Gifted University for Parents and Precocious Youth

New for 2018! The GUPPY program now has different curriculum for grades 3-4 and for grades 5-6. Please take note of the slightly different dates for each grade level listed below. You can view the different topic “tracks” for each grade level on the GUPPY Curriculum page.

GUPPY 3-4, A 2-day program for grades 3 & 4

PROGRAM DATES: Saturday, June 30 - Sunday, July 1, 2018



GUPPY 5-6, A 3-day program for grades 5 & 6

PROGRAM DATES: Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1, 2018



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GUPPY Description

GUPPY is designed for young gifted and talented students to attend classes taught by MSU faculty and staff at Michigan State University for the weekend. This GATE program will offer young gifted students a variety of accelerated exploratory educational presentations and hands-on experiences in MSU’s laboratories and classrooms. Please see the different class track options on the GUPPY Curriculum page. Each track has a variety of STEAM-based classes. Participants will eat lunch in the MSU dining halls. There will be an optional evening activity at MSU on Saturday evening; details will be announced. A parent must accompany the student to this activity. On Sunday at 5:00 pm, a closing ceremony will celebrate the GUPPY experience for students and parents.

Commuter option: Local families commute daily by dropping off and picking up their student each day from campus.

Hotel stay option: Families living a distance from campus mustaccompany their students and may stay overnight at a locally prearranged hotel at a special MSU rate or make reservations on their own with another hotel of their choice. Families are responsible for the cost of their hotel stay. (Families are also responsible for their own meals - only lunch is provided for the participant.)

Parent "U" Day - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Parents, save the date! You are invited to attend GUPPY’s Parent University, which provides informational presentations conducted by gifted experts. Parent University occurs on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch on your own). Various topics related to gifted education and raising a gifted child will be discussed. The morning presentations will focus on introductory topics, while the afternoon presentations will be about intermediate topics. Tentative topics include: Gifted 101, Roadmap to Advocacy, IQ Testing, and Spatial Learners. There will also be an Ask the Gifted Expert panel session where the speakers will answer parent questions. Directly following Parent University is the GUPPY Closing Ceremony with your student. 

GUPPY Sample Schedule

8:00 am - 8:15 am Check-in/drop-off
8:30 am - 10:00 am Class 1
10:20 am - 11:50 am Class 2
12:10 am - 1:10 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Class 3
3:20 pm - 4:50 pm Class 4
5:10 pm - 5:30 pm Pick-up
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Pick-up or board shuttle 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner on your own
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Optional Evening Activity (Saturday evening only - tentative)