Viking Explorations Gifted and Talented Program


Hiking VictorSummer 2018

Contact vikingexplorations@berry.edu for further information.

Viking Explorations is designed to meet the educational needs of gifted and talented children in rising 3rd to 6th grades. The program is co-sponsored by the Floyd County Schools and Berry College. 

Located on the Berry College campus, children will have access to state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. Daily drop-off and pick-up will be at McAllister Hall, the science building on the Berry College campus.

Faculty teaching the courses are teachers from Berry College Elementary and Middle School and gifted/talented endorsed teachers from the Floyd County Schools.

Dates of the program are June 4-8, 2018.

Morning sessions include one class from 8:30 - 10:00 and a second class from 10:30 - 12:00. 
Students choose two different classes.  There will be a break with a snack from 10:00 - 10:30. Class assignments are made based on registration dates; earlier campers are assigned classes first. 

The tuition is to be paid online at the time of registration by credit card. No checks will be accepted.

Before May 13 - $125
May 14-June 1 - $150

Registration is open April 16 to June 1, 2017 online at Viking Explorations at Berry College

No refunds will be allowed. 

Supplies and equipment will be provided and are included in the price of the classes.

Class Offerings

BOLD Outdoor Leadership (ropes course) BOLD Staff
Breakouts Heather Boaz, Ashley Burns and Jennifer Whitaker
Chess Masters Lewis Byrne
Computer Coding Angie Yancey
Hiking Through History Claire Connor and Julie Trejo
Let's Go Wild! Kimberly Bergin
Orienteering Sarah Syverson
Outdoor Adventures Justin Merriam
Spanish Stories, Song & Play Anne Marie Mitchell
STEAM Carla Ivester and Christi Turner
Wonders of Science Rhonda Johnson and Kal Keiffer

Class Descriptions

BOLD Outdoor Leadership: The Berry College Outdoor Leadership course will require the imagination and cooperation of every participant as we build communication skills and team confidence.  The aim of working on low ropes course elements is to maximize the group’s experience in communication and decision making, team effectiveness, group identity, conflict resolution and leadership formation. The week will build in difficulty. This is an outdoor experiential learning class and requires closed toed tennis shoes.

Breakouts: With Breakouts, the classroom transforms into an academically-focused escape room while facilitating games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box.

Chess Masters:
This class will take players from piece pushers to strategic thinkers in one of the world’s oldest games. Players will learn opening strategy, defense tactics, common checkmates, and how to anticipate what their opponent will play next.  This five-day “master class” will focus on instruction, practice, actual play, and improving chess prowess, no matter from what level the player starts.  Knowledge of piece movement is preferred.

Computer Coding: Whether you are just beginning to learn what computer coding is all about, or you already have some experience with it, this course offers something for everyone! Using the Hour of Code website and other materials, students will learn that computer science can be fun and accessible to all ages as they explore the fascinating world of coding. 

Hiking Through History: This course will guide you through rich experiences in history by looking through a lens to the past.  Examine primary documents and pictures firsthand in the Berry College Library Archives and the Martha Berry Digital Archives, evaluate secondary sources including biographies of Martha Berry, explore various cool historical sites on campus, and conduct personal interviews to enrich the research experience.  This year's focus will be Appalachian culture.

Let’s Go Wild!: Come join a science-based class focusing on the wildlife that can be found on the campus of Berry College.  We will learn cool animal facts and investigate habitats.  Plan on games, art, and research in the outdoor classroom that is Berry College! 

Orienteering: 
“Aaaarr, Matey!” Join in the fun while we explore the children’s classic Treasure Island and learn the basics of a sport called Orienteering. Orienteering involves a course marked out on a map. In following the course map, the Orienteers have to find a number of checkpoints. Those who find all the checkpoints, in the right order find the treasure! In addition to an introduction to a classic piece of literature, students will learn Orienteering skills including:

  • Folding the map
  • Thumbing the map
  • Orientating the map to north (with ground or compass)
  • Reading features on the map
  • Taking a compass bearing
  • Following a compass bearing
  • Pacing
  • Judging distance

Outdoor Adventures: Experience a week of exciting lessons focusing on outdoor survival and STEM skills.  Students will participate in activities that will have them building shelters to keep out torrential downpours and learning wilderness first aid to tend to common wounds and dangers while hiking or camping.  Students will also have a chance to take part in many outdoor and nature-related STEM activities and challenges.  If you are a hiker, camper, tinkerer, engineer, or if you just enjoy being outside, there is something for you in this course.  We may get a little bit dirty and a little bit wet, but we will have A LOT of fun!

Spanish Stories, Song, & Play:
Come learn Spanish as you listen to crazy stories, sing songs, and play games. The main focus will be learning to understand what you hear and read in Spanish starting with the SUPER SEVEN words to get you started. Don’t know any Spanish or only a little? No worries! This is a class for beginning students with no Spanish experience AND those of you who have had Spanish before. ¡Qué divertido! ¡Qué interesante!

STEAM:
 Focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math, STEAM is perfect for campers looking for a challenge and a creative and comprehensive experience. Campers will be challenged to question, explore, and understand their world through an enlightening variety of scientific and technological lenses. Teachers will facilitate a challenging and innovative program of study using hands-on experimentation for each aspect of STEAM each day of the week.

Wonders of Science: Fun and excitement is fostered by great lessons and hands-on experiments in the Wonders of Science class, covering a broad range of fun and exciting science topics in Life and Physical Science. This unique class offers an incredible collection of projects and experiments that will amuse and amaze elementary scientists who will be involved with several hands-on activities, and explore the Wonders of Science!