SIG @ Bryn Mawr

News and views from our second week

Dear Parents,

We are well into the swing of things here at the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Bryn Mawr! We have been accomplishing great things in our classes and forming close friendships.

Here are some highlights from courses this week:

Legendary Languages

Students have been doing a wonderful job researching the alphabet and pronunciation of various conlangs, especially Klingon, Elvish/Tengwar, and Jawaese. Their own languages are coming along nicely, with many of them choosing to create a symbol-based system.
Immortality: Myths, Legends, and the Supernatural

Students have really enjoyed reading myths from around the world, and used this to help them create their own mythical stories. We are continuing our deep discussions on the pros and cons of immortality, including how science is trying to achieve this even as we speak.

Storm Chasers: Understanding the Science of Weather

Students are getting ready for their big global warming debate- is it more human influences or natural causes?

Engineering in Action

Students have been building, designing, and testing various themes of engineering through project based learning including buoyancy, air resistance, and forces.

Speaking, Writing, Empowering

Students have written and shared a personal narrative and are currently working on a persuasive speech dealing with social issues (i.e. Should standardized testing be offered in a different language if a student is not fluent in English?), Next, we will be researching and working on expository/informational speeches.
Fantasy Fiction Fun

Students are working on creating their own fantasy or science fiction world and are creating stories that take place there.
Move Over, Sherlock

Students are learning about and practicing different techniques used in criminal investigations, such as fingerprinting. Next week we will put all of our techniques together to examine a crime scene in the classroom.

We look forward to continuing to update you on all the exciting things taking place in classes. Please contact our office if you have any questions about what's happening at Bryn Mawr in the days ahead. The director and deans would be happy to answer your questions and fill you in on your camper's experience.

Always excitement in our evening programs

This week was one of SIGs favorite events, Superhero Mania. Counselor groups got together to transform their counselors into superheros. The chose a name for the superhero, dressed them up, wrote a background story. and came up with a talent for their superhero. The students had a blast as their superhero counselors performed in a fashion show, exhibited their talents, and competed in a final duel.

Another highlight this week was SIG Mini Olympics! The weather finally cleared up for an awesome night on Merion Green. Some of the favorite games were "Egging It" and "Jump the River." Congrats to Scott's group for taking home for the gold medal!

We also exercised our brains this week with our Annual Brain Bowl. Counselor groups competed in either the Junior or Senior divisions with questions from biology to literature. Congrats to Jackie's group for the win!

having a blast at our weekend getaways

We had an awesome time this past Saturday visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences! Some of the highlights included learning bird dance moves in "Dance, Dance Evolution", mingling with live butterflies, and digging for dinosaur fossils. We then had some time to relax at the King of Prussia Mall. We are getting excited for this week's trip to Six Flags!

SIG wishes a happy birthday to our all our campers who celebrated this week:

Monica Aponte, Gabrielle Schwager, and Dylan Chapell

Mark your calendars

Student Talent Show- Sunday, July 20th at 7:15 pm in Thomas great Hall

Campers will highlight their various talents in the anticipated Student Talent Show. We are looking forward to some awesome musical, dance and drama performances.

Closing Ceremony – Friday, July 25th at 4:45 pm

At the Closing Ceremony, you will get to hear about your child’s unique, three-week SIG experience from the Director, the Student Life and Academic Deans, and some of the students. Please join us to celebrate the experiences, accomplishments, and memories of your child’s time with us.

Campus checkout – Saturday, July 26th 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you at these events!


We will keep you updated as to the happenings from SIG at Bryn Mawr with weekly newsletters. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Campus Contact Information:

Director: Patti Coughlan,

Academic Dean: Courtney Baker,

Student Life Dean: Chad Mays,

Nurse: Julia Lechtenberg,

Office Manager: Tiffany Tavernia,

The campus office hours are: 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM. The main number for the campus office is: 1-610-526-7601 and the email address is:

Office Hours: The office is closed between the hours of 10:30pm and 7:45 am and during dinner time (6:00-7:00 pm).

Visiting: If you decide to visit your child on the weekend, please make sure you call our office ahead of time so that your child is ready to meet you. All student must be signed out and in at our office location in Rockefeller Drafting Studio. Students who are signed out for the entire weekend or Sunday must be signed in by 6pm Sunday and are expected to join the entire camp for dinner.

Mail: Mailing address for student mail and packages:

Your Student’s Name

Bryn Mawr College
Summer Institute for the Gifted
Child's Name
Child's Counselor's Name
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

For billing or administrative issues, please feel free to contact the SIG main office at (866) 303-4744 or (203) 399-5000.


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