Gr.7-12 Summer Courses

2017 G&T Summer Academy Grades 7-12 Course Schedule

Course Schedule can be viewed at  You can also download the course descriptions as a PDF MSU G&T 2017 Summer Academy Course Descriptions.

Einstein Hour

All Academy students will participate in the Einstein Hour makerspace. This course will involve groups of up to five students who will build a solution to a design challenge. Students will apply the engineering design process to Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve by collaborating to brainstorm, model, build, test, and modify their solution. Students are encouraged to use information, resources, and project work from their other courses to assist with completing their Einstein Hour project.

Gr. 7-12 (Note: courses are listed to allow for themed tracks, i.e. the first course in each list is a humanities choice, the second choice is a math/business applications choice, etc.. Students have the option of taking any combination of Course 1, 2, and 3 choices.)

Period 1 Course choices:

Mysteries, Conspiracies, and Intrigues

A course guaranteed to fascinate and challenge both history and mystery lovers alike. Subjects covered include the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the explosion of the Hindenburg, the “death” of Beatle Paul McCartney, mysterious Stonehenge, the incredible conundrum of Princess Anastasia, the true meaning of the Wizard of Oz, the Bermuda Triangle, the presidential assassinations and so much more. In short, we will investigate the most fascinating and thought-provoking events of all time. Armed with film, speculation and actual historical artifacts, this course promises to be an entertaining and unique opportunity to study, learn, and enjoy the pursuit of historical truth.

Public and Private Accounting

A career in public and private accounting can be both personally and financially fulfilling. The demand for accountants has been steadily increasing as more and more businesses and corporations require a means to track financial records and make important decisions. You will explore information relevant to the fields of taxation, auditing, and advising with the focus of determining whether a career in public accounting is right for them.

Anatomy and Physiology

Do you wonder how our organs work? Have you ever wanted to see a real, mammalian brain? Join us as we work collaboratively to investigate the organs and systems of the human body and what happens to us when things go wrong. You will learn all about bones, muscles and many other interesting anatomical features of the body. Note this course includes the dissection of mammalian organs.

Ruby Programming

This introductory programming class uses Ruby, a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write. You will learn how to write programs that perform simple tasks. You will gain insight into the mind of a computer programmer as well as a basis for further education in software development. Advanced students may create more complex programs or attempt a Ruby on Rails project.

SAT Prep (English and Reading)

Daunted by the SAT? Determined to ace the test? Discover more than 25 test taking strategies as well as exercises to strengthen your critical reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. Let us provide you with all the tools you need to foster success.

Period 2 Course choices:

WoW! Literacy Theories

In an applied way, using a range of primary texts, students will be introduced to some of the critical methods used in the field of literary studies. Students will use these methods to transform their understanding of multiple and varied texts (from Shakespeare to Solzhenitsyn, from Hitchcock to Rowling). This is a pre-college prep course.

Big Data

Do you want to understand big data and how it will impact your life? The recent explosion of social media and the computerization of every aspect of economic activity resulted in creation of large volumes of mostly unstructured data: web logs, videos, speech recordings, photographs, e-mails, Tweets, and similar. This course introduces you to several key IT technologies that you will be able to use to manipulate, store, and analyze big data. You will look at the basic tools for statistical analysis, R and Python, and a few key methods used in Machine Learning. Previous programming experience is not required! By following along with provided code, you will experience how one can perform predictive modeling and leverage graph analytics to model problems.


Humans have looked at nature for answers to problems throughout our existence. Nature has found ways to solve problems such as self-healing, environmental tolerance and resistance, as well as harnessing solar energy. We will be investigating and analyzing how systems in nature have been adapted to solving issues and problems in medicine, technology to make everyday life easier. You will plan for and design a prototype biomimetic device.

Digital Animation

Do you love Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks animations and wonder how these amazing animations are made? In this class, you will learn to model, texture objects, compose and light scenes, animate, and add dynamics, as well as to render your animations into movies and to composite movies, audio, titles, and credits in post-production. By the end of the class, you will have your own original portfolio-ready animation.

SAT Prep (Math)

Daunted by the SAT? Determined to ace the test? Discover more than 25 test taking strategies as well as exercises to strengthen your pre-algebra, elementary arithmetic, algebra and geometry skills. Let us provide you with all the tools you need to foster success.

Period 6 Course choices:

Current Controversies

Yesterday is history. Events we are reading or hearing about right now is also history. Have you ever heard a news story on the radio or read a news piece online and wondered why it was important? We will be discussing current events including the Electoral College, gay rights, controversial innovations in Silicon Valley, and many more controversial topics. In combination we will research to see if these events are tied to previous events in history. We will be writing, researching, and discussing current news topics in this class. Topics will focus on current events in science, the arts, and global affairs.

Predictive Analytics

Statistical experiment design and analytics are at the heart of data science. In this course you will design statistical experiments and analyze the results using modern methods. You will also explore the common pitfalls in interpreting statistical arguments, especially those associated with big data. Collectively, this course will help you internalize a core set of practical and effective machine learning methods and concepts, and apply them to solve some real world problems including but not limited to forecasting weathers and predicting economic trends.

Surgical Techniques and Technologies

"Scalpel, please!" Surgeons are regularly innovating new techniques for accessing different parts of the body. Work collaboratively and individually to explore and apply surgical techniques. Note, this course will include the viewing of surgery videos and the hands-on application of techniques on non-human items such as sheep organs.

Wearable Technology

How does a Fitbit work? What makes a dress shirt resist stains? The ability to wear technology has quickly expanded, especially over the past decade. This course will challenge students to investigate a variety of technologically advanced clothing and accessories. The final project will involve students designing and developing the marketing plan for their own wearable invention.

WoW! Your Own Personal Statement

Your personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself in the college application process. Come to this class and learn about what questions to ask yourself before you write. Learn about how to answer the questions that are asked, how to tell a story, how to be specific, how to find an angle, and how to write well and correctly. Our experts will guide you through the writing process. By the end of the class, you will have an AWESOME personal statement that will help you shine in the application process!

Arts & Recreation choices:

G&T Debate

Prove you have what it takes to craft and deliver polished responses as part of the Gifted & Talented Debate Team! Verbal communication mastery is a highly valued skill. Work collaboratively and individually to practice your written and verbal communication skills. From doctors and lawyers to parents and politicians, your debating skills will serve you well.

App Development

Develop your own app! Students will explore how to develop an HTML5 app using Adobe PhoneGap. Investigate the logic and functions necessary to design and build your app. Students will be encouraged to create apps that either accomplish goals in other courses, i.e. Social Justice Statistics, or help to either educate the user about or directly solve a real-world problem. Students and their parents are responsible for posting the app for review and public release if they choose to do so.

Treehouse Architecture

Have you ever dreamed of living in a treehouse - or even designing one of your own? During this course you will explore many amazing treehouses around the world. Learn the basics of architectural design, then work in the natural environment to engage in the design of your own private "retreat" in the trees.

Badminton is an Olympic sport where players hone their skills serving, scoring, and positioning on court. We will learn the rules of the sport and practicing racket movements. This sport helps players increase stamina, agility, strength, and work on motor coordination. We will practice swings, learn about the different equipment, and learn different strategies of the game.

Contemporary Dance

That dance looks so easy! Do you have what it takes to dance like a star? We will be working on movement and learning the dance moves in current pop music. We will go through movement, focus on exaggeration, facial expressions, and learn how the pop-stars pull it all together! Come learn how to Tone Up, Get Fit, and Be Active. Pop dance is all about fun and enjoyment. This class will be fast paced, so be prepared to move!