Northwestern Center for Talent Development

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Northwestern Center for Talent Development

One of the most rigorous and most recognized youth academic programs in the US

Hosted by the world-renowned Northwestern University

One of the most difficult to apply for and most recognized youth academic programs in the US

Same curriculum and faculty as offline camps in the US

With official CTD completion certificate and evaluation report

Date:

January 28th - March 25th (2023 Winter Camp)

April 8th - June 10th (2023 Spring Camp)

Grade:

Elementary Class: 5th~6th grade

Middle School Class: 7th~9th grade

Invitation Letter

ASDAN China reached a strategic cooperation with Northwestern University CTD – Center for Talent Development in 2022, which symbolizes the introduction of the CTD program to China for the rst time, for outstanding Chinese youth. The CTD offers two main types of programs: In-person camps at Northwestern University and online camps. Due to the epidemic prevention and control requirements, CTD China is only open for online camps in 2022, and has ofcially introduced CTD's most classic elementary school programs for grades 5 to 7 to China. In the fall of 2022, CTD China launched the weekend camps for elementary and middle school (including spring, summer, fall and winter camps). High school camps are expected to open in 2023, so stay tuned!

Program Introduction

Gifted Education

The release of the Marland Report in 1972 is often described as a watershed moment in the field of gifted education and remains a touchstone for the field today. The report outlined the unique learning needs of gifted students and the challenges faced by these students in U.S. schools. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) supports those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. Working together NAGC will achieve the vision where giftedness and high potential are fully recognized, universally valued, and actively nurtured to support children from all backgrounds in reaching for their personal best and contributing to their communities. 

Gifted Education

Gifted Education

About Center for Talent Development

About Center for Talent Development

About Center for Talent Development

Since 1982, CTD has evolved from a single focus on talent identification to a multi-faceted research and service organization with four central goals: Talent identification, Talent development, Research, and Advocacy. By continually assessing programs, conducting new research, and surveying participants, CTD remains at the forefront of gifted education and talent development. Today, CTD offers hundreds of enrichment and accelerated courses for students age 3 to grade 12, parent and educator learning communities, and program development for schools.

CTD has a wide array of high-quality, captivating courses for students from age 3 through grade 12, which includes Science, Technology & Engineering, Mathematics, Social Science and Humanities, English & Language Art. Whether it is advancing in a core subject or trying something new, they have what students need to develop all their talents and interests. 

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Sample Schedule

TIME ACTIVITY
8:00am-11:00am/9:00am-12:00am
on Saturday/Sunday *
CTD instructor online classes
Once a Week (1 hour) Office Hour
Others Complete class assignments

*CTD programs have enrichment class activities, such as lecture, group discussion, material reading, hands-on practice, mini peer review, etc. CTD instructors will make adjustments according to the level of students in the class, the actual pace of the class, etc. The final course sequence and content is subject to change by CTD.
(1 hour)

Optional Subjects

Elementary Class: 5th~6th grade

Math Puzzles & Games
Learn and apply critical math topics through games of skill and luck including chess, KenKen and Sudoku, and carnival games of chance. Concepts come from algebra and geometry and include an exploration of probability and statistics. Apply the concepts of risk analysis, expected value, and outcomes to create your own game and predict the success of the players!

Intro to Genetics
What does it mean to say “it’s in the genes?” Genes determine the color of our eyes and hair, our height, and our predisposition to certain illnesses. Learn how genes and DNA determine individual traits, discuss advances in the eld such as the Human Genome Project, and consider the ethical, legal, and medical issues involved in genetic modication.

Breakout Bios: Infections Diseases
Infectious diseases have puzzled humanity from the beginning of time. Students learn about microbiology, immunology and epidemiology as they investigate how the human immune system works to keep us healthy. Study advances in medical technology that have helped combat and eliminate diseases and allow us to nd cures for others. Learn to question and hypothesize, identify and manipulate variables, measure and record data, and interpret results.

Creative Writing
In this writing workshop, channel your creative ideas into polished short stories. Analyze professional writing techniques, practice writing and revising, and present work to an audience. Combining elements of great storytelling and the short ction form, create your own portfolio to take home.

Surviving in Space
Imagine NASA wanted YOU to live on Mars. Are you ready to launch? Investigate the red planet and the scientic and technological advancements NASA is developing to make travel to Mars a reality. Develop and propose your own plans for survival in space by researching current real-world projects that are preparing humans for off-world colonization.

Middle School Class: 7th~9th grade

Real-World Math
Real-world issues big and small can be understood and addressed using math! Learn to apply exponents, percentages, multi-step equations, and more to devise solutions for both practical living and in the interest of solving some of the most complicated issues facing the planet.

Brain Science
Discover the secrets of "the most complex thing in the universe": your own brain, a three-pound mass of miles of nerve bers that controls everything you do and how you react to the world. In this mind-blowing course, learn how the brain impacts your decisions, controls your memory, inuences your mood, and more!

Breakout Bios: Infections Diseases
Infectious diseases have puzzled humanity from the beginning of time. Students learn about microbiology, immunology and epidemiology as they investigate how the human immune system works to keep us healthy. Study advances in medical technology that have helped combat and eliminate diseases and allow us to nd cures for others. Learn to question and hypothesize, identify and manipulate variables, measure and record data, and interpret results.

Creative Writing
In this writing workshop, channel your creative ideas into polished short stories. Analyze professional writing techniques, practice writing and revising, and present work to an audience. Combining elements of great storytelling and the short ction form, create your own portfolio to take home.

Aerospace Engineering&The Science ofFlight
How do the fundamental forces of ight work to get a giant machine off the ground? Apply the principles of aerodynamics to your own designs. Learn about the history of ight, and through experiments, create hypotheses, observe ying machines, and compose lab reports to understand the physics principles behind the science. Apply the engineering process as you become an aeronautical engineer.

