Registration Underway for 2010 Maryland Summer Centers

Private funding allows six Summer Centers to open for benefit of gifted and talented students

BALTIMORE (April 5, 2010) - The registration deadline is looming for the six Maryland Summer Centers coordinated through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). For 43 years the Summer Centers program has offered unique instructional experiences for gifted and talented students entering grades 4 through 12. Students have the opportunity to work with like-minded peers in an area of ability and interest.

The Centers offer one to three-week residential and non-residential programs with a focus on the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, and world languages. The activities are designed to encourage critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving while challenging students academically.

The six Summer Centers are:


-- Center for the Arts at The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Baltimore City (funding provided by the Eubie Blake Center Board of Directors)

Science & Engineering:

-- Harford County Public Schools Center for Conservation Research (funding provided by Harford County Public Schools)

-- SAIC/NMTC (Science Applications International Corporation/Northeastern Maryland Technology Council [SAIC/NMTC]) Center for Space Science, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Howard County (funding provided by SAIC/NMTC)

-- Honeywell Maryland Summer Center for Ecosystems Education at Horn Point, Cambridge, Maryland (funding provided Honeywell Hometown Solutions)

-- Center for Future Engineers: Robot Design, Frostburg, Maryland (funding provided by Maryland Space Business Roundtable)


-- Center for Global Languages, Fort Meade, Maryland (funding provided by STARTALK grant)

The Maryland Summer Centers program, in partnership with public and nonpublic agencies, provides Maryland's diverse gifted and talented students with advanced, rigorous, experiential learning opportunities that nurture these students' talents and abilities within unique learning environments.

Tuition ranges from $150 to $400 and full and partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. An online brochure and application forms are available from local gifted and talented education coordinators or on the Maryland State Department of Education website at

Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 30. Materials are available in Spanish upon request.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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