University on Wheels pilot programmes last year in Auckland (South, West & North Shore schools) were very successful and we are now ready to roll out this concept wherever there is a demand throughout New Zealand. Essentially Elaine & I have been working on taking the Achieving Potential Seminars (previously available only during school holiday periods) directly into the classroom during term time. The seminars are organised on a non profit basis and our charges represent cost recovery only.
The 3-Day workshops are often hosted by a particular school in an area, with students attending from a group of surrounding schools. Class sizes range between 12 and 18 students. If you would like to see this opportunity taking place this year at a school near you visit www.universityonwheels.org to see what's on offer and discuss the idea with the teacher most interested in the Bright Sparks, Creative Thinkers & Tall Poppies at your school.
Have a look at the website - www.universityonwheels.org - for full rundown/info. Re schools making differing charges, this is because some choose to fund the courses completely, whilst others make a part charge to the parents.
I think I have the answer to one of your queries about these course for bright sparks and creative thinkers and so on. Its the query about not for profit and personal motivation. I think you will find that some people are just like that. Odd isnt it?
I highly recommend that you encourage schools to get involved in these seminars. The people running them are amazing - they are gifted themselves and emphathise with gifted kids. They can provide challenge and extension that schools simply can't provide themselves.