Minds in Motion slated at Shepaug school

Shepaug Valley School in Washington will play host to Minds in Motion Shepaug on Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m.

Co-presented by Region 12 and Connecticut Association for the Gifted, the event is a learning adventure for students in pre-K through eighth grade, along with their parents and educators.

Last years’ event drew nearly 200 attendees from around the region.

The age range has been extended to include kids in pre-K and the number of sessions has grown from 20 to 26.

While several of last year’s most popular sessions return, this year’s event will have an increased emphasis on STEM with workshop leaders from Boehringer Ingelheim, Robotics And Beyond and UCONN Engineering Ambassadors.

At a cost of $15, children can select two workshops, and parents, caregivers and educators are welcome to attend a keynote and breakout sessions at no cost.

Children can choose from 26 workshops with topics that include music, cooking, movement, acting, photography, video, animals, robotics, engineering, math and more.

A keynote and a selection of sessions are offered for adults that provide strategies to enhance learning, promote creativity and resilience and help raise asset-strong youth.

Steep Rock Association will be featured.

Through her talk “Discovering The Outdoors: The Importance Of Nature In The Life Of The Child,” Steep Rock’s Executive Director Lori Paradis Brant will help parents unlock the power of nature as a learning resource, inspire a lifelong stewardship of natural resources, and bring families closer together.

Breakout sessions for adult attendees include “Banishing the Boredom,” presented by education consultant Kate Maupin; “College Readiness,” presented by Shepaug Valley School’s school Counseling Director Todd Dyer; and “Think Like da Vinci,” in which education consultant Ruth Sullo will unlock the powerful intersection of mathematics and creativity.

For event registration, visit www.ctgifted.org or call 203-291-6586.

Financial aid is available.

For information, email mimshepaug@ctgifted.org.