Local student attends MSU Program for Gifted Students

— Rani S. Richardson, daughter of Recco and Rene Richardson, recently participated in Mathematics, Science and Technology at Michigan State University (MST @ MSU) July 11-24.

MST @ MSU is a residential program designed for students with unusually high academic ability who are about to enter eighth, ninth or tenth grade. Students selected for MST @ MSU have taken a college entrance exam while in seventh, eighth or ninth grade, and have scored at the same level as the average college-bound junior or senior has scored.

The academic focus of the program is on mathematics, science and technology, and applications within these areas. The goal is to match the intellectual abilities of talented adolescents with rigorous and challenging course work. This provides enrichment for the students, but does not duplicate or accelerate course work that is part of the regular K-12 school curriculum.

Leading professors from the various colleges and departments of Michigan State University have developed challenging courses, which they teach cooperatively with noted secondary teachers and college students. From seven academic courses to choose from, students select two, which they attend daily along with one “special interest” clinic. Academic classes are two hours each; clinic are one hour, fifteen minutes in length. Academic classes include: Astronomy, Digital Photography/Handson Video, Genetics & Biotechnology, Mathematical Explorations, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Astrophysics and Physics. Clinics include basketball, creative writing, Flash I, Flash II, soccer and visual arts.

In addition to the classes and clinics, students also participated in numerous social activities to help them develop friendships with other students who come from rural, urban and suburban areas across the state and nation.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs promote differentiated educational programs for students in middle school and high school. Details: Contact The Office of Gifted and Talented Education at 517-432-2129 or visit gifted.

Natalie Blythe

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