New Zealand Association for Gifted Children

Upcoming NZAGC events

    • 3 May 2022
    • 31 May 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
    • 8
    Register

    Following the success of last term's 'World Building' writing course, Explorers are again working with S:iiiL Education to provide enriching writing courses. The first of which is...

    Just Write! 

    The most common writing advice is “just write”, except that makes it sound easy and if it were people wouldn’t need to say “just write”. This class is a practical guide to going from a glimmer of an idea or a sprawling fantasy world to actually writing a short story. We’ll discuss the basics of story structure and the telepathy needed to get your idea of the character’s subjective experience into someone else’s imagination.

    Recommended for teenagers and adults (parents welcome), or younger people who are already trying to write their own stories. 

    In the spirit of this class, homework is not optional but you don’t need to show anyone, you just need to write.

    Topics
    Plot arcs: conflict, action, resolution
    “Show don’t tell” and why it’s not always great advice
    Character arcs: dissonance, experience and growth
    Communicating your imagination and rewriting


    About S:iiiL

    Synaesthesia: inquisitive, integrated, immersive Learning (or S:iiiL, pronounced like seal) classes are designed to take university level skills and concepts, while leaving behind the testing and risk of failure to make them accessible and interesting to more people. Classes are by appointment and taught online via the S:iiiL Discord server. Visit siiil.org or email joseph@siiil.org if you’d like to organise your own class or tutoring.

    About Joe
    Joe is S:iiiL's educator and lead curriculum designer, and a teaching fellow at the University of Otago. He is dyslexic (but hopefully you can’t tell) and until tertiary study he was home educated.

    He has a passion for creative writing, especially science fiction, fantasy and weird stories. His work has been published in the journal Brief. This passion for writing led him down a decade-long rabbit hole of studying at the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, where he earned degrees in writing, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. He has been working for over six years in research and teaching positions, specialising in creative writing, artificial intelligence and biological modelling.

    His hope is to provide the resources, support and mentorship that he would have benefitted from.

    This event is organised by Auckland Explorers for NZAGC members nationwide. 

    S:iiiL are kindly offering this course to NZAGC at a significant discount!

    The cost is $40 for the full five week course (that's only $8/session)!

    Numbers are limited to ensure the session is relaxed, social and highly interactive. Please register today using the attached form. 



      • 3 May 2022
      • 31 May 2022
      • 5 sessions
      • Online
      • 3

      Explorers and S:iiiL Education present a five week introductory course on written code and agents entitled...

      'Emergent Algorithmic Art in NetLogo' 

      We’ll make pretty, interesting, weird and/or psychedelic interactive animations with emergent patterns in NetLogo. This class is an introduction to programming written code and agents, and serves as a perfect progression from Scratch or other drag-and-drop languages.

      Recommended for all age groups. Basically anyone with a little bit of programming experience. 

      Topics
      Algorithmic thinking: sequence, iteration and selection
      Agent-based programming and the concept of emergence
      Randomness and probability
      Iterative and explorative design and debugging   


      About S:iiiL

      Synaesthesia: inquisitive, integrated, immersive Learning (or S:iiiL, pronounced like seal) classes are designed to take university level skills and concepts, while leaving behind the testing and risk of failure to make them accessible and interesting to more people. Classes are by appointment and taught online via the S:iiiL Discord server. Visit siiil.org or email joseph@siiil.org if you’d like to organise your own class or tutoring.

      About Joe
      Joe is S:iiiL's educator and lead curriculum designer, and a teaching fellow at the University of Otago. He is dyslexic (but hopefully you can’t tell) and until tertiary study he was home educated.

      Joe holds degrees in writing, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. He has been working for over six years in research and teaching positions, specialising in creative writing, artificial intelligence and biological modelling.

      This event is organised by Auckland Explorers for NZAGC members nationwide. 

      S:iiiL are kindly offering this course to NZAGC at a significant discount!

      The cost is $40 for the full five week course (that's only $8/session)!

      Numbers are limited to ensure the session is relaxed, social and highly interactive. Please register today using the attached form. 



        • 7 Jun 2022
        • 5 Jul 2022
        • 5 sessions
        • Online
        • 9
        Register

        Explorers and S:iiiL Education promised you a second writing course this term and here it is...

        Creative Writing and the Mind 

        Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm, 5 weeks, 7 June to 5 July (inclusive).

        This class is a practical and artistic exploration of fiction and navigating the dynamics between a character’s subjective experience, the narrator, the writer and the reader, drawing on concepts from psychology, neuroscience and philosophy. Recommended for people with some experience in creative writing looking for something a little more advanced.

        Recommended for teenagers and adults (parents welcome), or younger people who are already trying to write their own stories. 

        Topics
        Sensory imagery, perception and attention
        Point of view and time
        Narrator, voice and metaphor
        Psychic distance


        About S:iiiL

        Synaesthesia: inquisitive, integrated, immersive Learning (or S:iiiL, pronounced like seal) classes are designed to take university level skills and concepts, while leaving behind the testing and risk of failure to make them accessible and interesting to more people. Classes are by appointment and taught online via the S:iiiL Discord server. Visit siiil.org or email joseph@siiil.org if you’d like to organise your own class or tutoring.

