First Posted: 7/31/2009
Two youths from Mount Airy participated in a program at Wake Forest University last week which allows high-achieving elementary students to take their academic skills to new heights.
Jackson Smith and Elizabeth Marion, who attend J.J. Jones Intermediate School, took part in National Young Scholars Program (NYSP) activities at the Winston-Salem campus from July 19-24.
The goal of the effort is to inspire outstanding students in grades 2-5 to explore, invent, learn and think creatively.
The National Young Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on interactive learning, while challenging them in an intellectually stimulating environment outside of the regular classroom, explained Dr. Marguerite C. Regan, WFU dean of academic affairs for the program.
NYSP activities give students the chance to unleash their full learning potential as they further their interest in specific areas of study such as environmental science, architecture, forensic science and medicine.
Throughout the program, young scholars engage in challenging coursework, gain a greater sense of independence and experience a renaissance of learning. The program culminates with student-created projects that tie in leadership skills learned with the discoveries made in their specific areas of study.
Activities such as investigating a balanced environment, embarking on a fascinating journey into the human body and solving a whodunit through work in a model forensics lab are just a few highlights of the curriculum.
Simulation activities and role-playing encourage the young scholars to develop their leadership skills, while introducing them to the concepts of team-building, problem-solving, public speaking and goal-setting.
The NYSP taps into the natural curiosity that students at this young age already have, Regan said. This program will help them continue down a path toward a lifelong love of learning.
It is sponsored by the National Center for Early Academic Excellence (NCEAE), an independent educational organization dedicated to identifying, inspiring and honoring the nations most promising elementary school students.
The NCEAE is comprised of practitioners in the field of elementary education who boast more than 20 years of experience in implementing effective academic programs for students.