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ALP Student Symposium makes debut

You are invited to attend the 1st Annual ALP Student Symposium to be held Saturday, May 19, 1-3pm in the Pagosa Springs High School Commons.

The Symposium showcases the talents of ASD Summit Program students, who will share the amazing work that they have done this year related to their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) project of interest.

“I see the Symposium as a way for students to model and practice for experiences that they may encounter later in life — such as a senior seminar or industry related conference — an opportunity for our students to present their work to the general public,” says Gifted/Talented Coordinator Carrie Steadman. “It’s a great way to give them exposure while creating an atmosphere of innovation and idea sharing.”

Examples of the projects include: an experiment using hydroponics to grow wheatgrass; a model of a 3D digital pump bike track model; several displays of student-authored books and stories; and a student-action project supporting literacy.

An ALP helps accelerated learners target their interests and delve into topics on a deeper level. In every project, there is a problem-solving aspect that the students need to address.

“These projects, which have real life relevancy, promote students’ creative problem-solving abilities. They learn about important issues that they might even pursue after graduation,” comments Steadman, who plans to make the Symposium an annual event.

Admission is free. Refreshments served.