Posts Tagged ‘Science’


Global #gtchat Spotlight: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in KY

Earlier this year, the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky became our inaugural  Global #gtchat Sponsor!

Visionary sponsors like the Gatton Academy make #gtchat possible and available for educators, parents of gifted students and advocates worldwide.

Take two minutes to learn more about this incredible institution of learning. The students even produced the clip below. You’re sure to be inspired!

Isn’t it impressive that the Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University offers a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?  Sixty students each year are admitted through a competitive process. Instead of spending their  junior and senior years in traditional high schools, students enroll in the Gatton Academy and live in a uniquely dedicated residence hall.

The goals of the Gatton Academy are to enable exceptional emerging scientists and mathematicians to learn in an environment which offers advanced educational opportunities while preparing them for leadership roles in the Commonwealth.  Taking courses offered by WKU, their classmates are fellow Gatton Academy students and traditional undergraduate students. At the end of two years, Gatton Academy students will have earned at least 60 college credit hours in addition to completing high school!

I personally want to thank Corey Alderdice (@innervation and @GattonAcademy), assistant director of admissions and public relations at the Gatton Academy, who saw the power and potential of #gtchat from the beginning. In fact, he came up with our Global #gtchat tagline: “140 characters. Unlimited potential.” Thank you Corey! And hats off to the students and faculty at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. We need leaders and change agents like you!

To stay current on the inspiring learning taking place at the Gatton Academy, become a Facebook fan and/or follow them on Twitter (@GattonAcademy). And to learn more about this Global #gtchat Sponsor, visit


Best of #gtchat: Science Exploration Resources!

At last, the “Best of #gtchat – Science Exploration” list is ready!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our June 18th #gtchat on Science Exploration. So many of you shared such valuable resources and global links for our aspiring young science lovers! Here’s hoping parents of gifted students and teachers from New Mexico to New Zealand will enjoy the links and share them freely. Also, please feel free to add new resources (in the comments section below).

I also want to thank those individuals who recently became individual #gtchat sponsors over the past two months by donating between $20 and $100. You help make Global #gtchat possible! Together with sponsors, like The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, Global #gtchat will continue to thrive, as we work to make a difference on behalf of gifted learners worldwide!

So, without further ado, here’s the “Best of #gtchat: Science Exploration Resources/Sites/Links”:

Lastly, I need to mention that a #Science Chat now takes place on Twitter every other Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Click here for a recent article about #scichat in Edutopia.

Thank you again to everyone who continues to make Global #gtchat a vibrant community; you all inspire me! And yes, details on the Global #gtchat T-shirts will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Warmest regards,

Deborah Mersino