New Zealand Association for Gifted Children

Upcoming NZAGC events

    • 7 Jun 2022
    • 5 Jul 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
    • 3

    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
      • 20
      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. 



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