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Ignite the Love of Learning

children a GERI summer campIncoming freshman at Purdue Niko Kujovich, from Munster, Ind., has been attending GERI Summer Camp since the 7th grade.

"GERI helped me make a lot of new friends and see learning in whole new way," Kujovich says. "I used to be bored with school, not seeing how it connected to the real world. The teachers here always make learning fun. GERI experiences, like our trip to the nanotechnology lab last summer, helped make high school science classes a lot more interesting. Now I am both a camper and helping to teach younger students."

The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) Summer Camp on the Purdue campus was created to ignite love of learning and help gifted students develop friendships with others who have talents and interests like their own.

The camp has brought gifted young people together at Purdue since 1974. This summer saw a record 450 campers from 25 states, five countries and five Native American communities.

Led by College of Education professor and GERI director Marcia Gentry, the camp helps students from grades 5 through 12 express their talents and interests and develop new ones. Campers experience fun, friendship, learning and independent challenges that help them build a love for learning.

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