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Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES). Overview of C-MITES Activities. Educational programs Weekend Workshops Summer Program Steppingstones Elementary Student Talent Search Publications Teacher training Parent workshops Research.

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overview of c mites activities
Overview of C-MITES Activities
  • Educational programs
    • Weekend Workshops
    • Summer Program
    • Steppingstones
  • Elementary Student

Talent Search

  • Publications
  • Teacher training
  • Parent workshops
  • Research
educational programs
Educational Programs
  • Purpose: Provide fun, challenging educational opportunities to academically talented students
  • Financial aid
    • Awarded to 10% of students
    • Over $40,000 awarded each year
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Educational Programs
  • Hands-on
  • Higher-level thinking
  • Small group, whole class, and individual activities
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Investigative approach, not just teaching algorithms
weekend workshops
Weekend Workshops
  • Saturdays and Sundays during academic year
  • Locations:
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA
    • Glenside Elem School, Glenside, PA
  • Approximately 3,200 students per year (first come, first served)
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Weekend Workshops
  • Kindergarten – 10th grade
  • Instructors are local teachers, CMU professors & graduate students, and experts in their fields
  • $85 per workshop ($135 full day)
  • Financial aid available
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Weekend Workshops
  • Sample classes:
    • Egg Drop Physics
    • Write Your Own Web Page
    • Science of Harry

Potter

    • Skeletal Remains
    • Ice Cream Science
    • Robotics
    • Creative Writing
summer program
Summer Program
  • 2-week sessions
  • 1-week sessions
  • Approximately

30 locations

across Pennsylvania

  • Serves approximately 500 students annually
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Summer Program
  • Cost ranges from $255 to $550
  • Students who take EXPLORE through C-MITES get a discount
  • Financial aid available
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Summer Program
  • Grades 1-9
  • Submit EXPLORE scores or other above-level test scores
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Information about academic/extracurricular activities
  • Limited space in some classes
  • NOT first come, first served
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Summer Program
  • Sample classes:
    • Amusement Park Physics
    • Programming Using Alice
    • Informal Geometry
    • C02 Dragsters
    • Robotics
    • Structures
    • Kitchen Science
c mites juniors new summer program
C-MITES JUNIORSNew Summer Program
  • CMU campus and nearby
  • Half-day classes
  • Optional afternoon program
  • 1st and 2nd grades
  • Financial aid available
  • Application (not first-come, first served)
steppingstones august classes
Steppingstones: August Classes
  • CMU campus
  • Full day classes
  • Kindergarten - 10th grades
  • $85 - $135 per class
  • Financial aid available
  • First come, first served
who teaches the classes
Who teaches the classes?
  • Majority are regular classroom teachers
  • CMU faculty (may be an outreach component to a grant)
  • Grad students
  • Some volunteers
elementary student talent search testing
Elementary Student Talent Search Testing
  • Provide detailed information about student abilities to families and schools
  • Above-level testing
  • Approx. 1,000 students at 50 different test sites throughout PA each year
  • 3rd – 6th graders
ests c mites explore test
ESTS: C-MITES EXPLORE Test
  • Grades 3-6
  • 95th percentile on one section of a grade-level achievement test
  • EXPLORE Test was designed by ACT for 8th graders
  • EXPLORE subtests include English, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and Science
  • Final deadline to register for this year is Feb. 10th
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Why Do a Talent Search?
  • Above-level tests raise the “ceiling” and identify levels of giftedness
  • Profile academic strengths
  • Inform educational programming and curriculum
  • Priority in the C-MITES Summer Program
  • C-MITES “membership”
  • May participate in research
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ESTS
  • Test dates for 2013-2014 school year:
    • November 9 (Saturday)
    • January 25 (Saturday)
    • January 26 (Sunday)
    • February 15 (Saturday)
    • March 1 or 2 (Sat/Sun)
  • Registration deadlines:
    • October 4, 2013 ($75/$25 with fee waiver)
    • October 5 - January 15, fee is $85 ($35 with fee waiver). Final deadline Feb. 10th $85.
  • 7th and 8th graders should participate in CTY Talent Search
why should my child participate
Why should my child participate?
  • Academic benefits
  • Social benefits
  • Long-term benefits
  • Because it’s fun!
student comments
Student comments
  • “I’d rather attend C-MITES programs all year instead of going to my regular school.”
contact information
Contact information

www.cmites.org

(412) 268-1629, ext.1

cmites@cmu.edu