Youth

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We invite and encourage young Mensans, as well as the children, grandchildren, and invited guests of our members to attend the entire RG! We have special teen events on Saturday and an entire day of programming for 6-12 year olds on Sunday. Click these links for printable programs for teens or seminars for 6-12 year olds.

Our Young Mensans are welcome to invite and bring guests to the RG – parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends included!

Young Mensans (6-12)

On Sunday, May 20, we will have a day of programming for our Young Mensans from 6-12 years and for other youth who are attending the RG with their parents and grandparents.

Teen Young Mensans (13-18)

Image: Jessamyn

Image: Jessamyn

For our Teen Young Mensans (from 13-18) we’re planning a new inclusion – a Teen Tent, which will be located in Hospitality from noon to midnight on Saturday for the exclusive use of our teen members and guests.  The tent will be outfitted with a television, DVD player, Wii, and comfortable seating to provide an environment in which our teens will be able to meet and get to know one another.

On Saturday, teens will have dedicated programs, will be able to attend any of the program activities (not marked adult), enjoy the banquet, the keynote, and take full advantage of the hospitality room and our chapter’s exceptionally well-stocked games room.  Teens take note –  the registration fee for attending on Saturday only is the same as registering for the entire weekend.

Why not stay and enjoy more?!  

There will be a comic drawing workshop, a speaker from the Library of Congress on the Library’s comic collection, yoga, chain mail, and so much more that teens would enjoy!

The RG - fun for the whole family! Image: Jared

The RG – fun for the whole family! Image: Jared

For youth attendees up to and including 14 years of age, a parent or guardian must accompany the YM and any guests of the YM while at the RG.  Teens 15 years and older will be permitted to attend without adult accompaniment; however, a permission form for minors signed by a parent or guardian and including emergency contact information will be required for our older teens. 

Saturday Teens 13-18 Program:

  • 8-noon: Registration, Lunch, and Meet and Greet in Hospitality Room.  Assist in putting up and outfitting Teen Tent in Hospitality Room which will be available for the teens from noon until midnight.
  • 12-1:50: Cryptology and Cryptanalysis – Robert Campbell. Robert, a representative from the Math Education Partnership Program of the National Security Agency, will present this two-hour program covering classical hand cryptography, machine ciphers such as Enigma, and modern systems including public key and encryption of web protocols.
  • 2-2:50: Theater and Improv Games – Tim Tracy (Adult and Teen Seminar). Challenge your body, engage your mind, and improve your superhero skills! The games are fun and entertaining for all age groups, whether you’re working on your stealth skills, or honing in on your ultra-fast reflexes responding to nonsense questions. We’ll play games like Bibbity Bibbity Bop, Key Ninja, Night at the Museum, and Party Quirks to sharpen your improv skills and prepare you for the stage.
  • 3-3:30: Travel to Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum by Hotel Shuttle or Private Car (Note: the Museum charges $15 for parking.  After 4:00, there is no charge.)
  • 3:30-4: The IMAX Theater – Paula Friedrich. Paula, an MWM Chapter member and employee at the IMAX Theater, will provide a tour and description of the facility.
  • 4-5: Scavenger Hunt at the Air & Space Museum. Put on your super-sleuth thinking caps and engage your eyes and brains as you search for answers to our specially created “Hunt” for facts and trivia hidden in the extensive collection of air and space vehicles and support equipment housed at the Museum.
  • 5-5:30: Scoring of Answer Sheets and Announcement of Scavenger Hunt Winners
  • 6-8: Banquet and Keynote Speaker
  • 8-?: Teen Tent Available until 12:00 a.m.
  • Printable schedule available by clicking here

Sunday Youth 6-12 Program: 

  • 8-10 Registration
  • 10-10:50 Registration Cryptology and Cryptanalysis – Mervin Bierman Mervin, a representative from the Math Education Partnership Program of the National Security Agency and also an MWM chapter member, will present this program covering secret codes, the use of ciphers, and decoding messages.
  • 11-11:50 Live Reptile Program – Tony Bulmer Tony is an animal educator from Reptiles Alive, a private organization in Northern Virginia which is home to over 40 species of live reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates in their permanent collection. He will discuss and exhibit a number of live reptiles in this educational program.
  • 12-12:30 Theater and Improv Games  – Tim Tracy. Challenge your body, engage your mind, and improve your superhero skills! The games are fun and entertaining for all age groups, whether you’re working on your stealth skills, or honing in on your ultra-fast reflexes responding to nonsense questions. We’ll play games like Bibbity Bibbity Bop, Key Ninja, Night at the Museum, and Party Quirks to sharpen your improv skills and prepare you for the stage.
  • 12:30-1 Lunch in Hospitality Room
  • 1-1:50 Science Laboratory. There will be numerous stations set up around the conference room at which various science experiments will be demonstrated or the components will be available for the Young Mensans to conduct the experiments.
  • 2-2:50 Take It Apart/See How It Runs – Michael Sanchez Michael, who works at CENTRA and holds a Ph.D. in Physics, will lead this seminar in which the Young Mensans will be able to disassemble various small appliances and machines to see how they operate.  YMs can bring an appliance from home (with parents’ approval, please!) or select from numerous items that will be provided.
  • 3-3:30 Travel to Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum by Hotel Shuttle or Private Car (Note: the Museum charges $15 for parking. After 4:00, there is no charge.)
  • 3:30-4 The IMAX Theater – Paula Friedrich Paula, an MWM Chapter member and employee at the IMAX Theater, will provide a tour and description of the facility.
  • 4-5 Scavenger Hunt at the Air & Space Museum Put on your super-sleuth thinking caps and engage your eyes and brains as you search for answers to our specially created “Hunt” for facts and trivia hidden in the extensive collection of air and space vehicles and support equipment housed at the Museum.
  • 5-5:30 Scoring of Answer Sheets and Announcement of Scavenger Hunt Winners
  • Printable schedule available by clicking here.

What else might be there?

Maybe superheroes. Maybe supervillains. Definitely superbrains.

Are you interested in volunteering? Let us know! For more information about programs for Gifted Youth, both at the RG and through regular MWM events, please contact us using this form.

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