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Penn Hills gifted-education group gearing up for 'Super Saturday'

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
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Danasia Hurt-Goods shows her hands covered with clay during a Super Saturday class held last year. This year's sessions will take place March 29.

Members of the Penn Hills chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, or PAGE, are gearing up for a second “Super Saturday,” full of off-the-beaten-path classes for children.

Courses in the arts, creative mathematics, forensics, meditation and more will be offered on March 29 at Linton Middle School.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can enroll in multiple sessions including:

• Candy Science: Students will perform science experiments on favorite varieties of candy.

• Art Exploration: Students will learn about cartooning, and will produce a shrink-art keychain.

• Movin' and Groovin': Students will learn about the importance of fitness and exercise and develop a routine to follow at home. They also will learn how to make smoothies.

• Create Your Own Nature Journal: Students will identify different trees, shells, birds and butterflies.

Students can choose from a dozen courses, and many are geared for children of all ages, though some are restricted to certain grade levels.

Teachers, community business members and high school Advanced Placement students are among those who serve as instructors, and last year about 40 kids signed up to participate.

PAGE President MJ Gula said the excitement in both students and teachers at the first Super Saturday was evident.

“The kids were genuinely engaged in what they were doing, and were very thrilled to be doing hands-on learning,” she said.

“But the presenters also seemed to be just as enthused about what they were sharing with the kids.”

Gula said the day's focus on “learning for the sake of learning” and not having to worry about a test later helped students enjoy the courses.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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