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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
March 5, 2015

Canadian Excellence


LAUNCH Winter 2015

Laurierís accelerated unlimited challenge!

Saturday mornings

9am-12 noon

January 31-March 7


From Ancient†Civilizations†to Future Times

Travel back in history†to the ancient time of your dreams, or launch yourself boldly forward to the future!

In this six week program, you will explore archecture, culture, and innovations of ancient civilizations, or investigate current directions in future design. From Megalithic times to space colonization, you will delve deeply into the civilization of your choice. You will participate in a guided cultural investigation of your choice and you will have the opportunity to create hands-on structures, art, and original designs in the style of your choosen period of time.

Please note: While this camp in inspired by the themes explored in the Fall 2014 Launch program, this is a stand-alone, six week program with no pre-requisite required! You are invited to build on your existing interests and knowledge base and to engage in a collaborative, creative learning experience with like-minded peers.

LAUNCH is an accelerated, problem-based camp. The camp is limited to the first 15 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, an IPRC recommendation for gifted services, or the completion of the Supplemental Application Survey.


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

1. A completed Application Form.

2. A copy of your childís psychoeducational assessment, an IPRC recommendation for gifted services, or a completed Supplemental Application Survey.

If you have any questions regarding application and/or eligibility, please contact Dr. Willard-Holt at

The application deadline is January 7, 2015.


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 as of September 2014, or born in 2001 - 2005.

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 multiple 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 are looking for even more of a challenge to reach their full potential. Both programs are led by certified teachers and are carefully screened to be high quality learning experiences.

Related Information Title Type
2014 LAUNCH Supplemental Application Survey Document
2014 LAUNCH application Sen Sat 2015 Document