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Accelerated Weekend at Marian Catholic

Updated: October 16, 2013 6:09AM



Marian Catholic High School will offer the Accelerated Weekend Experience program for academically talented students in grades five through eight from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at the school, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights.

In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, the experience is designed to provide challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the science of sound and veterinary science, according to a school news release.

Science of Sound is for students in grades five and six, and Veterinary Science is for seventh- and eighth-grade students, the release said.

“Students with high ability often need and want additional challenges to augment their schoolwork,” Principal Sister Kathleen Anne Tait said. “However, many students are involved in multiple activities which can make it difficult for additional programs to be held after school. The Accelerated Weekend Experience, conducted by the Center for Talent Development, is an excellent option and we are very pleased to make this opportunity available.”

“Students that attend AWE programs describe the experience as genuinely awesome,” said Jamie Guess, of the Center for Talent Development.

“They are able to immerse themselves in a subject of interest. Our instructors are commonly practitioners who work professionally in the subject area they are teaching. Kids participate in real-life activities they would have little exposure to otherwise.”

Science of Sound students take part in a series of labs designed to increase musical knowledge and demonstrate its interdisciplinary nature.

They will learn how classical composers encrypted secret messages into their music, develop personal musical ciphers, explore how patterns manifest themselves in dodecaphonic (12-tone) musical compositions and create tone rows.

Veterinary Science students are introduced to the world of veterinary medicine as a career.

Hands-on activities include working with both microscopes and dissection tools as students learn about concepts and engage in activities that practitioners use in this profession. Participants come to understand the commitment required to heal animals of all shapes and sizes.

Tuition and fees for each course are $245. Visit ctd.northwestern.edu/sep/program/awe for specific course information, eligibility guidelines and the online application.

For more information about the AWE program, contact Sister Dorothy Marie Solak at (708) 756-9762.

Staff report



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