My son is 7 yrs old and studies in a private school at North Shore. He will be joining year 4 next year. He has started self learning on Chemistry and other Science topics at the beginning of this year by reading books and going onto the internet. The leader of the school gifted program gave him an interview 3 months ago and classified his chem knowledge between NCEA level 1 and 2 with gaps. Since then, he is being provided private lesson at school almost once a week on GCSE chemistry and some Physics. With Christmas approaching, we like to find a suitable private tutor to provide him lessons on Chemistry in Jan as per his wish so that his time will not be wasted. If it all go well, it will continue after the new term starts. Just wandering any of you has got any referral.
Clement - how very fortunate for your son that he is getting some lessons to meet his needs. Wow. I have one child at primary school, another at intermediate, each has been identified as working at NCEA level in various subjects, yet don't get offered anything like that. I think I want to move them to your school, lol...
Have you tried approaching the local university? The department heads might be aware of some students - grad students perhaps - who could be particularly helpful. Some universities offer a mentoring programme - eg Golden Key mentors - sounds as if your son might benefit from a mentor with a passion for science. Could be worth asking about.
Hi Clement, I too have a son who enjoyed learning about the rare-earth metals on the lower part of the periodic table. He's keen on figuring out the problems with quantum physics. He's 11 now but has been a science-buff since 3.
I would like to find a buddy who also enjoys reading Scientific American etc and marveling over what the Hadron Collider is finding.
Do you know of anyone? Do you have any contacts at the University in the science department? Or ideas on how to support him?