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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2003

Weekend INstitute For Gifted Students March 1, April 5.

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa invites students in grades two through nine to register for the Weekend INstitute for Gifted Students (WINGS). Sessions will be held on two Saturdays, March 1 and April 5, on the UI campus.

WINGS is a series of three-hour classes held on selected Saturdays. The course content is both rigorous and challenging and is designed to stimulate the interest and curiosity of academically gifted students. There are no formal qualifications required to participate in WINGS; however, students should be highly motivated to attend and be prepared for fast-paced, challenging work.

The institute, traditionally designed for talented fourth- through ninth-graders, now also offers one class for second- and third-graders.

Attendance is limited to 18 students per class and classes will be filled on a first-received, first-served basis (enrollment in some classes may be limited to fewer students). Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $40 per class, which covers the cost of instruction and all materials. Financial aid is available to those participating in the free-or-reduced lunch program at their schools and will cover one-half the cost ($20 per class).

You can register online by going to and clicking on WINGS. Please call the Belin-Blank Center at 319-335-6148 with questions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Program: Jan Warren, 319-335-6148,