Purdue University GER²I Youth Programs(China）
Date：19 July – 30 July, 2022（break on Sunday and Monday）
Hosted by the world-renowned Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER2I)
45 years of experience in gifted education
One of the most recognized youth academic programs in the US
Same curriculum and faculty as offline camps in the US
With of official GER2I completion certificate and evaluation report
6 Optional Topics：
Brain science, Economics, Computer science, Engineering, Future science, Neuroscience
ASDAN China reached a strategic cooperation with Purdue University GER²I in 2022, which symbolizes the introduction of the Purdue University GER²I program to outstanding Chinese youth. The GER²I offers two main types of programs: In-person camps at Purdue University and online camps. Due to epidemic prevention and control requirements, GER²I will work with ASDAN China to open online camps in the summer of 2022, bringing its most classic middle school programs for grades 7 to 9 to China, the topics include: Brain science, Economics, Computer science, Engineering, Future science, Neuroscience.
Purdue University was founded in 1869. It has been ranked as among the best public universities in the United States by major institutional rankings, and is renowned for its engineering program. Purdue is also the founding member of the Big Ten Conference and member of the Association of American Universities. Purdue university has been integral in America's history of aviation, having established the first college credit offered in flight training; the first four-year bachelor's degree in aviation; and the first university airport: Purdue University Airport. Purdue's aviation technology and aeronautical engineering programs remain among the most competitive aviation-specific programs in the world. In the mid-20th century, Purdue's aviation program expanded to encompass advanced spaceflight technology, giving rise to Purdue's nicknames Cradle of Astronauts and Mother of Astronauts. 23 Purdue graduates have become astronauts, including Gus Grissom, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts; Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to walk on the moon; and Eugene Cernan, who was the last person to walk on the moon.
Purdue has been affiliated with 13 Nobel laureates, 1 Turing Award laureate, 2 World Food Prize laureates, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, 18 Olympic medalists, 3 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients, 2 National Medal of Science recipients, 3 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 7 members of Congress, 3 U.S. governors, and 2 heads of state. Purdue has over 400,000 living alumni. Its alumni have included 26 astronauts, 6 current Fortune 500 CEOs, 2 Rhodes Scholars, 4 Truman Scholars and 3 Gates Scholars.
The Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute
The Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER2I) at Purdue University is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery, study, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1977, GER2I’s mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted, creative, and talented youth; graduate programs for future scholars and leaders; professional development and coursework for educators of gifted, creative, and talented students; and cutting-edge research in psychology and education related to giftedness, creativity, and talent development.
Purdue University GER²I Youth Programs
Every summer, for over 40 years, GER²I has engaged gifted, creative, and talented students from across the country and around the world in residential camps designed to stimulate their imagination and expand their abilities. Students take challenging courses, and participate in engaging recreational activities. GER2I offers on a wide range of topics in computer programming, railroad engineering, rocketry, and aerospace, as well as courses in physics, math, science, social studies, art, and language arts.
6 Optional Topics
Brain science, Economics, Computer science, Engineering, Future science, Neuroscience
Brain Games: Messing with Your Mind
Can your brain grow through gaming? Using concepts in cognitive psychology, interaction design, and artificial intelligence, let’s explore how our brains work and create unique strategies for getting the most out of our brains. Through playing and making games, we’ll build game-like interactions at the same time!
High-Speed Global Problem Solving
Race against the clock to solve real-world dilemmas with a STEM spin! Step into a company employee’s shoes and use collaboration and problem-solving skills to address case-based problems. Integrate several disciplines, including leadership, humanities, technology, management, economics, resource availability, globalization, and current events to plan and pitch your solutions to your company’s CEO.
Science Fiction or Reality?
Sci-fi movies are fascinating, aren’t they? Ever wondered if you could be an engineer who turns sci-fi into reality? Take the first step into decoding and applying hands on engineering skills for the future. Through hands-on activities, we will explore artificial intelligence, computer aided design and automation, and sustainability that are changing the core of engineering. Let’s start now for a better tomorrow!
