USF Summer Camps Part 2

USF Summer Camps Part 2

Robots, science fiction and environmental awareness are the tools, and keeping some of Polk County’s smartest young minds engaged is the goal of the Central Florida Gifted and Talented Institute. In part two of a special look at summer camps around the University of South Florida, University Beat on WUSF-TV heads out to USF Polytechnic to show you how the Institute uses high technology and hands-on activities to challenge its students.

USF Summer Camps Part 2

University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM continues to take us on a tour of USF’s summer camps. This week, it’s over to Lakeland, where the “Central Florida Gifted and Talented Institute” at USF Polytechnic offers some of Polk County’s brightest students the opportunity to not just learn, but also have fun in one of three different hi-tech programs.

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Doctor Naomi Boyer, Assistant Vice President of USF Polytechnic’s Extended University, talks about the three programs that make up the Central Florida Gifted and Talented Institute, as well as which students are eligible, why it’s important to reach out to them, and what they get from the high-tech, hands-on nature of the program.

Students Brendan Nagy, Cathleen Daferede & Corinne Titus share some of their experiences from the Institute.

Dr. Boyer talks about the teachers & mentors that run the Institute. She and Jeff Titus, father of student Corinne Titus, also share some of the parents’ thoughts about the Institute.

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USF Polytechnic’s Central Florida Gifted & Talented Institute
Applications for next year’s Institute, July 11-29, 2011 are already online at

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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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