NKU hosts 1,400 of region's brightest for Dreamfest Conference

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Thursday – March 14, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky Association for Gifted Education partnered with the Northern Kentucky University Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies to present the Dreamfest Conference today at NKU.

The conference provided an unusual opportunity for 1,400 Northern Kentucky gifted elementary and middle school students to come together with like-minded students from across the region for challenges in the areas of mathematics, sciences and the arts. Students from 40 Northern Kentucky schools and 19 districts participated in the daylong event.

Kathleen Lemmons, president of the Northern Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and a teacher in Fort Thomas Independent Schools, commended the partnership. “It is an amazing display of generosity, where area businesses, schools and artists have donated their time and talents to work with our young students,” she said.

Participating students attended interactive presentations by the Cincinnati Arts Association, the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, DreamStart Zumba and Any Theme Goes: Wild Science. Student Andrew Paulin said the program was a great supplement to the classroom. “Every class we got to do activities that helped us understand more about what we were learning.”

Participants also attended their choice of 60 session workshops targeted to their specific area of talent. Workshops were presented by local experts and focused on the development of targeted gifts and talents in the areas of dance, drama, mathematics, music, science and the visual arts. This included sessions such as Math Magic, Dramakinetics, Build a Better Baseball Team, Monster Makeup, CrocTalk and History on Your Feet. Lunch for the event was generously provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza and Chiquita.

Andrew Code said the program is an annual highlight. “I like going to Dreamfest every year,” the fourth grader said. “It is awesome and I learned so many new things. This year I went to a class where I learned about chemistry and another where I learned about crocodiles and their habitats.”

For more information about the Dreamfest Conference or other opportunities for gifted and talented children, contact Dr. Kimberly Code with NKU’s Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies at gifted@nku.edu.

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