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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
July 25, 2014
Canadian Excellence


Winter LAUNCH Camp

January 25 – March 1, 2014

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Laurier’s accelerated unlimited challenge!

Come join us for inquiry and problem-based learning including:

- guest speakers

- hands-on experiments

- project-based learning

- technology including Edmodo and Twitter

- design challenges (e.g., can you build a structure that will survive a sinkhole?)

- a fast-paced learning environment

- a place where unique ideas and out of the box thinking is welcome!

Possible topics could be technology, human extinction, space, and biology and society.

Program Details

LAUNCH is an accelerated, problem-based camp. The camp is limited to the first 12 qualified campers who apply. Our campers:

- are working more than three grade levels above his/her grade (*documentation required)

- are self-directed learners

- have deep knowledge in several different topics

- are able to consider a problem situation from many diverse perspectives

Twice-exceptional learners are also welcome to apply.

* Documentation consists of a psychoeducational assessment or an IPRC recommendation for gifted services.


If you believe your child would be a good fit for LAUNCH, submit the following two documents to Dr. Colleen Willard-Holt at

1. A completed registration form.

2. A copy of your child’s psychoeducational assessment or an IPRC recommendation for gifted services.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Willard-Holt at


How do I know if LEAP or LAUNCH is better for my child?

LEAP is focused on enrichment, whereas LAUNCH is focused on acceleration. The pace in LAUNCH is much faster, the expectations for self-direction are much higher, and the concepts are more advanced.

How old my must child be to register for LAUNCH?

LAUNCH is for children in grades 4-8, or born in 2000 - 2004.

Do students in LEAP or LAUNCH have to be getting good marks?

Not necessarily, if there is some other assessment that shows high ability. LAUNCH students may have a harder time in school because their ways of thinking are qualitatively different.

Why is there a lower limit on the size of a LAUNCH camp?

Each LAUNCH student may be thinking on a wavelength unique to him/her. This means the teacher must prepare up to 12 different lessons each week to allow students to have an individualized experience. More students would make the experience less fulfilling for everyone.

Is LAUNCH better than LEAP?

No, but the two are different. LAUNCH was designed for students who were not a good match for LEAP. Both programs are led by certified teachers and are carefully screened to be high quality learning experiences.