The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University offers weekend courses for academically gifted children this month.

On March 16-17, 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to explore Earth Science while students in grades 7 and 8 can learn about the internet, webservers and websites on the school’s Evanston campus.

The Accelerated Weekend Experience provides students the opportunity to delve into a favorite area of interest with a community of peers who share their passion for the subject.

In the Earth Science course, an NU postdoctoral student with the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences will lead an investigation into the impact of finding water on the surface of Mars, applying principles from a wide range of Earth Science fields. Budding geophysicists will visit the seismometer located on campus.

Young web designers will learn the theory of how computers communicate with each other in computer networks), how webservers host information, and how this information is communicated to the viewer. They will install and configure a webserver, build an HTML website, and create a “Mediawiki.”

Classes run on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Applications are now being accepted for CTD’s Accelerated Weekend Experience. Financial assistance is available. More information on the program is available online or by calling 847-491-3782 ext. 4.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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