Student Portfolio

CTD Student's Story

The tests and the camps, combined, helped me identify what I love and also what I don't. When I was younger, for example, I had always wanted to be a vet. After vet camp, however, I realized I loved medicine, but I didn't want to work with animals. Most people don't get experiences like NUMATS gave me until they are in college or even in their first jobs. Because of NUMATS and CTD, I'm much more confident about my career choice. I now know I want to use my passion for medicine with people.
 
 
 

Alexis

The CTD Geometry class fostered my work ethic and my desire for learning, and while these aspects of myself still aren't as great as I make them out to be, they wouldn't be where they are without CTD's teaching. My teacher was very helpful in getting me through this class. At times, I struggled but my teacher was able to encourage me to keep going and I'm so glad that I did. The Geometry class gave me the opportunity to take an HS level class before I started high school. I knew that the high school that I wanted to go to was competitive, so taking the CTD Geometry class helped me stand out among the other students.

Anna Brown

Do not shy away from camps. Even if you are a shy person, you will develop many friendships at these camps by interacting with peers. Try to take advantage of the chance to get to know people outside of your school; you may like being at camp better than you like being at school. If you are attending an academic focused camp, do not spend all your time focused on your grade. Complete your homework first, and then spend the rest of the time you have with your friends. Summer camp is a rare opportunity that allows you to make countless friends and create life-changing experiences, so don't miss out.

Brantley

The several online courses that I took through CTD have proven to be extremely beneficial to me as my classes this year transitioned to virtual settings, as I had already formed the necessary skills to work through a remote learning environment. The organizational and communication abilities I developed through my several CTD classes helped me navigate through the online college experience and be successful.

Nathan Deep

CTD exposed me to new information and challenges, which helped make me more adaptable and more confident that I could rise above difficult situations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Imani Bah

Application

Fall Camp Date:

● Winter Camp:January 28th - March 25th. 2023 (9 weeks, classes on Weekends, with one week off)
● Spring Camp: April 8th - June 10th, 2023 (10 weeks, classes on Weekends, with one week off and break on April 29th/30th)

For Grades:

Elementary Class: 5th~6th grade
Middle School Class: 7th~9th grade

Application Process:

Step 1
1.Submit application form and relevant documents (principal recommendation form and relevant transcripts)
2.If you do not have a principal recommendation form and relevant test scores, you will need to take the ASDAN China Academic Assessment

Step 2
Receive the acceptance letter

Step 3
Sign the e-contract and pay the fee with the acceptance letter

Step 4
Receive preparation instructions before the start of the program

Step 5
Participate in the program and receive official CTD program certification

Application Method:

  • 1. 90th percentile or above in math and 75th percentile or above in English on a nationally normed, standardized grade-level assessment(e.g.,MAP, STAR, ETC.) or participation in above-grade-level testing through CTD above-grade-level assessment or similar program, or successful completion, within the past two years, of a previous CTD course at the same or higher admission tier and in the qualifying subject area, or The requisite scores for PSAT 8/9 - Taken in grade 6 or earlier.
  • 2. Recommendations from invited principals of partner schools and submits school transcripts and meet the following English assessment.
  • 3. Targeted invitation assessment winners are exempted from the corresponding Math/English tests, and the assessments include:
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    Meet the following math/science/informatics and English requirements

    English (Meet either one of them)

    Hippo English Olympiad(Meet either one of them) TOEFL Junior ®️
    HIPPO 4:Gold Award and above HIPPO S10:Gold Award and above Level 4 and above

    Math (Meet either one of them)

    American Mathematics Competition 8 Canadian Mathematics Gray Jay Competition Australian Mathematics Competition United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Math Kangaroo Continental Math League Caribou Contests
    Grade 5-6 Any Global Awards Any Global Awards  B-Upper Primary: Top 20% in National Awards (Distinction Award and above) C-Junior: Top 20% in National Awards (Distinction Award and above) JMC: Bronze Award and above   IMC: Bronze Award and above   *Grade 8 & 9 students should meet the IMC Bronze standard. Level 3:Silver Award and above Level 4:Bronze Award and above Bronze Award and above Level D: Top 10% in each round
    Grade 7-9 C-Junior: Top 20% in National Awards (Distinction Award and above) Level 4:Bronze Award and above Level E: Top 10% in each round

    Science (Meet either one of them)

    Big Science Competition National Science League
    Grade 5-6 / Silver Award and above
    Grade 7-9 A:Top 20% in National Awards (2022 score line: 17 points) B:Top 20% in National Awards (2022 score line: 20 points)

    Informatics (Meet either one of them)

    American Computer Science League Computational and Alogorithmic Thinking The Oxford University Computing Challenge
    Grade 5-6 / A-Upper Primary: Top 20% in National Awards (2022 score line: 29 points) Junior:Top 20% in National Awards (2022 score line: 31 points)
    Grade 7-9 A :Top 20% in China ranking percentage (Individual Top Scores Award and above) B-Junior: Top 20% in National Awards (2022 score line: 28 points) Intermediate:Top 20% in National Awards (2022 score line: 39 points)
  • 4. Without the above test scores, students need to pass the online selection test organized by ASDAN China (focus on math and English skills).

Scholarship and Enrollment Benefits

1. Students can use the ASDAN Scholarship in this program, for more information please visit: https://www.seedasdan.org/scholarship/

2. students who have participated in the 2022 ASDAN CTD online program and Purdue University GER2I Youth Programs (China) are eligible to register for this program without assessment and with the "ASDAN Friend Benefit".

3. The above "ASDAN Scholarship" and "ASDAN Friend Benefit" can be used in combination.