They are a great target audience to reach out to for this particular gifted program and its content.”
The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. Visit the School of Education at http://lsu.edu/education.