September 22, 2013


September 21, 2013
“To learn more about science, 
turn off your electronic device and go outside and look around a bit. 
Nature is calling you. Go on. The internet will still be here.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sunday October 13, 2013
at 15h00-16h30
Presented by GiF’s Little Mad Scientists' Club
Ages 7-9 years-old

No matter where you live, you have amazing wildlife all around you - especially birds!  Some are colorful, others have good camouflage, some sing beautiful songs, others are quiet, some meekly eat seeds, while others are fierce predators!  Some of the birds you might encounter have lived their whole lives near Paris, but others might be in the middle of their fall migration from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Africa, traveling thousands of kilometers on the wing.  Bring binoculars (if you have them) to catch a close-up glimpse of these fascinating but often hidden creatures.  Rain or shine, so dress for the weather - the birds always do!

How to reserve your spot? Please be sure to follow steps 1-3 below by October 3. First come, first served. Space limited to 10-12 children. GiF members have priority:
  1. Please note the age group, location and date, then email Bettina de Catalogne and Marcia Uriu at  Subject: Birds 

  2. Registration form: fill out the online registration form by clicking here . GiF members have priority within the given deadline.
  3. Participation fee, 12€, must be received no later than October 3rd. If payment is not received by given date the spot will go to the person on the waiting list.  Check payable to Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016. First come, first served. Confirmation is sent once payment is received.   Please note that payment is non-refundable as we have fixed costs associated with this activity.

  4. Location: Champs de Mars 75007.  Address and meeting point will be emailed following confirmation and payment.
Next Little Mad Scientists' event: Sunday November 17: Meet the Planets. Announcement and sign up coming soon.

About Matt Black: Matt Black has been a professional educator for almost two decades, and has always loved making music fun for kids. His interactive performances incorporate humor, movement, silliness, singing, and even some (gulp) learning. Apart from his work as a musician, Matt is a science teacher at the Lennen Bilingual School in Paris, and has previously served as an educator and program director for the Connecticut Audubon Society and the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut.  He was formerly on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association, and has also served as a lecturer at Yale University and with the Yale Alumni College Abroad program. You can learn more about Matt at

Gifted in France is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice-exceptional population. Membership form is attached for those interested in renewing or becoming a member.
In addition to meetings for parents, GiF also organizes science and creativity workshops for kids, as well as the annual Paris Spelling Bee, which is a community-wide enrichment event open to children in CE2-4ème.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
with Matt Black, Bettina de Catalogne and Marcia Uriu

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