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Pre-teens uncover science of music at camp for gifted kids

BRAINways EDUCATION two-day summer camp helps gifted children develop and stimulate their creative, critical and logical thinking through fun and interactive activities.

Huddled together over scientific experiment notes, Sarah Ellis and Kaylee Cowan are creating their own musical instrument.

“We’ve looked at how sound travels through different mediums by playing castanets through water, carpet, tiles and plastic cups, and describing the difference,” Sarah, age 11, said.

“Maths and science is everywhere!”

Kaylee, age nine, chimed in: “Music and maths are my favourite subjects, so putting them together like this makes the best subject ever.”

The girls are among 180 students, aged six to 13, attending USQ Toowoomba for the BRAINways EDUCATION two-day summer camp (January 21–22).

The event helps gifted children develop and stimulate their creative, critical and logical thinking through fun and interactive activities.

Sarah and Kaylee both attend Middle Ridge State School, and were excited to spend part of their school holidays back in the classroom.

“We’re learning all this amazing stuff that we probably won't learn while we're still in primary school,” Sarah said.

Kaylee agreed, and said she enjoyed the challenging sessions.

“I love problem-solving and learning new things - it's just so much fun,” she said.

BRAINways Founder Mirella Olivier said gifted children love to learn and challenge themselves.

“These classes give children an opportunity to discover their abilities and see what they are capable of,” Dr Olivier said.

“When faced with a difficult challenge, it allows them to problem solve and test ideas which builds resilience and confidence, as well as strengthens skills that are essential in learning and other endeavours.”

USQ’s involvement with the program exemplifies the University’s commitment to raising the career and education aspirations among the community’s youth.

USQ offers a Graduate Certificate of Education, specialising in Gifted and Talented student development. For more information, visit www.usq.edu.au/study/degrees/graduate-certificate-of-education/gifted-talented.

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Emmett Lourigan at the BRAINways EDUCATION two-day summer camp.