Students, engineers, artists, and hobbyists around the world design and build Rube Goldberg-style machines to satisfy society’s fascination with these creative contraptions. Apply the engineering design process to construct STEAM Machines (i.e., chain reaction machines that run on STEM and Art concepts) using everyday objects and technology such as motors, sensors, and micro-controllers. Gain experience with systems thinking and multi-team collaboration as you learn real-world engineering skills and explore pathways to engineering careers.
Want to be a neuroscientist? Let this be your first giant leap! Using a number of mini-experiments and interactive activities, we’ll explore many aspects of neuroscience, including brain structures and functions, the nervous system, brain scans, and neurological disorders.
Python Programming for the Future
Do you want to be a 21st-century programmer? Here is the opportunity you have been waiting for! Python is a 21st century, powerful, open-source programming language that is also fast, friendly, and easy to learn! Jump right in with scripting, game development, website designing, and data analysis using Python. Solve real-world problems by mining big data in this hands-on and project-based exploration.
|8:00-11:00 / 7:30-10:30||Online classes (zoom)|
|14:00-15:30||Activities led by bilingual TA|
|15:30-16:30||Office hour led by bilingual TA|
|16:30-20:00||Independent reading/Completing assignments|
*The final schedule is subject to change by Purdue University GER²I
Certification and Evaluation Report
At the end of the program, each student will receive an official certificate of completion and a personalized evaluation report from Purdue University The Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER²I).
From GER²I community
“I loved my Leadership 101 class. This class has helped me develop my natural leadership skills. You never know who is going to help you in life and take you far, and GER²I is a program that can help you get there!”
“I love seeing all of my friends, making new friends, and meeting people from other countries. I look up to all the counselors. They make each year fun. . .they bring new things every year, and they’re kind of like my family. They seem like my family!”
“My son’s experience as a student and Counselor-In-Training at GER²I Summer Residential Program seems to have been more than we ever could have expected. He’s come home a more focused yet outgoing young man. He’s learned leadership, empathy, and perseverance in ways I’d never have imagined, and his outlook on his education has taken on a new enthusiasm. In six summers, GER²I helped sculpt a very promising future for a pretty deserving kid.”
Program Coordinators say
“Our program is known for diversity. This diversity transcends locations and races. We take pride in the fact that our program actively promotes the inclusion of LGBTQ and twice-exceptional learners. Many of our students and staff describe GER2I as a safe space and find it their home. We believe not only in physical integration but also in psychological integration. We truly are one GER2I family!”
“To me, GER2I is a place where everyone is welcomed. At GER2I Summer Residential Camp, as a previous counselor, assistant coordinator, and coordinator, I was privileged to meet and work with students from all over the world. I believe that the camp and students touched and shaped my life positively. The camp environment also showed me how this unique experience helps students reach their goals.”
—— Abdullah Tuzgen
“I believe learning should be challenging, but it should also be fun. GER²I gives me the opportunity to unleash my creativity in developing courses that won’t be available in the regular classroom (like “World of Spies: Keeping Secrets” and “Become an ‘Escape Room Master’”), showing connections across a broad spectrum of topics within a specific framework. The staff and people behind the scenes are amazing, and my children can attest to their own incredible experience in this top-notch program.”
——Sheree B.，Winner, GER²I’s Sidney Marsh Moon Teacher Award 2021
“My favorite teaching moments are those beyond the traditional classroom. Purdue’s GER²I program is especially terrific because the students are all eager to learn and embrace challenges and the amount of growth we see in a short time is so rewarding!”
——Jordan W., Winner, GER²I’s Sidney Marsh Moon Teacher Award 2021
19 July – 30 July, 2022（break on Sunday and Monday）
Up to 18 students per topic
- 01. 90th percentile or above in math and 75th percentile or above in English on a nationally normed, standardized grade-level achievement test (e.g., MAP, STAR, etc.), or The requisite scores for PSAT 8/9 - Taken in grade 6 or earlier.
- 02. Recommendations from invited principals of partner schools
- 04. Without the above test scores, students need to pass the online selection test organized by ASDAN China (focus on math and English skills).