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University of Connecticut Neag Center for Gifted Education
and Talent Development

What is the Exploration & Investigation Program?

Explorations and Investigations is a free 4 week summer enrichment program designed for the high-ability students who attend Renzulli Academy in Hartford, CT. The program is designed to provide the students at Renzulli Academy with hands-on, engaging, opportunities to explore math, science, technology, and art in new ways not normally covered in school.

All students attending Renzulli Academy from rising fifth graders and beyond are eligible to enroll in the Explorations and Investigations Program. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the entire 4 week program but will be able, if family plans are in place, to opt out of one session. This year we are collaborating with community partners such as The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts and Talcott Mountain Science Center to offer the students of Renzulli Academy this exciting learning opportunity.

The Explorations and Investigations program is based on the Enrichment Triad Model (Renzulli, 1977). Research on the model shows exposure to exciting topics and areas of study lead to the development of passionate interests, which, in turn, lead to opportunities for advanced independent, and small group investigations suitable for academically talented students. The Explorations and Investigations summer program is based on extending the same Enrichment Triad model used during the academic year into a focused summer program with high levels of advanced content and enrichment.

The Explorations and Investigations summer enrichment program is currently funded through a grant awarded to the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation funds programs that provide access to high-quality summer enrichment programs for high-achieving, low-income students.

If you are interested in attending the Explorations and Investigations program, please download the 2013 Student Application (insert link) and return it to your teacher at Renzulli Academy.