        About Joe
        Joe is S:iiiL's educator and lead curriculum designer, and a teaching fellow at the University of Otago. He is dyslexic (but hopefully you can’t tell) and until tertiary study he was home educated.

        He has a passion for creative writing, especially science fiction, fantasy and weird stories. His work has been published in the journal Brief. This passion for writing led him down a decade-long rabbit hole of studying at the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, where he earned degrees in writing, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. He has been working for over six years in research and teaching positions, specialising in creative writing, artificial intelligence and biological modelling.

        His hope is to provide the resources, support and mentorship that he would have benefitted from.

        This event is organised by Auckland Explorers for NZAGC members nationwide. 

        S:iiiL are kindly offering this course to NZAGC at a significant discount!

        The cost is $40 for the full five week course (that's only $8/session)!

        Numbers are limited to ensure the session is relaxed, social and highly interactive. Please register today using the attached form. 

        Please contact president@explorers.org.nz with any queries. 



          • 7 Jun 2022
          • 5 Jul 2022
          • 5 sessions
          • Online
          • 26
          Register

          Explorers and S:iiiL Education present a fun five week course to stretch your brain entitled...

          Big Idea Biology Using NetLogo 

          Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm, 7 June to 5 July (inclusive)

          This class uses pre-made toy computer programs in NetLogo and class discussion to explore big ideas in biology, especially evolution and brains. We'll look at simulations of sea sponges, ancient animals, ants and dragonflies. This is not a programming class and no programming experience is required, but if you're familiar with NetLogo you can modify the programs.

          This class is recommended for all ages: teenagers and adults (parents welcome), or younger people with a deep passion for biology, cognitive science and/or philosophy.

          Topics
          Optimisation and the origin of animals
          Energy efficiency and evolution
          Swarm intelligence and ants
          Inference and dragonflies  

          About S:iiiL

          Synaesthesia: inquisitive, integrated, immersive Learning (or S:iiiL, pronounced like seal) classes are designed to take university level skills and concepts, while leaving behind the testing and risk of failure to make them accessible and interesting to more people. Classes are by appointment and taught online via the S:iiiL Discord server. Visit siiil.org or email joseph@siiil.org if you’d like to organise your own class or tutoring.

          About Joe
          Joe is S:iiiL's educator and lead curriculum designer, and a teaching fellow at the University of Otago. He is dyslexic (but hopefully you can’t tell) and until tertiary study he was home educated.

          Joe holds degrees in writing, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. He has been working for over six years in research and teaching positions, specialising in creative writing, artificial intelligence and biological modelling.

          This event is organised by Auckland Explorers for NZAGC members nationwide. 

          S:iiiL are kindly offering this course to NZAGC at a significant discount!

          The cost is $40 for the full five week course (that's only $8/session)!

          Please register today using the attached form. 



            • 11 Jun 2022
            • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
            • Ten Forward Gaming Lounge - 81 Green Lane East, Remuera
            • 9
            Register

            Send your kids along for a TenForward social gaming opportunity with Auckland Explorers!

            TenForward Technology Lounge uses gaming as a tool to teach social development skills, friendship confidence, teamwork and strategic collaboration, and positive online behaviour.

            Multiplayer Xbox gaming (eg Minecraft, Roblox, Gang Beasts, Forza, Fortnite), laptops with more games, plus try their VR Oculus Quests for an incredible virtual reality gaming experience. And turn your favourite character into pixel art at our Crafting Table.

            3 hours in a high tech environment (including the chance to try virtual reality), playing with like minded individuals, and building some Pixel Art.

            Cost $32 each, maximum 15 people total (including adults).

            We will have a committee member present at all times, but ask parents to drop their kids off.

            Gaming themed room with characters painted on the wall. 4 screents and a bunch of laptops setup.

            • 18 Jun 2022
            • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
            • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Parnell
            • 20

            Auckland Explorers would love any members, friends and supporters of NZAGC to join us for a picnic at Auckland Domain on Saturday 18 June 2022 to celebrate - 

            Gifted Awareness Week! 

            More details to follow. 

            REGISTRATIONS WILL OPEN SOON! 

            WATCH THIS SPACE! 






              • 18 Jun 2022
              • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
              • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Parnell
              • 20

              Following on from the success of last year's Paleontology Museum experience, we have arranged for Explorers to attend another fun and informative session in the Museum's new Learning Labs -

              Vulcanology

              Educator Tom will get us exploring the earth underneath our feet, with a lesson prepared for our gifted tamariki in approx years 3-8. 

              Explorers will connect with their local volcanoes, explore different types of volcanic eruptions and participate in a rock sorting challenge. 

              By the end of the session Explorers will be able to - 

              · Describe Auckland’s volcanic field and identify volcanoes near to their school

              · Make comparisons to different types of volcanic eruptions

              · Identify different types of volcanic rock

              · Gain an understanding of the preparation and response to a volcanic eruption or natural disaster

              Thanks to the Museum's partnership with EQC this programme is free. 

              REGISTRATIONS WILL OPEN SOON! And...

              We are hoping (weather permitting) that the event will be preceded by a

              PICNIC IN THE DOMAIN, to celebrate GIFTED AWARENESS WEEK!

              WATCH THIS SPACE! 






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