District Students Showcase Talent at Seventh Annual GT Fair

District Students Showcase Talent at Seventh Annual GT Fair
Posted on 06/23/2015
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Over 250 students in the Pasadena ISD Gifted and Talented (GT) program displayed their talents at the seventh annual districtwide GT Showcase at Beverly Hills Intermediate.

The event attracted nearly 600 district staff, community members and proud parents who explored the displays while students presented their projects – the culmination of a year’s worth of independent research conducted at school.

GT Project

“We are so proud of these students for dedicating countless hours to develop innovative projects,” Leslie Axel, district coordinator of advanced academics said. “It takes excellent problem solving, organization and research skills to succeed in this program. This event showcases how GT students can go above and beyond even the highest expectations.”

Each year, GT students in grades K-8 explore various topics of interest based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career pathways and the humanities, and develop projects that demonstrate their critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills.

With support from gifted and talented certified teachers, students research a topic, collect and analyze data using STEM and develop their projects during GT enrichment periods in classrooms.

Students present their projects at their home campuses and the top projects are selected to display at the district level.

The Pasadena ISD Gifted and Talented program offers an environment of support for accelerated students. The district identifies and serves students in the GT program who exhibit exceptional potential in general intellectual ability. The program focuses on enhancing the development and the abilities of each student. By taking AP and Pre-AP classes and exams, students can gain AP or college credit.

“With the support of parents and teachers, these students meet challenges of this rigorous curriculum head on,” Axel said.