Polk County Schools 2021 AIG Summer Seminars FREE Engaging Enrichment Opportunities
A special thanks to Polk County Community Foundation for their support and funding of the AIG Summer Seminars for students enrolled in Polk County Schools!

Polk County Schools is fortunate to partner with the Polk County Community Foundation in offering the sixth annual AIG Summer Seminars series in July and August 2021. These incredible, week-long experiences are designed to challenge and engage students in a variety of topics. Students selected for participation will attend at no cost. Student numbers will be kept small to maximize instructor contact and seminar impact. The seminars will be led by talented instructors who will employ project-based learning, Socratic seminar, and other instructional techniques designed for academically gifted and high-achieving students. Polk Schools’ upperclassmen, who have participated in the Duke Talent Identification Program in past summers, may assist teachers in facilitating these seminars.

If you would like to attend one of the following seminars, complete the online application (Google form) or ask your AIG teacher for a paper application.

All applications are due by 4:00pm on Friday, June 25, 2021.

Seminar slots will be filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis. You will be contacted ONLY IF the slots for the seminar you choose are already filled.

These health and safety procedures will be followed during the AIG Seminars:
Parent(s)/guardian(s) may not send a student to an AIG Seminars if the student is experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or new loss of taste or smell.
Anytime a student develops any of the above symptoms during an AIG Seminar, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted to pick up the student. A school nurse will provide a follow-up call to the parent(s)/guardian(s).
Students and staff members will be required to wear face masks indoors. Face masks will be recommended outdoors, anytime social distancing cannot be maintained.
Students and staff members will wash hands/use hand sanitizer upon entry to the buildings where the AIG Seminars will be held.

Polk County Schools is excited to offer the following seminars for Summer 2021:

Location: Polk County Middle School: 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC 28756
Title: Learn. Explore. Create. II
Dates: July 12-July 16
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Description: Rising 5th - 8th graders are invited to register for this seminar, led by Christine McGee. Want to create movies like Wallace and Gromit or the LEGO movies? If you sign up for this seminar you will learn how to create stop motion videos and explore the many uses of a green screen. You will work with a whole group, small group, and individually, to produce digital projects. Students that have taken the course before will be able to focus on their own digital projects and learn the basics of movie making. Be prepared to share your ideas and exercise your problem-solving skills from 9:00am-12:00pm the week of July 12 - July 16 at Polk County Middle School.


Location: Polk County Middle School: 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC 28756
Title: Robotics & Engineering
Dates: July 12 - July 16
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Description: Rising 5th, 6th & 7th graders are invited to register for this seminar, led by Linley Foster.
Students will have the opportunity to work and become familiar with several small robots and will be introduced to the basics of coding. They will engage in engineering activities designed around these individual robots. Students will also create and test structures of their own making and employ the design process in unique engineering challenges. Snacks will be provided, so please indicate any dietary restrictions on the application.


Location: Polk County Middle School: 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC 28756
Title: Robotics & Engineering with Legos
Dates: July 26 - July 30
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Description: Rising 5th, 6th & 7th graders are invited to register for this seminar, led by JJ Waddell. In this class you will dive into the world of robotics by coding robots to move, speak, and play games with you! You will work with new technology from Lego to construct robots that will follow commands and complete tasks inside a maze that you and your fellow campers will design. You are going to love the exciting world of robotics during your time of discovery. You do not have to have previous robotic experience to come. We will showcase our work with a Friends and Family celebration! You do not want to miss this seminar!


Location: Harmon Field Log Cabin: Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 28782
Title: Access to Nature
Dates: August 2- August 5
Times: Monday - Thursday from 9:00am -1:00pm
Description: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders are invited to register for this seminar, led by Elisa Flynn and Stephanie Luedi. Students will be engaged in activities focused on nature, such as water quality, plant and insect identification and nature journaling. Students will take a deeper look into ecosystems and environmental interactions through hands-on activities.


Location: Tryon Arts & Crafts School: 373 Harmon Field Rd, Tryon, NC 28782 (Multi-purpose room)
Title: Alleviating Anxiety: Tools to Help De-stress to Live Your Best Life
Dates: July 26 - July 29
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Description: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders are invited to register for this seminar, led by Jeanne Ferran. Through hikes, outdoor activities, art projects, yoga, journaling, and discussion, we will learn how to train the body and mind to alleviate anxiety. We will also learn about famous artists, inventors, and athletes and how they use stress and anxiety to their advantage. We will build confidence and learn tools to reduce stress in our personal and academic lives.


Location: Polk County Middle School: 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC 28756
Title: Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge
Dates: August 2 - August 6
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Description: Rising 5th, 6th & 7th graders are invited to register for this seminar, led by Kimberly Granville. Just as Rube designed the famous "Mouse Trap Game", students will be challenged daily to create a chain reaction machine consisting of several simple machines made from household junk.
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