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Northwestern CTD comes to Quest Academy

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Quest Academy is excited to renew its partnership with the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development in bringing high-quality, captivating enrichment courses to motivated students in the northwest Chicagoland area.  Taught by expert instructors from Northwestern, courses focus on high-interest topics and are offered in a Saturday/Sunday format on one weekend.

The Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program presents opportunities to delve deeper into a single topic, not typically encountered during a normal school day.  Enrollment is made by application so that advanced learners have the opportunity to learn among a community of like-minded peers.

The Fall AWE experience at Quest Academy will take place on October 30-31 from 9am-2:30pm on the Quest Academy campus.  Three courses will be offered across various grade levels.

Girls building a circuit board
3 middle school boys coding a robot

Grades 3-4 Volcanoes Inside & Out

Course Information:
This course takes place on two consecutive days during the weekend of October 30-31, 2021.

Since it was formed 4.5 billion years ago, Earth’s surface has been in constant flux due to the presence of hot, churning magma just beneath its rocky crust. In this course, students explore the violent but valuable history of volcanism on Earth. Discover what causes volcanoes to form, and why they tend to cluster in different geographic areas. Students experiment with lava viscosity to model differences in the shape and eruptive nature of volcanoes, study hot spots and model the formation of the Hawaiian islands, discuss the Yellowstone supervolcano, and learn how scientists monitor volcanoes to predict eruptions.

All CTD Courses are assigned to an eligibility tier with designated admission criteria. For more information please visit the CTD Eligibility page. The tuition for this course is $265.

Grades 5-6: Makerspace in Miniature

Course Information:
This course takes place on two consecutive days during the weekend of October 30-31, 2021.

What skills and perspectives are used by designers, artists and engineers to create the models and products we see every day? By exploring design, engineering and creativity coupled with exploration of simple materials and circuits, students plan and construct scaled, animated models. Students incorporate measurement, ratio, diagrams, and plans with a range of modeling and building strategies to develop unique designs. In this hands-on, project-based course, students explore basic circuitry to incorporate intentional lighting and movement into their designs.

All CTD Courses are assigned to an eligibility tier with designated admission criteria. For more information please visit the CTD Eligibility page. The tuition for this course is $265.

Grades 7-8: Forensic Science

Course Information:
This course takes place on two consecutive days during the weekend of October 30-31, 2021.

Forensic scientists rely on evidence that is analyzed both in laboratories as well as at the scene of the crime. Through hands-on labs and activities, students explore the procedures that these scientists employ to determine what happened and who was involved. Inquiry and problem-solving are a primary focus of this course, furthering students’ dexterity with logic, critical thinking and deductive reasoning. Topics include evidence collection and observation skills, fingerprinting, blood analysis (both lab-based as well as blood spatter), DNA, and others.

All CTD Courses are assigned to an eligibility tier with designated admission criteria. For more information please visit the CTD Eligibility page. The tuition for this course is $265