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Metamorphosis: Whitworth's Summer Program for Gifted Children

A one-week nonresidential program for students entering grades 4-6

Who am I? What are my specific gifts and talents? What can I know about my place in the world? At Camp Metamorphosis, gifted youth find many answers to these questions while exploring interesting academic areas, such as:

  • Physics: Whatever floats your boat!
  • Sustainability: It isn't easy being green!
  • Creative Artist Endeavors
  • Biomechanics of Track
  • Catapult Physics
  • Strength in Structures
  • The Power of the Story – And, Making Change Happen
  • Join the MFI (Metamorphosis Forensic Investigative) Unit
  • Author Study
  • Drama: Act Your Story Out Loud
  • Mathemagic!
  • Great Gaseous Chemistry
  • Team Building Challenges

Camp Metamorphosis is where gifted and talented youth can be unique individuals excelling together!

When: July 6-10, 2015 | Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Whitworth's Main Campus, 300 W. Hawthorne, Spokane
Cost: $250 per participant

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What the Academic Areas Include:

Physics: Whatever floats your boat!
Investigations using Archimedes' principle to explore buoyancy. Students will discover why things sink or float. Students will be challenged to build a "boat" that will support the most weight. Will you sink or will you swim?

Creative Artist Endeavors
We will examine various works for art from famous artists. We will use similar methods, techniques and mediums to create our own unique artist masterpieces. By the end of the week you have a wonderful display of work that highlights your own artist talents.

Biomechanics of Track
Have you ever wondered how sprinters run so fast? How throwers throw so far? How jumpers jump so far? Students will increase their physical skills while learning how implementing physics into their track workouts can help them go fast and far.

Catapult Physics
It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's the payload of your very own catapult. Explore the physics of projectiles, and make your own catapult, test your invention, modify it and participate in a distance competition.

Strength in Structures
Have you ever wondered how bridges can hold so many cars without collapsing, or how buildings can be built so tall without toppling over? Explore the physics of structure building. Create your own structure and put its strength to the test.

The Power of the Story – And, Making Change Happen
We remember the stories. They carry feelings, facts, impressions, and experiences. This class will put a pencil in the camper's hands as they interview each other to discover one another's stories. The experience will help campers break from relying on the "single story," practice the art of listening, and experience empathy – "the highest form of critical thinking."

We will build on the first day's experience of telling/listening to each other's stories to "interview" other young and/or elderly people from the Spokane community to understand some critical social and economic issues from a personal, human perspective. Teams of campers will then "design" solutions to these needs and present these solutions in a creative, team method. The campers will have given others a gift of listening and develop innovative problem solving. The class emphasizes empathy, collaboration and presentation skills.

Join the MFI (Metamorphosis Forensic Investigative) Unit
Figure out "Who did it?" "How do we get out of this predicament" "What can we do to all come out ahead" and other problems and decisions. Each camper will be given roles on the forensic team to help solve crimes and other problems. You'll utilize reasoning, being creative, working TOGETHER, laughing, piecing different information together, and taking turns in the lead. Skills that will be focused on include confidence, personal awareness in group settings, and creativity – the qualities of emotional intelligence. Some of the activities include negotiating the Forbidden Desert, figuring out what "winning as much as you can" means, and assisting Mr. Holmes solve a mystery at 221B Baker Street.

Author Study
Do you have something unique to say to the world and a passion to be heard? Come find your own voice as an author as we explore creative writing techniques that will help you tell your story like never before!

Drama: Act Your Story Out Loud
Spend the week acting your story out loud through skits, role play, and a small dramatic presentation. Students will learn basic acting techniques and theatre terminology. This class will also teach students how to work together in groups, use their imagination, think critically, and solve problems while expressing themselves creatively.

Gamers: Go Beyond the Board
Love board games? Enjoy games of challenge, strategy and fun? Then, join us for some fun with games! Spend time playing board games of all types with other campers. After exploring many favorite games and learning new ones, use your knowledge to create your own board game, teach it and share it with other campers.

Sustainability: It isn't easy being green!
Students will explore how we live and the decisions we make every day impact our planet.

Work your magic as we challenge each other with projects, games and tricks to apply our math skills. This hands-on class will look at math in daily life, its application, and cool ways to think outside of the box!

Great Gaseous Chemistry
It is one of the states of matter but how much do you know about gases? Learn about gases with chemical reactions and properties experiments. Exploit the gas in diet coke to make a fountain, crush a can without touching it, make balloons that sink and float, and much more in our gaseous week.

Team Building Challenges
Work with your peers to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and uncover your unique personal strengths. Using various team initiatives and the Whitworth U-Rec Climbing facility we will push boundaries and work to discover untapped reserves of inner strength, creativity and team synergy.

What Campers Can Expect:

Your camp day will look like...
Mind Map for the Day: 9-9:10 a.m.
Meeting as a group to discuss the day's upcoming activities
Personal Leadership-Making Sound Decisions in Teams: 9:10-9:50 a.m.
Engaging activities that build teamwork and personal leadership activities will start each day.

Interest Area Selections, 10 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
Each participant will select three of the academic areas to focus on for the entire week.

Session One: 9:55-11:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Session Two: 12:20-1:40 p.m.
Session Three: 1:50-3:10 p.m.


SNACK and Fun Clubs 3:20-3:50 p.m.
Join the junior counselors for interest based clubs of your choice. Participants can choose a different activity each day or stay with the same one- it's up to them! Examples include improv, obstacle courses, reading, soccer, and board games.

Personal Leadership-Making Sound Decisions in Teams, 4-4:30 p.m.
Engaging activities that build teamwork and personal leadership activities will end each day.

What Campers and Parents Say About Camp Metamorphosis:

What campers and parents said when asked which aspects of Camp Metamorphosis they enjoyed most:

Campers wrote:

"Being with like-minded kids who get me!" "

"The kids and teachers were friendly and I learned fun things that I never would have learned at school."

Parents wrote:

"He loved it! Every day, he said he liked it even more than the day before! Awesome course offerings, great structure/length of day."

"He was thrilled to be able to move quickly through materials. He loved all the creative & artistic class offerings. I was amazed to see my son, typically an apprehensive-to-new-things child, be so excited to be at camp. Well done!"

Still Have Questions?

Please call Whitworth University’s Center for Gifted Education and Professional Development at 509.777.3226.

Junior Counselors Needed!
Are you a Camp Metamorphosis alum and interested in participating in a leadership role this year? A Junior Counselor role may be the fit for you! Junior Counselors will assist in a variety of camp activities daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You must be entering seventh grade or higher to apply for the position. If interested, please click here for the application.


Center for Gifted Education

Kathryn Picanco
Director, Center for Gifted Education



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